My next project

On my return trip from Melbourne I stopped off in Yarragon.

It is the ideal place to stop on the way back as it is about half way, at least it seems half way.  There is a lovely shop there called Wardrobe in the Lane.  I always like to check it out as the lady has some beautiful items in the shop.  I bought a lovely top and resisted the temptation to buy a new jumper.

There is also a haberdashery/wool shop which has moved out of the lane and into the main street.  I popped in there as I can’t resist a wool shop particularly when there is a sale on. 🙂

I bought some wool and a pattern.  The wool/acrylic is a navy blue.  I usually buy pure wool so this is a step from the usual.  It will be interesting to see how it knits up.

It is really chunky yarn so it shouldn’t take too long to knit.

I have been in Melbourne too.

I have also been away in Melbourne for a few days.  I was spending some time with my elder daughter and her family.  It was the school holidays in Victoria so I was able to spend some time with my grandchildren.  I took my bike down to Melbourne so we went for a couple of bike rides while I was there.To be able to spend time with my children and grandchildren brings much happiness and keeps me going until I next see them.  It is also good to see the house and garden and see the results of all the hard work that has gone on.  My daughter loves gardening and the garden certainly shows that love.  She has also been busy painting the exterior of the house and the difference is remarkable.  It looks fantastic.

I had taken a gift for each of our grandchildren and one of the gifts was a healthy kids cookbook.This is the selling blurb for the book:

Experts tell us the best way to teach kids healthy eating habits is to involve them in the process. This irresistibly charming cookbook presents 60 fun, appealing recipes kids will beg to make themselves, in uniquely creative photo collage illustrations they will love. Bursting with color, humor, cute animal characters, and cool facts (Did you know your brain actually shrinks when you’re dehydrated? Drink water, quick!), Help Yourself inspires and empowers children to take charge of their own nutrition – for now and for life. Recipes include: fun-to-munch hand-held snacks like Life Boats, bright fruit-flavored drinks like Tickled Pink, the always-popular things on toast like Leprechaun Tracks, salads they will actually eat like Tiger Stripes, cozy small meals like Tomato Tornado and sweets like chocolatey Disappearing Dots, because everybody likes candy!

My granddaughter loved the book and was keen to make some of the recipes.  Many of the recipes had the ingredient agave syrup and we didn’t have that ingredient so she chose a couple of recipes that didn’t contain that ingredient.  The first thing she made was Power Towers which is just a cut up apple spread with peanut or almond butter.  It was actually quite tricky to do as the butter wouldn’t stick to the apple but she managed and happily took a picture of the end result.

The second recipe she made was chocolate balls.  I can’t remember the exact name of the recipe but these were a huge success and were scoffed before a photo could be taken.

While in Melbourne I also had a girls’ night out but I will tell of that later.


Spot the koala

My sister and her husband visited us for a few days on their return from a family reunion in Melbourne.  It was lovely to get to spend some time with them but unfortunately the weather wasn’t too good while they were here.

One day we drove to Paynesville so we could catch the ferry to Raymond Island for a bike ride.  The island is fairly flat so it makes for easy bike riding.  We took the time to search for the koalas while we were there and were not disappointed.  There were plenty there to be spotted.  Raymond Island has a Koala Trail which I have talked about in a previous post.

East Gippsland is an ideal place for cyclists as there are many rail trails which means you don’t have to contend with road traffic.

My sister and her husband brought us a gift of a banana bag. I haven’t seen these before but she assured me it would keep our bananas for much longer if we put them in the bag and then put the bag in the fridge.

She was right.  The banans do keep for much longer than if they were left out in a fruit bowl.