I loved every minute of my three weeks in Australia, Cyclone Ita included, but I failed on one point. We never found a yarn store. I don’t know why I assumed I’d just find one (like I did in Newcastle, Australia 5 years ago) but I didn’t! I did find one, after a search online, in Brisbane, that sounded brilliant, called Tangled Yarns but in the end I just couldn’t make it to the shop. Which was a shame but I wasn’t about to give up my chance to cuddle a koala…!
Which you’re allowed to do in Queensland, though when they say cuddle, they mean hold it for 15 secs while you have your picture taken! Mine was called Eeyore, she did a poo on me… Mum got Rodney who either did a wee or dribbled eucalyptus juice on her white top. She’d never worn it before and had to throw it away! He was cute though. This was at the marvellous Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary just outside Brisbane. If you’re ever in the area, it’s well worth a visit!
Also latterly it was too hot to use wool. I boil at 28c – anyone who lives in Oz or NZ or the US can laugh now – so I put the knitting away and read books and did Sudoku! In retrospect taking all wool projects wasn’t the cleverest…
My highlights of my holiday were visiting Uluru (every single bit of it):
Going up in a propeller plane over Fraser Island:
Visiting the koala sanctuary – this one is from the retirement section where they’re all over 12! :
Oh and the wedding at Sydney Opera House of course!
My sad bits were not driving the Great Ocean Road because of the rain and not visiting The Great Barrier Reef or the Daintree Rain Forest while we were in Port Douglas because of Cyclone Ita. But a good excuse to go back!
Anyway I’m going to spend the next little while catching up with everyone else’s blog.
It’s been 30C here in Port Douglas today but with serious humidity so it felt like 37C!!!!! I’m a Brit, I can’t cope with the heat 😄. Our Great Barrier Reef trip was cancelled because of Ms Ita, so the family took full advantage of the pool, while I took full advantage of the air conditioning to crochet. It’s funny how the heat makes you disinclined towards yarn… It’s not a feeling I get very often! Anyhow I’m 3/4 through my crochet project – I’ve finished both fronts and one back of the cushions for my sister’s birthday.
We’re off to Brisbane tomorrow. Any tips for good yarn shops? I’ve not seen/ found any so far and it’s disappointing. I’m determined to buy some Aussie yarn!
So, here in Port Douglas we’re waiting to see if Cyclone Ita hits land. We’re likely to be right on the fringes of the storm, if at all, and have been assured that our hotel accommodation can cope with the storm….
Today D and I found an art gallery featuring only art by indigenous aboriginal artists and spent ages in there. We finally cracked and bought a very small picture (ie what we could afford!) because we liked them so much. It’s currently bubble wrapped to go home so pictures in a couple of weeks. As it was incredibly humid D decided to take the picture back to our hotel while I (not such an indefatigable walker) sat and drank a coffee in a charming book shop come coffee shop on Macrossan Street, Port Douglas. I also took the opportunity to knit a few rows on my sock – I’m doing the heel at present.
We flew from Sydney to Melbourne on Monday, picked up this CRAZY minibus (which I was supposed to drive) to drive down to Phillip Island. We had been told this took an hour. It took three hours… We were on Phillip Island to see the little penguins when they go back to their burrows at night time. We arrived at the Penguin Parade with 20 minutes to spare! They were delightful and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. Prior to this we had arrived at our motel about 5.30pm (having travelled all day) and had a very instructive conversation with the motel owner. We were *supposed* to be travelling on the the following day by ferry from Phillip Island to someway along the Great Ocean Road and then driving back along it to Melbourne, where we were staying at the Holiday Inn at the airport before flying onwards. Only the ferry was 2 hours driving from our motel and where we would end up would mean we would have to drive all day without stopping to get back. Needless to say this all got cancelled as we just physically couldn’t do what had been booked for us. I was disappointed as this was the only bit of the trip I had suggested, but totally in agreement we shouldn’t do it. In the end the weather was so dreadful that we wouldn’t have seen anything even if we had gone on the Great Ocean Road. So we ended up staying on Phillip Island yesterday until about 4pm, visiting the seals, seeing the blow hole, and visiting the chocolate factory. D, who is a former soldier, discovered the Australian National Vietnam Veterans Museum and happily spent most of the day there. We the drove back to Melbourne airport, dropped the crazy and uncomfortable van off and stayed overnight at the Holiday Inn (where we had a very nice dinner that was extortionately expensive) before departing for Cairns this morning. It’s gorgeous here, lovely and warm, nice apartment, already been for a swim. Just one issue… They’re expecting a cyclone on Friday… Our trip to the Great Barrier Reef has been cancelled! We’re hoping to rebook for Sunday. So it’s been eventful.
During a day out sightseeing in Sydney (in the pouring rain!) we went into the Customs House to see the underfloor 3D city map and discovered this amazing free form crochet artwork designed to draw attention to Earth Hour and the fragility of the Great Barrier Reef. It was amazing and Mum and I really enjoyed looking at it. I’m not sure D quite believed me when I said I didn’t know it was there!! It was crocheted by 350 people and took a team 3 days to assemble.
That last picture was my favourite piece of the exhibition. >
The wedding yesterday at the Opera House was fantastic. The weather was glorious and a good time was had by all. When we finally surfaced this morning, it was to find the weather being very British again! But we headed out (without our rain coats!) and had a fantastic toasted vegetarian sandwich on focaccia bread and a great coffee from a mall at Darling Harbour and ate it outside overlooking the harbour and watching people go by.
D wondering why I’m taking a photo of him:
It’s our last day in Sydney today but we’re so tired after the wedding I think it will be a VERY easy day! This has been such a great trip so far. >
What a fantastic city this is! I’d say the only very very slight negative on our first day was that it rained. Now the typical Brit view of Australia is that it is always sunny, so it didn’t occur to any of us that it might rain… But it did, this is after all the Australian autumn! Mum and I ended up taking the most ridiculous ‘selfie’ of ourselves under our just purchased umbrella with the Opera House in the background! It is there!