A Morning Stroll

It is a beautiful sunshiny day here today, a perfect day to head off on a morning stroll.  We had been planning to do this on Sunday however we awoke to rain storms and delayed our stroll til blue skies returned.  When we opened up the curtains this morning, the blue sky welcomed us outdoors and I would like to share the photos that we took on our walk with you today.


The sun is shining bright against a nearly cloudless blue sky, a lovely day for Winter.  The breeze was a bit chilly when we first headed out but after ten minutes we soon forgot about the chill and enjoyed the sunshine and fresh air.


Our stroll took us past a small beach, we sat here for a spell and enjoyed the environment around us.


We continued along the foreshore walkway and just happened to look down into the water and spot this little sting ray with his school of fish swimming around.  We spent some time watching this ray, and my boys thought it was fantastic (so did Mummy).


We decided to keep a lookout for more sea life, and soon came across some more fish.  These guys were not as social and soon swam away from us.  After taking a quick photo as they swam away, we continued with our stroll and came upon a cafe where we stopped for some yummy hot chocolates, much enjoyed by us all.  We happily sat, my boys keeping me entertained with their stories, whilst we sipped on our drinks.


Then it came time to make the journey back home, and of course a stroll along the waterfront is never complete without a visit from seagulls.  These ones were not bothered by us at all and happily sat and posed for photos.


On the return walk we stopped to say goodbye to Mr Stingray, who was further down the waterfront but still swimming about, he came right up to the walkway and gave us a big wave.


Then it was time to head back down these steps and along the bridge to return back home for some lunch.  This bridge is rather old but thankfully incredibly stable, however both my boys wanted to hold my hand so that Mummy did not get scared….. so very sweet.


Along the bridge we came upon this friendly little pigeon, we stayed nice and quiet and took a couple of quick photos and then kept on our way.


One last photo showing the seasonally beautiful changing colours in this big old tree.  Nice and bright against the blue sky.

Now we are back in our room, boys playing happily after tucking into some lunch, and I am about to pick up my yarn and crochet hook…… getting back into some crochet today.

Enjoy xx


June Photo A Day Challenge

I decided to join along in a Photo A Day Challenge for the month of June.  I am not sure that I will be able to join along for the entire month but I will surely try.  I have been posting my photos on instagram, and I am enjoying the challenge so far.  Here is the link if you would like to join in  fms-photo-a-day, it is being run Fat Mum Slim – a lovely blogger who I only recently discovered via instagram.   If you pop on over to her blog you will find all the details you need to join up with the challenge or if you would like to simply follow along.

Would you like to take a peek at some of my pictures for my photo a day challenge.


Day 3; On my table…………………………………………… {Bargains from a days outing, linen skirt with cute wooden buttons and some bangles for a bit of bling (well done me – less than $10 all up)}


Day Four; After Dark……………………………………………


Day Five; Environment……………………………………………


Day 6; Transport…………………………………………… These matchbox cars transport little ones to the World of Imagination xx


Day 7; Bright……………………………………………  My super cute new notebook

Some days have been a challenge, and I have almost forgotten to take any photos to suit the theme and had to quickly find something to photograph that will fit in.  So now I try to check the night before to find out what I need to be on the lookout for the following day.  It is making me think outside the box, which is good.  I might try to post a selection of my photos at the end of each week up here on a blog post.  If you are on instagram, my user name is seashellsandoutbacktales if you are interested in following along with me.

For now I am off to settle in for the evening, and thinking I might be close to finishing my honey cowl….yay!!

Enjoy xx

Casting on

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I have started a new knitting project, another wonderful Ravlery pattern.  This time for a Honey Cowl, it is a really pretty pattern and enjoyable to knit, you can click on the link if you would like to have a go at knitting one.  The pattern has the option to make either a shorter cowl or a full length cowl.  I chose to make the longer version so that I can double it up around, to help keep the winter cold away from my neck.

