Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sydney sandstone

Another Sydney trip.........taking photos (while stopped in traffic) of the sandstone buildings in College and Macquarie Streets in the city.....

The picture below is taken in the suburb of Randwick.  It is part of the Prince of Wales Hospital. This building opened in 1858 and was originally the Asylum for Destitute Children.  I have often walked past it and wondered about the children who lived here and what their lives were like.  We were back here recently for my grandson, who has a disability, to visit his doctors at the Children's Hospital on the same site.

Saturday, August 18, 2012


I love caravans.  The top picture is an embroidery based on a watercolour painting I did a while back.  I did the second picture for my daughter's birthday card, and the last picture shows the caravan my grandfather built way back in the fifties. In the summer all the cousins and aunties and uncles would go away camping together.  I loved that caravan, it was called Lazy Days and it was my grandparents' domain.  We slept in big square canvas tents, which I don't think were waterproof!  We had little wooden and canvas bunk beds to sleep in.

We would spend all day swimming, often there were jellyblubbers (jellyfish) with big long fat legs and sometimes we would get stung, but it wasn't bad enough to stop us going in.  We had blow up float rings shaped liked turtles and my older sister and cousin both had long floats with paddles that our grandfather had also made.  At night all the adults and kids would go prawning, walking through the water with torches and buckets.

The camping ground had a shop that sold everything, including lollies which were kept in big jars.  You could buy a small white paper bag full for a few pennies.  Freckles, cobbers, musk sticks, allsorts, licorice, big green and red frogs to name a few.

I still remember the soft lapping of the water, there were never any big waves as it was a huge lake, and the only waves were made by speed boats out a bit further.  There was a beach nearby, but it was a trek through snakey bushland to get there, and once there, a burning, foot scalding run down to the waves.  It was a wild beach from what I can remember, and I was scared that a stingray would attack me for some reason! 

I think we were really very lucky to have those holidays.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Owls, pussycats and more...

After a really busy week of cutting, sewing, stitching, tagging and staying up late worrying about how much to put on each item, it was off to the markets!  Up early (not used to that) it was lovely to see the sun starting to rise over the beach, and exciting to get to the markets and set up our table.  We chatted and met other stall holders and got tips for future markets and it was all very much fun.  The smell of sausages sizzling outside was tempting, and we drank coffee from a thermos and ate chocolate biscuits (for energy, of course).  We sold our hand made things, and we'll be back next month I hope to do it all again.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Getting ready for the Mums and Bubs markets!

My friend and I are finally going to the markets to sell our wares (hopefully!!) on Saturday, so lots of busy making is going on here.........