Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Hello Adventurers are you still hanging in there?
 This is THE last post from NYC.

My bag is packed and full to almost overflowing. I have my ticket at the ready and in 24hrs time I will be winging my way home to Oz.....wish I could just click my heels three times and be there!!

I discovered a modern day Dorothy out and about in her red shoes at a weekend market.
I fear clicking her non existent heels together might cause an ankle injury at the very least.......

This morning I was up and out the door bright and early and determined to enjoy my last full day wandering around Greenwich Village. Taking note of the detail......colour, texture, pattern.
I was just going to snap away and enjoy the beautiful sunny morning.
Coffee was the required fuel along with an almond croissant, hehe...
and I found a cafe that makes it almost as good as the coffee I enjoy back home....
A good start don't you think?

If you're going to have a fence why not have a fancy one....

Shadow, shape and colour

Proof girls....this is the city that never sleeps.
But you all knew that didn't you?

A lovely spot to sit and watch the world go by


How could you not fall in love with one of these gorgeous
little fluff balls?....
Mind you the notice on the window advertising a Pug for sale might put you off at $1500.00!!

If you think all the interest is at street level..... then you are missing out.
Wait till you see what I spied a little further on!!

Thankfully, not still in least not here.
Sometimes I wonder why we refer to the 'good old days' when
housework was so laborious....
Adam and Eve had it right...fig leaves.
Spill your soup on them, just throw them away and grab another off the tree, no ironing or washing!

Stopped off at a local thrift shop to see if I could spy any treasures.
The only one I found was already taken, boohoo....

The real deal..

Decorated doorsteps for Fall or otherwise.
A pot plant and a bit of TLC make all the difference.

I think someone was having a sale on these 'mums'..

Now this doorstep looked stunning and it's no more than 4 pots of mums? and 2 pumpkins, but the colours!!

 It's all in the detail!

Initially I took this pic because of the orange Vespa but when I uploaded them it seemed quite an amusing little scene......
In my mind it goes like this.

"Hmm, should I park next to the Big Boys?" she asks herself
Maybe she was feeling a little intimidated...

Then some guy on his scooter stops, maybe he's a friend.

"It's OK, at least your scooter's got an engine..."

"If anyone should be feeling intimidated it's me"

(Ok, ok, after the Pirate jokes, what do you expect? Im not a standup comedian)

More Fall decorating....

Well, what would you hang on the  balcony wall of your 3rd floor 2 storey apartment?

Must have been fun looking for somewhere to live.
 Forget the 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms or whatever.

I just need enough space to hang my skull and antler collection.....

So finally, we bid farewell to New York.
The big, busy, bustling, noisy city that has been 
'home' since the start of the month.

It's been fun, interesting, amusing, exciting.

I've been home sick and overwhelmed at times, but I hung in there and now the adventure is drawing to a close.
I want you all to know that sharing it with you and reading all your wonderful comments really, seriously, helped me get over those times when I wanted to pack my bag and head home.
So, a

to all of you for being there with me and for me, whether you knew it or not......

Goodbye New York

It's time to head home to a small, country town, wide open spaces peace and quiet.
Thankyou  so much to Mr.SBL who suggested I take this trip with No. 1. This has been a wonderful opportunity and I'm so glad I came. 
He stayed home and looked after the chooks and worked on his relationship with Tigger!!......

I thought Rich was quite capable of doing this on his own and he most certainly is, having been here before. 
But it didn't take long for us to realise that it would've been a very lonely month for him and that would've made the whole thing a lot harder.

We've enjoyed time together, exploring and discovering this city.

 It's great to know that I wasn't just 'tagging along' but sharing the adventure with him too.

Thanks girls for your company and your comments, it's time for bed we have  BIG day ahead of us.


P.S. 11pm Rich has just decided to go out and get some pizza.
 Because it's his last night in New York and because the pizza shop is literally across the road and because he can!!



  1. Pizza in NYC at 11.00 p.m. just because you can ... I like that!! Have a safe trip home. Thank you so much for sharing so much of New York with us. Loved reading your stories and getting lost in your photos. Trudy

  2. It all was such a joy to share. Glad you both got so much out of it. Now Dorrothy, repeat after me:
    "There's no place like home, there's no place like home..."

  3. So enjoyed the trip to NY, THANK YOU for sharing..........X

  4. I've really enjoyed your posts from New York - almost felt like I was there. Safe journey home.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  5. Thank you so so much for sharing your adventures with us - I have so enjoyed reading these posts.

    NYC looks truly amazing!

