Friday, October 31, 2014

Fitness Friday on Saturday

Friday Fitness on Saturday

This report is a bit late as we haven’t had internet access for that last 3 days that we have been camping at Wingan Inlet.  

We arrived at Beachcomber Resort, Potato Point near Bodalla. We walked along the beach and that combined with out packing up the camp and setting it up again made up the days steps. Steps 12 923

We went into church at Bodalla and afterwards had a walk about the town including exploring the historic Anglican Church there. In the afternoon we walked along the beach again Steps 11 619

Monday we packed up the camp and moved to Bega/ We stopped at Central Tilba en route and explored the quaint little town. At Bega we set up camp in town and used the washing machines rather urgently! We drove out along the coast and amongst other things explored the historic wharf at Tathra. We went looking for lunch but every where we came to had stopped serving lunch. It was after 2. Eventually we found a bakery at Merimbula and had yummy pies there. Did some shopping for groceries on our way back to the camp and that helped with the days step count. Steps 10 859

Tuesday we spent the day exploring beaches in the beautiful Mimosa Rocks National Park. We walked Middle Beach and saw the lagoon there as well. We walked out to Wajurda Point and down to Moon Bay Steps. 9 676

Wednesday we again packed up camp and moved to Wingan Inlet. We set up camp after we had some lunch and then walked along the beach – 20 min walk down there and a pretty long beach to explore. Steps 16 833

Thursday we drove to Point Hicks and walked 2.2km each way from the car park to the lighthouse.

Friday walked to the jetty and then back down to the beach in the morning. In the afternoon we walked 2km each way to the Elusive Lake.Steps 11 416

Friday we stayed around the camp for the first part of the morning. Fixit Guy read his kindle and I did some hand stitching. Then we walked to the jetty and met a pelican who was very comfortable sitting on the rail of the jetty. I got some great pictures before he finally flew off. 

We walked down to the beach again and looked at the seals on their rocks and even had a paddle for the first time this trip. 

After lunch we drove down to the start of the Elusive Lake track and then walked in to view the fresh water lake. The walk was very pretty with heaps of wildflowers out. The lake itself wasn't all that impressive. Steps 18 151

I was surprised to find that two days I was under my 10 000 steps. A few big days made up for them though.

I am not going to go into my diet. I'm on holidays. We've had beautiful local cheeses each night with a glass or two of wine, desert most nights and nibbles in the car. My walking is I hope keeping the weight gain under control a little bit.

I have been taking heaps of photos of wildflowers this trip. Many I don't know the name of. If you would like to see more of them I might make a special post featuring the photos. Alternatively I can post them to an album on facebook and link to them... or I guess I could do the same with an album on ... gah can't think of the name of the webpage we put photos on. Sorry. Brain dead. Let me know if you want to see them

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WIP Wednesday- lots of progress

I'm actually writing this on Tuesday night as we are off to a national park again tomorrow and once again I am unsure of the level of mobile (Cell) coverage so not sure if I will have internet during the 3 days we are staying there. All will be revealed about midday tomorrow. I thought I would get this started today and hopefully post it tomorrow when we are on our way.

Jeans Jean Quilt

I have made great progress with this quilt. I have all the strips made and now I just have to sew the 8 strips together. After I made one strip I checked it off on the bed in the camper trailer and I felt that the 15 circles wide, which is what I had made it, was a bit narrow. I had enough of the denim circles with me and had some left over squares plus had some other fabric with me for another possible project so sacrificed some of that to make the extra squares that I needed. So now the quilt is 16 circles by 17 circles (well actually once they are sewn together the circles are squares... so lets say 16 units by 17 units. Before I sew the strips together I need to go through them and make sure I have "darned" any holes made when the 4 circles didn't quite join neatly and even the zigzag quilting didn't patch up. I find them easiest to sew over properly on the denim side. Then I can see clearly where the gaps are. Its harder on the joins on the other side as there are all the different seams and bits of fabric. I need to mend them before I sew the strips as once the pieces are more than 2 circles wide I can't easily scrunch the fabric into my little Gem's throat. I am hoping that I can get the whole quilt completed before I get home. I would so like to have a finish this trip.

Tea Shop Quilt
I have made only a little progress on the applique this week but expect to get more of it done when we are at the national park as there will be no power so won't be sewing my Jean's Jean quilt. We will be reliant on solar power to charge our batteries to run the fridge and lights although we do have a small generator. They aren't always allowed to be used in National Parks so we shall see. Fixit Guy also had some problems with it last time he tried to use it. Hopefully if we need it we will be able to run it and that it will run.

