Showing posts with label summer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label summer. Show all posts

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Summer Holidays 2018

Hello lovelies!

I have been having a 'gentle' summer.

I haven't exactly been lazy but just trying to take it easy on myself. 

Almost immediately after Christmas, we followed the Parental Units 10 hours north to their little slice of heaven in Mollymook on the south coast of NSW.

 I took with me a beautiful skein of Manos del Uruguay Alegria grande which is a worsted weight yarn.

 The Motherships' evil/ adorably strange looking cat Tiki watched enviously as I wound the ball of yarn...

 I started making these circle popcorny things. I rather like them. But I'm really not sure what to use them for. My original thought was to make a small shoulder bag, the kind you sling around your neck, just big enough for my phone for when we went on jaunts to the beach. 

I know it's not cool to take phones to the beach because you're supposed to be enjoying the nature and stuff, but I love having it handy to take ALL OF THE PHOTOS!!!! 

You may or may not have noticed two refreshing glasses of cool liquid in both my yarn photos. This does not indicate Louise is being healthy and hydrating with a cool glass of water with a slice of lemon.

It means it's late afternoon and therefore Gin O'Clock and Louise has helped herself to a gin & elderflower cocktail....

The Parental Units love cooking. A gene I did not inherit. Here is the Fatherdom making pasta for the lasagne we had later that evening.

My Auntie Horse Whisperer has also now settled in town and expanded her collection of miniature ponies and horses to start a sweet pony party business called Wendy's Pony Parties.

I don't love horses. They can bite, kick, and generally when I ride a full sized horse or pony, I feel WAY too far away from solid land on a moving thing I can't control. 

But these ponies and mini horses were so freaking adorable!! And super friendly! They just wanted pats and cuddles!

We only had one week, then it was back in the car for the long drive home.

And it was time to get our party shoes on. One of Bears friends is in an 80s style metal band and does rock festival promotions. So when he proposed to his lovely lady a while back, they decided to have a Weekend Rock Festival Wedding...
We packed the campertrailer, slipped on our party dresses and hit the road...

Trying on my wedding outfit.  Do you see that lovely sparkly pendant? It was made for me by my lovely bloggy buddy Vicki from Off The Hook For You at one of her Makers Cabin classes!

Rocknroll Brides and Grooms get married on stage....
 It was a blistering 42 degrees celcius that day, until a cool change swept in at 6pm. The temperature dropped down to 25c straight away. We enjoyed a beautiful sunset, then listened to live bands and DJs till we stumbled back to our campertrailer (others had tents) to sleep.

I'm very lucky as I have been able to take the summer off work (with my long service leave) to spend time with my boys and try and continue to heal.

I have given myself a break from designing crochet patterns for a little while. This is hard because I always have ideas running through my head!  

A little while ago I started making granny squares with this beautiful yarn called Moda Vera Fayette which now I think is no longer stocked (insert sad face here). I made just enough for a wrap which I envisioned wearing when I want to pop out on a cool, but not cold evening. 

I finally finished the 80 something squares (in between lots of knitted sock making), and have now started sewing them together...
Apologies for the dark photo....

The yellow is a bit 'muddier' than I would have liked which I feel makes the overall colours a little duller but once it has been sewn and blocked, I'll take it out into the sunshine for a photo!
Thanks for visiting! 


The Red Haired Amazona

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Holy Morgan Freeman I'm Old! and Figs.

Summer has apparently finished.

Fortunately the seasons don't just stop dead in their tracks, tip their hat and say, "See ya losers!"  The change from one to another is a gradual process that takes weeks and sometimes months.

Down here in the bottom of Kangaroo Land we have escaped the heatwave that has affected the rest of the country and had a fairly mild summer. Not a single day over 40 degrees which I feel is an achievement. Well done Melbourne! You make my decision to move here 6 years ago feel justified!

Now we are cruising deliciously into a warm, sunny autumn.

The Rainbow Lorikeets which swept in at the beginning of February have flown home to their usual place of residence in the palm trees near our local train station. But not without first demolishing the nuts on the small conifer at the front of my driveway.

I pulled in one afternoon when I had finished work to see these guys. I immediately stopped and took this photo through the windscreen so they wouldn't get startled and fly away!

