Friday, July 29, 2011

We saw the sea

G'day all!

We went to Manly beach today. It were luvlee!

Remember it is technically winter here.

And for the first time in years, we have a tv! It was the real reason for going to Manly. Nathan's previous boss is moving back to the US and we have acquired his telly.

But really the highlight of the day was the beach.  I said hello to the Oz side of the Pacific :-)


Monday, July 25, 2011

Well that was fun!

G'day all!

This is a post of Too Much Information.

Today I trotted off to the doctor and had a little contraceptive device fitted.

Today I discovered what a vasovagal response is (the quick version is it is a form of shock where your blood pressure plummets and you go all wobbly and faint). Apparently my body didn't like something being inserted where nothing had been before....

The doctor congratulated me on having a moderately severe reaction. It took an hour before I started looking and feeling human again. The nurse and the doctor were in and out checking on me. They told me I was very brave,etc, and very sweaty.  I sweated so much I soaked a "bluey" (one of the blue backed disposable sheets).

At least I now know what is going on when I do that - I've had similar responses to other events  before.  Now I know to eat sugar and sip water.

I am hoping the device gives me no further issues. At least if it works, I only have to do this once every five years.... Cos I certainly don't want to feel like that too often!  I've still got slightly wobbly legs...

I think we now need a pretty picture to help us recover from the trauma..


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Monday again?

G'day all!

I have many things to get organised at the moment. Like my photos. Yes, it stopped raining at last and I got some photos of my new Bendi stash. I didn't realise that I only bought one skein of yarn for me. Then again, I have not done a lot of knitting recently and do have enough yarn for a little while yet. And I've got a good 10 or more 55L (60Q) boxes at home full of yarn... hmm... But I'm struggling to keep up with everything whilst this blasted story is percolating out of my head like a bubbling spring. I'm not writing a lot of new stuff for it currently - I'm getting it onto the computer, out of my notebooks. Over half of it is written longhand because I can't always carry the computer with me and I sorta like writing it out rather than typing. I still have plenty to write, I am just letting it brew. (Sounds like coffee, doesn't it?) When it wants to come out, it does. It's like a volcano of writing - I get carried away with it. I don't notice time passing. I was on the bus the other day nutting something out and almost missed my stop I was so happily daydreaming. I thought I was THREE stops away!

I have been struggling with Nathan's socks that I've been knitting two at a time on the one set of circular needles. I just don't like knitting that way. The socks start getting surprisingly heavy by the time you've divided the ball of yarn in two and stuck it in the toe of the sock, and you are past the heel. OK, it is the same weight but it flaps around more and drags on the needles.

So I put one sock aside and suddenly? Much easier! Less weight. Faster. Not that it is worth taking a pic of to show you because they are navy coloured socks with white toes = really bad for taking pictures of, and the one I've been working on is only about 10 rounds longer than the other one.

We now have a small sound system for our server here. It means we can have music playing or when we watch a DVD or iView or something, we don't have to wear headphones. Hooray!

Plus Nathan's ex-boss is going back to the States shortly and we are getting his monster tv. I have not had a TV in ages. It will be weird. I will be able to watch whatever I want when I want, if I want. I guess we'll need some form of antenna thing - I am making the assumption that it is digital and comes with all the digital crap. Whoops, very important tuning stuff. Hope we can get decent reception in this concrete and brick box we live in.

And the car is in for a service and needs the carburettor overhauled, a CV joint rebooted (not as in computer reboot) or something and a couple of little odds and ends fixed.

Which somehow makes me think of this youtube video. The One Ronny and his frozen blackberry.

Hopefully I won't find something I absolutely must must must have this coming month, though I am going to have to spend some time in Melbourne again near the end of August. I have my one year check up.

I really should fix some pics up to post them. Blogs without pics are boring. I might do a post from the phone of some pretties I saw today whilst out walking.



Friday, July 22, 2011

Only 46mm of rain today

And counting... 9 hours to go for the 24 hour rainfall total...

G'day all!

I was getting a bit of cabin fever today (even though I went out in the pouring rain last night) so I went in search of gumboots.

Target has sold out of gumboots. Everyone bought them yesterday. Kmart has not sold out of gumboots, well not if you are a girl between say 3 and 8.

Alas I am a somewhat bigger girl with a fair grip on this earth (some might disagree - I have been compared to Luna Lovegood before - but I take a 9-10 in women's sizing (Oz and US) or about a 41 in European sizing).

