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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Missing from Blogland...

That's me! I've written hardly any blog posts for a while. And that's mostly because of this little person...

Little Holly arrived after a month's drama on May 13; the day before Mothers Day. It was April 13 when the drama started. DH and I had arrived in Adelaide and a text from DD2 arrived saying that her latest scan was cause for concern...the baby was very small for 34 weeks and had a very small head. 🙁. I wanted to come straight home but was convinced by the family that there was nothing I could do, so we continued on with our 10 day holiday.
 And so began a month of weekly scans and doctor appointments, and the news didn't seem to get any better. A special fetal scan at 37 weeks even hinted at chromosomal abnormalities.
At 37 weeks and a few days, DD2 was admitted to hospital to be induced. The first attempt failed and a second attempt resulted finally on Day 4, with our new little granddaughter, Holly Mae being born. DD2 and bub were discharged from hospital the next day, which 'said to us' that the baby was perfectly healthy and with a very normal sized head! Holly weighed 2.842kg (6.3 lbs) which is small but not impossibly so.

Most days since the birth, I have visited my daughter to help with her adjustment from career woman to new mum...bringing cooked meals as well as sitting with Holly and bringing up her wind or rocking her to sleep, while DD2 snatched some sleep herself.

I've also been there to help on the first few outings with Holly. What a pair of cuties! This photo was taken just before Holly and DD2 went out to meet a new friend who shared a hospital room with Jen and whose baby was born the same day as Holly.

And last Thursday, the Health Visitor came to check Holly's progress. And the little one got a clean bill of health and now weighs 3.6 kg.
 Anthea met her cousin at a family dinner to celebrate DH's birthday at the end of May...

What a privilege it is to spend time with our granddaughters.  

Friday, June 9, 2017

Wool on Sundays...


Joining in with Janine over at Rainbow Hare
 This month I have a finish...it's been a while in the making, this particular project. Last year DD1 asked me to make a throw for her best friend of many years. It was put aside 3 times when a baby blanket was needed for a gift last December, and earlier this year when I wanted to make gifts for two of my cousins who were battling cancer.

But at last it is finished...DD1 suggested purples and mauves for the colour scheme and I have rather a lot of those in my stash! 😉

And, today my daughter delivered it to her friend, who posed with her new blanket.

And, after a bit of a break from joining, I'm back to making blankets for the needy out of donated crocheted squares...

And I'm also joining knitted squares into lovely warm blankets.  I vary the way I join...the last lot of knitted squares I sewed together but this time I'm crocheting them...just for a change 😊 I've used other joining colours but find the darker yarns and black especially, always look so effective.

By next month's Wool on Sunday, I hope to have some new projects on the go. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Aboriginal Paintings in Kakadu...

I wrote about our day trip to Kakadu in my previous post, but I decided to write a separate post on the Aboriginal painting that we saw there...






This fellow sounds a bit scary!






 The car park was overlooked by this big bluff...

Interesting rock formations near the carpark...

 I've read somewhere that the discovery of these paintings really 'sealed the deal' that this area would be designated a National Park. The paintings were really spectacular!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Kakadu

Kakadu is a large, world famous national park a few hours drive from Darwin. We just had a day trip, so really only saw a small part...but what we saw was certainly spectacular. 

The sun wasn't up when we left Darwin...


By the town of Humpty Doo, the sun was well and truly up so we saw the famous Boxing Crocodile statue...



The magnificent Adelaide River...


On the way to Kakadu, our bus stopped at a small airfield as an option was to fly over this vast area in a small plane. There were 14 places available on this flight and the rest of us would continue by road. 


By the time the bus got to where the Wetlands Cruise departed, those who 'took flight' would meet us. 

We did stop on the way at a rather impressive Aboriginal Culture Centre...



Our cruise was to the Yellow Water Billabong...a absolutely beautiful wetlands' area.

Our captain went through the safety talk...but knowing that the water contained crocodiles, I just hoped we wouldn't need to use those lifejackets! 😥

There were a few of these boats taking tourists out...


What a magnificent waterway!


As we sailed from the river into what looked like a small tributary, the captain informed us that we were actually sailing on what would be walking tracks in the dry season. 


He told us that the Wet would finish in a few weeks at the end of April. He also commented that in the previous month, the water levels had gone down already by 2 metres. 




A nest high up in a tree was pointed out to us...it was the nest of a White-bellied sea eagle...


Then the countryside 'opened up' as we sailed into the Yellowwater Billabong area...


This next photo shows a big stand of Pandanus Palm...beautiful trunks with spiral markings on this variety...


Lush grasses, wildflowers and even sacred lotus plants. And of course, there would have been crocodiles lurking just below the surface too! 😳


DH had hoped to see at least one crocodile in the wild, but he had to be content with seeing some wonderful birdlife...


And it was DH that first saw the water buffalo...the captain quickly slowed and turned the boat and drifted in towards the bank as cameras 'worked overtime' ! 😃


Our guide told us that much of the area that we had sailed through had been once working cattle properties, but once the area had been designated as a national park, the natural vegetation has regenerated andthe wildlife has thrived. It is interesting  to note though that some non native flora and fauna ( e.g. the lotus, water creepers and the buffalo) have been retained. 

The last photo shows a landscape that I thought was maybe my favourite...


By the time we got back to Darwin it was 7.30, so it had been a long day...but oh so worth it!