Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Heading North for the Winter....or part of it....

I've packed my bag and headed North for a week or so
 with No. 1.......
I'm taking on the role of unpaid roadie/relief driver as he heads North gigging on the way up to 
music festival on the Gold Coast.

Before I left home I needed to whip up a few Owlies for the local gallery, stock was getting low....
My last sewing fix hope it lasts till I get home......

So here we are in Byron Bay we've had 3 nights here and it's been lovely and relaxing.
Today was a little overcast and cool but nothing like the weather 
I left behind.......

We've spent time in cane country, surrounded by walls of green....

Where the rivers are wide and the bridges are hooouuuge.....

I've spent time crocheting and trying out a new pattern thanks to Ale over at Homemade at My Place

I've enjoyed the most beautiful scenery.
Views that have made me smile, made me happy. 
You all know how much I love Winter and rugging up etc. but it's just gorgeous here.
 I have to be honest and say that I'm not looking forward to heading home to colder temps......
I can understand why folk hitch up their little home on wheels and head North for the Winter.

Our view from the hotel room in Yamba

Breakfast at Caper Berry Cafe

Ashby Market...Saturday morning

A quick change of pace......
Mr Foxy Loxy here is a quick little brooch I stitched up last week.
You know one of those ideas that you get when time is limited but you can't leave it till later......
Sorry the pic is a little fuzzy but if you want to see a great fox post head over to Knatolee's World.
She's been watching mama fox and her brood of cute as offspring......

And finally some sweet birdy love.....

A Wonga Pigeon snapped in my sister's garden last week.
This lovely, birdy is fluffed up against the cold and believe me it was cold!!
They don't live in my neck of the woods, so I enjoyed our meeting and
 yes and I know what you're all thinking!!

She/he would make a nice meal...


Whilst away I've kept an eagle eye out for op shops.
My search thus far, has yielded nothing more than a sweet little hand embroidered serviette.....

I'm looking forward to getting back to my sewing machine and working on a few new ideas.

I've also bought my crocheted blanket away with me and have been hooking a round or two....slowly getting closer to finishing it.
Think I'm going to need it when I get home, hehe.....

So what have you all been up to?

Love to hear what's going on with you.

Any new discoveries, ideas, creations?

Thanks for visiting, it's lovely to have you here,

Take care,

Claire X


  1. What a road trip! Wish I was there too, fabulous! A a bit of crafty too! :) x

  2. What a lovely trip and photos. I really like Mr Foxy Loxy. Very sweet.

  3. Hi Claire,

    Your week in the North sounds and looks delightful! You and number one are an artistic couple :-)!

    Love your owls!

    Happy day!

    Madelief x

  4. The weather has turned decidedly colder and had some of my lesser prepared friends desperately scurrying for wood. Craig has old curtains and blankets draped everywhere trying to keep his beloved chillies going just a little bit longer. I have been moved to make some new thick curtains for the dining room and replace the diaphanous white gauze of summer. The knitting has come out again and I have socks on the needles. Have a lovely time with him and may there be plenty of sun upon your face.

  5. Beautiful pics!!! Beautiful places!!!! Beautiful crafts!!!!
    ...and you a beautiful friend....thank you!!!!!!
    xxxxx Ale

  6. So glad to hear you are having a lovely warm holiday! xx

    1. Had a lovely time Samantha.....a real treat for sure.
      Back home in the cold now but it's nice to be
      reunited with my sewing machine.......x

  7. What gorgeous scenery to be driving through. The week sounds like a perfect way to relax and enjoy yourself with your son. Here people go far south (Florida) for winter and further north for summer. Enjoy the rest of your travels :) Wendy

    1. Hey Wendy, I had a lovely time away, a nice break from the cold.
      Love the coast, a nice change from my neck of the woods.

