Thursday, October 15, 2015

Fun and games

Just a few shots, having fun, yes that chicken didn't like having her photo taken!

So I visited Mopra, the radio telescope I helped fund on the long weekend. It was pretty special as I (as well as the astronomers with me) had never seen it in reality before. Only Balt had been there because he is the telescope whisperer! Anyway we were able to clamber over surfaces, up and down ladders and get into all the rooms, with supervision and wearing our hard hats. Quite the privilege.

Coonabarabran is a great town, coming alive for Starfest every year and the locals were very friendly too. We stayed at the Oxley Caravan Park and our delux cabin was perfect, two bedrooms and living area, chairs and table on a verandah, air con, nice bathroom. Could stay there again happily.

I drove up with Catherine and when we remembered we looked for planets, we saw Jupiter and on the way home Uranus and Pluto (which is helpfully signposted NOT A PLANET).

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Knitting / Stuff

Today I'm at work!
for a while I did not think this would be something I would say again, I was both feeling very low and very sick. However time, given enough of it, cured what ailed me.

I love working in a yarn shop, love seeing all the possibilities and stories that are represented by the skeins and balls, sitting in their pigeon holes, waiting for someone to love them and turn them into wonderful. I am currently knitting a spiral beanie in grey/black/brown Zauberball starke, and its looking fantastic. almost done and then another something to sell in the shop, potential realised!

Ah life, what more do you have stored up for me? time will tell, but I know it will be wonderful.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015


Today we met up bright and early, setting out of a road trip to visit a sock factory at Crookwell. that was so much fun! We will be stocking a range of these socks in the shop.

We used the trip as an opportunity also to be tourist, stopping in small towns, revisiting places we had been to in past lives. For me it was Eagle View at Rydal. A very long time ago Geoffrey and I stayed there, it was amazing!

We also took lots of photos of places we saw, here is a quick rundown.

The traffic light is of course a novelty, especially where it currently sits, in the bush above Kandos.

Kiamma Creek is for Sr Catherine, who is in Kiama at the moment, and well the others are pretty and so deserve our attention. The church is at Wallerawang, and is the Church of St John the Evangelist

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holidays & tour de france

I have been back at work for a whole week, and as always it feels like I never left.

I feel like this year I merited the polka dot jersey for effort, as I knitted (designed) cowl, mitts & hat, the aim being use every metre of yarn from something extravagent, knitted 1 and 3/4 blankets for Save the Children with the lovely Sailor Coruscant knitting the rest of the squares for two completed blankets(and posted them off). I knitted two charity hats, and one scarf. not bad with two of the weeks of the tour falling during my normal working year.

I have not yet caught up with my knitting buddies to see how their various holidays went, but I will soon.

And I even had some photos of my holiday printed .... yep real actual photos! Wonders will never cease.


Monday, January 19, 2015


happens slowly, at its own pace. Show knitting us well in hand and entered for one of the shows
I would put in a photo but blogger does not recognise the iPad. Bloody painful I say. Shetland shawl is the never ending story, the scarf is done, and the other pieces are mostly there. Should be good.
Watch this space.

Monday, November 17, 2014

It's really real.

The shop opened on the weekend and there was a small party on Friday afternoon. We sold things, even 1 Paypal transaction through the web store. Thanks to the lovely Katb for all her help setting up the web shop, and all her patience with the beginners who will have to keep it running.

The pets are a bit put out, both here and at Margot's by our being away from home so much, and don't even start me on wearing good clothes and shoes, oh my word it's rather a shock to the system.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014


I have had tadpoles for ages, and enjoyed frogs croaking from the yard of the church across the road. Patience, solar lights and lots of building rock piles around the pond have been rewarded in bucket loads. Not only have I had frogs singing at night but also in the day time, and today there are two "rafts" of frothy frog eggs floating in the pond!

I will have 2 generations of frogs in the pond at once. Guess Indie swimming in the pond did no harm after all. Best guess is a striped marsh frog or burrowing frog. I would like to see the frogs, at present all I have to go by is sound and egg raft.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Kandos is a gift that keeps on giving.

After an enormous weekend of Centenary celebrations (Working on the iPad I have not figured out how to get it to insert a link here, sigh) everyone was in the mood to chill. The blue tongue has been back to Margots a couple of times now, and even in spring I can see that the old plastic box will become Indy's favourite spot in the coming warm months.

The iris are wonderful and new colours are now appearing,

And a little gem has appeared in the backyard hidden in a quiet patch of shrubs.