Summer Sydney meet up?

(63 Posts)
bunnygirl80 Fri 28-Dec-12 09:44:45

It's about time we had another meet up grin

Just so we don't waste loads of time procrastinating about details, here's what I propose
1. No kids (usual exceptions for cute babies apply)
2. With booze
3. Sometime in Feb, at this stage I shall nominate Saturday 9th, although I picked this at random
4. Location: I liked the place we went to on Darling Harbour last time, the view wasn't as good as at Opera Bar, but less chance of sunburn too

redvelvetpoppy Fri 28-Dec-12 21:56:57

smile I was just thinking the same and logged on to see what everyone is up too.
It was the Helm Bar we went to last time. I'm definitely in. Hope life is treating you well Bunny

CornishMade Fri 28-Dec-12 22:25:53

I would like to meet again but I can't do the 9th! Don't change it on my account, but in case the 9th doesn't work for others either, I can do any other weekend day in Feb. smile

bunnygirl80 Sat 29-Dec-12 07:58:51

It doesn't have to be the 9th cornish. I just picked that date off my calendar at random. We could do the 10th instead?

rvp do either of those dates work for you? I'm well thanks for asking, although currently discovering that being 26wks pregnant and summer heat and humidity don't exactly make a fantastic pairing grin

Thumbwitch Sat 29-Dec-12 10:31:22

Hurrah! Should be able to do any weekend in Feb bar the first one smile
Happy to go to the Helm Bar again too, and will have a scrummy baby with me ;) - might have to sit downstairs outside, weather permitting? Lots of umbrellas down there.

Lovely to see you and Ds today Bunny - hope you got home ok and he napped all the way for you!

ComradeJing Sat 29-Dec-12 13:00:56

Yay! I logged on just to check this. I'll also have a tiny baby with me.

I need to check my dates but 10th looks good.

redvelvetpoppy Sat 29-Dec-12 21:18:02

I am flexible with dates in Feb so far, so if the 10th suits, that's fine with me! Will be lovely to meet the tiny babies smile

Thumbwitch Sun 30-Dec-12 00:05:13

Um, would just like to point out that DS2, while scrummy, is far from tiny... grin

bunnygirl80 Sun 30-Dec-12 00:27:36

So atm it looks like we're on for the 10th

It was lovely to see you too thumb. DS had a great time, he's been asking to go and see the frog again all day today!

carolyn24 Sun 30-Dec-12 12:49:41

Myself and little one are looking forward to coming along to meet you all-sounds like a great idea. Might sound like a daft question but how will I know who you are? Not arrived in sydney yet so don't know how big helm bar is so how obvious the group will be!!

Thumbwitch Sun 30-Dec-12 17:08:17

The usual trick is to let one of us have your mobile number when you get one, and then phone when you get to the Helm Bar and we wave, or come and find you, or it becomes apparent somehow. The Helm Bar isn't that big but it's still nice to have a rough idea of where we're sitting, that kind of thing. smile

When are you arriving, Carolyn?

bunnygirl80 Sun 30-Dec-12 20:32:06

You mean you can't spot an MNer at 50paces Carolyn shock wink

We normally swap mobile numbers, and any poor woman of childbearing age who walks in will get a knowing smile in case she's a stray member of the group. If there are few people coming who won't know anyone then I have been know to make a handy sign as well smile

carolyn24 Sun 30-Dec-12 23:51:19

Ok great. Arriving in sydney on 9th January so not long to go now! Will be getting an Australian mobile so will give someone the number once sorted. Looking forward to it smile

CornishMade Wed 02-Jan-13 12:52:02

The 10th is fine with me! Excellent. smile

Eralc Fri 04-Jan-13 23:15:28

Ooo - congrats bunny! Sorry - just being nosy (am missing Sydney lots at the moment - it's over 9 months now since we left, which is just scary!) and thought I'd say hi to the sydneyside MNers!

abithormonal Fri 11-Jan-13 01:57:26

Hello all, I'l be there

Thumbwitch Sun 13-Jan-13 10:41:54


Eralc, you wouldn't be missing the weather at the moment - it's ridiculous! No fires up near me this time, thank goodness - hope the rest of you are safe.

bunnygirl80 Sun 13-Jan-13 20:46:36

Hi Eralc. How's the UK?

