Coogee to Bondi
(Should be good night really, as I’ve just got home from work!)
Let me tell you about my lovely beach walk on Sunday! I’ve done this walk several times since I arrived in Sydney, and it’s one of my favourites. It basically follows the coast from Coogee beach to Bondi beach, and takes about two hours if (like me) you keep stopping to stare at views and catch your breath after climbing hills! Some dedicated people like to run the route – really dedicated people who live locally run it on a daily basis, but that’s way out of my league :-)
So, the first beach, and the starting point (or finish point, depending which way round you do it), is Coogee. As you can see, it’s quite big. I don’t know much about it other than that, as I tend to go to some of the more child-friendly beaches (coming up!). Coogee is home to a lot of backpackers, especially Poms!
There's no beach here, just rocks (good for clambering over!), beautiful greeny-blue water, and a very evocative smell of seaweed!
After Coogee, you come to Clovelly. Clovelly is quite sheltered, as the bay is long and narrow, and for this reason it’s a very popular family beach – in fact whenever we take Owen to the beach we tend to go to Clovelly. The last time I took Owen, Harry came too and all they did was scoop up sand in their spades, throw it into the sea, get more sand, repeat … I’ve never had less to do to keep him occupied!
Next up is not a beach, but one of the nicest parts of the walk – Waverley Cemetery. It’s perched on the top of the cliffs overlooking the ocean, and is a very old cemetery. I think it’s beautiful – it’s also interesting to walk through and look at the headstones, as there’s a real mix of people buried there.
Coming down from the cemetery, you reach the next beach and home of a great place for a juice – Bronte. I always have a break at Bronte and get myself a freshly squeezed juice from the juice shop. I try to get something different each time I do the walk, and Sunday’s choice was pineapple, orange, lemon and ginger – yum! I’ve been to Bronte several times with students, as there’s a large grassy area at the back of the beach, with barbecues, so when I was teaching FCE we used to go there for a barbecue and do practice speaking tests.
The next beach, Tamarama, is very small. And that’s all I know about it!
And finally, over some more cliffs and wonderful views back across the route, you get to the famous Bondi! Hurray! And by that time it’s definitely time for lunch, so what could be better than fish and chips at the beach? (That’s a very English thing to do, by the way, but I’m proud to be a Pom!). My only problem with fish and chips in this country is they are always served with tartare sauce, and in my opinion the ONLY way to eat fish and chips is with VINEGAR!!!!! (Let’s have a quick poll – who’s for tartare sauce and who’s for vinegar with fish and chips? Send your votes in …) And of course, to finish off, an ice-cream! Perfect!
Well, I hope you enjoyed that little excursion through Sydney’s beaches as much as I did! I don’t think I’ll be doing it again until summer’s over, as it was already pretty hot on Sunday, and it’s only going to get hotter! I was surprised, actually, by how many people were doing the same thing; the first part of the walk from Coogee to Clovelly was more like a highway than a relaxing stroll – we kept having to pull over to the side to let the serious walkers past!
And now for the serious stuff!
Satya, thanks for the pictures – the robot looks really complicated. How long did it take you to design and make it? I loved your story about the exam papers! It was a bit like James Bond or something! And even better, your use of past tenses was pretty much prefect, so well done! Goodonya*!
There were just two little errors in your post; I’ll put them below so you can have a go at correcting them …
1. I asked them whether they have placed it safely or not.
2. And do you know what we had done the next day?
Thank you all for having a go at the homework – here’s what I think:
After I had written my last post, I went back to the campus to watch some other events. I was watching curiously when one of my friends came and told me that one of the co-ordinators had scolded our friend. We immediately rushed to the spot to check it out.
• past simple: went, came, told, rushed
• past continuous: was watching
• past perfect simple: had written (had scolded – see below)
• reported speech: had scolded
1. wrote the post
2. went back to the campus
3. watching curiously (this is a longer action, interrupted by 4)
4. my friend came and told me
5. rushed to the spot
You’ll notice I haven’t put had scolded (6) on the timeline. If I decided to write it somewhere on the timeline, would it go before or after friend came? What do you think?
Can anyone suggest any creative ways of saying “hi” for Satya? So far I’ve come up with a grand total of two – hello and g’day – there must be more than that, surely?!
I would love to hear about any walks that you really enjoy doing, so if you'd like to have a go at some descriptive writing, post a comment for us!
I think there’s a couple of things I really need to do – one is the give you the definitions for the past fortnight’s vocab, which I will do as soon as possible (not now, ‘cos it’s bedtime!). You’ve all been fantastic at having a go, and from what I can see, you’re all doing really well with guessing the meaning from the contexts, so well done!
And the next thing is to write about Aussie sport – watch this space! I should warn you now, though, that I am far from being an expert on this, so I’ll probably get Chris to read it before I post it in case I make any hideous mistakes!!
Goodnight from Oz,
* I should have told you this one before, really – Goodonya = Good on you = well done!
Today’s vocab (not much!)
catch your breath (expr)
way out of my league (expr)
to be perched (vb)
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