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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The Thrills & Spills of Phillip Island

My Sonofagun No.2 loves penguins.

He loves penguins as much as I love crochet. And chocolate. And the sound of my own voice. But that's irrelevant.

A couple of months ago he made this statement:

"Mumazona. I haven't seen a real life penguin in YEARS. I need to see one soon."

This isn't quite true as I'm sure he's seen one in a zoo sometime in the past year but as school holidays were coming up, I thought we were long overdue for another trip to Phillip Island.

Phillip Island is only 2 hours from Melbourne and is home to colonies of Australian Little Penguins (aka Fairy Penguins), Swamp Wallabies, Seals, Cape Baron Geese, Koalas and loads of wonderful wildlife.

Every night of the year (except maybe Xmas), you can attend a wonderful event called the Penguin Parade.

Just after dusk every night, the penguins who have been out at sea fishing come into a particular beach.

And you can watch them as they parade up the beach, and into their natural nesting area.

It is very special!

We went about 3 years ago and I always wanted to go back. Not just for the Penguin Parade, but because Phillip Island is such a beautiful place. There is several small villages (I would think of them more as suburbs but probably not the right description) on the island as well as farming land and loads of wildlife sanctuaries.

On the last trip we made the obligatory stops at the Chocolate Factory and the Koala Sanctuary. This time we were just going to drive and walk around the town, enjoy the atmosphere and see the penguins.

Sonofagun No.1 opted to stay behind with the Bear. As far as he was concerned, sitting in the cold and dark was far less desirable than sitting at home with his laptop playing war games.

Sonofagun No.2 and I made the very easy drive down, and went straight through the town of Cowes down to the pier for beach walking and tidal rock pool investigating.

The weather was glorious! As we walked along the pier , there was a sign advising visitors about the local inhabitants.

And we spotted one just below!

We walked back and down onto the beach and rocks and looked at the amazing green algae stuff.

We carefully climbed around rock formations looking for crabs.


I was taking a photo of these mussels on the rocks when Sonofagun tipped sideways into a rockpool.


I said something cranky like, "Oh seriously? Now your clothes are wet!!" when he stood up, and a single drip of blood made it's way down his forehead to drip on his shirt.

He started screaming over and over:

MY BRAINS ARE DRIPPING OUT!!!
MY BRAINS ARE DRIPPIIIINNNNNGGGGGG!!!!!

I quickly pulled his shirt off and after checking his head to make sure that a) his brains weren't dripping out and b) the size of the wound was small enough for me to take him to a medical centre and not scream bloody murder for someone to call the ambos, I bundled the shirt up and held it to his head.

Then simultaneously reassured him his brains were not in fact dripping out, carried him up to the car and googled on my phone for the nearest medical centre.

To keep SOG amused, we played Pokémon Go in the medical centre. I found it amusing there was a Koffing... (PokeHunter joke)
It was only a kilometre up the road and after 2 hours, during which Sonofagun No.2 was checked for concussion, given 3 stitches to hold his brains in and looked after by the very lovely doctor and nurse, we headed to the motel to check in, rest and get ready for the Penguin Parade.

The Penguin Parade phone app told me to be there an hour before penguin time.  That gave us loads of time to get a good carpark, get through the ticket gate, grab a coffee, admire the stuffed penguin display and proceed to spoil my poor injured Sonofagun with all the penguiniest penguin things from the gift shop.

Have you seen Sonofaguns penguin collection?  He has about 18-20 toy penguins. I keep losing track. He has extra special favourite called Baby Penguin. Actually 6 of them are called Baby Penguin. The others have random names like Fluff, Fluffy, Big Fluff, Squishy and Dit. But when anyone talks about Baby Penguin, we all know we are talking about THAT Baby Penguin.

This is not all of his penguins. THE Baby Penguin is the very well loved little fellow in the front row, 3rd from the left. On the left is his favourite penguin blanket.

So we bought another penguin at the Phillip Island Penguin Parade gift shop. This penguin was appropriately named Phillip. Phillip was one of the penguins which has a special penguin jacket.

Meet Phillip!
When the penguin wildlife rangers find penguins who are sick or injured or have been in an oil spill, they are nursed back to health wearing a warm woolen crocheted or knitted jacket.

Thousands of caring people all around the world make these gorgeous little jackets for sick penguins and send them to Phillip Island. The only problem is now they have tens of thousands of excess jackets. SO many that the Phillip Island Penguin Centre now sell these beautiful toy penguins wearing a selection of the jackets. They add a few extra dollars to the price and those funds go directly to Penguin Conservation projects.

