Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Weekend In Warrnambool

Lady Bay Resort
Just because we had a free weekend & felt the need for a break, we headed to Warrnambool. I picked up the kids from school, then hubby from work & we hit the road, getting there in time for dinner. After dinner we headed back to the room to enjoy the spa before heading to bed for the night.
"Picture perfect" view
We were a little disappointed in the accommodation, only because of the price we paid and the fact it was advertised as 4 1/2 stars. The towel rail fell off the minute I touched it, the toilet had trouble flushing, the supplies were basic - no breakfast spreads, no shower cap, just milk in the fridge, no electric blanket - and the room boasted "a picture perfect" view of the ocean.
Penthouse view
Don't get me wrong, the room was fine, just not any better than any of the 3-4 star places we'd stayed before. Anyway, we ended up being upgraded to their best penthouse suite, which had much nicer views and was huge, the kids got a bedroom each - which of course meant fighting over who got the double bed! It was still missing those little extras, but it felt better quality and more like 4 1/2 stars. We also got 2 full bathrooms, 2 TVs, 2 spas and one large wrap around balcony.
Penthouse view
Saturday we headed out for breakfast and explored Lake Pertobe - we had a go at the flying fox and paddle boats. From there we had a quick lunch, went to the lookout at Cannon Hill and then back to the resort for a swim and spa in the heated pool. Dinner was a yummy Indian meal, then back to the suite for some relaxation and free wi-fi!
Lake Pertobe
Sunday we tried the buffet breakfast before exploring the foreshore then headed to the extinct volcano at Tower Lake reserve. We spotted free range koalas, emus & a wallaby we got close to - about 1 metre away. A few more lookouts, then on to Port Campbell to check out the cove there. Then it was on to the "Bay of Islands" coastal park to see the rock formations before heading back, with a Pizza Hut buffet for dinner. 
Wallaby at Tower Hill Reserve
The weather forecast was possible showers for both days, but turned out pretty perfect. Saturday was mostly sunny and 25, with some rain after dinner when we were in our room. Sunday was a little overcast and we got about 6 drops of rain on us at one lookout. It got to about 21.
Port Campbell
"The Arch" Port Campbell

"bay of Islands" Coastal Park
at Peterborough

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Some WIP Pics

Started on Feb 18th

I know I've shown a few small finishes lately, but my larger WIPs have not been totally neglected. I am working on the "L" for my

Started on Oct 9th 

mum - hopefully, maybe,
probably not for Mother's
day in about a month. The
"Hot Sunny Days" one is
for me, it reminds me of our
cruise around the Sth Pacific.

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Stash Blowout

I recently heard about a massive sale on Imaginating charts at Colours Down Under - they were going for just $1 each! In fact, the sale is currently still on if you're interested. I bought 10 charts, and with $6.35 shipping, I paid a whopping $16.35. Bargain! I calculated the original price of all the charts and it came to $87.35, a saving of $77.35. Can't blame me for buying up big, can you?

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Another Christmas Finish - At Easter!

Well, why not? The theme for April on the "Christmas All Year" blog is snowflakes, so I've cheated a little and made a snowflake tree, the same one I did when the theme was Christmas trees! This nwill be for one of my boys. Here it is:

  • Name of the design is "Sapin Numero 4". I added the trunk myself.
  • Chart is a freebie from this blog.
  • Fabric is 32 count white opalescent evenweave.
  • Thread is a red sulky thread.
  • Stitch count is 62 x 43
  • Started & Completed on April 3rd 2012.
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Monday, April 2, 2012

More Christmas Finishes

Thanks to the "Christmas All Year" blog, I've been working my way through some Christmas cross stitch finishes. March was free choice, so I decided on a small freebie that I stitched twice, one for each of my boys. Here they are:

The design is a freebie that was sent to newsletter subscribers of San Man Originals. I stitched it on 28 count white opalescent evenweave and used white DMC, red & green sulky thread.

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