I looked online. $60 for pretty gumboots, up to $130! Ouch. I'm not used to them costing more than about $30. Then they wanted $19 for shipping from 5km away from here to my place. I sorta lost interest in them at that point. The place doesn't have a shopfront either that I could pick the things up from. Then I looked online and found that gumboots are around USD150! Holy guacamole, they are only gumboots! I could buy a rather nice pair or two of knee high leather boots for that price now that the winter clearance sales are on.... Admittedly walking through gutters full of water would ruin the leather boots.

I guess I could go to Bunnings (Home Despot equivalent) but they would be ugly and dark green with red on them and a Bunnings label. So not the cute gumboots of my dreams.

I could buy yucky ones and paint them but that would mean finding appropriate paints for PVC (AFAIK gumboots are not often made of rubber now).

Or I could suck it up and just buy the local ones online.

People whine about how wet Melbourne is, but let me tell you, when it rains in Sydney, it does not muck around with this drizzle stuff *and* it is just as likely to rain for days, only it does it tropical style. We've had a few short let offs in the rain since Tuesday night but we've had 244mm (nearly 10" or all of San Jose's rainfall) of rain this month, and only about 20mm of that fell before this week. Yikes!

Anyway, more is forecast for the weekend, and I now truly understand why gumboots were in all the shops earlier in winter. And why they are all sold out. 8-)


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wonderful weather for ducks

G'day all!

I am hanging on getting you some pics of my Bendi haul but umm, well we've had over 100mm of rain in two days, and you can guess what that means?

No pics!

I am not that sure that ducks would like the weather at the moment. It might be a little wet even for them!

So tonight I walked to the swimming pool. Or maybe I should say I swam to the swimming pool. It is about half an hour away, so a nice walk.

It was especially pleasant tonight. It was raining that hard that the water running down the gutters was making a noise like a creek bounding down a hill every time it hit the tyre of a parked car. And there are a lot of parked cars on the street outside. If I had shut my eyes, I would not have been able to tell that I was not by a creek.

Especially if I was standing in it, which I occasionally had to do to get across a road.

It was lovely. My own urban creek hurrying to the sea. Not that it had far to go - it's only a couple of hundred metres away. Make that creeks - they were running everywhere. Both sides of the road, along the footpaths, down the lanes. The stairs were a waterfall, the roads were awash... The footpaths around the park are not exactly flat and formed their own little lakes.

I did rather wonder whether I should just wear my bathers to the pool.

But on the way home! The heavens opened on us. I very much regretted bothering to get changed into street gear for the walk home. Everything was awash. The gutters were running so hard and wide with water that you had to give up trying to jump over them and either walked up the road or waded through. There was no hope of staying dry. The rain was even coming through my beautiful rainbow umbrella.

My shoes were so squelchy with water that it was starting to push back out through the ventilation holes as I walked.


Do you like my gradient dyed fleecy pants? Or could it be that the bottoms are so wet they are dripping...


I think that I will go and buy some gumboots from Target tomorrow, assuming they still have pretty ones in my size. I might only need them once a month (though three days of this week would've been handy!) but on those days they would be realy handy!


PS wish us less rain. It is getting a little tiresome - I am running out of warm dry clothes and will soon be layering shorts and tshirts trying to stay warm....

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hooray, my bag arrived

G'day all!

My bag arrived bright and early at 8:30am. Alas, I was not yet out of bed. (I should realise that if I get cold, I can't sleep, and I got very cold last night due to my own stupidity, and couldn't get to sleep until two am.... silly me!)

But I have most of my stash from Bendi, and the rest should arrive tomorrow I hope. Of course cos I didn't take pics before the clouds rolled in and then the rain started, and it is supposed to rain on and off for the rest of the week. So much for our beautiful winter weather - Melbourne weather has followed us up here, except this weather came from a totally different direction. I'll blame the Kiwis instead - they live to the south east of here and that is where the ratty weather is coming from at the moment.

I'm not used to the sound of rain. It hasn't rained much for a while - I've been spoiled by sunny days :-) Now water is running down the stairs outside and dripping off the balcony above us and the trees... It is quite soothing really.

Do I have any crafting to show you? *blush* I've been writing madly when I've had a chance. This blasted story wants to be written and it is taking up crafting time. I have so many things I want to make but a story that noone is ever likely to see is chewing up a lot of time.

We just had a lovely musical interlude when a friend came around and Nathan played piano and we sang Flanders and Swann songs.

The amusement of the day was a lady was soliciting donations for breast cancer. I looked at my arm, encased in its elastic compression sleeve, dipped my head in a sorry, and hurried on. I was tempted to say I've already donated a couple of lumps of tissue to breast cancer, about so big (holding them in my fist), but rain was threatening and I needed to get to the shops. Plus I donate to the national breast cancer research mob and the cancer council and the occasional other cancer charity, plus environmental groups. I'll probably get back onto the MSF bandwagon too. There's only so far one can spread oneself.

now that it is wednesday, eek, I started this somewhat earlier on Tuesday I shall bid you


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Home again home again jiggedy jig!

