Thursday 29 March 2012: Storm approaching
A very quick blip on my way home. I was trying to find somewhere to show the storm clouds approaching and went to Newcastle Ocean baths (an easy park and quick access). I was around on the rocks behind the Children's Pool and noticed this man exercising his dog. It is a dog free area but I am not going to tell and I am sure you won't.
The building behind is the baths pavillon containing changing rooms, cafe and and other rooms.
I found out only recently a lot of people refer to the Children's pool as the Canoe Pool. Apparently, the original pool was built in 1930 and was called the Young Mariner's pool. One of the pool's features was a 20-metre-wide elliptical map of the world, jutting about 20 cm above the water during low tide (8 inches in old money). This has long gone now and all you can see is a sandy bottom. The pool was expanded and an area was used for canoes hence why it is known by many people as the Canoe Pool. I might add that a photo of the canoes in 1939 showed that they were fairly primitive still the pool doesn't really have much depth to it.
The storm breezed in, we had a few spits of rain and then I missed a rather nice sunset. Much to do at home as I am off to Sydney again tomorrow evening for the Night Magic workshop. Thanks Trisharooni and Cymberline for the recommendation.