Phillips jacket had this cute little Finnish flag sewn on. When we went to pay for him, the shop assistant told us a package of hand knitted penguin jackets arrived from a lovely lady all the way in Finland, all with different Finnish Flags or the word 'Suomi' (Finland) on them.

Sorry for the blurry photo. Just as I took this, I broke the coffee table I was sitting on. Yes I really did. Then my phone refused to take anymore photos because the battery was dying. And I was too lazy to charge it and take another. I am that type of slack blogger.
Before heading outside to the boardwalk, we peaked into some of the nest displays at the edge of the Penguin centre. All nesting boxes had access to outside.


Apologies for the glarey picture. It was taken through a clear plastic window into the nesting box of one of the penguins. And it's sitting on eggs!
We then headed out to the boardwalk. There is a system of boardwalks towards the Penguin Grandstand that go through the penguins natural nesting sites. You can see lots of other animals hanging out such as swamp wallabies...



Occasionally you can hear the soft 'duk- duk' of a penguin left behind to guard the nest, but they don't come out until after dusk.



We got a great seat in the middle of the grandstand and pulled out our warm blankets. 


Then a ranger came up and said because it appeared we had thick warm blankets, would we like to come all the way down the front onto the sand? 


Absolutely!! The sand was damp so we were able to sit on our thickest blanket right at the very front of the rope line.

One last gratuitous sneaker photo before all cameras had to be put away. See the rope line above my shoes?

When the first group of Australian Little Penguins wandered up from the choppy surf, just after sundown, one of them broke away from the group and walked right up under the rope line to peck Sonofaguns shoe with his little beak. He was very still and quiet so as not to scare the little penguin off, and exhaled a huge super happy sigh when it wandered back to join his buddies to follow the well worn penguin paths up into the bushland behind the seats.

 

These two images are courtesy of Phillip Island Nature Parks

www.penguins.org.au







After half an hour of watching groups of penguins come up the beach, we climbed the steps up the stands to go up to the boardwalk area. This is a system of wooden bridge pathways that wind through the penguins natural nesting habitat to the Penguin Centre. It was dark, but there are plenty of dim lights to see the Little Penguins waddling back to their nests and everywhere you can hear the 'Duk duk' sounds they make.
One of the penguins finding their nest around the penguin centre.
The whole area from the beach, through the boardwalk, around the Penguin Visitors Centre to past the carpark is the penguins natural nesting area. So check under your cars as you leave!!
The next morning Sonofagun No.2 said, "I'm NEVER going to Cowes again. That's where I had my head injury!"
"Rubbish" I replied. I very much wanted to visit a cute little church craft market before we headed home and wasn't letting a 7 year olds case of PTSD get in the way of my selfish need to browse...

I love markets. Especially markets with the most amazing tea cosies!!


And markets that are close to funky coffee shops with random old furniture and board games!!!


And markets that are sort of, but not quite close to antique shops!!!!!

It's a very laid back atmosphere on the island...



I would have LOVED to have bought this!!!
All of the vintage clothing- SIGH!!!

 
And then at the gentle, constant nagging of Sonofagun No.2 ("when are we going home? when are we leaving? Are we going yet? why do we have to look in ANOTHER shop? I'm bored, I wanna go home. Muuuuu-uuuuum, the car's THAT way! Srsly mum!"), we headed across the bridge to the mainland and back to Melbourne.
 


But the penguin lurve didn't end there.

On the 4th of October, the Blonde Bombshell sent me one of those Facebook Iphone Memories thingos of a photo taken 3 years previously.


It was taken the day we bought Baby Penguin for SOG No.2 at the Melbourne Zoo.

So we decided that night to surprise both BP and SOG2 with a Penguin Party.

With Black Forest Cake.
Baby Penguin (on the right with the gold hat) was extremely chuffed we FINALLY remembered his birthday.


xox
Louise
The Red Haired Amazona

Sunday, 3 July 2016

It's funny how a trip to the market gives you a Virus... shawl.

After my little jaunt up north to the Handmade Market in Canberra, I had a hankering for more marketness.


The Google told me there was a local handmade market happening the following weekend locally in the cosy suburb of Seddon.

I found the aforemention market on the Instabrag and instantly started drooling over THINGS.

You know, the problem is, whenever I've got a case of the Spends, I spend. It doesn't really happen to me that often because I loathe and avoid shopping malls. But if there's a craft market, farmers market or similar, I go a bit nuts and spend dollars. Lots of them. I did it in Canberra. And I'm sad to say (for my bank balance) that I headed eagerly to this little market ready to do the same. Ssssh! Don't tell my bank account. It will start to cry again. Srsly.