Speaking of Tea Shops. Fixit Guy and I visited a beautifully little tea shop in the historic town of Tilba Central. The whole town has been heritage listed as an historic place. Its not old by European standards or even by American standards but you have to realise that Australia is a pretty young country although also extremely old. European settlement only began here in 1788

We enjoyed a couple of hours strolling through the town. We visited a shop which sold the most delicious fudge, made on the premises. We chose to buy a small slab of Sticky Date Fudge for Fixit Guy and some coffee and walnut for me. Both are so yummy. We visited the boutique cheese factory, ABC Cheeses where we watched cheese making taking place and sampled the many of the different cheeses on offer (well I did. FG is avoiding too much cheese) I bought some pickled onion vintage cheese. The day before at the Bodalla cheese factory we had bought 2 more cheeses - Campfire and Firecracker. I have been enjoying a wine and cheese before dinner the last few nights... good stuff.

We ended up at the Heritage Tea Rooms (we think it was called that. We can't find it online and we might have it wrong which would be disappointing.) This delightful shop served Devonshire Teas (or coffees) as well as sold the most amazing array of tea pots, cups and sauces and tea accoutriments as well as a vast array of different teas.
Combi van Teapots and cuts and jugs, Comi Boy gave me one like the blue one for Christmas so I got him a cup

A tractor teapot. Reminded me of my favourite cousin Syd who loves tractors and is collecting ones to make a museum one day. Just gorgeous

Fixit Guy ready to enjoy his tea... we were still waiting for the scones

The Rose and Sparrow Cafe and Tearooms

The scones were still cooking when we wandered in so we had to wait for our cream tea but that proved a bit expensive for us as the longer we waited the more gorgeous things we saw. I managed to buy a few Christmas presents while we waited. When they came the scones were really good. I gave them a gold Mary. (When Fangirl and I were touring Scotland last year we had a delicious cream tea at a restaurant in a small town. We overheard a woman telling her companion that Mary makes the scones that were sold at this restaurant and she was the best scone maker ever. The scones were really good so from then on we had a cream tea, which we did on regular if not daily intervals, we rated the scones according to how they compared to Mary's. These scones were top drawer scones. Best I've had in Australia!!)

Our Devonshire tea at the Rose and Sparrow tea rooms at Central Tilba

We've spent the last two days based in the town of Bega, which is about 14km from the coast. Each day we have driven over to the beaches and explored. Our first day it was grey and overcast and a bit cold and the sea wasn't particularly attractive to look at. Today though it was bright sunshine and we had a magic day exploring isolated beaches and lagoons. Too cold for us to swim but it was great wandering along the beaches. At most there were two or three people there when we were. We did manage to surprise some people who were taking advantage of the isolation for a skinny dip in the ocean... they were up the far end of the beach and we didn't explore too far.

Here are a few pictures of the gorgeous beaches.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday Stash Report - its getting repetitive

Once again I have a nil all draw to report. No fabric bought and no fabric used.

I have been making steady progress on the Jean's Jean qulit, the denim circles quilt. I had an unexpected bonus of being able to sew in the last camp we were at. I didn't think I would be able to as we didn't have a powered site however there was power in the camp kitchen. Our first night there the only other campers were a couple in the caravan. They came to the kitchen to boil their jug once and since there was 4 outlets it wasn't a problem. The 2nd night we had the place to ourselves and the 3rd night there were 3 other camp sites occupied but they didn't use the camp kitchen at all. Yay. Mind you we went on lots of walks and caught up with some friends too so it wasn't as though I spent the whole time sewing but it was lovely to be able to do it when I felt like it.

We moved to our current campsite yesterday. We do have a powered site here but they advised us that we can't use heavy drawing things like jugs or toasters or microwaves as it is only solar powered. The sewing machine has been fine though. I have made more progress on the quilt here and in fact am up to sewing the blocks into strips. I have worked out how to do it so as to be able to get the quilt under the harp of the machine, which being my little Janome Gem, is only small. So long as I keep it to just two or three circles of the denim at a time it is sweet. So currently I have sewn 2 complete strips that are the width of the quilt... 15 circles by 2 and 3 circles. I have other strips started. .. 2 are up to having their last two circles zigzagged down and the other 4 are up to 9 circles.

the view from my sewing area in our current location

Current sewing companions. Missing my home group of sewing friends but making do with the locals!