The weather is somewhat warm thumb grin I was musing the other day on how, when you put the washing out on a hot windy day it dries within an hour, but if I put it in the tumble dryer it would take two, and if this means I shouldn't put non tumble dry stuff out in those conditions......then I realised I probably need to get out more!

Thumbwitch Mon 14-Jan-13 00:56:07

grin - that's funny! I hope you resolved your dilemma!

Has the cool change come your way? It rained most of the night last night here, and this morning it's lovely and cool still (cloudy, sun only occasionally poking through). Should help the NSW RFS to get the rest of the fires under control smile

carolyn24 Wed 16-Jan-13 06:03:50

Hi all, sorry to deviate this thread a little but I thought some of you may be able to offer some advice about beach visits with a baby! Visited Coogee and clovelly beaches today and noticed that there were no options to hire sun loungers with umbrellas. Most people seemed to take Umbrellas or sun shelters with them which is ok if I am with other people but I was wondering if I wanted to take the little one to the beach who is 5 months old that this would probably be quite difficult if have to take a sun shelter with as wouldn't have a car. Do any beaches in sydney have loungers and umbrellas to hire? If not can anyone suggest a good lightweight sun shelter or any other hints/tips about how to take the baby to beach on my own without a car? Thanks!

bunnygirl80 Wed 16-Jan-13 06:38:36

I don't know of anywhere where you can hire stuff, it's generally a case of bring your own shade. Cancer council do quite a good pop up tent that you should be able to erect single handed. We have a massive tent that takes two people to erect, but it still folds small enough to fit in the bottom of the buggy, so if we needed to we could get it to the beach on public transport.

If you don't mind being a bit more urban, Dawn Fraser pool in Balmain is nice. There's plenty of shade around, and as its a harbour pool at low tide there's a big patch of sand that children can play in. You just need to check tide times before you go

Eralc Thu 17-Jan-13 14:33:41

The UK is bloody freezing! Poor DS2 doesn't know what's hit him the last couple of days - he isn't a big fan of snow, and DS1 has found it a bit of a shock to the system too. The car said -8 this morning - grim. Other than that, it's all good. We've slotted back into where we left so much that being in Sydney feels a bit like a dream (something I didn't want to feel like, but think it's a bit unavoidable!)

carolyn24 Tue 22-Jan-13 05:41:20

Thanks so much for the info. I am now in possession of a cancer council tent. Tried it out at home and seems really easy so going to attempt the beach with the little fella tommorow - fingers crossed!

bunnygirl80 Thu 31-Jan-13 20:37:24

Just bumping this to make sure everyone is still up for meeting on the 10th

I think the plan is to meet at Helm Bar (on next to the aquarium on Darling Harbour) at 12:30.

If anyone wants my mobile number in case they get lost/aren't sure who we all are then PM me

abithormonal Tue 05-Feb-13 01:48:13

Ah I like that the one with the bump bumped it ha ha ha, he he ha ha ha.......

Anyway so I'll be there, no kids (yay).

Thumbwitch Tue 05-Feb-13 13:07:15

Yep, I'll be there but with accompanying not-so-small baby - had him weighed last week and he was 8.2kg shock - he'll be 4mo on Sunday! He's on the 97th centile - DS1 didn't hit that weight until he was ~10mo, as he was only on the 9th centile. Sooooo different!

CornishMade Wed 06-Feb-13 03:44:34

I'll be there!

bunnygirl80 Thu 07-Feb-13 08:27:03

There was something on the radio today mentioning that all city circle trains are being replaced by buses this weekend. Just thought I'd mention it in case that affects anyone's travel plans. abit I think the inner west line might be out of action too.

thumb amazing how you've had two such differently sized babies. My DS started out on the 20th, then hit the 95th by about 4 months...his growth chart basically shows a vertical trajectory until he hit 5 months and actually started tracking a curve!

Thumbwitch Thu 07-Feb-13 10:41:41

oh well that's just fecking marvellous, thanks RailCorp! Pretty sure I needed Wynyard station, didn't I?

Buses - they make you fold pushchairs, don't they... eek!

I suppose I could drive the whole way in and park at the Entertainment Centre; did that on Monday to see the Wallace and Gromit exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum (very good, btw!) and it wasn't too awful. I've just looked at the proximity, it's not that bad. Probably a 15/20min walk? anyone know?

