Saturday, October 22, 2016

The High Tea Party 22nd October 2016

Every year for the past 5 I think, we have attended The High Tea Party Event in Sydney. Each year our little group has grown. Family and Friends gather to celebrate being woman and just spoil our selves with a little pampering, Tea, Laughter and fun. This year was no exception.

After we had enjoyed tea, and shopped, we continued the day with a bit of public transport.... bubbles on the ferry, don't mind if we do!!! Then of course why not have another little tipple at the wharfs end before we head home to continue in this fashion.... ahhh life really is good.

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Off on the road again, this time we were headed to a market in Blackville at the annual Blackville Arts and Market day. As it is a long hike from home we were invited to stay with Kate and Kurt in Quirindi for the night on the Saturday and got to spend some quality time with both Kate and Kurt. Bianca and I were treated to some beauty time whilst the boys watched a bit of sport on the telly and drank a few bevies. Then we all caught up for a spot of lunch at the local, before we headed out to see a bit of the country that both Kurt and Kate love. This included the beautiful Angus Cattle that Kate recently purchased.

A little bit of bush bashing in the Polaris to check out the beautiful property, and the quarry, it really was breathtaking. Such views.

Then of course we moved onto more enjoyable things.. like bubbles whilst watching my family pick up guns and do a spot of clay shooting.... now this was something new for all of us, except Mitch who is a country boy.  So I enjoyed my bubbles. whilst Kurt and Kate showed us how it was done. Then Bianca and Mitch had turns before Brian just shocked us all. over 40 rounds and only 3 misses, even Kate with here double wham-my random directions couldn't make him miss any. I think he really found something that could be very addictive for him.

Forever Always Online Adirondack Love Seat 
Of course the chair we sold Kate and Kurt is just in the most perfect location up on the hill, where apparently the stress from a hard day disappears very well. Just as a freshly cooked early breakfast makes the world appear so much more amazing. Love when something we have made with love makes somebody else enjoy it and life so much.

And who wouldn't enjoy the life we all love when you can sit back and enjoy an amazing meal and company with this view... oh what a way to start a busy few days travelling the amazing country we call home. Country New South Wales .... WE LOVE YOU.

Within what seemed very little time the colours of the countryside 
changed amazingly with the setting of the sun.

It was then up bright and early - we even watched the moon head to bed as we travelled some amazing countryside heading into Blackville. This photo just doesn't capture what the moon really was like at this time of the morning... just breathtaking.

The country folk came in large numbers to begin their Christmas shopping and celebrate the Blackville Arts and Markets day.... we really enjoyed chatting with all the locals. Thank you to all the wonderful shoppers that supported us this trip, and yes we plan to be back in 2017.

Biggest Seller of the day, was definitely our wonderful Rustic Christmas Angels which sold our within the first 30 minutes of the market being open.

And then for us it was the beginning of the next leg of our Road trip... through the Liverpool Plains, which were spectacular, all though the beauty of the views only marginally removed the stresses of travelling over dirt roads with a trailer in tow and low fuel on roads we had never passed before and not knowing where the next fuel stop was... lets just say, country folk are whiling to stop for random strangers waving them down to chat about the next fuel stop and helping us gauge if we could make it. YES we did, but my nerves and white knuckles on the steering wheel where all a bit stressful.

Lucky that when we arrived in the still of the night and hit the bed in Nyngan, my stress was soon washed away the next morning by this little cheeky miss and the memories we created in the short few days I stayed with her and her Family.... soon had me in a happy place.
hours of fun can be had with a simple deck of cards, snap, go fish and memories

Country walks verse Sea walks, both have there blessings. this baby Foal was just too cute.
Not all my time was filled with this little miss... I did spent lots of time with all the family, Amie even showed me how to make Feta... oh my I think a cheese course is in my future. Well we do love our cheese in this house.
Amie was also insistent that we set up another Pop UP shop in Nyngan, I love that Amie is so Supportive of my little business, as are the many locals that popped into Amies to do a little shopping. Thanks to all that were supportive.

Then it as on to farewells and back on the road to home. So for those that ask, yes we do rack up the KM's in our little car with the convoy of Forever always Online supplies. And we do love it. Thankfully, a lot the country roads are getting worked on to make our travels smoother. What a sight these big rigs are on the open country roads... on mass. Trucks a plenty.

Road tripping is all about collecting the next instalment of vintage reclaimed old wares into the vision of new items... these beauties will be featured at the coming markets.... wedding props, displays, chalkboards, and of course lots more Rustic Christmas Angels.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Food Adventures Tramsheds Harold Park

You know that as a family we love our food adventures, so when I saw that there was a new food precinct opening in Sydney it went to the top of the lists to visit. So last weekend, whilst we had chores planned, we decided a great reward to work towards was a late afternoon/early dinner at The Tramsheds was it.

Little did I know that perhaps a little planning might have been needed... but we were lucky. The website link shows that they are open from 10am till late. We left home at 4ish. so next time we know that the dinner service doesn't start till 5.30 but that's OK we headed to Forest lodge near Glebe and visited the most amazing restoration style converted Tramsheds that were originally built in 1904, filled with awesome Eye feasting food vendors... That you can literally watch create your meals... this was the baker at Dust working the sour-dough loaves just seeing the amazing stone ground mills was awesome - Then the Chef at Flour Eggs Water, creating some Pappardelle, that we soon ate.