G'day all!

It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks. I am looking forward to not jetting around the place for ooh, a month...

Got home half an hour ago, if that. Alas one of our bags hasn't gotten home yet - it didn't make it on the plane so I have to wait for it to show up. Given we nearly didn't make it on the plane, it isn't surprising - because we can't webcheck in when we are away and because mobile check in doesn't work on Android, they bumped us off and then back on again.

I rather hope my bag does show up. I bought it for $35 or $40 in the US and it is an ugly carpet (not crapet as I first typed) bag with wheels. For some reason I really like it, so it must remind me of some family thing. I've noticed that I tend to like things that remind me of stuff from when I was small. I told myself it was a stupid thing to get and I shouldn't buy it and I made myself walk around the shop and go out and come back two days later and it was still there, so I bought it. And it has been excellent, if ever so slightly too large to be cabin baggage.

I am a little fussed about it arriving by taxi because I don't have a good record with taxis and where we live. There are three roads with similar names around here - ours, Avon, 50m down the road and on the other side of the street and Avon lane, nearly opposite our street (taxis get them all mixed up) plus our place is currently hard to get to. They are doing roadworks at the end of the laneway that is the easiest access and because they are doing work on the balconies here (hmm, maybe I need to move the car?) they have blocked off the walkways (with scaffholding to reach the balconies) and we have to tromp across the garden bed and step down about 50cm to get to the entrance for this 2/3 of the block.... Now that is fun when you have 30kg (nearly 70lb) of luggage to handle!

But I am home and I will have a good gnaw on Qantas if my carpet bag doesn't make it home too cos it has most of my Bendigo stash in it and a bunch of other good crap like my raincoat. (The rest of the Bendi stash I have entrusted to Australia Post - I managed to stuff a small satchel with 496g of tops, weight limit is 500g, I ROOL!)

I spent half the weekend in the garden pulling out weeds (OMG, so many weeds, so many dead plants). After 11 or so years of drought, all of the drought-tolerant plants are turning their toes up because we've had average (or above) rainfall in our part of Melbourne for about 18 months and the plants just can't cope with the amount of water. The water table is very high and everything is damp. It is great to have it wet, just a bit peeving when we've set the garden up in a certain way and now it isn't the right type of planting!

The cats remembered us - they are getting better at that. Nutmeg actually sat on Nathan's lap and stood on mine! She has not been a lap cat since she did something unsavoury on my lap and got belted for it. Cheshire decided to jump on my lap last night. He isn't very good at jumping on laps.... His front paws landed on my leg but his back legs were scrabbling at the air (ie he completely failed to jump). I have a pair of matching claw prints in my leg now. Egads it hurt! Drew blood from all 8 claw holes. I'm going to look ever so pretty at the pool with the micropore tape all over my leg.

Anyway, it was a good trip and I enjoyed it. We were up late most nights (family and staying at a share house in their loungeroom!) and up early, so we are glad to get back to Sydney (home) and be able to rest! LOL

It is funny calling Sydney home. Our place in Melbourne is no longer home - it is not our house, I am not at liberty to wander around it, I have to ask for permission to come in and provide at least 24 hours notice (unless I am invited in). This is now home - it is where I live. It is where at least some of my crap is. The most important stuff. Weird, huh?


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Coming to you live from Bendigo

G'day all!

I'm at the Australian Sheep and Wool show, in Bendigo, Victoria.

I've met up with a few people, within an hour of getting here had blown my budget, and now I'm waiting for the woolcraft fashion show to start...

Pics of stalls are from Moseley Park and Ixchelbunny. I rather like the Melbourne coral reef too.

For those of you who can't make it here, I hope you like the pics, and those who are coming over the weekend? Have a great time! I've left you some yarn and spinning stuff...


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Hervey Bay recap

G'day all!

This is going to have to be pretty quick. Sorry!

We had an AHSUM (that is awesome for the rest of you!) weekend in Hervey Bay.

We caught up with family, we talked half the weekend,

we walked on

and off the beach,

we saw Nathan's cousin married to the love of his life,

we ate, some of us drank,

we relaxed by the pond by the site of the wedding...

Some madmen (and one woman) tried to beat the crap out of each other with sticks.