Although I have been busily crocheting and writing up patterns for my Winterlude Keyhole Scarf and Mandala, I haven't had much to report in bloggy land. I've been out enjoying the sunny days with friends and family!

It was Sister Amazonas birthday last week. She lives very close to an amazing place called the Unwind Craft Cafe.

It is located in Keilor East just slightly north of the Melbourne CBD.  You can bring your knitting or crochet along and have a coffee and Panini while crocheting away and not feel like a weirdo that everyone is staring at (like I normally do when I crochet in other non- craft cafes) because everyone else is crocheting or knitting too!  On this particular day, there seemed to be a crochet class in the back room, and down the front they were running a knitting clinic. If you are stuck with a knitting problem with one of your WIPS, you could bring it along for some help. How awesome is that?

The owners were 2 lovely ladies who must have thought I was a total fruitloop. I was so overwhelmed by all of the wonderful fibre pieces and yarns for sale that I did 3 whole circuits of the entire shop, decided to buy a whole batch of Bendigo Woollen Mill yarns, then promptly changed my mind because I couldn't decide what to buy!

An old friend Natalie drove up from Geelong for a visit on Sunday.  We have known each other for nearly 40 years as we lived in the same street back in Canberra.  I was 5 years old and she was 4. Holy Morgan Freeman I'm so damn old.

She brought over some beautiful flowers for little OLD me!

We took the kids down to the Esplanade for a walk and play.

Right in front of the Altona beach is a lovely medium sized park with playground. To the back of the park is the original Altona Homestead. On weekends it is usually open and free for people to wander in and check out the original house and there is also a little space at the back where you can have Devonshire Tea.  I had never been inside so we decided to check it out.

Photo courtesy of

Do you see the gorgeous old crochet blanket in the cot?

In the dining room was this amazing/ macabre/ sad/ fascinating glass cabinet. It was the original taxidermied hummingbird display.  Apparently back in the 'good ole days' people like to collect these beautiful little creatures, kill them, stuff their teeny carcasses and stick them in display cabinets.

Aren't you so proud of your ancestors right now?

You know, as much as we all would love to have our own collection of stuffed hummingbirds, it much nicer to have crocheted stuffed hummingbirds, don't you think?

Like this!

(Shameless self promotion 'hint hint'. Click on the link above to see my Pearly Hummingbird pattern which is available to purchase for the super amazing price of US$5!!! Yes, just US$5!!))

"I wish I was crocheted!"

I have continued to work on my bright blanket. It's not very big. I would say cot sized or lap blanket sized.  Some lovely people on my Facie page gave me excellent name suggestions such as 'Tutti Fruity', 'Skittles' and 'Fruit Salad'.

I first started working rows of single crochet all around the edge. Now I've decided to add a green leafy round, then a little flower top similar to a round I incorporated in my Happy Flower Mandala. However I am not happy with the corners. See how they're a little rounded?

I'm enjoying the fruit and flowers in my garden before they finish for the season.

This flower carpet rose is divine. It's currently in a pot but I'm hoping it can find a permanent place in the garden before next spring.

Every couple of days I check the fig bush to see if the figs are ripe. I've been a bit worried the possums or birds would get them before I did.
I have never managed to pick them in time.

So I have been waiting for them to turn purple. Because I thought all figs turned a bit purple. So I went over to have a look and a squeeze.

I squeezed gently (Gosh that sounds rude), and the 3 big ones in the photo were soft! I searched in the Google and the Google told me that you CAN get green ripe figs. So I went inside for scissors and a bowl.

Get a load of these geezers! They're so ripe, some of the fruit is starting to split. Like fruity stretch marks!

I had to eat the flesh with a spoon! It was like jam! So sweet and sugary...  
**update: the Google just told me this is a variety called 'Battaglia' which is known for it's goopy innards resembling strawberry jam. For once the google is telling the truth. Pity it didn't tell me the truth when it told me 8 years ago I was experiencing menopause. Turns out it was pregnancy...**

Battaglia Figs: so yummy!

The good old lemon tree is full as usual...

So that's what I've been up to lately. What's been happening in your part of the world?
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!!


The Red Haired Amazona