Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Welcome to 2011! (and a resolution!)

Well, it has been just a while since my last post and we are starting a new year. The resolution is to try and blog once a week, so we'll see how tht goes!

I have been knitting - although I didn't quite get 1 garments done in 2010, (the Lia still needs sleeves and I'm plugging away on the Hay Cardigan), I did manage 11. I also knited 3 pairs of socks, 6 shawls, some mitts and hats and presents and such. I went to Bendi and partied with some wonderful peeps, who also held my hand when I ended up in the emergency department at the local hospital with a fever brought on by a throat infection.

We went to Queensland with husby in September (actually, he had to go on busines, but we were so over the winter that we insisted on tagging along too). I finished the first year of my Masters course with quite satisfactory marks, thank you.

We had Christmas, the Knightly Knitter and her family came to visit and see int he New Year. it rained a lot. We had a flood in November. We had another flood last week. This onew as much worse - although not nearly as bad as The Mainland, where it is dire (donations for people who have lost everything can be sent here - up to 2.5 million people can't sleep in their own homes).

Friends were flooded, and I helped with the clean up which was beyond yucky. Mopping the same patch of floor 6 to 8 times will eventually get it clean and stop it smelling - just saying. The local boutique brewery got flooded (and their house next door - no beer lost, but the kegs had to be rounded up and there was more cleaning there - and lots of throwing things away.

Here is our paddock - underwater

here is out road - underwater

here is a platypus swimming in the paddock next door - which was underwater, too.

The best thing about the flood was the platypus. And the limbo day. The roads near us were all blocked, so the kids got tpo ride their bikes on the road for the very first (and probably last) time. Generally this is an unsafe thing to do, because we have no shoulder or pavement out here, and lots of hoons and trucks. The day after the floods was glorious - in contrast to the torrential rain for days before.

Shortly, we head off to New Zealand, and I will be going to the Antarctic for a day trip. I'll fill you in on all tht later - but I have a posmerino hat to finish, to go with the scarf I made to keep me warm down there!

Happy New Year - and all the best for 2011!


2paw said...

What an eventful year, and you knit so many things, you are so knit dedicated and you are at Uni!!!
Nice liquid road!!
Have a great holiday,you'll need that posmerino to keep the South Pole chills away!!

m1k1 said...

How very nice to have a post from you. I am glad you were not so direly affected by the waters. I wish you well in your continuing education, and travels, and general LIFE. If you don't manage every week, we would understand, as you are a very busy person, but I expect it is good to have a goal to aim for.

Rose Red said...

I agree with Jen - so nice to have a post from you! And I think you should be very proud of your knitting achievement last year - 11 garments - wow!

have a lovely lovely time in NZ and Antarctica - so cool!!

Leonie said...

Hey Tink, thank goodness for Google Reader I get to see you've been around instantly! And more to come as well :-)
Are you studying this year or having a year off?
Best wishes for safe travel both to NZ and down south!

Alwen said...

Yes, so good to see from your post that you "ate'nt dead" either!

MadMad said...

I'm so torn - soooo happy to see you're back and so sad to hear about the flooding. It was a terrible year down under, wasn't it?