Wednesday, October 11, 2017

perth trip #2 with the hubby!

 Since my last post I also celebrated another birthday, the cup above was one of the lovely gifts I received... Ive just realised that my other really lovely gift which was an old biscuit tin that has been lined and up cycled for a sewing tin isn't in the photo.
 So the hubby/fisherman/mamil came with me to visit the froglet in Perth.  We surprised her, she had no idea we were coming.
 Our second day took us for a walk to her workplace for a decent coffee and I had this really yummy breakfast.  We took the cat bus into town to organise our hire bikes for a few days.

 As we were coming back to the froglets house I saw this amazing yarn bombing, I think its one of the biggest ones Ive ever seen!
 We took our own helmets and shoes with us to Perth and hired a couple of bikes from the same place i used last time. this time though we got road bikes, a couple of cannondales.  They did us well for the two days.

 We managed to find probably one of the steepest roads in the whole of Perth that took us up to a great look out in kings park.
 I managed to navigate our way all around the river this time without getting lost!  I had decided to go back to the park I had a coffee and muffin at last time as it was a good halfway spot.

 We actually went back again the next day.... We got slightly lost going to leederville... ended up in the next suburb but found our way back easily enough.  Even the mamil was impressed with the paths and the lack of traffic we encountered on our rides.
 Of course Bear was very excited to see me again and to meet his granddad hahahah.  He slept with us for the first 3 nights.... there wasn't much room in the bed.
 The weather was perfect for us for the week we were in Perth.  we visited the beaches and lazed around when we didn't ride.
 A bit of shell hunting happened after brunch at this beach.

 On our last day we went into Fremantle to the market again and a visit to the little creatures brewery.  we got a tasting plate for their beers and ciders.  I got the stuff they didn't like!
 Also in Freo is a maritime museum and they have a O class submarine there.  The mamil got pretty excited when he found out they did tours on them.  So we managed to get on the last tour of the day.  He was really pleased to show the froglet and her soldier boy what conditions he used to experience when he served in the RN Submarines.  The big difference was he was on bombers, which are nuclear submarines... the subs were very different but they got the general idea of what it was like in a sub.

 Someone was happy to have me home again and like all cats as soon as the bag was empty he filled it!
And finally on a quilty note, I have started my first paper piecing project. the cactus rose.  So its all prepped and ready to sew.... stay tuned!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Trip to Perth and new projects

 Introducing Bear!  he is the froglets puppy, he is a dachshund x boarder collie.  I kid you not!  Hes gorgeous and very cheeky.  I went to Perth where her man is currently posted to see where they are living and catch up with her, I managed to find 3 bike shops, 3 patchwork shops and a few good coffees.
 I hired a bike for 5 hours and got a nice 60km ride with Doris (you gotta name your bike!) We rode up and around the river, found a great coffee  of course.  The weather was amazing while I was there, didn't put the winter woolies on at all.
 I came home to slightly cooler conditions and had a few rides in the fog!  Its actually very peaceful when its foggy, but you have to be more cautious and we always have our lights on regardless of time of day or the conditions.
 My legs got a little dewy on this ride.  Like my socks?  they are called disco... and yes I wear odd socks :)
 On a quilting/stitching note, I have finished my bike stitchery, need to put it in something now....
So my next stitchery is this one..... I actually have enlarged it as it was a little tiny for me... I will turn this into a cushion.
 This is called cactus rose.  Its paper piecing of the extreme hahahha. I haven't done any paper piecing but one of my cycling buddies has, so she is going to torture me with this.  I guess its fair payback as I take her out for 'challenging' rides... shes getting stronger and fitter!

This isn't my quilt, I have bought some lovely fossil ferns in Perth and supplemented them with some other fabrics... I will take pictures for the next post.. promise.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

conquering the 7 peaks

 Been a little busy recently..... I completed the 7 peaks with my hubby and help from my friends.
 This entails you, the cyclist to ride up 7 peaks in Victoria.  You receive a passport which you get stamped at the top of each peak.  The season starts in October and finishes at the end of March the following year.
 There is Mt Buffalo, Falls creek, Mt Buller and Lake Mountain. Dinner Plains, Mt Hotham and Baw Baw.
We only got rained on (and sleet at the top) on Lake Mountain.. the rest of the climbs were with perfect cycling weather, for me that equals not too hot and a gentle breeze.
 My favourite climb and descent was Falls Creek.  This is a beautiful 30km ride with undulating hills.
 I also Loved doing Mt Hotham as that was also 30km and very challenging.
 However  the shortest climb was Mt Baw Baw and this was by far the hardest with nasty short pinchy climbs. my fisherman/mamil has decided he doesn't want to do this particular climb ever again and I don't blame him as on his first attempt at descending (after a successful but long climb) he had a nasty fall and was airlifted to hospital.  He was fine, how he didn't break a bone we don't know but he did bring a fair bit of gravel with him on his butt... we laugh now, but his helmet definitely saved his life.
 I hope to climb some of these mountains again next year.... perhaps even Baw Baw....  don't worry though I'm not going to descend on my bike, I'm not that mad hahah.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Herald Sun Jayco tour stage 4

 One of my top favourite cyclists.  Chris Froome.