This little Seddon market is a quarterly one called the Maribyrnong Makers Market. It is held in a cute little church yard on the corner of this street and another. Yes. That's a bit vague isn't it? I am still a Melbourne newbie after 5 years and I rely heavily on the Google Maps to tell me to go to that place in 300 metres, then I've reached my destination.

This has caused me some issues in the past when it has told me to turn the wrong way into one way streets and pissed off certain truck drivers who were driving the right way so we had a little bit of a Mexican standoff. Except a kind of vehicular standoff between a large delivery van and a blue Nissan X-Trail with a very apologetic, embarrassed Amazona muttering extremely bad words in her mind (for more confessions of my potty mouth, read here). Which she was accidentally saying out loud. To her captive 7 year old audience. Who would then remind her while she was trying to be the Stig, precision driving reverse down a narrow one way street in front of an irate truckie that Mum shouldn't say THAT word. The F word, the B word and the A word is rude and maybe Mum shouldn't have driven THIS way and WHY did she drive the wrong way? And the man in the truck is not an AW word because he's not the one letting the Google send him the wrong way up a one way street.

But I digress. Markets. It's on Gamon Street BTW where I discovered to my Saturday morning market delight, a coffee cart/ car/ truck thingo parked right out front. Because #coffee #morning #caffeineaddict #onlyhadtwobeforeicame .


And all of the wonderous market delights. Candles, terrarium thingos, an impressive, mustachioed hipster selling Tweed Tamoshanters, mulled cider (with many more mustachioed hipsters crowding around that stall)...


and then I found yarn.

Danielle from Raxor Yarns makes funky Octopi!
Yes. Yarn. Of course I did. I have a nose for these things without even realizing it.  A yarn stall with yarny delights filled with yarny things I never even dreamed existed in this life or the next!

Like yarn made from Charcoal AND Bamboo. Together! In long glorious hanks.


And YAK mixed with SILK!?!?!?!? If I knew how to spin and had a spinning wheel, I'd have a serious yarngasm right then and there. Like Meg Ryan in the café. I sort of did internally. I tried to keep it in but may have squeaked a little awkwardly.


And camel, Shetland & seacell (which is apparently seaweed or something). I'm telling you, if this lady had a hank of kangaroo & koala down, I'd be all like "Shut Up and TAKE MY MONEY!"

There was also this really interesting yarn called North, um, northumberdumbledorean, hang on. Here's the photo...


That's the one. North Ronaldweasley. I felt it. And said loudly like a total newb, "Ermagerd! It's so coarse!"

And a delightful lass sitting right there spinning merino at a spinning wheel told me it was because they only eat seaweed. Little dwarfy sheep eating seaweed in North Ronaldweasley with Scottish accents make this yarn!
And they look like this:

In Scottish accents: "Baaaaa. Taste like sushi without the rice. And fish. And Soy sauce. Baaaaaaa."
photo courtesy of http://www.countrylife.co.uk/country-pursuits/saving-seaside-scottish-sheep-84793
And the lovely lass spinning merino like a pro was Danielle, the stall holder of Raxor Yarns....


We chatted, became Instabrag buddies and I was a total yarn perve as I felt and fondled all her hanks and skeins.

I spent quite a bit of time drooling over and fondling the silks.....

Now, several weeks later, I still also want the soft pink, the mango and the green. And the lavender. And the peach.

And after all of the fondling and perving I said, "Shut up and take mah money!"

Actually no. I said, "Oh, this blue is just lovely. I think I'll buy this one. Thank you ever so much."

And then realized I had just spent dollars on silk, which is not cheap. Which meant I really, really should make SOMETHING with it.

Have you ever touched silk like this? It is sooooo soft! Like puppies and kittens soft.

So I went home and Pinterested with a cup of coffee or three and decided to make a Virus Shawl.

Ok so this photo kills a couple of birds with one stone, for you can also see some cute pom poms on a string AND some yummy Maple nougat which I also bought at the market!
And the beginnings of my Shawl!


 After a few days of Virusing, I used the whole 100gmish skein.


And I realized it wasn't big enough. So I Instabragged a message to Danielle and after a delightfully easy exchange of Paypal and Post I had another one within a couple of days!
So I kept going.


And today I finished!
With literally 10cm of silk left. How's that for awesome?


Sooooo my new Samsung phone has a wonderful thing in the camera which smooths out my wrinkles. But it seems I must have so many because while every thing else in the photo is in focus, my face looks slightly out of focus?

 
 
And while trying to take a selfie in the dining room, Sonofagun No.2 decided to try and photobomb...
This type of photo is more like us!
 

