Thursday, April 29, 2010

Berry to Sydney

Berry is one of those rare finds. First settled in 1825 it's set amongst rolling green hills and planted with Oaks, Elms and Beech Trees … a charming picturesque town.
The town is famous for its cafes, antiques and boutique shopping.  Of course we had to evaluate some of the cafes and visited Grapefruit Cafe - extremely doggy friendly within the rear courtyard and Just Delicious - a Cafe/Deli - both are to be recommended.

Berry has historical buildings with, green gardens, many art galleries, gift shops and a market held on the first Sunday of each month. Prices seem to be very reasonable as there is a lot of competition amongst the shops.
We stayed in the Berry Showgrounds - $15 per night with power - a lovely treed setting within very easy walking distance of the town
Friends from the CMCA forum - Terry and Margaret (and their faithful Combi) stayed overnight on their way south.
Onwards again - to Sydney - we're staying in the St Ives Showgrounds - a fabulous spot - $20 per night for a powered site, toilets and showers are available, also water.  The showgrounds cover a large area (around 50ha) mostly covered by natural bushland and trees and bordering Ku-rin-gai Chase National Park.  There are 2 large fully fenced off-lead dog walking/training areas, as well as walks in the bushland.
Wednesday was a special day for Laurie - her birthday! We had a celebratory lunch at the Flying Fox Cafe on Pittwater - delicious - we shared 3 plates - salt and pepper squid with fresh finely chopped tomata and herb salad with a lemon caper dressing; slow roasted baby beetroot, pear, walnuts and Soignen goats cheese salad with a white balsamic vinaigrette; and, naughty, naughty, a bowl of chips served with a roast garlic and rosemary aoili - YUM
View of Pittwater from the front of cafe