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festival of sam – part two – wool…

Yes, so the wool part of our trip to Melbourne deserves its own post! As soon as I knew where we were going, I googled “Yarn Shops Melbourne” and was very happy with the list that appeared. We only had time to visit two shops, however I was very happy with what I found.

First, we went to the Wool Baa, which is in Albert Park. It was a cute little shop, longer than it was wide, but with wool to the ceiling!

Here I am, touching all the wool I could reach, while Reags patiently waited on the “Boyfriend Seat”

My first happy purchase was a single skein of “Ella Rae Lace Merino”. I was really drawn to the colours, and I love how it looks different turned over or around. I’m not sure what I’ll make out of this yet, I had originally thought about socks, but there isn’t any nylon content, so I’m not sure how they would hold up. Maybe a shawl (or similar) is more the order.

My other purchase at Wool Baa was found on the discount table! I got three balls of “Rowan RYC Cashsoft”, in an olive-green, mauve, and cream. The colours are a little warm in my picture, nowhere near accurate. This yarn is soft soft soft! I think I’ll make a cowl (snood, mobis.. whatever) out of this, I just hope I have enough. Kicking myself that I didn’t get an extra ball or two.

The second wool shop we visited was Morris & Sons on Collins Street in the CBD. There is a twin shop in Sydney, but I’ve never been to it. I was very excited to walk around Morris & Sons, because I’d heard it was an excellent shop!

I was not disappointed.. This shop was huge! Floor to ceiling wool, walls and walls of displays, pattern books and mock-ups to die for! I did about 3 laps of the shop, touching, reading, patting, drooling… Then the lovely shop assistant asked if she could help, and she directed me to a display in the center of the room full of the softest, most colourful wool I think I’ve seen.

My hands went straight to this beautiful skein! It’s “Manos del Uruguay, Maxima” in the colour-way Coquina. 218 yards of delicious 100% Merino, 10 ply (worsted) heaven! These yarns are kettle-dyed by ladies in South America, and to quote the company “Manos del Uruguay is South America’s only non-profit Fair Trade certified cooperative yarn producer”. Again, kicking myself that I only got the one skein, but I’m hoping to get a beanie out of this.

Reags wandered over to me with this in his hands, and I thought he was suggesting it for me. Nope. He asked me to knit him a pocket square (which I’ve already completed). “Manos del Uruguay, Silk Blend” is unbelievably soft, but I’ll tell you more about it when I post the pocket square. This colour-way is called Purple Rain!

With all my purchases, I thought my stash would be looking very healthy! Little did I know, there was more to come! When my girlfriends, Nicole & Nyome surprised me with dinner for my birthday, they also had a little present for me. They both know how much I love to knit (I have a knitting session with Nyome at least one a week..!), so they decided to add to my (ever-growing) stash!

Remember I mentioned the Sydney Morris & Sons? Well, Nyome found it and went to town! She ended up getting me two skeins of “Manos del Uruguay, Maxima” in the Agua colour-way! I am drooling just looking at these pictures.. It is so soft, I can’t tell you how gorgeous it is. Again, I have no idea what to make with this, but I need to decide soon, because I’m itching to turn it into something amazing!

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festival of sam – part one – adventure…

For my birthday this year, Reags surprised me with a 3 day trip to Melbourne! I love Melbourne, I’ve been a few times before, but it was a long time ago. I want to share some photos with you!

I woke up at 6.30 on Sunday morning, with Reags telling me to pack my bags. We were on the plane a few hours later, and landed in Melbourne around lunch time. Our hotel in South Yarra was really nice, it’s called The Olsen, and the entire hotel is decorated, dedicated and modelled around the artwork of Dr John Olsen, an Australian landscape artist. His work is bright, vibrant, and fluid, and it was wonderful being surrounded by his work.

We ate at some amazing cafe’s and restaurants. Two Birds One Stone, Top Paddock, Gazi, and Cookie were just some!

Although I didn’t have a favourite restaurant (meaning, I couldn’t pick one!), I was blown over by what we ordered at Om Nom, Melbourne’s first dedicated dessert bar.

Raspberry Fields

This is called Raspberry Field, and it was the most amazing dessert I’ve ever eaten. The menu read “Raspberry & Lychee sorbet, Raspberry & Rosewater Panna cotta, Lychee & Rosewater spheres, meringue” There were no pictures of what it looked like, and I’m glad, the surprise was incredible!

We found so many little second-hand shops, and one massive one, that had all manner of stuff crammed in it. This is the smallest sample imaginable.

What I love about Melbourne, is the amazing and diverse streets and lanes. We found heaps of cool backdrops to model against.

Our hotel had little smart cars that you could hire out during the day. We drove to St Kilda and spent the day walking along the pier and taking silly pictures.

“Melbournians” seem to enjoy naming things after me!

The morning of my birthday, Reags woke me up with a little champagne breakfast/dessert! The dessert was really nice, and not as sweet as I thought it would be.

We jumped back on a plane to Sydney, where I thought we’d be heading home, adventure all over. However, Reags had a room for us at the Shangri-La hotel, just like last year!

The final surprise for the Festival Of Sam, was meeting my friends at Cafe Sydney for dinner! They were so sneaky, the week before they had cooked me a cake and said “We’ll celebrate your birthday now, because we probably won’t be able to see you on the day”. Little did I know, dinner was already planned!

