Saturday, June 11, 2011

Sea and Scarves


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!


  1. Ah, lovely post Sandra. So many beautiful things you've been up to. Love all the pics. The whale watching shots are precious, what a magical experience that is.
    Gorgeous scarf. I just bought a new scarf the other day, I love them at the moment... the longer the better, as I like how you can do so much more with a bit of length... it can make the entire outfit!
    Have a nice weekend... what is left of it! xo

  2. Love the scarf. I have some wool I bought from Lidl that I've been needing a suitable pattern for and I think this may be it!
    Did your Mum get her parcel OK - just hoping I got the right house!

  3. I was reading this post on the family computer when my year 3 son said "That's our school uniform" I know you are careful to keep your kids identity protected here so I won't say any more on this comment but I so curious to know if we are part of the same school community? If not then the uniforms are such a coincidence! Either way it is nice to read a blog that is based in our area and has so many familiar landmarks in the photos! Hope you are keeping cozy this wet and windy week!

  4. Hullo Sandra, oh thank you for posting your link to your scarf. I love it, what fantastic colours. It matches your beautiful eyes. I bet you wear it everywhere and get lots of comments on it. Thanks so much for letting me know. I am almost finished a blue one, oh it's the best pattern. Have a great weekend.

  5. p.s. Sandra I would love to share your scarf on my blog and would like to ask your permission to do so. I will not be offended at all if you say no, I just prefer to ask before posting someone elses content. Thank you.


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