Sunday, August 21, 2016

Scrapbooking: Stay wild

The third and final layout I created at the retreat. This photo epitomises Kate and Luke. Kate is pretending to be a horse while Luke is pretending he has guns. I am totally loving anything Swiss cross at the moment. In fact, I'm going to start cutting a quilt out for Luke and it's going to be in a Swiss cross design.

Gah, I forgot to stamp the date before photographing it! Oh well!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Bushwalk: Ulandra Nature Reserve - Goodens Trail

Since moving away from the magnificent Blue Mountains, I have been trying to research places to go bushwalking that isn't too far from home. I live about 1 1/2 hours away from Kosciuszko N.P., but I'm saving those trails for one of my bucket list items, walking the Hume and Hovell track.

In the mean-time, I needed to find some other walking locations. I found some NSW topographical maps that are hosted by the Lands and Property Information Office (google: land and property six maps and you'll find it). I found that there were some nature reserves not too far from my town. I searched the names of these reserves but couldn't find much information at all. I happened to come across a document that said people use the reserves for walking.

So, I picked Ulandra Nature Reserve as it was the closest to my house and got my gear ready. After weeks of rain and cold, the weekend's forecast was 16 degrees and sunny. Perfect.

The beginning of the track is known as Eulolo Trail.

The recent rain meant some parts of the trail were a bit soggy, but not enough to be a pain.

The tracked opened up onto some cleared land.

And then around the corner and up a small hill, there were some ruins.

The trail continues across cleared land for a couple of kilometres and then back into some scrub. I then come across the turn-off for the trail I am here to go on, Goodens Trail.

It's a nice change as the track is softer underfoot. Not far along the trail is a small rocky waterfall.

Which I decide to have a photo with.

The track goes on and on and it becomes scrubby. I turn up the Pig Pen Trail, but I'm not quite sure why it's there as it doesn't go very far and there's not much at the end of it. So, off I go again so I can find the end of the trail.

I make it to the end of Goodens Trail. I stop for lunch and then turn around for the walk back to the car.

In all, I walked 14.2kms in 3hrs 15mins, with a total ascent/descent of 325m. It was a really nice walk and next time, I'll check out some of the other trails.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Scrapbooking: Smile

This time I decided to have a go at the smaller 8.5x11 format as sometimes 12x12 feels too big. I'd printed off a bunch of photos that I had kind of put in the too hard basket and skipped over, so I decided it was time to finally get them scrapped. These were taken on Father's Day a few years ago. I also used some of my too good to use stash, Basic Gray brads. Winning.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Scrapbooking: Bubbles

Another retreat, except this time, I only created three layouts. This was probably because I was hosting it and as an organiser, you do spend much more time making sure everyone else is ok, rather than actually getting any scrapping done! Not to worry!

The first layout, Bubbles, was created for a Scrap the Girls challenge. One product I am loving at the moment is vellum. It is great to soften brighter papers. Oh my sweet baby, where has the time gone?!