    I love the attention to detail shown by the home owners by decorating their front doorsteps - puts mine to shame!

    Safe journey, look forward to reading your posts again when you are settled back at home.


  6. Thank you for sharing your adventures and experiences with us Claire. The photos in this post are lovely as ever, the detail gorgeous.
    Have a safe trip and looking forward to your next post from home.
    Anne xx

  7. Thank you so much for taking us on this wondful adventure with you! Safe journey back! Ada :)

  8. Hi Claire , your NY posts have been wonderful. Thankyou so much for sharing all your adventures with us.Your pictures have been a feast for the eyes.
    Have a safe journey home to spring :0)
    Jacquie x

  9. Ah, it's been a joy to follow you both along on the journey missus but I've been a bit homesick for you glad when you're both back safe and sound!:)

    Tell Rich to make the most of being able to eat ANYTHING at 11pm at night...get to my age and anything after 8 involves mega pack of Rennies! ;D

    You realise Tig will have the mother of all sulk sessions when you get back?! Safe trip guys!! xxxx

  10. What a wonderful trip it has been too SBL! Thanks for letting us tag along. Your wonderful photos have been an absolute joy and captured the real essence of the Big Apple. Travel safe back to your own bed. cheers Wendy

  11. Your NY trip has been wonderful to read about. Have a safe journey home.

  12. I'm sorry to see your time come to an end for puely selfish reasons. I really can't see me travelling Claire, mostly because I have no inclination. I certainly have no desire to go anywhere more crowded than Tasmania which pretty much rules out anywhere else on the planet! I really have felt like I was there. You have been the best travel writer I have come across. Thank you so much for capturing all the images and feelings. Congratulations to R in his endeavours, you must be so proud. Safe journey and we will welcome you home soon. xxx

  13. Much as I've enjoyed sharing your holiday and really lovely pictures (those lavender pots on the steps - ahh!) - I think you will be so happy to get back to your own pillow and home safe. And what lovely memories you'll have. I really admire your courage in doing it, I don't think I could. X

  14. Maybe because its supposed to be the best pizza in the world?
    Well acutally that is in a small restaurant in Arizona, and New York is second but still......
    You were an inspiration, Claire, the way you toured and saw and recorded with such interest and humor. It was great to see New York through your eyes......
    thrilled for you and your son , what troopers you are!

  15. Been an absolute pleasure sharing the journey with you. Your pics are truly wonderful and you've obviously made the most of every minute. I hope the trip will prove fruitful for your very talented (and good-looking!)boy....and his Mother is amazing too! Thanks, Claire.x

  16. It's been great reading about your adventures! :-)
    Have a safe journey home.....

  17. Great job, Claire... Safe trip home... Where will you take us next?

  18. Oh Claire, what a fun post to end your trip with! Those red shoes look heinously uncomfortable - but quite an exercise in cantilevering (if that's a word). All the wrought iron is lovely - and you can never have enough scooter pics. :)

    Late-night pizza sounds wonderful, and what a good way to celebrate your last night. Hope your trip home is/was a good one.

    P.S. Got my package today - thanks again!

  19. looks fabulous and so many memories for you to share.
    hope your jouney is smooth and easy
    happy weekend
    love jooles x
    P.S those shoes are mad!

  20. Just loved your last NY post Claire - chock-a-block with interesting tid bits and lovely musings. Thank you for sharing so much with all of us.
    Am sure you both enjoyed the pizza!
    Have a great trip home and welcome back to Aus :D)

  21. Hello Claire,
    Been away but not absent and have enjoyed reading your NY posts tremendously.....your visual and descriptive insights-glimpses of NY has given me a new perspective of a NY that is.....not just a agglomeration of skyscrapers and racing police cars as TV series would have us believe. You have an eye for detail not only in your craft but in what you see. Thank you Claire
    Safe Journey home!

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

  22. Aw, what a lovely post Claire! Have enjoyed following your adventures and I think your son must have been delighted to have your company :) I feel like I've had a little visit to New York myself by reading your posts - loved this week's photos, just great!
    'See' you soon! Have a safe journey home :)
    Alison x

  23. Hopefully you are home safe and sound now...thanks for the tour of NYC glad you had a great time case I sure enjoyed the ride too.
    Hope all is well at home on your return. x

  24. I'm so glad you are home again, safe and sound. But what an exciting trip that was for you! I hope your son accomplished all he wanted to do while he was in NYC.
    And I just have to say, that those red shoes are the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen! I'm quite positive that she did twist an ankle at some point before she got where she was going that day.


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