Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Lovely Day on the Newcastle Foreshore

We (James and I)decided a couple of weeks ago to have a meal in a nice restaurant on the Newcastle Foreshore at Honeysuckle where all the restaurants are and there are a lot of them. They are all facing the Harbour.

We left home at 11am and drove down to the ferry wharf and waiting for us was the ferry. I always love riding in the ferry, any ferry will do. I think it is a water thing.

I have ridden the Newcastle Ferry since I was a little girl when we lived at Stockton. I loved it then and I still love it. I have, many time rode the ferries in Sydney too. The Parramatta Cat Ferry from Parramatta to Circular Quay at Sydney. From circular Quay, I have ridden the Manly Ferry many times over the years, and even to different wharfs in the Harbour. I think that Sydney Harbour is the pretties Harbour in the world.
I have ridden the ferry in San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong, and New Orleans and from Melbourne to Tassie although that was an overnight ferry and maybe not counted.

After getting off the ferry we walked down the foreshore to the Restaurant Il Grifone where we sat and watched to the world go by for an hour or so.

 We ordered the Bruschetta, and I ordered Tortellini and James ordered Marinara. Both meals tasted great. We both ordered coffee and relaxed in a great atmosphere.

We walked back to the Ferry via Hunter Street, which really needs a facelift.

All in all a wonderful day.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Socks for Winter

I have been knitting socks from this book. The socks are toe up and extremly easy to knit. They feel great and keep you feet toasty warm.
I knit the socks from Patonyle in different colours of Grey, which was the only colour that I could buy at the time.
I recomend the above book Socks from the Toe Up. Anyone that knitts patterns from this book would not be disapointed.

These are some of the socks that I have knitted from the book.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Winter is Coming

There is one month to go before winter is here. I am now enjoying lovely warm sunny days. The days are starting off a little bit cool, and as the day progresses the day warms up, and then in the early afternoon it starts to cool off. The speckled shade over the backyard look nice and inviting, just to sit and read or knit or even do some patchwork.

I know when Autumn starts as the Liquid Amber next door starts to change colour.
There are not many trees around here that do change colour with the seasons, but this one does and it is nice to see.
There has been rain most nights this week which is great for the garden and grass and most of all filling the water tank. There was a bit of outside housework to be done. James is vacuuming and washing of the gutters of the house. I know it look funny to see someone vacuuming the gutter but we do need to get the rubbish (leaves, bits of barks which is light enough to float on the wind and nuts that the birds drop into the gutters) out of the gutters so we have some nice clean water to use.

James cleaning the gutters, with the lovely Liquid Amber changing colours in the background.

These are some photos of the flowers of Azaleas in my garden and a  Petunia in a pot. Autumn the garden is really pretty.