Archive for the ‘Philosophical thoughts’ Category

Those chairs!

June 7, 2017

Anus chairs  

Retro…cool?!? And they are everywhere…and in a multitude of colours. To brighten anyone’s patio. And there was a herd of them in Canberra at our hotel and associated restaurants. No wintry tree leaves to be seen resting on the furniture.

 

In other news, it is COLD in Adelaide. Winter…almost freezing this morning. I wore my Enchanted Mesa no 2 and my shawl Shetland adventures and a wrap on top. Stayed warm!

Work is very busy, so very little energy left for crafts. But yet again this year, Bendigo sheep and wool will get a visit from us even though I still haven’t used up previous year’s purchases. Hoping to find some more Tirchonaill http://www.spinningyarnweaving tales.com now that I have seen that it is virtually identical to,Debbie Bliss ‘Fine Donegal’ but at a better price.Minus the cashmere but that was always in doubt anyways for anyone who follows the news.

 

In other news…I caved and bought an Apple Smartphone. Most expensive phone ever for me but I have given up hope that the Ipad, my given choice will ever get a ‘phone’ or similar capability. It may change things….possibly. Moneywise..sure. Not getting Facebook, brr..

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Back, and wow!

June 7, 2017

Greetings!

Still recovering from four days in Canberra. Can I just say that I liked Canberra a lot? For the non-Australians, it is in a state called ACT ( Australian Capital Territory), and of course, it is the capital,of Australia…( not Sydney or Melbourne). The traffic was hectic, the street signs mostly non existent, so many lanes turned into one lane quickly and mercilessly,  and there are several round abouts in Canberra, all dissimilar from a traffic regulation point of view ( why….oh why) , but on the whole now that I griped a bit…NICE. Despite all, the roads are of good quality, we had a lot of good coffee, good wine and largely excellent food and accomodation.

And of course…..museums. Everyone says museums when you mention Canberra. Well, our lunch crowd at work, argumentative happy and lovely bunch of people say that Melbourne has better museums.

To conclude, the verdict from ‘In a sunburnt country’ by Bill Bryson on Canberra has changed a bit.

And today…it feels good to be back in Adelaide.

This weekend ..is a long weekend, and it is Winter, so….possibly a trip to Auburn Clare Valley to Taylors. There is a sale….even though there is plenty of their wonderful Chardonnay at home…a peek cannot hurt. And….then we will see. Wonderful to have choices!

 

 

SC Pannell Day of the Dead End

June 22, 2016

 

Hello World,

Somehow another week slipped through my fingers. Anyhow….we went and enjoyed the Sea and Vines weekend down in McLaren Vale and our visit to a winery called SC Pannell.

We have been there before, they have fabulously good wine and a nice restaurant too. A windy veranda, but we needn’t have worried, the weather gods were on our side and most of the event indoors anyways.

 

We arrived half an hour early because traffic and South Road and Sea and Vines…you’ll never know. So we lounged about their veranda admiring the view and the plants and the plant arrangement, and yes, I wore my new sweater!

Loved the fire!

The event at SC Pannell was Called Day of the Dead End with a new vintage release of their Tempranillo, so naturally most came dressed up as you would on the Mexican ‘Day of the Dead’. Here are some stunning photos of the winemaker and his partner plus the entertainment, and yes, face painting!!

We enjoyed the wine, the entertainment, the music and the food. All in all, a lovely day and lots of fun.

Can’t wait for next year!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Tour de fleece 2016 (where spinners n knitters n crafters gather)

May 22, 2016

Hello World!

Was a busy week last week, but we did end up at our current favourite resturant Tony’s Tomatoes in Nth Adelaide on Friday. Ok, we love Ruby Red Flamingo, Beyond India, Paesano to name a few more, but the current fave has a  🍅 sign. Link  so I ended up having the Jenny Craig special, and Montepulciano as the wine of choice, from Italy.  Their Nero d’Avola is pretty good too. Dh nabbed a Tony 3 times, and our friend went with the Flying Anchovy! All yummy, tho’ my cheesy pizza was to me the best of all three. Think thin crispy pizzas!

No more resturant plans for today, it is Sunday so today’ll be mostly about cooking leasurely and happily lunch meals for next week. Still with oven baked garlic 😋 I am going to explore using hard boilt eggs instead of potato mash. Yes, I have a major gripe with the food at the canteen at work, it just keep getting worse. So, stopped complaining, and made our own instead. Perhaps make a broccoli, potato, curry and cheese bake as well. Though that has a tendency to not last long.

 

Food ….. and now Tour de Fleece! This is the crafter’s version of Tour de France, and what got me into watching cycling and spinning the Stash. Also a good excuse to focus on one thing. Only problem…for impatient ME, I would like to start….today, now. But it starts on 2nd of July.  Joining the FCK team this year. Too much on for captaining a team, also the time difference is huge! There will be bleary eyes for sure. So until then…it’ll be about knitting another shawl, perhaps picking up one of those projects that are stuck in midair…two cardis, one shawl to name the latest. Sigh. Distractions happen…..and these are the kind of projects that are like…want the end result, getting there….phew…not that exciting nor challenging. But biting the bullet has to happen, and one example is of course https://needled.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/moebius11.jpg

 

Loved the end result, even though I can see only use it for a few days a year. Case in point!

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Hoho, 17 Mai!

May 17, 2016

Hello everyone!

Bit of nostalgia here, itis the 17 th of May and Norway’s National day, celebrating when they became a nation in their own right.

Normally ..back in Sweden a day we would avoid it, because the Norwegians would be boisterous, loud, noisy, drunk and a nuisance. What a contrast to how the Swedish National Day is celebrated.

Now in Australia, and being a migrant, it is all different. Funny how migration and living abroad changes your perception.

So any temperature below +20 C is now cold, and drafts are evil. Moving into Autumn, it is now a time to breathe, relax, stay out in the Sun, fire up the heater, drink warming red wine, and make soups, stews, casseroles, Osso bucco, and put those good chile peppers to a good use. Pickeled Jalapenos, yum. Pesto, yum. Slow grilled whole garlic bulbs, yes, garlic is YUM.

New vintages are released, lovely wines from the local region.

 

And in celebration of all this, and this is potentially long overdue, I took one of my knitting patterns that I published on my blog more than ten years ago, and once on SIV, translated it into English, and published it on Ravelry. Enjoy!

Top Down Faroese shawl