Showing posts with label Ulladulla. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ulladulla. Show all posts

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Those lazy, crazy, hazy days of Summer

Have you seen those memes about the start of a new school year/ end of the holidays where parentals make funny comments such as...



Or even...





That is not me.
I love school holidays.
If I can, I try and take time off with my kids so it becomes my holiday too.
Holiday programs can be a little expensive and when I pick up Sonofagun No.2 at the end of the day, he's way more physically exhausted than from spending a day at school.
We don't do too much. I do tend to be a bit on the lazy side. But we do fun things. (I had written 'lots of fun things', then realised it wasn't 100% accurate!)
So this little post is about how we spent our long summer holidays!
You'd already know from this blog post that we spent 2 weeks over Christmas in Mollymook with the Mothership and the Fatherdom.



They're almost too polite to say so, but I'm fairly sure they were happy for the peace and quiet when we left!


 
I'm pretty crap at taking fireworks photos. But I still do it anyway. I take hundreds! And then I realise like any Crazy with a smart phone that they all look shithouse, and I should just put down my phone and enjoy it IN REAL LIFE because I'm never going to look back over 247 photos of fireworks in 10 years and be all like, "Awww! Remember that greeny red one from the Ulladulla New Years Eve of 2016? This blurry one is my favourite!"
So we returned home and I continued to make my circles into squares. There were many cups of tea and hours of Netflix involved.





This is where I'm up to now:







I thought crocheting a lightning bolt for my face was the best idea I'd had in years.





If you need a lightning bolt face or even a necklace, the free tutorial is here.



Sonofagun No.2 and I ventured down to our local beach a few times. We found this pair of sunnies in the water with this little sea thing attached. After a few photos, it decided it had enough, detached and swam away.







We visited Melbourne Zoo. SOG2 absolutely had to visit the penguins the minute we arrived.


 
He was only vaguely to 'not at all' interested in the other animals.

"Pfft! Elephants. How boring! Can we go back to the penguins now?"


My favourite section is the butterfly house. He spent the entire time in here declaring loudly in front of everyone, "These are soooo boring! They'll die in a couple of days anyway!"

My Sonofagun No.2 does not have this thing called 'tact' or 'a filter'.  When we went to see Rogue One 'A Star Wars Story' for the 2nd time, there was a memoriam for Carrie Fisher just before the movie started.
As I started to feel a little eye moisture, SOG2 said this so LOUDLY, everyone in the theatre heard:
"HA! IT SAYS RIP! R.I.P. RIP!!!!! LIKE IN THE GRAVEYARDS WHERE THE ZOMBIES LIVE! SHE'S A ZOMBIE NOW!!"


We had to stop by the penguins before we left. To say goodbye of course.







So I have developed a THING where if I can't or don't feel like working on my main projects, I pick up some cotton and make a mandala.


 
This one is halfway through being written down and tested as a future tutorial. So bright and pretty!




I also enjoyed lots of these! A delicious, refreshing cocktail of Gin, Soda Water, Elderflower cordial, lemon and mint leaves.
I can only have one each evening because I'm a Cadbury girl: a glass and a half and I become a pissy* mess.

*drunken, not urinating



 
Down here in Kangaroo land, it was Straya Day on 26th January.
I'm a bit conflicted about Australia Day.


On one hand it's nice to have a national day that celebrates our wonderful country, but not on a day that the Indigenous nations mourn and remember as Invasion Day.



We took the kids down to the local beach for the rides, food stalls and concerts.
We found a spare table and chairs at the park. We took dips and crackers and crochet!




I love this map created by @Amazing_Maps which shows all the different countries that fit into our big island!





Then in the evening, more blurry smartphone fireworks!





While the rest of the country has sweltered in a long heatwave, good old Melbourne has had a nice summer.


My Nashi Pears grew.



And the Rainbow Lorikeets ate them...



They squawk and crap EVERYWHERE. But being the bird lover, I just sit under the tree quietly with a cuppa and watch them happily.




I love roses. This one is called Eyes for You.




And this hybrid tea is Monica.








Has the mandala bug bitten you?






It bit me on the bum and it still itches. I can't get enough of them. The one above was from a pattern from Simply Crochet magazine.


The one in the bag below is my own design. I am addicted to the process of making a perfectly flat circle and with each round, trying to 'math' properly so it stays flat.






This is my 2nd version of the one above but I've realised the centre is very similar to a mandala that has previously been published elsewhere so it's  back to the drawing board!




So that was our summer. The Sonofaguns are back at school. I'm back at work. And already longing for the next school holidays!

xox
Louise


The Red Haired Amazona

Friday, 13 January 2017

Christmas in Mollymook 2016

Hello Lovelies!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas in your part of the world.

Here in Kangarooland it has been warm and sunny. Just how we like our Christmasses!.

This year we made the trek up to the Motherships for Christmas to a little slice of heaven that I have told you about before called Mollymook.

The most important part of the pre-trip preparations involved the long and arduous decision making process of What Yarn To Take.
I had a basket for Things To Crochet While Away, and a smaller bag of yarn which was for Things To Crochet In the Car.