Yes, DS2 went from somewhere around the 50th centile to the 97th centile by 8weeks; he's still on the 97th centile. DS1 neved moved off the 9th centile, couldn't be more different! grin

abithormonal Thu 07-Feb-13 11:24:43

Ok, so I can pretty much get anywhere cos I is inner west yeah.

Oh and I've never folded the buggy, depends on how busy the bus is, and to be honest cbd on a sunday is a ghost town so we'll probably be right.

Thumbwitch Thu 07-Feb-13 11:50:50

Izzat so - ok, maybe worth a bash then - I've only ever taken the bus from opposite QVB to Central and they made me fold it then but it was midweek and just before Christmas!

CornishMade Thu 07-Feb-13 12:21:55

I think I'll get a train to Central, then walk over. I could do with the exercise, and the time to myself for reading on the train!

Thumbwitch Thu 07-Feb-13 13:19:39

Ha. I am a tit. I can get the light railway from Central to Convention and walk from there. Easy peasy. Or, if I feel lazy, get the monorail from Convention to Darling Harbour. Only 142 days to go of the monorail so should be done, I feel!

bunnygirl80 Thu 07-Feb-13 18:51:41

You can get off the light rail at Pyrmont Bay and walk back over the bridge. You'll come out closest to where we need to be that way, but you need to get the world's slowest lift down to ground level, or take the buggy down a steep escalator. DS does about 8 bus trips a week, and has done for the last 18 months and we've only needed to fold the buggy about 6 times in total. There are a few non-accessible buses left, where you've got no choice, but as long the wheelchair spots aren't already in use you'll be fine.

Can you get a family fun day ticket if you're bringing DS2?

Thumbwitch Fri 08-Feb-13 00:08:39

Don't know - never tried it - would that cover light rail/monorail as well?

I was trying to see if there was a light rail stop at Pyrmont bridge, but that might push me over into the next fare category, so might still do Convention, depending on the cost. I did look at the bridge too, a lot depends on how my pelvis is doing though as to how far I'm willing/able to walk.
I'll work it out, no problem! smile

bunnygirl80 Fri 08-Feb-13 01:17:39

The family fun day ticket covers everything so you could just ride around on buses and trains all day if you wanted! Pyrmont Bay is closer to the end of Darling Harbour that we want, you get the lift up out of the station, cross the road, walk over the bridge, and then you're not far from Helm Bar at all. I think it's less walking distance than Convention.

abithormonal Fri 08-Feb-13 04:40:23

Yes yes to the family fun day ticket, $2.50 all the way from yours thumb, and use on the lightrail too, just because you have a not so small baby with you. Most most most excellent.

Also Pymont Bridge will be closer, but I have been a bit stuck in that lift so it freaked me out. I also got the first twinges of contractions with DS2 walking accross that bridge, fond memories.

abithormonal Fri 08-Feb-13 04:42:52
Thumbwitch Fri 08-Feb-13 05:17:55

ooo fabulous! thanks muchly smile

ComradeJing Fri 08-Feb-13 09:42:47

I think we're in.

It will be myself and 12w Ds.

What time was it?

ComradeJing Fri 08-Feb-13 09:43:22

Ah, I missed it -12:30

Thumbwitch Fri 08-Feb-13 10:35:00

Excellent news, Comrade Jing! Looking forward to meeting you (and you too Carolyn). smile

So - by my count, we have me, Bunny, Abit, RVP, Cornishmade, Carolyn and Comrade Jing - is that right?

I have messaged the other MNers that I have numbers for, have one possible in HighFibreDiet - she needs to check with her DP what their weekend plans are. No other positives (yet).

CornishMade Fri 08-Feb-13 11:48:46

Aaah, so sorry but I am now going to pull out of this one this time, ladies. Was looking forward to it. sad Thumb, will text you.

Thumbwitch Fri 08-Feb-13 11:56:15

Oh what a shame! sad Hope it's nothing too worrying.

CornishMade Fri 08-Feb-13 13:11:16

Just timing, priorities... Can't spare the day really, that's all.

Hi there Sydneysiders, I will be coming tomorrow with cute but rather large toddler dd - I didn't realise there was a no kids request but dh was grumpy enough about looking after the boys. Hopefully she will sleep in the buggy but I will leave early if she is awake and a pain.

