A goal and a half

Hi Everyone! Thanks for all the lovely comments on my last post, and welcome to the new followers here, lovely to meet you. I am always amazed and happy that anyone would be to remotest bit interested in reading my ramblings on here, its so nice of you all to visit and leave such nice messages. Thank you. Now for an update, I have actually managed to compete one of my goals for the month – climb a mountain! A slightly moderate one, due to taking the three little people with me, but a mountain nevertheless. Mount Coolum.

Mount Coolum

It was hard to get a decent photo of the approach, but i do like these dramatic cliffs

It was a perfect day for the trek, a little bit breezy, which was good to keep us cool, and beautiful and sunny but not too hot, a nice pleasant 25 degrees.

Summit mount coolum

Here I am with little one at the top. We went at a reasonable pace, stopping on the way to admire the amazing views. We got up there in under 30 minutes. The views at the top are fantastic and you can see for miles, up and down the coast and out to the hinterland.

summit view mount coolum

We treated ourselves to some ice creams afterwards (part of the bribe to get the girls enthused about the climb) and had a bit of a wander at Coolum Beach to stretch out the jelly legs. Back home I felt I deserved a sit down with a cuppa and some crochet. That brings me to my next goal, to finish the dishcloth gift set for my mother in law. I have started a spotty one this time.

tapestry crochet spotty dishcloth

Its going quite well, although I think I have made it too wide and I have too much white space either side of the dots. I will keep going though, rather than unravel and start again. Tapestry crochet is getting pretty addictive, there are so many designs to play with and colour combos. last night we all nestled on the sofa with a bowl of popcorn to watch black beauty, the 1994 version, with a very young David Thewlis, and Sean Bean (yum!). I cried at the end, typical me. Much to the amusement of my son.

I hope your week is going well! T x

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Five on Friday

Joining in with Amy from Love Made My Home, my five on friday this week is five goals for the month.

Finish handmade dishcloth gift

I am making a set of three crochet dishcloths for my mother in law who is coming to visit from the UK at the end of the month. I thought it would be nice to give her a handmade gift that will be easy to pack and transport back to England. I bought some 8ply cotton recently to build up my supply of pretty bright colours.

cotton yarn colours and a crochet heart

I finally mastered a harlequin tapestry crochet pattern!

harlequin crochet dishcloth

I will need to make the third cloth to complete the set and I’m not sure whether to do spots or zig zags. I’m really enjoying this technique, but it did take several tries before I got it. I will add in a crochet scented heart pouch and some hand cream. Hopefully she’ll like it.

crochet dishcloths

Make a Pinata

We recently went to a 6 year old birthday party that was just so perfect. Perfect because it was a simple, no fuss affair. They set up a slip n slide out in the back yard for the kids to whizz down which was great fun. Then the kids played in the pool, then jumped out for a game of pass the parcel, followed by a homemade penguin cake, and then a whack of the piñata they had made themselves in the shape of a pig. My little one said it was the best day ever. She wants a piñata in the shape of a soccer ball for her party in a couple of weeks. I was relieved she didn’t come up with something more elaborate. I think I can manage that. This will also keep the kids entertained as a school holiday activity.

Climb a mountain

Its cooled down a bit this week, and as we still have a week of school holidays I have warned the kids that we’re going to climb a mountain. I’ve had a mixed response from them, but I know once we’re out there they will have a good time. There are a few to choose from and I hope to do them all eventually.

glasshouse mountains

view from Mary Cairncross scenic reserve

mount coolum in distance

Do something for myself

I’m a bit bad at this, as most mothers are. I think its because we focus on the family so much it feels strange to remove yourself from that environment and take some me-time. We’re not used to it. Yes I do my crochet and things I enjoy, but usually when I’m waiting at soccer training or outside school, or while watching a movie with the kids before bed. Squeezing it in when I can. I should do something relaxing and special. A manicure maybe or a facial would be nice. I did buy myself a sweet little pineapple doorstop the other day, 7 bucks from k-mart! It makes me smile when I prop open the door every day.

pineapple doorstop

See the sunrise at the beach

We are lucky to be close to many beautiful beaches on the sunshine coast. I am up early everyday at dawn, but never made it to the beach. Its lovely here first thing in the morning especially when the mist sinks low over the fields, its really pretty. The beach is magical too and I have this urge to see it in the morning when there are few people around.

mooloola river

Early morning at the river, Mooloolaba

Maybe you have some goals for the month. This is the first time I’ve written them down, and somehow it makes them seem more real. Like they are set in stone, so I must do them.

Thanks to Amy for organising the five on friday link up. Please go and visit the other blogs joining in this week.

Chocolate, crochet and a nice walk

The perfect combination! We had a nice relaxing easter weekend. Unfortunately I overindulged a bit on the chocolate, I really have no willpower when an open block of toblerone is in my cupboard. The crochet was good though, I was inspired by the crochet bunny basket that Mel made at One Crafty Mumma and I set to work to make a similar one for my youngest girl to collect easter eggs in. I started it on Good Friday morning while having a cuppa in bed and finished it on saturday afternoon, doing a bit here and there, ready for Easter Sunday.

crochet bunny basket

My youngest loved the basket and used it for the easter egg hunt. We have a bit more space now for this little activity. My kids are absolutely terrible at looking for things though. We had to keep shouting things like ‘go back and look under the bush’ and ‘you just walked right past one!’ Hopeless!

crochet easter basket for egg hunt

easter egg hunt
Friday was very rainy and its not long before I get cabin fever, so saturday morning I went for an early run, went out to the local farmers market for my meat supply, then rallied everyone up for a coastal walk at Kawana. My eldest was going to a party there, so it was a good excuse to get everyone out and moving. I was surprised at how quiet it was at the beaches, especially for easter weekend, there was only a scattering of people out and about. We had a lovely walk to the river and back, stopping for a drink and cake half way.

kawana beach walk

kawana beach walk

kawana beach walk

I love these ocean views through the trees from the footpath

I took a picture of this beach house that was so different to the rest of the aussie beach homes that line the ocean front. I love the white render and the arched stone openings and the little cross details at the top. It looks very mediterranean, and you could almost imagine you were in Spain or somewhere. Very unusual next to the mix of modern contemporary homes and the older red brick 60s style houses.

mediterranean style beach house

I hope you had a lovely easter and enjoyed some nice weather xx