Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Mollymook Bliss 2016

I've been having a little holiday with the Sonofaguns.

red haired amazona

A much needed trip away to stay with my parents at Mollymook on the NSW South Coast.

The poor Bear had to stay home as he had to work, so I traveled up in convoy with mum and dad, who had been down in Melbourne for Xmas.

It's just beautiful here.  

My favourite view as I arrive is this.

red haired amazona

When I glimpse the view of the beach and the waves I feel like I'm actually AWAY.

Sadly the weather wasn't very obliging for the first 4 days.  It rained every single bloody day! For the first 4 days, I hadn't had the chance to touch toe to sand because RAIN.

Thursday was the first day that there was a bit of sun and blue sky. After a drizzly morning, the skies cleared so I could take the Sonofaguns, the Mothership and my Furbrother Koko to the beach.

The Mothership and Fatherdoms garden is quite lovely.

Lots of beautiful tropicalish flowers and greenery. 

A King Parrot rests briefly after decimating the Fatherdoms tomatoes.


With passionfruit as big as lemons!

And little interesting creatures and sculptures.

Sunny Jim spends his days sheltered under the verandah tweeting and singing to all the local parrots.

Whenever I travel anywhere new, I'm always on the look out for local yarn shops. I google, ask locals etc because the small shops usually have interesting yarny finds.  Sadly there doesn't seem to be any of those around here, so when we drove up to Nowra on Wednesday, I satisfied my Yarnoholic tendencies by popping into Spotlight.  

I only picked up 2 balls of acrylics (because I don't think I have these specific shades of yellow and red ;)  ) but also splurged on a few metres of lovely japanese kimono style fabric.  
kimono fabric

So here's my thinking with that:

Before going to Spotlight, I found this pretty blue greeny floral maxi dress in a shop. It cost dollars. Just enough to make me think "Do I need this? No. Is it cheap? Not really. Do I look Not Fattish in this? Sort of."  
So I pulled the Mothership into the shop with me. She also agreed I looked not too fatish in the dress.
And before I had firmly decided NOT to buy it, I bought it.

Then I went to Spotlight because I also decided that even though me and sewing don't love each other and I'm moderately shit at it, that I can absolutely replicate this blue greeny floral maxi dress because the Bear bought me a whizz bang sewing machine for Xmas which can do everything all by itself and sew ALL OF THE THINGS. 
And that's what the lovely japanese fabric is for.


I will easily replicate the blue greeny floral maxi pretty dress to make another with the japanese fabric, even though I am totally shithouse at sewing and have 5% sewing skillz.  

After buying 3 metres of the fabric for a dress, getting home and having a cup of coffee to think about the making of the dress, I started to think the fabric would make very nice cushion covers. With Crochet edging.  Because I'm good at crochet.

Stay tuned for THAT one!
In about 3 years when I rediscover the pretty japanese fabric in the bottom of my sewing box.

The next day the Mothership and I swanned our ladylike selves in to the nearby village of Milton for ladylike breakfasting and the spending of the monies.

**Just in case, I'll drop in a quick note to say that I'm probably going to name drop a few shops and places of interest in this post. But only because I REALLY LIKE THEM.  This is NOT a sponsored post by any means. **

Milton is super cute with lots of cosy cafes and shops for the spending of the monies.  We breakfasted in a very ladylike manner on the top verandah of the Driftwood Cafe.

The Breakfast Egg Pot thingy with mushrooms and tomatoes was so delicious, I was trying to scrape around the inside of the pot to get every last morsel.

So ridiculously tasty!
We then popped into one of my favourite shops Nikki B's. It's a bit of an institution in Milton and has been there for years. In there you can find an eclectic variety of antiques, curios and new pieces, including some bootilicious Rockabilly dresses.  

Many years ago I bought a little dead crab in a glass bubble. Because dead crabs are cute. And macabre. This time I bought one of these little Sewing Pin pots in the photo below!  

Then Mum wanted to show me one of her fave shops called Surya which was a little further up the main street. Suryas website states 

"All our pieces are either Nepali certified Fair Trade, or are produced by small, ethical traders. Our producers are small cottage industry artisans, many of whom are home based workers empowering the mothers, daughters, sisters and wives in villages and cities in Nepal"

Nepalese ethical clothing

I had a little chat with one of the owners Melissa who was very friendly and kind enough to let me take a few photos of her shop! I loved the all beautiful homewares, jewellery, toys and clothing.  

hair pins

I bought myself this funky singlet dress (on the left), a cute blue skirt (on the right), one of those pom pom trivets (which I have been lusting after for yonks), and a couple of gorgeous hairpins. You can only see one in this photo as I was wearing the other in my hair!  I couldn't believe how reasonable the prices were and what a fabulous range they had! The Mothership bought some hand pressed wrapping paper. 

I just realized everything I bought in this photo has circles.

When the clouds finally cleared later that afternoon, we went to the beach.

Sonofagun No.1 contemplates like, rocks and water and stuff. And took lots of photographs of both.

We dipped our toes in water. I don't really like photos of peoples feet. You know those naffy pics peeps take when they're on holidays of views of the palm trees with their manky toes taking up the bottom third of the screen? Blech!
Or pictures of their feet squelched in sand on the beach? Jeezus people! I'm loving that you're on holiday but the only ones who wanna see your feet are the foot fetishists. You know this is true.
So here's a photo of my fat paddles. Because I was photographing everything in sight,  and ranting to the Mothership about peoples manky tinea holiday snaps, I logically decided to photograph our feet. The Motherships tootsies are delightfully painted. Mine are the ugly ducklings on the left.

narrawallee beach

Sonofagun No.2 caught his first ever fish in Ulladulla Harbour on his first ever attempt at fishing thanks to his fishing savvy Nanna...

The fish were practically leaping onto our hooks, but all were undersized, so they all got the Rex Hunt pash....

ulladulla harbour

And then popped back into the harbor to swim another day!

How's your summer/ winter going?

The Red Haired Amazona


  1. I really enjoyed the little tour of Mollymook and surrounds. I've lived in Canberra for a total of 31 years and have never been there !!!! Whenever I go to the coast it's usually a right hand turn and into Batemans Bay. I think a trip to Mollymook will have to go onto the agenda for the near future. That beach looks beautiful. Xox

    1. It is really pretty Dorothy. I think you'd love it there. Only 40 mins up from the Bay. A few of mum and dad's Canberra friends have now either moved or bought weekenders up there.

  2. Louise,you made our garden look prettier than it is at the moment. When you next visit we will have to finish our browse of the Milton shops.

    1. I really want to check out that first antique shop at the old petrol station.

  3. Don't sweat it, the Pinkies look fine! - I'd send you a pic of mine in the snow, but I'd just end up with frostbite!
    NIKKI's looks cool! - Any RHINOS..?
    Anyhoo, love Parental UNits' garden! Don't have those plants here...

    1. No Rhinos at Nikkis but theres a vintage giftware shop here in Melbourne that has an entire taxidermied Camel out the front!

  4. You've made me laugh out loud.... oh how I buy things with huge grand ideas in my head...... to find the items stuffed in a box 5 years later! The sunshine looks amazing, 2 degrees here today and absolutely freezing!

    1. Brrrr! That's bloody cold! Yeah I have a box full of Delusions in the closet. But I still really want to make this dress!