Wednesday, 31 August 2011

I survived the Bibbulmun.

I've been 'off the air' for a couple of weeks.  The weekend before last I finally got to walk for two days on part of the Bibbulmun Track.  I was soooo excited because I've looked forward to doing it for so long, (we usually head North when we get time off).  Admittedly, it was just a beginners walk, but that's not the point.  At last I was able to walk amongst the majestic canopy of trees and experience the forest, ferns, 'black boys' and orchids...........and the smell of the dampness, shade and shadows.

And yes, trees DO have feelings.

Day one.

Day two.

The view from our 'camp'.

That is actually a camera hanging off my belt...........not a sporran!  And check out the new walking pole - pretty professional huh?

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Am I ready for the Bibbulmun?

Next weekend I'm off to do a two day walk on the Bibbulmun track with a couple of friends.  I've been getting ready for the trip by going for walks locally to see how my sparkling new hiking boots perform, and also trying to get used to carrying piles of 'stuff' in my backpack.  I was quite enthusiastic until someone told me how cold it was going to be and that I'd need thermal underwear......I thought......"Woolly undies?.....I don't think so!"

As a bit of practice, last weekend a friend and I walked from the Greenough Rivermouth along the beach to Mount Tarcoola, trying out our gear.  We sat for a bit on the beach while I sketched - drinking our filtered water, munching on our very nutritious and carefully packed snacks and complaining that we didn't have copious amounts of rough red to drown our sorrows after the killer trek we had just completed!  We were rolling about the beach laughing because we were hot, exhausted, red faced and thinking that thermal underwear would be just enough to tip us over the edge of sanity.

It actually seemed like a really good idea at the time to get dropped off at the Greenough, and walk back along the beach....."Couple of hours, tops" we said to each other.  Big mistake.  We finally arrived back (after dragging ourselves up a verrry steep hill) about four hours after we left, completely buggered, and in dire need of electrolytes!  My esteemed colleague completely devoured a packet of salted peanuts (and she doesn't even eat salt) and several slices of toast and vegemite in a bid to rectify whatever was missing from her sad bod.  I wonder how we'll go with the  'real deal' next weekend?

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Rebec's envelope mini book.

I've just finished another little envelope mini for a friend to keep her WAMED mementos in.  She wears a lot of pink to belly dancing so I've made it from pearlised pink envelopes.

The photo is a little bit blurry because I'm trying to take shots without the flash to get a more natural colour, and it's raining outside.  I'm also trying to purchase a better camera on ebay and I'm aiming for a Canon 1000D as a good DSLR for a beginner (on the advice of a friend - thanks Louise).  No luck so far though.

I won't have a lot of art & craft time today as I'm pruning all my roses.....I'll make sure they're pruned very artfully though!