Monday, October 19, 2009

Last of the snow

Gregory sitting on his snowball - frozen from his thighs down!! It was a change of clothes before we headed home.

The snow melting makes for lots of water flowing down the mountains - making beautiful crystal clear water rushing along!!

We nearly missed this! Someone has gone to the trouble of turning this tree on the side of the road into a fairy house!

Today we went to the Bendigo Woollen Mill and bought some lucious wool to turn into scraves and shawls for next winter.
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More Snow

Granny keeping her drink of water cold!!

Rolling Snowballs down the hill - Avalanche!!!!
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A snow tower and its falling down.....

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Snow and snowball fights

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More touristy stuff

On Friday, Granny, Daniel and I went to the Bendigo Pottery. I found some gorgeous pottery I would like. I fell in love with the big mixing bowls - would be perfect for breakmaking.

On Saturday, we decided to take the Talking Tram around Bendigo. It is a great tourist idea. You sit on the tram and listen to a guy tell you all about Bendigo and its history.

The boys look like they got a bit close to the front of the tram!

The front entrance to the first Myer store in Australia.

Then we tootled off to the Chinese Museum. This is the longest Chinese Dragon in the world - over 100 metres long! It goes right around the museum more than once. It is the second one from the left. The others are smaller ones also used in the annual Easter Parade.

Then we walked over a beautiful marble bridge to the Chinese temple and gardens. So peaceful and tranquil.
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

And some more....

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Straight from the camera

The Sacred Heart Cathedral in the centre of the city of Bendigo. Spectacular on the outside and inside! As we walked in the magnificent wooden front doors the enormous pipe organ started playing and continued to play as we walked around the inside. Awesome place even for the non-religious.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

I've scrapped!

This first layout I'm sharing is my first attempt at journalling over the entire page except where the photos are. I was going well until I couldn't fit the word Naracoorte in down on the bottom!! Doh!!

The second one is of the boys playing on a log while we were out looking for water at Bool Lagoon. We lived at Naracoorte for 4 and a half years and there was no water in the main part of it the whole time. It is a world famous wetlands but I fear it will never be one again. I wonder where all the migratory birds who used to travel there are going now?

The third one is of my crafty friends, Sandie and Susy and I when we had our very own stall at the markets at the Naracoorte Art Gallery. We had a lovely display of goodies but not enough customers! We all agreed that even though we didn't make a lot of money we had a fun time just hanging out with each other.
Miss those girls so much!!
OK now I'm off to check out some other blogs and see what's happening on facebook.
Cheers for now.....
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Moving House/Town/State

Well I have survived the move... just!! The only side effect of the move is that due to the stress all my hair is falling out!! I am contemplating going in for a short haircut to try and help it out a bit.
Besides that the move went well - very well in fact. This would have to be the best move with regards to the damage done to things. Hardly anything bumped or dinged. I can highly recommend Llew and Stawell Removals!!
I managed to have the whole house unpacked in a week!! I had to, as my sister decided to fly down from Queensland and visit us for 4 days.
Lizzie and I had a great 4 days. I can't believe it only takes an hour and a half to drive to Melbourne Airport from here. I collected her on the Wednesday afternoon. Thursday we spent the day nattering and having a wander around the shops and the main part of the city of Bendigo.
Friday, Andrew took the day off as an unpacking day and we called it Lizzie's Day. We took her for a picnic at Hanging Rock and we couldn't lose anyone!! Then over to Woodend where her and Andrew found a mini brewery in an old pub and so they did a taste test of 8 different beers. The boys and I had lemonades and chips! Then it was home for a takeaway dinner of Noodles!
On the Saturday, Lizzie and I made our way down to Blackwood to the garden of St Erth where the Diggers Company had an Open Day. We got all sorts of good ideas for our gardens. The highlight of the day was a Masterclass in Permaculture and Luncheon with David Holmgren. He is the guru of Permaculture in Australia. Very entertaining and informative. We took a leisurely drive home via Daylesford ( had to take Lizzie to the Chocolate Shop!! where we had coffee/iced chocolate and cake!) then onto Castlemaine and home. On the Sunday, Lizzie and I had a look around the Bendigo Showgrounds Markets and before we knew it, it was time to take her back to the Airport. What a whirlwind visit but so much fun!!
The next day, I jumped in the car and tootled back over to Naracoorte to finish cleaning the house and hand over the keys. I was a sad little girl as I will miss that gorgeous big house and my huge vege patch! Not to mention I stayed with Sandie and got to have lots of nattering time with her and Susy, as well as being in town on the right night to catch up with Jane and the Art Gallery Craft Group. Tuesday I headed home again after handing the keys over to the guys at the bank. Andrew's replacement will have started by now!
Since then I have managed to get some scrapbooking done, had some homeschoolers for a visit and sorted out my vege garden here. The vege/fruit garden here is all in pots as we will hopefully be buying our own house at the end of the year.
I will blog again after dinner and show you the layouts I have done that I can share. Some of them are for the Newsletter for The Scrap Heap, so I can't share until it comes out.
Righto off to feed the hungry hordes.