Monday, June 17, 2013

Winter sky and cycling heroics

Oh how lovely the winter skies are at the moment.  The weather forecasts have been predicting showers all week but it was certainly been brilliant blue skies over the weekend.

On Sunday we went to one of our favourite parks, Manning Park in Spearwood, to see if we could get Little Soldier riding on two wheels instead of four.  Such a glorious afternoon, I spent most of my time looking up instead at the cycling action.  Just look at that gorgeous sky.

I did pay attention long enough to see Little Soldier take his first ride on two wheels, and to video the second ride . 

I must say I am a fairly lazy parent in some respects - I don't have the energy to push them to reach milestones.  The upside to this is that the later you leave things the quicker the kids seem to pick it up.  It's only taken a few tries to get him off of his trainer wheels.  He also only did about a year of swimming lessons when he was a toddler but is in at the same level as the kids who started at birth and still go weekly.  It does make me happy to think of all the cold hours in the pool I missed out on.  It's all about self preservation in my world!

I am getting along with my crafting at the moment.  After the drama of getting the Tardis blanket finished, I have plunged into another tight deadline project.  A friend is going to have a little girl in around six weeks (no, I am not friends with the Duchess of Cambridge).  I have started knitting a baby blanket inspired by this pattern - I'm using two strands of soft acrylic in slightly different shades to give the look of texture of the hand dyed wool whilst keeping the blanket easy to care for, an essential in baby gifts I think. The double thickness also makes it nice and thick and suitable as a floor rug. I haven't been progressing very quickly - I find crocheting so much quicker than knitting - but I am hoping to get it finished in time.  I'll post some pics when I get away from the colour.

Hope you are having blue skies where ever you are x

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Who got a pass out to Melbourne?

Life is it's usual hectic beast at the moment.  I love spending time with my family, I love my job, I love organising things for the house but just sometimes I wish there was two of me.  That said, I was lucky enough to get a pass out at the start of the month to go to Melbourne with some girlfriends.  I had been having a hard time at work and not feeling like I was getting what I wanted done at home, so it happened to be perfect timing to get my mojo back.

Flying from Perth to Melbourne is a 3-4 hour flight, depending on which way the wind is blowing.  I had to get to the airport during rush hour, so to account for the outside possibility that it would take twice as long to get there I left really early.  Which meant I got there really early.  Oh well, more time to crochet.

I was speed crocheting at this stage as I was desperate to finish a project for my friend who lives in Geelong and who I was going to meet up with.  I got it finished at her house and handed it over, and she was just delighted!  Her and her husband are Dr Who fans and her husband immediately spotted the border (which is the scarf the John Pertwee Dr Who wore). 

It is so lovely giving things I have made away, people are so generous with their praise.

So what to do when in Melbourne?  Eat and shop, that's what.  On the eating side of things, I went to the Meatball and Winebar - not for vegetarians but delicious

Seamstresses - very nice and delicious cocktails, the donut van at the Queen Vic markets - soooo delicious
and had an alcoholic cider slushy - which froze me from the inside, as if the winter weather wasn't enough!
On the shopping side of things, I went to Ikea to get something that we don't get in the Perth store (a monumental event but worth it in the end), stocked up on bits and pieces at Daiso, bought lovely yarn from Morris and Sons and of course bought shoes.  I had first seen these in London last year but couldn't find them at any reasonable price ($200 for trainers is not reasonable to me).  I was looking in Myer for ankle boots when out of the corner of my eye I saw them!  At a reasonable price!  So happy!  I really am too old for them but what the hell. 
And I got the ankle boots - well done Myer!
And of course, when in Melbourne you have to take in some art.  This was in an alley behind a restaurant.
And to finish things off for today, here is the sunset over North Cottesloe last Thursday. 
 Keep well x