He has my eyes. So proud!

The silk scarfy shawl thing is so soft and warm. I love it. I do wish I could have found a pattern which could have done more justice to the yarn, but I can hardly wait to wear this out somewhere.

In a couple of weeks I've decided to take a trip up to Bendigo to check out the Australian Sheep & Wool Show. Apparently it's Christmas for crocheters and knitters and anyone who likes doing stuff with yarn or sheep. I better start apologizing to my bank account....
xox
Louise
The Red Haired Amazona

Monday, 28 December 2015

Saturday Night Movies & Crochet 2015 Recap in Pictures!


If you follow my Facie page, you'd know that most Saturday nights (or Sunday nights), the Blonde Bombshell (aka BFF Emma) and my lovely Bear and I watch movies. And crochet. 

Now you and I both know that there's nothing more wonderful than curling up on the couch with a bit of tellie, or a movie and picking up yarn and hook. And drinking the tea and eating the munchies.

Sometimes we've had Ring Ins join us.  And without fail they have been all like, "So you really do crochet AND watch movies?!?" like it's the last bastion of crazy multitasking and it's as weird as if we told them AND demonstrated that we cooked a souffle AND fought off the vikings at the same time.

Most of the time I post a little Photo mosaic of whatever we're watching and both crocheting on Facie.  When the Bear joins us, he doesn't crochet. But I'm sure if he could give a car an oil change or tinker with solar panels in the loungeroom, he'd do that.

What he does do is help us unravel tangles, slowly unwind tricky yarn balls and sip his Scotch and regularly drops hints to the Blonde Bombshell to see if she'll finally succumb and watch Sharknado. He hasn't succeeded yet and probably won't after we watched Zombeavers.

So to wrap up our year in movies, I thought I'd indulge and give a recap of my photo mosaics from Facebook.  I started posting them in about mid April and unfortunately one or two are missing such as the night we watched Zombeavers...



bill murray
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: We love Bill Murray. And Wes Anderson movies. The Blonde Bombshell was making some coasters that night whilst I made a cloche hat for a friends little girl.
(18 April)
sun theatre yarraville
The Avengers Age of Ultron: We took our movie night to an actual cinema for family movie night. And we took our crochet! (25 April)

granny stripe blanket
Noah: Sorry for the funny fuzzy photo. I also had salted caramel chocolate treats. All to myself! (2 May)

kingsmen colin firth
Kingsman Secret Service: Who doesn't love Mr Darcy? Sexy monkey that he is. That's my Rainbow Scoodie nestled with a nice cuppa. (9 May)

mermaids movie bob hoskins
Mermaids: Shoop shoop shoop. Such a gorgeous classic movie! Remember how Cher only ever cooks entrees because she can't commit to cooking a whole meal? (16 May)

Eurovision 2015: No movie tonight. It was a huge magical Eurovision weekend. And what made it a huger deal was Australias invitation to participate. I was so excited I even took a dodgy photo of the tv screen. We're super equally excited that we've been invited back again for 2016! Squeeee! The Blonde Bombshell was working on the worlds heaviest and most labour intensive blanket whilst I was working on my Fan Dance Wrist Cuffs (24 May)

scandi knit scarf
From Here to Eternity: I really enjoyed this movie. Although it wasn't all about the sand pash. That scene left me with an uncomfortable empathetic feeling of sand up the clacker. Ugh. But Frank Sinatra and Burt Lancaster were delicious to watch. My project that night was my Intarsia Knitted Scarf. (30 May)


wrist cuff crochet
The Last Five Years: seemed to drag for blimmin' five years. Holy Oprah I would have rather watched 5 hours of infomercials! The BB was crocheting a gorgeous chunky cowl whilst I played around with more wrist cuffs! (13 June)

#yarnaddict
Thor The Dark World: That Saturday night I was solo and I think I was just happily sitting there enjoying Hemsworth muscles and sorting through my yarn stash. Drinking a massive cap and totally blissed out. (18 June)

netflix series
Daredevil: no, not the dumb ben affleck movie (gawd I hope he doesn't eff up batman). This was a bit of a Netflix tv show binge. The BB was absent, so Sonofagun No.1 and I tucked in. Why has he got a laptop? Because he was watching some other Avengers movie on the lappie AND Daredevil on the tellie. The teenaged version of multitasking. (20june)

cucumber sex toy
Swinging with the Finkels: have you ever thought to yourself, "Gee whizz! I wonder if Mandy Moore has ever used vegetables as a sex toy?" I haven't. But I found out anyway. I'm not sure that scene was relevant to the storyline.... I also was working on my Rainbow Granny Stripe designed by Lucy at Attic 24.(27 June)

