Last Thursday, I headed for Tullamarina using a cab to Southern Cross station followed by Skybus. Both way trips showed that this is the cheapest and easiest method for one person, whereas for two, a cab all the way is better. In Sydney, Nick picked me up with relative ease (there are actually TWO public pickups) and we headed to his Sydney posh flat in the finger wharf near Garden Island. It is small but beautifully proportioned and with a superb view and posh neighbours like Rusty Crowe and pricey eateries. We walked up to Potts Point via the Officers' Mess where we had a drink. We ate at the hugely disorganised Fratelli Fresh, though the food was quite good, with some of his Navy work fellows. The cone of silence descends. Next day, after a good sleep on Nick's sofa bed, I met Keren Lavelle at the Art Gallery of NSW just up the steps from the Wharf. We saw the Kahlo and Rivera exhibition which is interesting though quite small, then had a good lunch and a mag in the cafe. In the arvo, Nick whisked me off to Moss Vale where we had a good meal and a chat with the many denizens of their house (there are a couple and their daughter roosting there until the daughter goes off with David to Bordeaux to dance). Next day, we had lunch in Bowral after a country drive, at another new and very disorganised eatery. In the evening, Nick cooked lamb shanks and on Sunday, Nick and I and David went off to an eisteddfod where we had to endure tap, jazz ballet and expressive ballet before getting to classical which David's group won by a mile. We then went on to Sydney and Kit's place where we joined Allie (who had been at a Theatreworks show on Saturday night). We had a yummy dinner and a catchup. On Monday, I had lunch with Kit at a Barrangaroo Lebanese joint. I enjoyed seeing the latest real estate boomer in Sydney with its token tiny park for the people. Home again to Croydon for a nap before another nice meal. I spent Tuesday at home with Neville, then Nick and Fiona P. joined us for cenceless night and a small party where we had ALMOST finished our forms when the site went down. Next day, Wednesday, Kit organised her good cab company to take me to the airport where I had a smooth flight home. Full marks to Qantas for tasty though parsimonious catering both ways. Please resume below. The whole trip was good for catching up on news from two branches of the family, plus Keren. The only person I missed was Maggie who is in South Africa with her grandma.