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I am really enjoying  this pattern, I have my notebook beside me to keep track of where I am up to in the pattern to save some confusion when I need to put it down, which happens quite a lot with two small ones to care for.  I am making nice progress, managing a row here and there during the day, or of an evening when all is settled.


I am at the half way point now, having just started on the second skein.  Looking forward to being able to wear it out and about, as we are heading into the colder months although I must say we have had some beautiful sun shiny days here considering we are now officially in the Winter season.  I have been looking at a few knitted tops for the little ones, and am thinking I might try….. yes try to knit  my three year old a cute little hooded top eeekkkk, it might not happen but I will endeavour to give it a go……

As for today, I am hoping we will have a nice slow paced day, as we started our day here before the sun had even risen.

Enjoy xx

A Day at the Park

I wanted to share some more photos from our day at the Park, it really was a lovely day.  I spent some time last night looking back over the photos that I took and decided that today I would share them on here.  Please come along with me for a short journey through the native flower walk.


We loved all the different Gums/Eucalyptus trees, with their branches full of little treasures that are gum nuts.


It was early on in the day when we arrived, and the plants were still covered in their morning dew.  We liked this one with the dew collected on top of the cone.



The children and I were both intrigued and impressed by all the different native plants throughout the Park.


I am not even sure what this was, but it was so fluffy and unusual I just had to include it.


There were some lovely little flowers, teeny tiny buds on them.


This one was my favourite native flower, and it was also my last photo from our outing to the Park, a last minute snap as we walked back to our car.  I think we were all taking our time to get back to the car and leave the Park, might have to go back some time soon.

Tonight I will be uploading some photos of my new knitting project for a new blog post tomorrow. For now I am off to sit down with a nice cup of sweet tea, whilst my little ones play, and I do some more of my knitting as I am on to my second skein, which marks the half way point.

Enjoy xx

And Here We Are


We have arrived in the West of Australia…Yay!!  Was so nice to see the Coast as we flew in.  We are staying at our temporary accommodation until we find a house to move into, and where we are staying we look out over the canals, with boats moored out the front. First thing we do of a morning is take a long look out over the water………….. sooo nice, sooo nice to be near the coast.  I still cannot believe we get to look out over the water everyday, truly wonderful.  Our move has not been without dramas that is for sure, but I am determined not to focus on those parts and simply move onwards.


Our first venture out into the City, was about two days after being here.  My Husband had training scheduled for his new work, so we all piled into the car at 6.00am (yes children were still sleeping, dressed but sleeping).  We dropped hubby off at training right before starting time (oops did not allow enough time for all the traffic) and off we went to the Park…… oh how we love the Park.   Kings Park in Perth is so Beautiful, my four year old told his Dad we went to the Park with lots of Parks….. so true, so very true.  We spent a lot of time at the Childrens Park (well that’s what we call it), then Mum’s choice of a nice stroll along the botanical walk ending along the Federation Walk which overlooks the water, absolutely beautiful views, which we spent some time admiring.


This Boab Tree is at the start of our nature trail that we wondered along, admiring all the native plants and the green green grass…………


Oh so nice to see such green sprawling grass (not something you see so much of in the Outback, oh and there was no red dirt to be seen anywhere either).  I couldn’t stop admiring the views, and the Children really enjoyed themselves.


This fountain is just lovely, the statue you can see in the middle is a mother cradling her baby – truly beautiful.  There are several water fountains and they rotate between shorter bursts and this one pictured is huge, we had to wait to see it twice because my youngest loved it (and so did I).


We loved these gumnuts that had fallen from their tree.  We spent quite some time admiring these little treasures.


These pretty little flowers were such a lovely colour, they were so teensy tiny, and sweet.

I would love to spend some more time exploring these Parks, such a lovely way to spend the day (especially after such a hectic time that is moving).  Hopefully we will get back there some time in the not too distant future.

I do apologise if this post seems all over the place, kind of how my mind is at the moment, so many things going on.

For now, I might get ready to settle down and do some more knitting.  I have started a new project, and look forward to posting some details later this week.

Enjoy xx