sun theatre yarraville
Antman: Another trip out to our local Art deco cinema to soak up calorific Choc tops.  A tip for crocheting in dark places like the cinema is to take something with an easy, repetitive pattern that you don't need to look at too often.  (18 july)
 
granny rectangle crochet
Wives & Daughters (Netflix series): After smashing that Granny Stripe blanket in under a month, I moved on to my last blanket of the winter season which was a big granny rectangle in blue and white for love of my life, the Bear. (25 july)

sun theatre yarraville
Fantastic Four:  there's something about this movie where, no matter how many times they try to revamp the story, if never seems to launch. But it still made for cosy blanket making and a fun night out with the kids. (8 august)

square crochet basket
The Grand Budapest Hotel:  Another Wes Anderson indulgence. I think I was trying to figure out how to crochet a square basket in the round. By the end of the night I gave up and started playing with cottons! (1 August)

christopher meloni fridge
Wet Hot American Summer: If you haven't caught this bizarre gem of a movie yet, do yerself a fava and get on it! Then (as in 'afterwards', watch the prequel series on Netflix. I have never loved Christopher Meloni more than after I saw him humping a fridge... (15 August)

amigurumi bird
Zac & Miri make a porno: Well they tried. That night I finished one of my first little birdies. I call them 'chickadees' but still have not published the pattern.  (29 august)

Focus: Good old local soap opera star made good Margo Robbie and the fresh prince. Watch it. It's interesting. And tonight I finally finished Bears blankie. Crap that blanket took ages!  (5 Sept)

tunisian crochet
The X- Files Season 2:  Since they announced the new 6 episode special of the X-Files which is to be released in January, I have been catching up on ALL of my favourite ever tv show episodes. I also started working on a pattern I found in a magazine for a Tunisian Cardi. It's a beautiful cardigan and I'm sure the designer created it perfectly, but whatever was published in the magazine doesn't quite work out. I have already emailed them about one error, which they gave me the correction, but quickly found several other errors which ultimately decided I didn't have time to figure out or follow up on. Maybe in a few weeks I'll pick it up again :( (26 Sept)

stephen hawking
The Theory of Everything: This was kind of interesting. I actually started to read Stephen Hawkings book A Brief History of Time after this. Fascinating read! Well the first few pages were. I'm sure the rest is too if I ever get the chance to finish the book. I haven't yet figured out how to crochet AND read a book. It's the whole book holding, hook holding business. (10 Oct)

berry cheesecake
Jurassic World:  Look at that cute little bubba! My beautiful Sonofagun No. 1 turned 15, and as his party was held another night, we watched his movie of choice and the BB brought over the most delicious cheesecake! (24 October)


amigurumi fox
The Hunger Games: The BB decided it was time my HG cherry was popped. I also started working on a sweet amigurumi fox I found the pattern for in a crochet magazine.  (7 November)


crochet stars
The Hunger Games Catching Fire:  See those sweet little stars? This was my free pattern for Join As You Go Christmas Star Garland. (21 November)


egg nog
A Very Murray Christmas:  Every December we switch to Christmas movie mode, and kicked off in awesome fashion with this little gem of a special. I started working on my Axel cushion which is still a work in progress. (5 December)

kawaii
Lethal Weapon: A classic Xmas movie. Just like Die Hard. I had put aside my Axel cushion to create a sweet little kawaii felt fairy doll for my Christmas tree which I found in a copy of Mollie Makes magazine. (12 dec)

elf on a shelf totoro
Bad Santa: I couldn't believe what I was watching! It was hilarious and depraved viewing. This was our Christmas dinner and I was able to give the BB her Totoro Amigurumi which I made from a free pattern I found on Ravelry by designer Lucy Collins. It was so quick and easy to make! I was also working on a cloche hat as a Chrissy prez for one of my nieces.
(20 dec)

budgie crochet
Hunger Games Mockingjay: With Xmas finally over, I was itching to get back into the Hunger Games movies. Only one more HG left in the series! My Axel Budgie cushion is coming along nicely. (26 dec)

There we are. The year in movies. And a year in crochet!

This has been a tradition at my place for the past 4 years and I wish I had catalogued the previous years. The previous year was an absolute pearler as we indulged in many old classics such as Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Temple movies, I think somewhere in there we also watch some classic James Dean. If you've got any suggestions for me for future movie viewing I'd love to hear them! Now we look forward to the next 12 months of Saturday Night Movies & Crochet (not a very catchy title, I know).