We are moving onto Bega tomorrow to a regular town type caravan park so we will have power and I should get all the strips completed by then. Not sure if I will get any of the strips attached to each other. It is going to depend on what else we decide to do in Bega. There is a chance of some whale watching... various tours go from around there and I am a bit keen to do that. We also have to do the boring stuff like washing and shopping.

I only booked Bega as we drove here yesterday. If I had waited till we got here I might have decided we could stay on here for a few more nights. It is really lovely camping ground, right on the beach. The sites are beautifully grassy and the amenities block well appointed. Never mind. Bega might be equally entrancing. I'll let you know on Wednesday check in.

Used this week:                               0.00m

Added this week                              0.00m

Year to Date Used                       123.13m
Year to Date added                      90.82m
Net Used                                          32.31m

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fitness Friday. Back on track

My Fitbit stats are back on track! Yay. Finally got passed that Thursday with the very low steps that dragged my 7 day figures down. So now I am back up the rankings and whilst still way behind Fixit Guy (darn those little legs that have to take extra steps to cover the same ground as me. Yeah and he is more active but I have to have something to blame) Sam and Terje, I have caught and passed most of the other people whose steps are usually less than mine.

Last Friday we packed up from my sister's home outside Newcastle and drove to Lane Cove National Park camping site which is in the middle of Sydney but with bush all around. We set up camp and I got my steps up with a combination of setting up camp and a bit of jogging on the spot Steps 10 110

Saturday my steps were gained in a much more fun way. We went to see The King and I at the Sydney Opera House (do go to a show there if you ever have a chance. A matinee show means you get the wonderful views but at night you get city lights and the Harbour Bridge alight as well so that is good) and that took some walking from car park to restaurant and to the show itself and back again. We also met up with a sister for dinner and due to a mix up (she gave me the wrong address initially) and then atrocious parking where we eventually did meet up we had a heap of walking to do there Steps 10 077

Sunday we weren't required to do much walking going to church or dinner at my brothers although we also went to the shopping centre just up the road from where mum lives. It has been extended yet again and is now massive. Trying to find our way around that added some steps but I still had to do some jogging on the spot at night to get my 10 000 steps in Steps 10 020

Monday was a pretty quiet day. I visited mum at her hostel and met another sister for lunch and spent more time with mum in the afternoon so steps were well down. We had dinner with yet another sister (I have 5 plus 2 brothers) Lots of walking about the campsite and jogging on the spot required! Steps 11 448

Tuesday we had lunch with mum and then in the evening we caught the train into the city and went to see Potted Potter. What a hoot. We really enjoyed it. We had to walk to the station and then from the city station to the theatre and then the reverse home so lots of steps acqured in a fun way. We stopped and had a deliscious desert and hot chocolate on the way home for a late dinner (and we shared a chicken salad as well) so undid all the good we had done no doubt. Steps 16 021

Wednesday we packed up the camp and left Sydney to come to Morton National Park, to a campsite near the little town of Bundanoon called Gambell's Rest. Morton National park is huge. Fixit Guy had a big sleep in the afternoon as he had a headache so we didn't try to go for a walk at all. Whilst he slept I paced around the camp kitchen area and got my steps up. I didn't want to go for a walk without telling him and I didn't want to wake him up to tell him I was going! Steps 12 575

Thursday we went for a big walk down into the gully to Bundanoon Creek. The sign at the top of the walk and the information at the info centre described it as "steep", "very step" and "not for the faint hearted" so we knew it was going to be challenging. And it was but doable. We made it there and back again. We were prepared to take lots of rest stops and not to push too hard but we did it in well under the advised time of 3 hours. After a rest in the middle part of the day (I tried to sleep but gave up and did some sewing instead.) we went for a shorter walk from the campsite to an old coal mine site. Erith Coal Mine. Since Fixit Guy has just retired from the coal industry after over 30 years we had to go see it. No need for any extra stepping to get our 10 000 yesterday. Steps 13 322

Friday again today. We were going to go for a few short walks this morning before meeting friends for lunch but it started to rain so we hung about the camp instead relaxing and I got photos uploaded from my camera. Then we met our friends for lunch at Kangaroo Valley, a very pretty little town with lots of cute shops and cafes - very much a little country town that the tourists visit on weekends. Lots of b'n'bs in the area and weekend cottages. A place that city folk "get away to" for weekend retreats. After a yummy lunch in the pub we walked about the village and then after our friends left we had an icecream - homemade... they were so good. Back to the camp we had to walk off our excesses. We did a series of 4 shorter walks. We had been going to do one of the longer ones but opted to see a little of a lot rather than a lot of a little.

