A parcel of joy in the post yesterday

When I went to the post office yesterday to post a parcel I collected a couple of parcels that had arrived for us.  One of the parcels was addressed to Granny and Pa Marsh so I was intrigued before opening it.

The parcel was from one of our granddaughters in Canberra.  She had made us a lovely breadboard/platter.  She had some wood left over from a desk she made during ISO and decided to make us a gift.  The board is lovely and has her name and date engraved on the side.

Her younger sister drew a beautiful picture for us.

We are very lucky grandparents.

During this time of COVID the parcel took three weeks to arrive from Canberra.

The other parcels were two books that I had ordered and they were delivered in two weeks from Sydney.

A finished fluffy

I am not sure if this is a successful knit.  I feel sure that it will stretch with use but as the only real cost was the buttons the actual cardigan is a bonus.  I hope my granddaughter gets some use out of it.

The pattern I used was Patons Classic Knits, high buttoning cardigan.  I wrote about it in a previous post here.

Knitting in unusual times

I have been thanking my lucky stars that I am someone who enjoys knitting and crochet. During this pandemic it has been a blessing for me.  I have managed to create a few items and the most recent is one that I would not otherwise have knitted.

A couple of months ago I purchased some wool from our local community buy and sell page.   Someone was getting rid of their stash of wool and I had been assured that it would be mainly 8ply wool.  The bundle of wool cost me $50 and there was a considerable quantity so it was a huge bargain.  In amongst the wool there were a couple of bags of acrylic and I am no fan of acrylic so I had planned on taking the acrylic to the thrift shop.  There were about 15 balls of acrylic mohair which I thought I might try to use to make a cardigan for one of our granddaughters.  I figured if it turned out not to be any good it could also go to the thrift shop.

I got out my trusty Patons Classic pattern book

and have completed the back and two sleeves and am about to start on the front of the cardigan.  I am happy with how it looks but my big concern is that it might stretch or be clingy.  We will just have to wait and see.

And a token picture of today’s sourdough.

The things you see on the bike trail. . .

Recently on my bike ride on the East Gippsland Rail Trail I spied a rider in front of me who seemed to be taking his hands off the handlebars rather too frequently.  I was surprised to discover, when I got closer, that the person’s bike had no handlebars at all, he was riding a unicycle.

As I passed him by I called out “Wow! I am impressed,” and then continued on my ride.  I took a side trip off the rail trail to add a few more ks to my ride and then returned to the trail.The side trip I thought would take me down to the water but unfortunately the road became private at the point of the Lake House B&B.

As I was nearing the finish of my ride I came across the unicyclist again and after passing him I stopped and he stopped as well.  We had quite a long chat and I found out the story behind his unusual way of riding the trail.  He was a young boy, in Grade 5 at school, originally from Mornington Peninsula and had moved to Bairnsdale in November.  He had seen the unicycle advertised in Aldi and asked his parents if he could have one for Christmas.  He had since then taught himself to ride and on this day he was riding from Bairnsdale to Bruthen and back, 66km in total. That is quite some distance on one wheel.

We chatted about riding and how his parents might be worried about him riding by himself, just as my son had been worried about me riding by myself, but he said he contacted them at various points on his ride and he said his parents had means of tracking him through his phone.  I guess with an app something like my Road IDI have written about the app previously.

I asked him if I could have permission to take a photo for my blog without including his face and letting him look at the photo after taking it and he agreed.

Here is the delightful young boy.  He certainly made my day a happy one.

Australian Children’s Literature

On our recent visit to Canberra I was able to visit the exhibition on Australian Children’s Literature at the National Library of Australia.

The building always impresses me and reminds me of the Parthenon in Greece.

The exhibition was in its last few days so I was lucky to be able to get to Canberra in time to see it.

The exhibition was well worth the visit as it brought back so many happy memories of reading to our children when they were little and also our grandchildren.

The art work on display was amazing and such a variety.  There was even an illustration by my favourite illustrator, Robert Ingpen.

It doesn’t look terrific in the photo but all of that work is hand drawn, including the newspaper in the background.  Amazing.

The first part of the exhibition was a display of all the paintings from the book The Rainbow Serpent.

Again the artwork was beautiful.

There were books from the earliest time of European settlement up to the present day.

There was a special area for children so they could sit and look through or read the picture books that were available.  The green sheep from Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox was hidden high up on a shelf so the children had to look up to find it.

There were drafts of the drawings for that particular book.

Also there was poster artwork relating to a spin off from Mem Fox’s famous book , Possum Magic.An Australian Classic Snugglepot and Cuddlepie has also lent itself to commercial spin offs.

I wonder why there isn’t a soft toy of the Big Bad Banksia Man?  Only joking.

So many of my favourite books were on display.

The collaged illustrations by Jeanie Baker.

The story, through time, of a particular area in Australia. My Place by Nadia Wheatley.  You will need to click on the illustrations to enlarge them.

Beautiful illustration from Are We There Yet?

So many books from the teenage years.  Here are just a few but not including the Hippopotamus on our roof eating cake. 🙂

We spent quite some time going through the exhibition as there was so much material on display.  It certainly showcased the depth of literature written by Australian authors and readily available to children.

Well done to the National Library of Australian for curating this wonderful exhibition.