Monday, November 12, 2018

And then they were seven and nine

My girls celebrated their birthdays this last weekend. Summer turned seven on Friday, and Isabel nine on Sunday. Geez the last few months have been a blur, how is it November already?

The family got together on Friday for an overdue pizza night at Mum's house. The pizzas that come from her brick oven are amazing. It was so good to catch up with everyone, together. Ate too much.














The girls had friends sleepover and a joint birthday party on Saturday. I had a cupcake decorating station this year and it was a hit. The girls both chose different icecream cakes from Woolies this year, which was less effort for me. No cake baking or late night decorating! #winning

Ate too much, and probably drank too much wine on Saturday night too, which resulted in a three hour nap on Sunday while Brett took the kids to the beach! #winning

Cockles season started on November first, so we drove out to Canunda and dug for cockles, we found heaps. It was a great way to work off some junk food. I didn't cook any up this year, they're all in the freezer to use as fishing bait. The kids had a ball digging for cockles, it's one of our favourite things to do at this time of year.





Monday, November 5, 2018

Summer's first prize choc chip biscuits

Millicent had it's annual show on the weekend. I didn't enter anything this year. It came up so fast and with the gymnastics annual concert the week before I was a busy little bee and could not fathom how I'd have the time or energy.

The kids still wanted to enter stuff, and as usual they did pretty well. Isabel entered a couple of things in junk art, got a two firsts and her decorated terracotta pot won a sash for best exhibit in that category. Super proud.  The circle wire hanging sculpture thingy behind her was something she knocked up during the week, and the pot she'd decorated at mums earlier in the year.


She entered flowers which she got a few wins for, and also won most points in produce, including her bouquet of weeds. Along with flowers and vegies, we apparently grow prize winning weeds in our garden also.


Summer entered two things. She wanted to enter choc chip biscuits and a drawing. Well I nagged her for a few days to do a drawing she could enter, and the morning before show entry drop off we found a how to draw website (which I have linked below) and she drew a dabbing panda. She won second prize.




Not the best photo to show her bickies, but she won first prize. These are pretty great biscuits, super delicious too! Summer and I both agree it's the brown sugar that make them so good. Here's the recipe for first prize choc chip biscuits!


150g butter
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 egg
1 3/4 cup plain flour
1 cup dark choc chips

Preheat oven to 180C(or 160C fan forced). Line two baking trays with baking paper.
Beat butter, sugars and vanilla with electric beaters until smooth. Beat in egg until combined.
Stir in flour in two batches then stir in choc chips.
Roll about two teaspoons of mixture into balls, placing them about 3cm apart on the baking tray. Flatten slightly, and bake for 15 minutes until golden around the edges. Transfer to wire rack to cool.





Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Bailey's Rocks

I've come down with a dreaded flu overnight, or a severe case of hay fever. There seems to be more people saying they are suffering from hay fever lately, me included. I think it's just my body telling me to slow down, I've been scraping the bottom of the bucket for a while.

I will soldier on though, because I promised you photos of the amazing Bailey's Rocks today. You'll find this amazing natural formation of granite boulders, 11 kilometres from Dergholm, in Western Victoria. 

These rocks are 500 million years old! How amazing is that?! Named after John Bailey who farmed close by, and whose family used to play and picnic amongst the rocks. Rocky Creek trickles through these formations, I can imagine forging a slow but persistent path over the years.

There are free camping grounds right at the carpark, with the chance to see some of the many nocturnal animals that live around the surrounding scrub including sugar gliders. 

The kids loved exploring the rocks and the creek. A true nature playground!




















Monday, October 22, 2018

Adventure into Western Victoria

Saturday afternoon our neighbours joined us as we convoyed to Penola, fifty kilometres away and crossed the border into Victoria near Dergholm.

Brett had boasted the night before about knowing where some great dams were, hidden away in the scrub, so an expedition was planned. The dams were nestled amongst pine forest and natural scrub he'd spotted while driving the truck to chippers.

It was beautiful and peaceful, as much as it could be with five kids introduced to it. They all had a ball, Summer had a little to much fun.

The wildflowers were out, so pretty and dainty, and there were loads of creatures for the kids to find.

We ventured on to the Dergholm pub (the pub in the scrub) to see if they were offering wood fired pizzas, but we were a day early. Dergholm is a small hamlet, a stones throw from the South Australian border. I wouldn't blink, you'd miss it. However, the landscape is true scrub country, worth a visit, especially with Bailey's rocks down the road too, it is a must see (check the blog tomorrow, it's amazing). Don't forget to go on a Sunday to catch the firing up of the wood oven, and the cold beer.

We arrived back in Penola just as the fish and chippery shut, but decided to drive on to Mount Gambier and catch drive through Maccas plus it's annual show's fireworks. It was a fantastic but tiring day, we all slept extremely well.




























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