I had a wonderful time, and I feel very spoilt, and loved! I can’t wait to go back to Melbourne and explore the area’s we didn’t get to.

Stay tuned for “part two”…

hunter valley…

Reagan and I took a trip to the Hunter Valley, which is about 2 hours drive from Sydney. We did a wine tasting at our favourite cellar door, Scarborough, then visited the gardens. I’d like to share my favourite pictures from the weekend..

View from Scarborough

View from Scarborough

Vines

Vines

Feeling very Alice in Wonderland

Feeling very Alice in Wonderland

Reagan and Humpty

Reagan and Humpty

The two Mad Hatters

The two Mad Hatters

At the Moon Gate

At the Moon Gate

Tea party time!

Tea party time!

Entrance to the Indian garden

Entrance to the Indian garden

Tall poppies

Tall poppies

Massive card shuffle

Massive card shuffle

Love

Love

Smiles!

Smiles!

Reagan and Graham in the Morris Minor

Reagan and Graham in the Morris Minor

Graham's 1954 Morris Minor

Graham’s 1954 Morris Minor

Coffee by the beach

Coffee by the beach

vivid sydney 2013…

Reagan and I went to the Vivid Light Festival last night, and it was simply stunning! He took some really amazing photos, and I’d like to share a few of them with you.

If you’d like to see the short video Reagan made of Vivid, click here!

Pyrmont Bridge tree installation

Pyrmont Bridge tree installation

A touch screen panel let you change the colour of the lights on this building. It was wonderful to play with!

A touch screen panel let you change the colour of the lights on this building. It was wonderful to play with!

Me watching the lights change colour at Darling Harbour

Me watching the lights change colour at Darling Harbour

Rats! These were floating in the water at Walsh Bay, and looked very eerie!

Rats! These were floating in the water at Walsh Bay, and looked very eerie!

Bulbs at the Citybank Pop Up Bar - Darling Harbour

Bulbs at the Citybank Pop Up Bar – Darling Harbour

Reagan walking through the illuminated poles at The Rocks

Reagan walking through the illuminated poles at The Rocks

Sydney Opera House, in all it's colourful glory!

Sydney Opera House, in all it’s colourful glory!

Ever-changing light tunnel at Circular Quay

Ever-changing light tunnel at Circular Quay

Sails at Walsh Bay

Sails at Walsh Bay

Sydney Harbour Bridge from Walsh Bay

Sydney Harbour Bridge from Walsh Bay

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

twenty seven…

I celebrated my 27th birthday this week, and I must say, that I have never experienced a birthday like this. My (very creative) boyfriend, Reagan, named it “The Festival of Sam”, and it has certainly been festival-like indeed.

I woke up on my birthday morning to breakfast in bed, and my first gift of the day; tickets to see The Great Gatsby in Gold Class! I was then handed a certificate, informing me that I would receive clues throughout the day as to what was happening that night. My first clue was a scrabble tile, the letter L. My brain went into overdrive.. what could this mean??? Exactly one hour later, I received another tile, S. Liposuction… Sloth… Salamander… Salsa…? The letters continued to make their way to me, one an hour, all day. Eventually, I had them all, and had re-arranged them into “Shangri La“.

After work, Reagan collected me, and we headed to the Shangri La hotel. I originally thought we were just having dinner at the restaurant, but no, he told me that we had a room for the night, with the best possible view! Our room was on the 12th floor, overlooking Sydney harbour!

Sydney Harbour Bridge (left), Sydney Opera House (right)

Sydney Harbour Bridge (left), Sydney Opera House (right)

We headed up to Blu Bar on 36 and had a cocktail each, while looking out over the Sydney skyline. Gorgeous, to say the least. We had dinner reservations at an amazing Japanese restaurant called “China Doll“, where we ate Chilli Salt Squid, Steamed Prawn and Green Bean Dumplings and Peking Duck Pancakes. Yum yum YUM!

We went for a little stroll along the board walk, then headed back to the hotel, where we cracked a bottle of Moet and drooled over our view. There was one more surprise. Reagan handed me an envelope. Inside was another certificate. This one said that I would be going overseas with Reagan for two and a half weeks!! We are going to London, New York City, Washington D.C and Paris! 

Am I the luckiest, most spoilt girl ever?! I am over the moon and so very, very excited! I’ve never been overseas before, and I’m so happy that my first trip will be shared with the man that I love. We are planning to go in August, so be prepared for lots of photos and updates about our trip!

an autumn day at mayfield gardens…

There is a magical place, just over 3 hours drive from Sydney, called Mayfield Gardens. It is one of the largest privately owned cool climate gardens in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s only open to the public three weekends in both Autumn and Spring. My boyfriend and I, along with my parents, paid a rather lovely visit to the gardens last weekend.

To say they are stunning, is an understatement. Every turn of the path held something new and wonderful to look at. The workmanship of every detail is clear, and it is obvious that the owner of the gardens has an amazing love of nature and design.

My boyfriend and I both took our camera’s, and you can see some of our photos below.

It look us about 3 hours to walk around the entire estate. The weather was gorgeous, warm and sunny without a hint of wind. After our adventures around the gardens, we were all famished! Luckily, there was an onsite, pop-up style cafe, where we sat on a few hay-bales and devoured our lunch!

If you are lucky to live anywhere near the Mayfield Gardens, I highly recommend you visit! I can guarantee, you will not be disappointed!