 My friends and I rode up to Kinglake to watch stage 4.  we were very lucky with the weather.. it was supposed to rain.. well it did a few times, but only showers. It was a very balmy 25 deg.
Was a great day out watching how the pro's do it!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

post christmas

 So my fisherman bought me for christmas a solar monkey!  He was so pleased with himself for finding something for me that I will be able to use on my next great Vic adventure.  I am rather chuffed too as this will help me charge my garmin and phone with ease.
 Of course I went for a christmas morning ride...  I wore my christmas socks..... and wasabi had her christmas balls on too.

 After christmas we went for a ride up to kinglake and had donuts at the flying tarts.... and then a few days ago I discovered hot cross buns in store!!!  oh my!  but Im on a special diet and these are definately not on my allowed list... sob.

Today I rode out at 6am to avoid the heat.... we did 60km and rewarded ourselves with a frozen spider... and yes these arent on my diet either....

I hope that everyone is in a cool spot today in the heat and for those on the other side of the pond that you are snuggled up watching the snow fall.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

great vic done and dusted in style

I arrived at sunny Halls Gap on the Saturday afternoon.  The weatherman had promised good weather until the Wednesday... it was fingers crossed.

People were arriving in cars and bus loads... the bikes were transported by cattle trucks!  I was amazed the first time I went on a GVBR at how well the whole thing is run and once again I was in awe of the way the volunteers managed to co ordinate the whole shebang.

 Our first morning was freezing cold so out came the long fingered gloves... As I put them on I realised that I had one of mine and one of my hubby's! lucky for me I had a pair and not 2 left gloves.
 Every morning we would set off under the start banner to the cheers of the volunteers.
Day one was Halls Gap to Dunkeld.  72km with a nice little climb about halfway.
Day two Dunkeld to Mortlake.   89km.
 The CWA ladies had cooked up a feast of biscuits, we bought a bunch of them at sat in the shade and munched our way through them.
Day 3 was the longest day 100km  mortlake to the 12 apostles just outside Port Campbell.  I enjoyed this day as I had driven along these roads many years ago when I used to take the girls on holidays to Port Campbell.
 We arrived in Port to sunshine and a nice little treat at the foreshore of icy poles and snacks before we did our hill challenge up the road to our campsite.
 The campsite although i was really windy had the most amazing view across towards the actual 12 apostles.  We had been really lucky with the weather at this point with warm days but very chilly nights and mornings.
 day 5 12 apostles to Apollo Bay 85km.  this was the most challenging day for the whole event.  We tackled the famed Lavers Hill.  my friends said to me its fine, you have done bigger and longer hills.  So off we went.... The hills went on and on and on!  You would get to the top of one pinch only to find another one.  The climbs were great but by the time I got to Apollo Bay I was really thankful to flop in my tent for a while.
 Day 6 was the rest day!  time to get coffee and recharge the batteries! I can highly recommend the fish and chips at the co op!
 This was the view of part of our campsite.  We camped on both sides of the road and could hear the waves crashing as we fell asleep.  The worst bit about the rest day is the school kids have too much energy and don't go to sleep by 10pm and we also have the 3 day riders join us and they are pretty excited and also don't know the 'routine'.
 day 7 Apollo bay to Bellbrae 80km.  This was my favourite day of the entire event.  We had closed roads along the great ocean road to Lorne. Beautiful views with rolling hills and no cars trying to pass us or zooming towards us on the windy roads.
 We had a rest stop at Kennett River... I rolled in and could see King parrots.... A school boy gave me a handful of seed and within moments I had them all over me.... I was called the bird lady (and for days afterward people would ask me.. are you that bird lady?!).
 We did get some light rain that morning, but the parrots didn't seem to mind and they certainly helped keep my mind off getting damp.
 This cheeky one sat on the wheel of this bike with a piece of my peanut butter and honey sandwich.  Then he decided my head was even better and sat on my helmet and continued to share my snacks.
 From Lorne we had to share the road with on coming traffic, but I didn't hear of any issues with motorists.. we had a huge support crew of Marshall's on motorbikes, police on motorbikes and in cars as well as medical support and the SAG wagon to pick up the cyclists who found they couldn't quite finish the ride that day.
 Day 8 Bellbrae to Queenscliff  53km  the shortest day took us past Bells beach and other surfing meccas.... I think some surfers who came up to their cars were a bit startled to see so many cyclists in the car park.  There was over 4000 of us!
 Day 9 Queenscliffe to Geelong  62km  the last day.  We had been blessed with the best weather and the final day promised to be a scorcher.
The traffic picked up as we got closer to our final destination and the riders all seemed to take their time not wanting their journey to finish.
I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed my GV this year, with many factors making it so enjoyable from the people I rode with to the weather and good food. 527kms done and dusted.
Next years ride is starting at Wilsons Promontory  down Gippsland way and finishing in Trafalgar. 517kms