After all the fun of getting there (we were bumped off our flight because I didn't do web check in cos their security certificate was expired, and they had the end of school holidays, the closure of another airline that week, only one of three runways open the day before.... so BOOT! Off we went. We wouldn't be getting on a flight until late that afternoon. But I whined that we were meeting people and driving four hours north to Hervey Bay, and she checked something out, went to her boss, and came back with the offer to send us direct to Hervey Bay a whole 10 minutes later than our flight to Brisbane was going to leave, and we'd be there 4 hours earlier... and they would give us a credit for the cost of the flight to Brisbane.... EXCELLENT! Doods! We went from grumpy and worrying about missing the wedding to HOORAY! Thanks Virgin Australia!), we arrived so early that I got press-ganged into doing flower arrangements. I haven't done any for a loooong time. My cousin in law and her sister in law to be were working on the centrepieces, so I joined in.

Not bad for beginners, eh?

(now with added candle at the reception)

My co-arrangers had to leave to get ready for the hen's party. Nathan and I went off to get a decent outfit for him (cargo pants and a polo shirt with the world's most brightly coloured runners at a "formal" wedding? I think not!). When we got back, I found a model for making the flower baskets, so I set to on them.


I'm also pretty darned pleased with them.


My dress came out pretty well (not quite as well as the previous one - I did some little mods that didn't go so well, but I can fix them).

DH was happy for a while

And then we came home to Sydney.

I'll be mobile blogging for the rest of the week - I am on the road, back in Melbourne. Bendi here we come! (Friday - hope to see some of you there!)


PS I'm now on Google+ - look me up!

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Hanging out by the pond

G'day all!

Just hanging out by the pond, beautiful day... Done heaps of family stuff, all weddinged out.  Walked on the beach, got sand between my toes, said hello to the Pacific Ocean again... For us it's been a lovely weekend ( though I am sure the groom's parents might disagree...  ).

Back to Sydney tonight, back to reality... Pic is sideways no matter what I do...


Friday, July 08, 2011

Flown the coop

G'day all!

Family wedding this weekend so we flew away away to sunny Queensland.

Long story with our flight, but it turned out really well :-)

Pic of the pictures from the flight has to be this one of Mount Warning, though I am very enamoured of the pics I took of the waters between Brisbane and Stradbroke Island. (however, it turns out that I only took pics of that with the camera not the phone, and I don't have a laptop to download onto this weekend). The actual plug of the volcano is at the bottom of the pic. After it finished erupting however many millions of years ago, it collapsed, creating the fantastic shape that we see today. It's pretty awesome to walk up too :-)


Tuesday, July 05, 2011

A little hint

G'day all!

Just a little tease of what I've been up to these last few days.

I have a wedding to go to this weekend, and I thought I'd make me some new stuff.

I'm making a hat too but I somehow managed to sprain my lympho wrist last week and it has slowed my knitting right down - woe of woes, knitting seems to aggravate it.  I only have about 30 ever decreasing rows to go, hope I get it finished in time!

I seem to have run out of words, and my phone also wants to take a nap it seems  so


Friday, July 01, 2011

Getting to know you, part the somethingth

G'day all!

Today I decided that my life would be incomplete without a ruffler foot for my sewing machine.

The first place I rang said "Yes, I am sure we have some in stock."  Hooray!

So I checked out the transport website, worked out a plan, and choofed on out. It should take me 43 minutes to get there...

If someone can tell me why I then immediately for on the wrong bus and went to the wrong station, I'd be grateful.... Lol

40 minutes after I left, I was wandering around the right station, trying to find the right platform. I found a map that told me what trainline to catch, I found a map that told me where the platforms were, I just couldn't find something that told me which train left from which platform. And I couldn't find anyone to ask without leaving the station, which would invalidate my ticket.

Ten minutes later, I spied a sign with a dark blue line on it.  Hooray! It was the line I wanted.  So I followed the line.

It led me down a manky green, claustrophobia inducing tunnel. They had tried to make the tunnel nice by stencilling vines and leaves on it but even that didn't work.  I walked down down down the tunnel and through a door.

To my left were gates to leave the station and in front of me were stairs. By now, I was wondering if I had wandered into some sort of video game, whether I'd meet a wandering monster, what I could whack it with (my sock knitting needles?) and whether I'd find a treasure.

I walked down the stairs, then down another flight and another. I was standing on a wide landing with two steel doors in front of me. Apart from the lime green walls, I rather did think I was in a dungeon. But the doors were very clearly saying Do Not Enter. And there were more stairs to go down.

Hooray, my prize! A train platform! The right platform!

It was only then that I discovered only every second train stored at the station I wanted to go to.  And Kogarah is said cog-ra.

After my 43 minute trip took most of 90 minutes, I was only in the shop for five minutes. And my prize cost a whole ten bucks! Hope it works...