Hot! The best place was underground.

We have had some scorching weather here recently and last Friday we reached temperatures in the mid forties, about 113 Farenheit.  It was incredibly hot.  We had our elder daughter and two of our grandchildren staying with us and we had planned to go to Buchan Caves that day even before we knew it was going to be a hot day, I am so glad we did.

The caves are about an hour’s drive from Metung.  We arrived about ten o’clock so we were there before the caves became busy.

The entrance to the cave is dungeon like.  When the door was opened by the tour guide you could feel the rush of lovely cool air which was most welcome after the scorching heat outside.

The caves really are beautiful.  We visited the Royal Caves.

After we had finished our tour of the caves we went to the naturally fed swimming pool.  This pool is fed by water from the underground river in the cave system.

It was the ideal spot to be on such a blisteringly hot day.  The water was bracing when you first entered but then it was ideal.  It was a lovely way to finish off our visit to the caves.

All sorts of dolls

Over the years I have made a few dolls for children and grandchildren but I have never knitted a doll.  I borrowed this book from the library.  The picture on the cover attracted my attention.

I have been watching a lot of cricket recently and I like to have some knitting to do while watching the cricket.  I have chosen to knit the doll in the middle of the illustration but have chosen different colours as I am using up scraps of cotton from previous projects.

I have knitted all the pieces for the doll but now comes the part that requires full concentration – joining all the bits together.

The instructions in the book are given in great detail so I should be able to make a good job of it.


I can dream

This arrived in the post some time ago now.  I have been drooling over the amazing pictures of Shetland Wool Week posted on the internet and decided that I would purchase the annual so I could imagine that I had been there. 🙂

These are some of the photos from their Instagram account.

I am planning to get to Shetland this year but we have decided that we will avoid the actual Wool Week as accommodation etc. will be too pricey at that time.  I will still be able to see the fine work and wool just not be able to participate in any classes.

I am so looking forward to our trip.  I will now be dreaming about Shetland but with the knowledge that I will get there one day.

These are some items from the Whalsay Heritage and Community Centre.  I hope one day to make a jumper featuring fair isle.