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.
|"Pfft! Elephants. How boring! Can we go back to the penguins now?"|
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!
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!
My Nashi Pears grew.
They squawk and crap EVERYWHERE. But being the bird lover, I just sit under the tree quietly with a cuppa and watch them happily.
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!
The Red Haired Amazona