A piece a Week – My Ukelele Gig Bag (not that can play any tunes on my Uke yet!!)

Again this week was another big one with only 9 days left of school it seems like there is so much to do with field trips and pot lucks. So this week I wanted to get my ukelele gig bag made for a field trip my son was going to during the week plus I also needed it for a weekend away to the Sonoma Coast for a camp trip – yay!!

So I found this fabulous tutorial here I had to modify it a little as my zip that was on hand was a bit short and I inserted it on the bottom of the uke which means each time I insert my ukelele into it’s bag it goes out of tune! It served it’s purpose and travelled to Point Montara and to Bodega Bay to sit by a campfire which is just perfect.

The future musician with my ukelele gig bag in a barkcloth hawaiian fabric

While the boys were out on the field trip the girls hit downtown and went to the vintage store on Villa Street – yay Mountain View finally has a vintage store and that is so awesome!!! I found this beautiful silk dress from the 1960s with a water colour neon print that I just love 🙂 Miss Holly and I wanted to go out and try the new pizza joint. A pizza with a thin crust and tasty toppings such as cream of walnut, cremini mushrooms, pecorino and homemade mozzarella – delicious. The baguette and olive and balsamic was incredibly fresh and fancy and reminded my of my times eating out in Melbourne so bring it on Doppio Zero! After dinner we strolled to froyo for dessert, then the music store and the pet store to check out the fishes.

Fresh baguette with olive oil and balsamic – yum!
Cool fish at the pet shop – Seascapes

As it was the Memorial Day long weekend the next day we had to prepare for our camping adventure to Bodega Dunes campground. We travelled via Petaluma to go to the Petaluma Pie Shop for an early lunch before heading down to Bodega Bay. Sonoma Coast is so wild with the winds and the ocean battering us as we trudged to the beach. We walked from the campground to the beach but little did we know that it was not that close to the camp ground and it seemed forever till we found the beach on the horizon – the calves on our legs really did get a workout and we were covered in sand. I love Bodega Bay for its views of the bay and the ocean and this time of year there are wild flowers everywhere. The fish and chips were super tasty too – certainly a treat with the beer battered deep fried fish! That is not food I usually consume :/ The kids had a blast on the beach building forts from drift wood to protect us all from the wild winds.

Finally a view of the ocean – just beyond those succulents, the grass and the sand dune!
The first fort the kids built 
The monkeys on the trees out by our camp site number 77
As the sun went down the monkeys enjoyed the tree climbing 
Teriyaki tofu with shitake mushrooms with spring onions straight off the camp fire grill
Waiting for the campfire cones by the fire!

We went to the Bodega Bay Farmers Market on the Sunday and oh my I was in heaven with the wool and yarn straight from the Corriedale sheep that lived 3 miles away. The Woodenware by Brian was just incredible and he had a stitch ripper that was so beautiful that I could not leave behind – perfect for my sewing collection!

Shorn fleece ready for sale by Hazel
Corriedale yarn that I could not resist 
Roving for our summer project of making felted stones
Brian and Linda at their stall with the amazing Woodenware
Walking on the edge of the earth at Bodega Head
Kids in the belly of a whale tree
A very good looking but not very practical drift wood house by mouth of the Russian River
Saying farewell to the campground – a runaway on the side of the shot!

A very memorable Memorial Day Weekend

We planned our Memorial Day weekend in January this year and it has been something that we had all been looking forward to. The weather that was in store was just perfect for a long weekend hiking in the woods. We booked a cabin near Yosemite National Park and stayed on the south entrance so we could finally make our trip to the sequoia trees at the Mariposa Grove.
Cloud and a lake as we were travelling the Pacheco Pass

We were hot in the car travelling from the valley and as we headed from Gilroy a thunderstorm came in and it started hailing. The clouds and the sky looming overhead was just awe inspiring which took our attention away from the bad traffic.

Sunset along the highway

As we left when everyone else did for their long weekend break the traffic was just horrible – note to self not to do this again! Still we got to drive past the Pistachio fields and enjoy the sunset before we stopped for a quick bite to eat before we headed up the mountain to Yosemite.

Cedar Valley Lake in Oakhurst

We stayed in a super cute cabin by a creek which was so relaxing. We enjoyed a small wander through the neighbourhood and found this creek which I imagine is very popular in summer. Still it was enjoyable to spend our first day relaxing after all the travelling of the day before. It took us twice as long to get to our cabin due to the traffic. Anyhow we spent the first day in Oakhurst and enjoyed a Mexican lunch before heading back to the cabin for a relaxing night by the fire watching Jaws.

A life saver as a stitch marker

A road trip is not complete without a knitting project and this little bandana scarf was completed in the weekend. And as I didn’t have stitch markers in the car a packet of Life Savers at the servo came in handy!

A grove of Sequoia trees – not the biggest but still huge!

On the Sunday we had discovered that we had to leave early if we had to have a chance to enjoy the Mariposa Grove without a traffic jam – which included people and cars. Man what a place to be -wandering in amongst the oldest living things on Earth on such a beautiful day. Certainly these giants of the tree world need to be seen in real life to capture all their glory. Pictures cannot express how huge these trees are – the Grizzly Giant is the size of an airplane! I loved it and it took us 4 miles to wander the grove and explore the grandest collection of trees I have ever seen.