Sheep and Apostles

Trip Start Jan 08, 2005
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Trip End May 16, 2005


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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Today we started off early by taking a drive to the west of the city. We went through Geelong and I insisted we stop in @ the National Wool Museum! I've honestly been obsessed with the idea of raising, shearing sheep and making their wool into yarn. Jon didn't seem too keen on the idea so Colleen and I went through the museum! FUN! It was good b/c we did a bit reminiscing about old times and having competed when we were younger in the Make it Yourself w/ Wool Contest, anyways... We went through the museum and they talked about how the sheep are raised, most of the sheep in Australia are Merinos, the different types of yarn, how they are sheared, the different qualities of the wool, the cleaning or scouring process of which a ton of oil comes off the unclean wool, spinning the wool, dying it and creating it into rugs, garments, scarves, socks etc. I think I may have been a little too excited but being a seamstressw and a knitter it's good to understand how textiles are created. Also on the top level there was a gallery of different fashions and the Australian Olympic Uniforms from the Sydney Opening ceremony, which were completely, including the shoes created from wool. Needless to say, wool played a very large role in Australia's economy.

The exhibit upstairs of the different fashions were extremely fascinating because they talked about how clothing can cause quite a scar environmentally. For example, raising sheep in Australia deeply hurt the environment and land. Also, a point was raised of how much waste is actually created by clothing and many of the garments were created from refurbished fabrics equalling less waste.

We then headed off to the Great Ocean Road and had some fish and chips in Lorne or Apolla Bay both beautiful small coastal towns. The road was very very very winding so it was quite the effort to drive. We underestimated the time it would take to get to the 12 apostles and it really ended up being like a 4-5 hour drive. We finally made it to the 12 Apostles around 4:30 and had a quick look around as Colleen and Jon needed to be back at the airport for their flight @ 9:30pm. Needless to say w/ my amazing racecar like driving skills, we made it there no problems by taking the non-coastal route and had plenty of time to spare.

It was soo nice to have Colleen and Jon visit and to play tour guide! Super fun, I hope they enjoyed as well!
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