ABanksia Man - eating an icecream cone!

My 7 day total as of right now is 85, 050 which has me 4th behind Terje, Samantha and Doug

I have done no running - apart from some jogging on the spot and jogging around the clearing on Wednesday for a few minutes at a time. Nothing flash. And the diet. We are on holidays! I have no scales. I am hoping that by keeping up my daily steps that the extra indulgences I am having won't be too disastrous. I can only live in hope.

a lyre bird, the emblem for NSW Parks and Wildlife, on the track coming back from Bundanoon Creek

Fairy wren about out camp. The females are a drab brown but the males have beautiful blue plumage There have been quite a few of these about out campsite. Also some very colourful red and blue parrots but I haven't been quick enough with my camera to capture those

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WIP Wednesday

As I type this we are heading out of Sydney We are up to Day 19 of our camping adventure. We've spent the last 5 nights camping in a National Park in the heart of Sydney. The view from our annexe was of a treed valley and a ridge covered in gums of all sorts. Flannel flowers were blooming in abundance amongst the bushes and shrubs close by. 

But on the ridge on the other side of the valley we could see sky scrapers and at night the lights that dotted the tree covered slopes showed that there were multiple homes down there. Scrub turkeys abounded around the camp and we had to be sure to zip up our annexe when we left it as they would come in scavenging for a feed. Fixit Guy forgot one time and one had a feed on our bread table. Mind you it ignored the apples, pears, bananas and carrots that were also on the table. We saw many other birds, a possum and a rabbit. The rabbit isn't good news. They are feral in Australia and not a good thing in a national park

I have made some progress on both of my projects that I have with me.

Jean's Jeans Quilt. 
I have had a few days where I have worked away on this. All 42 of the 4 circle units and the one 9 circle unit have been completed and 6 of the13 6 circle units. I have the coloured squares pinned into the 6 circle units ready to be zigzagged down,

I have been trying to work out the best way to join the units together so as to be able to sew them successfully on my Janome Gem. The harp on it is not all that big so won't cope with too much fabric squished under there. I will join them into strips and add one strip at a time to the bigger unit. If I do the zigzag stitching all in the one direction I should be able to keep the bulk of the fabric to one side and I just may be able to complete the whole thing on my little machine. Stay tuned. Its still a way off yet. We are going to be camping in Morton National Park at Gambells Rest camping ground for the next 3 nights. 

The sites there are unpowered so we will be running on solar power and the generator so no sewing machine work. I do have some pinning to do so I will be able to make a little progress still. The reports were that mobile reception and internet access was patchy but I think that was across the whole park. Our camp ground is quite near the township of Bundanoon so hoping it will be better. 

Breaking News. We are now set up in our campsite and whilst the sites are unpowered there is a camp kitchen for campers use and it has power including power points so if I get desperate/really keen, I can go over there and sew. There is only one other lot of campers in the camping ground at the moment and they have a caravan so thinking that maybe it won't be in high demand. Oh and we have internet access too)

The denim side of the quilt showing the flowers that the zigzag stitching produces. This is 2 of the 6 circle units sewn together but the joining seam hasn't been zig zagged yet

The completed 4 and 6 circle units piled on my camping table.
Tea Shop Quilt.
Whilst staying with my sister Midge on Thursday night I was able to use her iron and ironing board to prepared some more applique blocks for me to work on since I had finished all the ones that I had bought with me. Spending time with Mum here in Sydney, sitting in her room with her or joining her at her various activities I have got 2 of these blocks almost completed as well. I do have another 6 or so. The other residents were very interested in what I was doing and many commented that I take after my mother because she too has always been a needleworker. Now she does a lot of knitting - simple squares that are crocheted together by one of the volunteers who comes to the facility on a weekly basis. The finished items are then sold in a sale of work and the money goes to benefit various projects that the group support. 
Fixit Guy with my Mum having dinner at her residential facility

Fixit Guy and I went to see this show on our last  night in Sydney. It was so much fun

James and Ben fooling around on stage. That's Dobby, the House Elf

After the show we went to the Guylian Cafe for a late dinner. Of course we had hot chocolate and desert too. This is the Belgian waffles with fruit and dipping sauce and praline ice cream. I had milk chocolate. FG had dark chocolate. It sure was good

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