So even at 5 o clock on Saturday evening, there were still quiet a lot of people just wandering around checking out the building, coffee was available and so was wine. 
The venue line up for meals was amazing...

Belles Hot Chicken
Bodega 1904 with a climate controlled wine room Just eye candy
Butcher and the Farmer
Chambers Cellars (Mitch and Dylan were in awe at was available here - Dylan did pick up a tipple)
Fish and Co
Flour Egg & Water ( we dined here)
Gelato Messina
Medical Centre
Mama's Buoi
Moe & Co
Naked Foods
Osaka Trading Co
Sir Chapel
and a Boxing Gym

After a stroll around, and eyeing off doughnuts that were a take home treat, Dylan's tipple that he couldn't resist and just watching the chefs through the glass into kitchens that sparkled. It was all just amazing... of course we soon realised that booking was a must... but lucky for us we managed to nab the last 5.30 booking at Four Egg & Water... oh my!!!

After a little wait and some more watching of the ravioli being made.. .time went quickly, we were not the only ones not too book thought and few people were disappointed at missing out. 

NOTE - book next time or just take fates hand a eat where you can get in... everything looked amazing.
Sitting down to the long family style table, we were greeted with a little plate of the most deliciously fluffy focaccia bread with chilli oil, whilst the waitresses were very attentive and helped us recommending the on tap featured wine from italy that would perfectly complement the Pappardelle, and coming by the glass or in 2 different sizes, it works out well for those sharing. The Pappardelle which Bianca, Mitch and Dylan couldn't go past was the softest pasta served with slow cooked lamb ragu. Yep it really was amazing and well worth its $33 price tag.

Brian had Penne with Beef Cheeks and I had Linguine Nero with Calamari - the softest ever.. just delicious.

Although we had decided on the doughnuts and a coffee to go home with... the waitress did her job and recommended the most popular dessert - seems she did her job well. We only shared 2 between 5 but oh my we could have all eaten one on our own... it was just amazing.

This simply presented dessert known as the Cremino was the cappuccion that it appeard but an amazing layered dish, of Chocolate Hazlenut ganache, salted caramel ice-cream, crushed amaretti biscuits and then finished with Italian meringue, which from our seats we could see being constructed and torched. at only $15 its the most amazing sweet treat.
Shoot the Chef exhibition was on, this was a great one for us to look at, as Dylan's Apprenticeship chef, actually was in this exhibition a few years back and Dylan's arms featured in the photograph that was taken in the end - lots of photo editing created a great result. The Exhibition is on display till the 17th October.

So we will be back, and we will remember to book, GPS doesn't register the address, seems The Crescent is the street you want not Dalgal Way, to get to the parking. Although paid parking was available we managed to fluke street parking.
The Tramsheds 1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge NSW Open 7 days 10 am until late

Friday, October 14, 2016

A visitor 3rd October 2016

I am thankful to the internet, over the years I have made many friends and it's very nice that we now catch up in real life. 

Googy Girl (a.k.a. Trish) came down from Newcastle, for the day. We chatted, we ate, we chatted, we ate, we stitched a little... poor LUCY she didn't grow much... but we certainly had a great day. And shockingly we didn't do much snapping of the what we did do... but I did cook an awesome banana bread... recipe coming soon.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Social Soup # SpringCiderSessions

Well it's Social Soup time again, this time I received Two 6 packs of Spring Cider Co Cider. One of the above photographed Apple and Pomegranate and the other just straight Apple. It sat in the fridge for a few days getting cold, then after a day of washing cars and painting parts of the house, I rewarded the family with a bit of a BBQ, chill out and ciders... the reviews.

We all enjoyed the lightness of the Apple and felt it was like drinking a light beer. the Apple and Pomegranate however was just too sweet for us. 

At about $16 for a six pack its not bad sensible summer beverage that combines apple cider with soda water to create a crisp and refreshing cider and only half a standard drink per bottle is great when drinking responsibly.

Thanks Social Soup and @springciderco #SpringCiderSessions 

Adventure Always

Sometimes, we learn the simple things in the most weirdest of places. A simple Roadtrip to collect some vintage items to flip for our coming markets, ended in a wonderful overnight adventure with my daughter and her boyfriend. Lots of hours in the car together, led to loads of laughter and bonding.

Bathurst vintage buildings {heart}
This man drives my heart and fills my life with pleasurable moments.

When you find out that your daughters boyfriend shares some of the similar quirks her father does.. makes my heart smile... oh and MOOO

The Treasure trove of Molong... lots of rusty pieces where purchased and returned home on the roof of the car... future posts will reveal all.
Beautiful green countryside!!! 
After a lovely lunch in Orange, a few beers in Bathurst, an early night in the pub... we were up and decided a quick trip to Milthorpe and then home... lots of pretty things to see.

Can't not take another photo here.. love this location. Lithgow!!
Time for a spot of lunch, The Hydro Majestic.. a glass of wine and some cheese yes please... accompanied by dragons and dumplings... that would be the moon festival... 

sneaky photos of Luke Nguyen at his book signing
Enjoy life... ALWAYS!!!