… Continued from Hexagons on the Move
RINGS was my clue to where we went last Saturday. If you guessed Sydney Olympic Park, well, you’re a freaking genius!
We went to the Bicentennial Park for a quick lunch, not really a picnic. We had places to go and things to do. So we quickly left and went to our first pit stop.
Tada! It’s the award-winning Brickpit Ring Walk. It is the 2006 National Trust Heritage Awards Winner. I’ve not even heard of this place before but it was pretty cool. I think this homemade video best captures the size of the ring in the middle of this old brickpit. Don’t you just love the colours!
It was a bizarre feeling walking on it. It was just the two of us in this big weird suspended ring. And to add to the strangeness, Richard actually got the camera off me! (I’m a little possessive of it.) And you can see why I don’t normally hand the camera over. He would want to take photos of me! I had to oblige those mesmerizing blue eyes though. I was having a wonderful day so smiling was pretty easy.
In all fairness, he agreed to take a rare photo of us together. I LOVE this photo. Don’t we look good?! Gee, I’m such a lucky girl.
We were off to the next pit stop in the “larger than I thought” Sydney Olympic Park. Drove to the next location, parked and walked for a while to get to the… SHIPWRECK! Yip, real shipwrecks in the water with the fancy condos in one background and the Ikea mall in the other. Surreal!
Although we were already rather tired from walking in the warm weather, we had one last place to visit. Another short drive and we were at the Newington Armory. Did anyone know there was an armory in the Sydney Olympic Park? Anyone? Richard was keen to see the heritage buildings and at first I thought it was going to be pretty boring. But I was blown away by how well preserved everything was and the armory was bigger than I thought! We walked and walked and there seem to be no end. There were so many bunkers, train tracks, old buildings and old signs. Again, there was barely anyone around. It’s like we were stuck in some Dr Who episode where everyone disappeared!
But that’s not all folks! We finally walked back to the entrance and saw people walking into this big old building. Thought we should check it out. You wouldn’t believe it. It was an art gallery! This place just keeps on giving. The ARTEXPRESS exhibition was on and it was awesome to be able to wander into an old army building and find artwork from young budding art students. A symphony of young and old I think.
Among the exhibition, I did find a couple of artworks that would interest the yarn and craft lovers.
I hope you have enjoyed my Saturday outing to the Sydney Olympic Park. If you have a chance, please do visit it for yourself. I can’t wait to go back there again and see what else I will discover. Enjoy the rest of the week and I’ll see you again on Friday.
Hexagons on the Move
We went on a small road trip last Saturday. I was going to spend about 3 hours in the car all up so I thought I shouldn’t miss the chance to do a bit of crocheting while being chauffeured for the day. I packed my backpack full of yarn – 700g of yarn to be exact. Seven beautiful bright colours adorn my hexagon crochet blanket. I’ve crocheted and joined 16 hexagons and packed them with me. All I needed was my hook and a small pair of scissors and I’m off!
Richard was looking at my bag when I got in the car. He had already packed a picnic for us and we were planning a walk too. He was rather surprised to see my bulging backpack! “What have you got in there?” he asked inquisitively. I grinned and told him to just drive. As soon we hit the freeway, I unzipped my bag and pulled out the ends of the yarn carefully. I began my first hexagon, proud at how organised I was.
I even had a little “bin” next to me by the passenger door where I tucked the scrap bits of yarn and my pair of scissors.
And between our seats, I placed the 16 joined hexagons so I can refer to them when I’m crocheting. I’ve decided on these 16 to be the foundation of my crochet blanket that I will just follow from now on.
I’ve placed a safety pin in the centre of each of these “foundation” hexagons so that I will not be confused when I start joining other hexagons to them. Is there a smarter way to do this? I really don’t know much about crocheting. I don’t know the proper name of the so-called foundation hexagons that I’ve crocheted. Please enlighten me if you do!
I’ll talk more about where I actually went last Saturday later this week. All I can say now is that it involved RINGS.
What Have I Started?
My mum and two of my brothers, Hakiim and Irfan, came to visit us late last year. It was their second visit to Australia, which made it much more relaxed than when they were here the first time. We travelled from the Hunter Valley down to the South Coast, beach after beach after beach.
We stayed at a holiday park on the South Coast for the weekend. Our cabin was just by the Crooked River, Gerroa, and the sunsets were stunning! This was my most favourite part of the entire holidays. South Coast really impressed me with their picturesque valleys and rolling hills.
The holiday park was very close to Seven Mile Beach too and the sand on the South Coast seemed darker and not as soft as those found on the Central Coast. The beach was huge and flat. Perfect for young families, I think.
As it was nearing Christmas, Richard’s mum put on an early Christmas dinner for us. It was the first time for my family to experience how Christmas is celebrated here. We had quite a few laughs over dinner with reindeer ears, funny hats and cheesy Christmas crackers jokes!
In general, there were lots of mucking around (done mostly by the two boys) and doing heaps of nothing-ness. Quite a neccesity in our otherwise very busy lives.
More holiday photos found on Flickr
Sorry for being away for so long. I have been too tired and busy during Ramadan to do any blogging. But I’m back!
I celebrated my 30th birthday halfway through September. One of my colleagues drew a birthday cake on the whiteboard and they sang me a birthday song. They wanted to get me a cake but I was fasting. It had to be a pretend cake. It was a very nice surprise nonetheless!
In the evening, Richard and I went to a nice Italian restaurant at Ettalong Beach and watched Mummy 3 afterwards. The food was delicious and the movie was super corny. The special effects were cool as usual and overall, it was easy to watch and entertaining. Not as good as the first one of course but you’ll get a few laughs.
And in the last minute, we booked a 5-star hotel room on Friday night and spent Saturday in Sydney. We stayed at the Sir Stamford Hotel in Circular Quay. It was a nice, very large room with an equally large marbled bathroom. Despite being surrounded by grandeur, I didn’t really enjoy the room. The way the room was arranged just didn’t feel right. Maybe it was too old fashioned for my taste.
But I must say that I had the absolute best time in Sydney on Saturday. It was warm and the sky was clear and so very blue. I haven’t done the tourist thing around Circular Quay so I enjoyed the experience thoroughly. I absolutely LOVE the Royal Botanic Gardens. You just can’t beat walking in a beautiful garden with that kind of waterview. It was almost pornographic!
We did so much walking that day. By the time we walked all the way around to the Harbour Bridge, we were both so exhausted. We laid on the grass watching people and boats pass by. Richard, eventually fell asleep so I occupied myself with a little photography. These are some of my favourite photos from the mini shoot.
The whole day I was trying to get a good photo of the Harbour Bridge. It was too bright and glary and there was always something in the way. I gave up and we took our luggage from the hotel and headed home. We were sitting on the platform of the train station and you wouldn’t believe it. I turned around and I saw this -
Pretty freaking awesome!
Isn’t it just the best view to set up a little picnic and ironically, there was this perfectly placed rock that we could use as a table!
For those living on the Central Coast, it’s Warrah Lookout in Brisbane Water National Park. It’s between Patonga and Pearl Beaches. We haven’t heard of it before and actually planned a bushwalk in Maitland Bay but that was closed today for weed spraying. A bush ranger told us about this one and it is by far the best little bushwalk to do around the Peninsula. The track to the lookout was downhill on beautiful sandstone steps, winding through flowering shrubs and rock platforms.
I knew I was going to be around beautiful scenery today so I knitted madly yesterday to finish my Ilean cowl. I think it makes my knitted objects look so much better when I take the time to take photos of them against a gorgeous backdrop. It also helps that I look much happier surrounded by nature.
Details on Ravelry