Strawberry picking and a walk in the rainforest

I wish I could say we grew these ourselves but alas no, we picked these at the strawberry farm down the road. The kids had the best fun trying to find the weirdest, freakiest strawberries to pick, and there were plenty.

strawberries

Next weekend marks the end of the strawberry season were we are, and next friday its strawbfest. Strawbfest is a fundraiser for the local school, which is next to the strawberry farm.

strawberry picking

The farm donates a couple of truckloads of strawberries to the school. Parents and kids all muck in to pack and sell them during strawbfest, which goes on into the evening. How nice is that!

pick your own strawberry bucket

Its funny, but I was here visiting last year when strawbfest was on and I viewed the house that became our new home on that day. I can’t believe it was a year ago. It also means its one year since I finished work in Sydney and started preparing for our tree change. Time flies when you’re having fun!

view kondalilla

On friday Hubby and I had a rare day off and decided to do the Kondalilla Falls walk, as we’d had heaps of rain, we thought the falls would be positively gushing. Sadly part of the track was closed due to fallen rocks so we couldn’t see the falls. We could do part of the walk though, which was wonderful. We walked through the rainforest which was cool and lush and full of bird life.

kondalilla track

Along the way we came across little waterfalls tumbling down the rocks.

falls

waterfall

The forest was so green and fresh after the rain that had fallen the previous night. We spotted this little wallaby quietly nibbling near the track. Can you see him amongst the bushes?

wallaby

Afterwards we were famished and headed over to Montville for a pub lunch and a spot of shopping. Unusually just window shopping for me while Hubby went and bought two shirts and a pair of shoes! I made up for it on saturday though and had a fabric splurge. B wanted me to make her a dress, falsely thinking my new found sewing skills displayed in the making of my halterneck top now meant I was some kind of expert. We bought a dress pattern, which on first inspection looked simple.

simplocity sewing pattern

Once I pulled it out of the packet though there was an alarming amount of bits to sew together and lots of curves. Also an alarming amount of fabric required too. Something to do with the flared skirt apparently. We ended up spending 70 bucks on fabric!!! I wouldn’t buy a dress for that much! The fabric is gorgeous, but I did start panicking a bit.

chevron pink fabric

After sleeping on it I decided to make a much easier dress for B, an adaptation of a simple pillowcase dress with a waistband to give it some shape. Luckily she approves of this idea, which means there will be enough material left for a dress for me too! I can justify the splurge if I can get two garments out of it. Phew!

I hope your weekend was a good one 🙂

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7 thoughts on “Strawberry picking and a walk in the rainforest

  1. I’ve done the same with fabric- realised I’ve spent far more on it than I would have done on the garment :o) Still, two items for one piece of fabric is OK. I’ve just started making zipped purses and pencil cases from the fragments that are left over so that means you get even more out of one piece.

    Love the colour of those strawberries and how marvellous to walk through a rain forest! It sounds so exotic reading that from the UK on a drizzly bank holiday :o) xx

  2. That waterfall looks gorgeous, like something from a movie!
    I’m the same with patterns, I get one thinking it looks easy, but once you get going you realise you are a bit out of your depth. Price of fabric is definitely an issue too. I was going to make my little boy a pillowcase with trucks on it, but changed my mind when I realised how much it was going to cost! Shame as homemade is so much better.
    I look forward to seeing what you make with the leftover fabric xx

  3. Gosh, is it really a year since your tree change decision? Strawbfest sounds great, what fun, I hope you enjoy it! well done with the sewing, you are brave 🙂 xx

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