It's the Queen's Birthday Long Weekend so we're all chilling out here, no (organised) sport to race around for and nowhere we have to be - how lovely! Unfortunately the weather is not so lovely this evening and not looking too great for the rest of the weekend.
We've had a very cold but sunny week and on Wednesday I headed out on an excursion around Newcastle with Miss M's Year 2 class. We started off at Fort Scratchley, overlooking Nobbys and the entrance to Newcastle Port. I just love this view and have quite a few photos of it from lots of different angles!
After lunch and a spot of whale-watching, we went to Miss Porter's House, a house owned by the National Trust and kept as it was when the Misses Porter lived there.
She looks frozen, doesn't she!
Smallest Boy and I got out yesterday and watched the HMAS Newcastle parking up (I know, there's a proper term for parking a ship, but I don't know what it is!). It is open for people to visit tomorrow so the boys are thinking they might like to go and have a look around.
Then, since I had my camera and zoom lens with me and had heard about the whale and dolphin activity on the radio, we thought we'd see what we could see at Bar Beach. We didn't have to wait as we could see a pod of whales on the move immediately! There have been dangerous surf conditions and warnings for the last couple of days, so I wasn't 100% sure at first but I did get a few pics in the end.
As for my woolly activities, I have made myself a scarf! I was fiddling around with stitches as I find the weather cold-but-not-that-cold if you know what I mean!
I wanted something a bit more open and found this one at Lilibeth's Garden which uses a UK treble treble stitch. I just kept going until I'd used up 2x 50g balls of wool and soy bean mix yarn. It reminded me of my lovely friend Emma's post about fishing nets she had seen on holiday in Majorca. You should check out Emma's Blog anyway, she is a very gifted knitter and crocheter and has one of her patterns currently in Inside Crochet.
Enjoy your weekend where ever you are what ever you are up to!