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Published September 20th 2012
Taking a walk on my lunch break,I decided to go down Lavender Street from North Sydney. The old building, which happened to be an Indian restaurant called the Harbour Side, deserved a closer look. After crossing the road, I noticed steep stairs that lead to what I thought was the harbour.
The first thing that came to mind was a school holiday picnic with the kids. I visualised them eating fish and chips, running around and throwing a ball while I sat under a tree and poured them drinks and enjoyed the sun before taking walking along the trail parallel to the harbour to Luna Park. The vision was lovely, until I turned to my left and found what looked like a 'secret garden'. My visual quickly changed and I then saw myself with my husband taking a stroll together without the kids. Holding hands in peace, sitting in the sun with a glass of wine and a cheese platter meant for two.
The deeper I walked into the garden, the more curious I became and it soon came to a dead end. I turned to leave but then I noticed some stairs, so up I went and found that they lead me back up to Lavender Street and to the top of Clark Park.
Walking back up towards North Sydney I noticed a couple corporates lunching on a bench with a view of the harbour and one stand alone Gymea Lilly not too far away. It was so breathtakingly beautiful that my vision stayed with me the rest of the afternoon.
this was actually built on reclaimed land from the railway, by Brett Whitely's widow. Clark Park.. It's a lovely spot, been there a few times, I thought it was a private garden, but it's open to the public, the locals are very proud of it. We sat there on the table under an umbrella and had a bottle of wine, so nice.