My favourite (and a lot of people’s favourite) of the afternoon – the cherry ripe cake. Well, that’s what I call it anyway, because it really does taste like a luxurious version of the good old Cherry Ripe chocolate bar.
Next up, mini lemon meringue tarts! They’re cute with a subtle lemon flavour, but a bit too sweet for me.
Getting quite full now… But I still have room for…
Something more dainty – a mini peach macaron and a Japanese-style cheesecake. The macaron was so-so, but the cheesecake was heavenly.
M has a sweet tooth, so on her Hen’s Day we decided to go out to high tea. I’d been researching the high teas given by various Sydney establishments, and decided on the Sofitel Wentworth hotel. They seemed to have a good deal and high quality food. I wasn’t disappointed.
First we attacked the savouries of chicken and mayo sandwiches, sour cream and mushroom choux bun, and smoked salmon roll. But it was the sweets that we were after. We started with scones.
Meanwhile, back at Umina Beach…
Oh, er, what was I meant to be doing? Guarding the house? What do you mean I’m a guard dog??
While the picnic area was chockers with picnicker – grannies, parents, kids, babies, dogs – the rock platform was rather empty. I know where I’d rather be.
Ah, Terrible Terrigal. It’s my first visit in over 10 years and I wanted to get out right away. It was a sunny end of winter weekend, and although it might not seem like it from this photo it seemed that half Sydney was camped out there. Terrible. I’m ever so glad that BB’s place is in relatively tranquil Umina Beach.
Up the overgrown stone steps, and we come to the top of the temple complex. The view from the top is absolutely glorious. No wonder this is the most important place in all of Bali.
Thanks for journeying with me through Besakih temple!
The upper tiers weren’t quite as well-kept as the lower ones. Here, the weeds were slowly overtaking the place – it’s as if the jungle wanted to reclaim its long-lost territory.
The individual temples are made of local stone and tiered thatched roofs. It also contains some intricate masonry. Given that much of this was first constructed 500-600 years ago, I say that everything’s been pretty well-maintained.