After a long 10 hour drive, we arrived at our destination. I may have shown you this before, but this is my favourite view of Mollymook Beach that signals our arrival. Isn't it amazing?
 


After settling in at the Mothership and Fatherdoms castle, we all wandered down to the local dog walking beach Narrawallee Beach.  

We park our cars in a little car park, then walk a short way through this glorious bushland.  Would you like to take a walk with us?














This is Sister Amazonas' Furbaby Phil Collins bringing me the frisbee again for the millionth time. He loves it so much, we're more than happy to oblige.  And in case you're wondering, he hasn't quite mastered the drums yet.



Do you have these in your part of the world? Here we call them Christmas Beetles.







I have spent alot of time crocheting in this place on the back deck.  


On Christmas Eve Sonofagun No.2 wanted to leave a little something for Santa and the reindeer. Lucky Santa was left a small fruit mince pie, a small bottle of Chivas Regal and a carrot for the reindeer. 
Santa is a bit of a pisspot.


Fortunately the Sonofaguns didn't wake us TOO EARLY. SOG1 kept SOG2 preoccupied playing PS3 for a little while.


Sister Amazona made a delicious punch.


It was made from Dry Ginger Ale, Soda Water, Tropical juice, with chopped strawberries and ripped mint leaves.


I made my World's Famous Trifle. The one on the left is the boozy one, and the one on the right is the non- alcoholic one.

 
 
This is me on Christmas Eve making the trifles. I must admit the boozy trifle is VERY boozy. I don't tip in a little teaspoons' worth of Sherry. Possibly it might be a fair estimate that maybe almost half the bottle ends up in there. But that's what's SOOOOO damn good about it! Especially the next day when all the sherry has soaked through the cakey bit to the bottom. Manna!
 
There's absolutely no such thing as a non- boozy trifle unless it's for Aunty Martha Stewart who is very good and doesn't partake, or for young'uns.
 
Having said that, I'm an Aussie child of the 70s who was allowed to eat the same boozy trifle as the adults, and I turned out alright? (Notice how I finished that sentence with a question mark)
 


 The Motherships Christmas Table.

 
So I've mentioned my Auntie Martha Stewart many times over the years. She taught me how to crochet when I was pregnant with Sonofagun No.1.
 
Would you like to meet her?
 
Tah-dah! Foxy Auntie Martha Stewart (aka Auntie Jane) with some crochet and a cup of tea.
 


After a day of too much food and alcohol, we all sat in a food stupor and watched a classic Christmas movie Die Hard 2.

Obviously taken when an ad was on.

We have played inappropriate card games...


Most days we went for long beach walks...


Wandered around local shops with nice things...


And funny things.


And pretty things.

 

I finally acquired my very first pair of thongs.  I don't really like thongs. I hate having chunky things between my toes. In much the same way with underwear 'thongs': I don't chunky things between my butt cheeks either.


But I needed something to wear for walking to the beach.  Mothership bought these pretty ones for me for $5. They matched my toenails so I'm happy to wear them.  I felt a little bit more Australian all of a sudden. 

After I took my Thong/ Orange Toenail photo, I felt something wriggling under the hem of my dress and this little gecko jumped out. I must admit I kind of squealed like a Choir Boy in a half hearted way. I didn't think it was a spider, so it was more of a fright reaction. 


Once I realised it was just this little guy, I caught him to show off to Sonofagun No.2.


He then slowly made his way up my arm....



And into my hair.


He was quite happy up there, but whenever he wriggled around, it felt like I had mega nits, so asked the Mothership to come and get him.

He was then released safely into the garden.

Whilst there was lots of beach walking and rock exploring, we only had one occasion when we packed up all of the things to hang out at the beach. I'm not really a fan of sitting at the beach, getting sunburnt, sand in my swimmers, getting eaten by sharks etc, but the Bear wanted to 'hang out at the beach' so I was happy to oblige.

Sonofagun NO.2 floated around on his giant blow up ice block for a while. An old lady wandered over to him because she thought he had fallen asleep.


This was my main beach activity from the entrance of our little beach tent. If you're wondering why there was a lot of rocks around, we were at a sheltered little cove called The Bogeyhole.


 
 
 
 

So we enjoyed the Fatherdom and Motherships beautiful garden.




 
 
 

Watched fireworks on New Years Eve over Ulladulla Harbour.


After the fireworks, we left the Sonofaguns with the Grandparentals and went to the neighbouring village of Milton for a few quiet ales at a lovely little bar called Harvest. There was live music and funny, drunk locals.




 
And I crocheted circles

 
 
Lots of circles.
 


Which has continued now at home...


And the circles are becoming squares.


I'm still enjoying the summer holidays with the Sonofaguns. I think these circles will become a blanket but it may take some time.


Thanks for reading! I hope you had a wonderful Summer/ Winter Chrissy & New Year break.
Thanks for hanging out with me last year. Cheers to a very yarny 2017!!

xox
Louise

The Red Haired Amazona