      Claire x

  8. What beautiful photos - and stunning scenery!
    Love the little owls too!

  9. Hi Claire - wonderful, idyllic pics - wish I was there LOL! Love your owlies - have been making some tweedie ones myself recently. Fun to see our different versions - Aussie and Hebridean species hehe :D
    Enjoy your week!
    Alison xx

  10. What a fabulous little escape to warmer climates....just love that crafting can be taken on the road. Safe travels. xxxx

  11. That river did indeed look huge. Thanks for the little tour, always nice to see a little more of another part of the world. Foxy is very cute too.

  12. Craft fairs and music festivals sure do keep you and your family on the road! Lovely views! I bet the weather where you are up north is nice now, but I would not be able to take the heat in the summer. I'd probably melt right on the spot. Do people really eat pigeons? He looks a lot like the little mourning doves we get around here. (I'm sure they are cousins.) I ove the pretty stripey crochet work you are doing. I've been trying to figure out how to do rows of stripes. I can do it with basic crochet stitches (singles doubles and triples) but can't get the hang of what to do with granny rows. Somehow I always end up with too many stitches. Crocheting is soooo frustrating and confusing to me!! But I really do want to progress past just granny squares, so I keep coming back and trying again. Your "owlies" are very sweet. Makes me think of my late brother-in-law, and how he'd gather his 3 kids up in his arms for hugs and kisses. "Make owlie eyes", he would say, and then they'd blink several times. Sweet memories. Wish he was still with us.

  13. Aah Claire,
    You're making me jealous!

    My fingers are rather cool as Im typing this morning. Im sure there is a frost out there.

    We love heading up the way of your road trip, it all looks very familiar.
    Ooh, I could just do with packing up the 'van (which I don't have, lol) and heading north for winter.

    Having said that, winter can be very beautiful around here in the Highlands. Just need to get my winter gear out.

    I did, however, knit myself a scarf (i'm not much of a knitter)I used Luxe wool from Lincraft, it was on special. It's a stripey basket weave pattern.
    The thing is thought, my husband loves it, and I can't get it back off him!


  14. Hey Fi, lovely to hear from you........I certainly enjoyed my trip away and I can imagine how cold it is in the HIghlands. I was there Thursday week ago and it was frrrrreezing.....but, very beautiful.
    Well done on the scarf, I'm sure you'll get plenty of use out of it. Sounds like you might have to whip up another one for yourself..........x

  15. Hi Claire,
    Lovely photos and as usual lovely quirky FME! And that brecky looks good too.....Deb

    1. Hey Deb, thanks for visiting, lovely to hear from you and yes, it was a delish brekky.
      Just a little too far to visit again, hehe........x

  16. Love the foxy, Claire! I can't wait to catch up again...although not sure I'm ready to brave the Bright market yet - it's just too cold! I hope you enjoyed the trip north and soaked up some sun for us all!

    1. Hey Lauren great to hear from you......
      Bright would be cold, in fact I haven't done any markets this year.
      Just taking a little break and sorting out a few things at home......well trying to!!
      A lovely time up North, but also nice to be back home.
      Thanks for visiting........x

  17. I hope you have a great trip! I crocheting roadie is my kind of roadie!! (love the owls too!) mezz x

    1. Thanks Mezz, I did enjoy it and got a bit of crochet done along the way.
      Had a lovely time and the weather was beautiful......x

  18. Lovely post Claire, I could really do with some of your sunshine as summer is very slow to start here in old Blighty.

  19. Hello my love....I have just done my first post in years and it feels great.....thought I would catch up with old friends....Hope you are well....

  20. That fox brooch is perfection, I LOVE IT!

  21. Oh that view from the hotel is Fab !! always great to head out and enjoy new sights and experiences. Was great to meet up with you recently and you will be happy to know that seat at the Dford café is kept pretty warm over the winter months! Unfortunately Bob injured his back helping his son empty a trailer of rubbish at the tip.....So the last week has been pretty uncomfortable for him, not much I can do to help but keep the fire going and the cups of tea & drugs coming!!!!
    Hope the rest of the trip proves successful.X

  22. What a road trip, lovely scenery, and crocheting too! What more can you ask for?


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