Thumb - I have had the two extremes in sizes too. Ds2 was born at an average weight, went down to the tenth percentile and then dropped right off the chart. I haven't weighed dd much but she is decidedly chunky.

Looking forward to meeting you all.

Thumbwitch Sat 09-Feb-13 11:46:08

Had a message from Cornish - looks like she might be able to make it after all, so there will be 8 of us, is that right? and 3 babies. smile

Thumbwitch Sun 10-Feb-13 11:27:23

Good to see those of you who made it today!

We managed to get the train home in good time, and amazingly I managed to get the extra space so didn't have to collapse the pushchair either - result! grin

Sorry that Bunny and RVP couldn't make it due to their health ishoos - but don't know what happened to Comrade Jing, so I'm asking here - are you ok, CJ?

CornishMade Sun 10-Feb-13 11:54:18

Today was nice, cheers ladies and I'm glad I changed my plans and came after all! Jobhunting can wait...

bunnygirl80 Sun 10-Feb-13 21:13:38

Gutted I missed it. I thought babies only interfered with your plans once they're out, but this one seems to be getting an early start. It was quite nice spending an hour in a room all alone with no toddler related distractions on delivery suite though grin

Maybe comradejing turned up, didnt like the look of you all and left grin

ComradeJing Sun 10-Feb-13 21:30:32

We had health ishoos here too I'm afraid with the wee ones. Poor DS was miserable all day and I rather thought a screaming baby wasn't the best companion for a meet up. DD is full of snot and horror too. Bloody typical for my first attempted toddler free day since I was in hospital having DS!

I did text but only realised this morning when I checked my phone that it hadn't gone through. I'm so sorry!

Next time though!

Thumbwitch Mon 11-Feb-13 02:46:09

Norty bunny! wink

CJ, sorry to hear about your DC's unwellness - of course that is always the risk. Glad you're ok though and hope the little ones get better soon.

We discovered that Carolyn, and her friend who came too (who needs to get on MN! grin) aren't in Australia for very long - so is there a chance we can organise another meet up in a fairly short timespan? I'm away in the UK for most of April (school holidays) but perhaps we can manage a May or June meet? Bunny will have a snuffly new baby by then too, although it might be too early to bring baby out, I don't know.

Anyway - thoughts, anyone?

ComradeJing Mon 11-Feb-13 03:50:30

Yes please!

Shall I throw some dates about?

March 23rd/24th
April 6th/7th
May 25th/26th

Since so many of us have wee babies how about an earlier date so that they are less likely to be in the crawling stage?

bunnygirl80 Tue 12-Feb-13 20:37:52

I'm definitely up for another meet up.

My edd is 6th April, so there's a significant chance I could be in labour/have a very very new baby for the dates in March/April. So May 25th/26th suits me best, but if everyone else wants an earlier date, I'll just play it by ear and turn up if I haven't popped

Thumbwitch Wed 13-Feb-13 06:41:21

I definitely can't make 6th/7th April but could do the others.

redvelvetpoppy Wed 13-Feb-13 10:11:13

I can do May!

ComradeJing Wed 13-Feb-13 11:43:49

I'm very flexible so happy to wait or see how we go smile

redvelvetpoppy Thu 14-Feb-13 00:28:08

How are you finding things Comrade? I was in your neck of the woods the other day smile

ComradeJing Thu 14-Feb-13 22:57:52

Love it RVP. Really, really love it. Very happy in our house and being back to "real life" after the weird craziness that is expat life in china. I need to make some friends still but I'm at least getting out with DD and meeting people.

VERY happy to be here. grin

carolyn24 Fri 01-Mar-13 02:27:16

Hi all, was lovely to meet those of you who could make it a few weeks ago. Would be great to meet up again. I can make any of those dates so will await to hear what the verdict is!

bunnygirl80 Sun 05-May-13 05:15:26

It's about time we resurrected the thread and arranged another meet up. There was a suggestion we meet up later this month if anyone's up for it?

Oh, and my DD was forcibly evicted after deciding to attempt a foot first exit 2 weeks early on the 23rd March grin. She will be available for cuddles at the next meet up.

redvelvetpoppy Mon 06-May-13 06:45:57

Hey Bunny congratulations!!flowers

What lovely news grin hope all's well with you & your family

I could probably meet up on a Sunday if that's any use?

bunnygirl80 Thu 09-May-13 04:32:25

Bumpity bump

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