|Mount Lofty Botanic Garden|
School holidays: unseasonably warm autumn weather. For the first time in a long time, the whole family was available to visit to Mount Lofty Botanic Garden. On the way we stopped at Mount Lofty Summit - the highest point of the Adelaide Hills (official title: Mount Lofty Ranges).
|View from Mount Lofty Summit|
The city square of Adelaide and Gulf St Vincent can be seen in the distance.
The long, white horizontal shape to the right of the city is the Adelaide Oval stadium.
I was surprised and sad to discover that it was the children's first time ever at the summit. All those years of illness meant that I was not well enough to take them anywhere. It was nice to make up for lost time and the clear day gave great views from the Willunga Hills in the south to Para Hills in the north. Looking back on a family happy snap of this day, the lupey redness was showing on my face. I don't recall noticing it on the day but that was probably the start of the crash that was to come.
|My autumn leaves 2016!|
Raking up autumn leaves doesn't help! They are so pretty! I am not supposed to exert myself in such a way but it feels nice to be able to get out and rake them, crunching them beneath my feet; such a satisfying sound. My tree is getting too big to manage (as you can see by the piles of leaves) so it will be trimmed this season when the tree is bare.
|"Purple Rain" cinema ticket|
After the film, we went looking for coffee and ended up near the beach. We went down to Brighton Jetty where the Anzac Day commemorative display of knitted and crocheted poppies was still on show. I hadn't had a chance to visit it before and, being close to midnight, it was easy to get clear photos of it because there was no one else around to get between my phone-camera lens and the poppies! More about the display in a future post!
|Anzac Day poppy display with Brighton jetty in the background.|
Brighton War Memorial, Brighton, South Australia.
It's footy season again. Last weekend I attended the Adelaide Oval, despite tiredness, to see the Crows win against Fremantle. It was David Mackay's 150th game.
|The Adelaide Crows AFL* team run onto the oval.|
The banner celebrates David Mackay's 150th game.
It was fun to catch up with our regular gate attendant Lisa (for whom I made some fingerless mitts last year) and other friends and family. This game was extra special because my niece and her son were on the oval as part of the half-time entertainment!
|'Auskick' games are part of the half-time entertainment.|
My niece is the goal umpire in white at the left hand end. Her son is the tiny player in black at the far right.
At half time, selected teams of junior footballers and 'Auskickers' set up mini goal posts and entertain the crowds with mini-matches. My niece was one of the goal umpires in the white coats waving the flags and her son, just 5 years old and the tiniest one on the team was playing in his 3rd ever football game. At that age, it is all about encouragement and building skills so they all had a go at kicking for goal, handballing to each other and chasing the ball around. My little nephew was awestruck by the crowds and the size of the stadium. He was easy to spot in his black uniform and bright orange boots. An experience to remember, no doubt!
|More "Dotty Hand-warmers" on the way!|
|A new creation!|
At last the pink/purple silk mohair scarf made it to the blocking board and a new silk mohair creation has commenced!
|A silk-mohair floral fringe on the blocking board.|
The sewing machine has also come in handy for a student who is having trouble finding school trousers that fit properly. I have been very exasperated by the school uniform supplier whose sizes don't seem to fit anybody properly. Last winter I had some trousers especially tailored but when reviewing the cost, I decided it was about time I learned how to make trousers myself and then they will fit properly and be cheaper in the long run.
Intersperse all of these activities with family birthday gatherings and appointments and unforeseen demands on my time and energy. I am glad I was able to keep up the pace but this week I am not feeling so good. The fatigue is closing in.
|Stitches and Craft show pin from 2015.|
To top it all off, we are in the middle of Australian Alpaca Week!
It runs from 30 April–8 May, 2016. Many alpaca farms will open their gates for the public to meet the alpacas and their breeders. In South Australia, there will be farms open in Birdwood, Currency Creek, Strathalbyn and Minlaton.
Activities include viewing and petting alpacas, spinning and other fibre craft demonstrations, clothing, yarn and raw fleece for sale. See how fleece is processed and how to make felted fabric out of all grades of alpaca fleece and maybe felt your own piece of alpaca fabric! Check with individual farms for opening hours and activities offered. Details can be found through the Australian Alpaca Week web page.
Anyone want to visit alpacas with me?
With the craft show, alpaca week and everything else in my life, there's so much going on! I can't do it all. Isn't that typical? Either there's nothing happening or it's all happening at once but what a nice problem to have!
What is going on in your part of the world?
What have you been doing?
*Australian Football League
Related Posts on Lupey Loops
"Brighton Jetty Anzac Display", 12 May 2016: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2016/05/brighton-jetty-anzac-display.html
"Urban Alpacas", 25 February 2016: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2016/02/urban-alpacas.html
"Footy Friendships & Corporate Crochet", 3 September 2015: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/footy-friendships-corporate-crochet.html
This post includes details about Tara Murray and her "Dotty Hand-warmers" pattern.
"Adelaide Stitches and Craft Show", 9 May 2015: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2015/05/adelaide-stitches-craft-show.html
"Better Than a Bought One", 26 March 2015: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/better-than-bought-one.html
"Lupus (SLE) Resources", web page: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/p/lupus-information-resources.html
Adelaide Football Club, Adelaide, South Australia: www.afc.com.au
Adelaide Football Club, David Mackay (14) player profile: http://www.afc.com.au/player-profile/david-mackay
Adelaide Oval: http://www.adelaideoval.com.au/
AFL Auskick: http://www.aflauskick.com.au/
Australian Alpaca Week, Australian Alpaca Association: http://www.alpaca.asn.au/australian-alpaca-week
Australian Football League: http://www.afl.com.au
Fremantle Football Club, Fremantle, Western Australia: http://www.fremantlefc.com.au/
Inside Crochet, Issue 14, magazine, February 2011, http://www.insidecrochet.co.uk/
The "Dotty Hand-warmers" pattern by Tara Murray appears in issue 14.
Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens, access via Summit Road or Picadilly Road, Crafers, South Australia: http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/botanicgardens/visit/mount-lofty-botanic-garden
Mount Lofty Summit, National Parks South Australia: http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/Find_a_Park/Browse_by_region/Adelaide_Hills/Mount_Lofty_Summit
Murray, Tara, "Dotty Hand-warmers", Ravelry pattern page: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dotty-hand-warmers
The Stitches & Craft Show, Expertise Events, Adelaide Event and Exhibition Centre, Jubilee Pavilion, Wayville Showground, South Australia: http://stitchesandcraft.net.au/Adelaide/
The Summit, restaurant, Mount Lofty Summit: http://www.mountloftysummit.com/