Currently Reading: Ernest Cline – Ready Player One | Patrícia Melo – The Lost World | Peter Matthiessen – The Snow Leopard | Herta Müller – The Fox Was Ever the Hunter
I’ve had these books on the go for several weeks (in some cases months). There has not been much time for reading as I enter these final two months of thesis. Come the first of September, and the beginning of spring, I will be free. This summer, I won’t know what to do with myself!
I haven’t had as much time for hikes lately either, unfortunately. Recently, however, I began a long term project which aims to link together several walking routes along Sydney’s waterways, from Botany Bay in Sydney’s south to Barrenjoey Lighthouse in the north, and along the Parramatta and Hawkesbury river systems, linking the Royal NP Coastal Walk (which, due to recent fire damage, I am also walking in three sections, the first of which you can read about here) and the Great North Walk, which connects central Sydney with the Hunter Valley. I am using a series of maps collaboratively compiled by Sydney’s various coastal councils, called Walking Coastal Sydney.
I decided to walk the Parramatta River section first, as my campus is situated along its banks, so I can stitch together sections as I attend uni for meetings, library visits, and class (when teaching resumes in August). Setting out from Parramatta station, I walked to the Lake along the river and returned through the streets, taking about 3.5 hours to complete the circuit, from Lennox Bridge to the Lake and back to the station.
All of Sydney feels a bit like a construction zone at the moment, between the ever-expanding development of roads, airports, light-rails, smart cities and other immanent architecture, infrastructure and ‘must have’ capital investment opportunities. One can’t help wondering if Sydney’s growing at a rate faster than it can sustain. These here are changing times… It’s nice to slow down and take in a little of the sprawling urban environment on foot. Then retreat once again to the slower pace of mountains life.
I’m house-sitting in Eastwood this week, hanging out with two very cool cats going by the names of Whiskers and Meow. My plan is to complete one to two more sections of the Parramatta River while I am here.