Showing posts with label penguins. Show all posts
Showing posts with label penguins. 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

Monday, 12 December 2016

Musings from the 9.14 to Southern Cross

After being absent for a whole month, I wanted to pop my head in and say HI!

It's Summer in Straya!

It's been rather frustrating for me that all the end of year busy-ness has kept me away from my little bloggy space here in the Interwebs.

I've still been able to crochet daily, but I've been limited in time for designing and writing. Hopefully the upcoming summer holidays will give that back to me because I've really missed hanging out with you guys! I've been so desperate to blog, I'm currently writing this up on my little phone on the train to Southern Cross Station on my way to work!

I'm on the train. Bloggin' and stuff...
I have finally finished a delicious scarflet pattern I have been working on. That was created using some yummy Debbie Bliss cashmerino which was lovingly hand dyed and posted to me by Vicki from the blog Off The Hook in the UK.

I then became quite excited by the idea of these scarflets and made a slightly different variation using Moda Vera Shiver. This is a super soft, chunky acrylic yarn.


I have the idea of releasing the pattern with the 2 versions. One for cashmerino style yarns and one for chunky yarns. So stay tuned for that in the coming weeks!

I also took some time to make a variation of my Stevie Bird pattern.

What do you think of this little Cockatoo?


I love him! I'd like to try making other Aussie birds too!

If you follow along on Spacey Facey, you'd know I love Xmas and Xmas movies! I have some goodies planned for my Saturday night Movies & Crochet.

We started off last weekend with one our favourite Xmas classics Die Hard! 


Once I had a glass of Egg Nog in hand, Die Hard on the tv and the lights twinkling on the Xmas tree I had that delicious, cosy Christmassy feeling!


And our old friend Rocko the Elf has arrived again this year. He always makes his debut like this:


The following day, we woke up and he continued the superhero theme.



Aren't these little masks adorable?  They were designed by Simple Made Pretty. You can download them for free after you subscribe to their site. They are designed to print so each mask perfectly fits your Elfs face. The eyeholes are even in the right place.


Our Christmas tree is up.

I wanted to go with a pink and gold theme this year. But I have so many cute little ornaments that are not pink and gold, and I absolutely HAVE TO put up that once again my tree is a mishmash of things.

Like these adorable little mushrooms I bought online a couple of years ago...



I recently discovered that we don't have to travel all the way to Phillip Island for Sonofagun No.2s penguin fix.

A couple of weeks ago it was Bears work Xmas party. It was held at a lovely restaurant called Little Blue on the St Kilda pier.

We got all dressed up and I spent a great deal of time ironing my hair and twisting it into lovely waves. I felt a bit glam!


We caught trains and trams to St Kilda, then had to walk along a very long pier to the little restaurant at the end. 


Unfortunately piers and bays are kind of windy. My hair did this....

Definitely NOT glam!         btw Where's Wally?
After taking refuge in the restaurant and grabbing a medicinal glass of bubbly, we realised on the otherside of the restaurant through some rather largish small windows, we could see a small crowd gathering around the rocks. We watched and were able to see some Australian Little Penguins emerge from the bay. 

One of the Wait Staff told us it was a nightly tourist attraction, so the Bear and I decided to take Sonofofagun No.2 and his Bear cub along the following weekend.

Now we were on the otherside of the glass!

Sonofagun No.2 waits for penguins....
These penguins certainly weren't shy!


They swim in just after sunset every night.


Many waddle their way up into the breakwater boulders to their nests but quite a few perch on top of the rocks to preen and perve at the two legged visitors.




So that's just a little recap from the train...


 If I don't get the chance to pop in again before Christmas, stay tuned for the end of the year when I do my Year of Saturday Night Movies & Crochet wrap up!

xox
Louise

The Red Haired Amazona