Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wollondilly Wilderness

Hi there!

Here's to hoping you had a wonderful long weekend, we went to the wild and wonderful Wollondilly River Station, I have blogged about this crazy place before but I thought hey why not share a few snaps of the first few days before technology (happily) died.

It is in the middle of nowhere and the trip to get there is itself a journey, a 45 k drive down a dirt track that winds down into an incredible and beautiful valley in the Southern Highlands. It can be a hairy drive due to the track being alongside a large drop.... but oh it's worth it. Acres of forest, a beautiful river and no signal. Bush camping at it's best, fire pits to cook on and stars to gaze at. There was a bunch of 20 of us so we had a pretty fun time... 












I took a project, to make a little rug on a circular loom. I still haven't finished but it's coming along nicely.. I am loving the colour combination so far. Also Colin, my brother in law is a keen spoon carver which is an awesome bush camp craft! Check out his awesome spoon....pretty impressive I say.
Until next time Wollondilly, might be a year until we get back to you but don't worry we will return. I have realised we seem to like going to places beginning with W. I don't think there will be as many in Kuala Lumpur though...

K x

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Eastern Garage Goodies

Hi!

So as we are going away on an Asian adventure for a year I thought I should go through some stuff and have a little Garage Sale!
 
It was a scorcher of a day and I took Polly for a spin to do some canvassing and then we chilled on the street and chatted to passers by…. I thought I’d share a few fun snaps from the day. We had a personal barista and ate croissants dipped in coffee! My naughty favourite. Had to follow up with a swim down at Coogee, god I will miss living by the sea.
 



 

 
I find it so hard to say goodbye to stuff as I am such a collector and a hoarder [ at least I can admit it] and I won’t lie it did not feel good to watch the remaining stuff go to the op shop. But, I must remember that it will make someone else happy and it's great to give things another life. I have found so many treasures that way so maybe they will become someone else's fab finds! Plus... secretly I am excited about shopping in Asia! Although slightly worried I am far too big to actually shop there..

Hope you had a delightful weekend in the sun, or in the snow!

K x

Monday, January 12, 2015

Strawberry Almond Loaf

Hi!

Monday can be a dull day to get through so I baked a few things to make me smile...

Sometimes I think I just buy bananas so they go too far and I have to make them into cake! I also had strawberries so I took my usual nana loaf recipe and added a few things to mix it up.


You will need:

1 cup of wholemeal Self raising flour 
1/2 cup sugar [I used brown]
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup flaked almonds [save a few to sprinkle on the top!]
pinch of bicarb of soda

2 eggs
1/4 cup olive oil
3 bananas [mashed]
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
A handful of strawberries, sliced.

Mix all the wet ingredients together in one bowl and all the dry ingredients in another then add wet to dry and fold in carefully.

Pour into a greased and lined loaf tin, bake for approx 45 minutes or when a skewer comes out clean. Serve with a good old fashioned cup of tea.


Happy Baking!

K x

Friday, January 9, 2015

Woodford Folk Festival - Wonders for the soul

Happy New Year! I hope the first week has been a sunny and bright one for you.

We had the pleasure of spending the last few days of 2014 and the very first of 2015 at the splendid and wonderfully weird Woodford Folk Festival hidden away in the forests of QLD. 


I would recommend anyone going to this gem of a place just once as it's a festival like no other, a place where anyone can be anything. A feast for the eyes and a hug for the soul. I did begin to feel like an inadequate human being seeing the immense talent of others, everything from amazing musical passions to acrobats and circus tricks. The strength and passion of others is inspiring and definitely a great way to see in the new year, and watching the first sunrise of the year is a pretty great feeling.

You could do nothing but watch bands or you could spend your days crafting with a range of workshops available.. there is comedy, cabaret, acrobats, talks, so many amazing foodstalls and juice galore. Go explore the colours of the wonderland..

 













For me there is a certain nostalgia to it, anyone who went to glasto back in the day would understand. I first went to Glastonbury in the late 90's (yup...) when 'grunge' music was not cool and tickets were only 80 pounds. Before Kate moss wore wellies and strutted around in the mud looking hot, before people showered at festivals and hair was a greasy matt and mud was our moisturiser. Don't worry I am not suggesting I didn't shower, this is in QLD and it's a muggy 30 degrees, the shower was block was a great place to be :) But there are real hippies, tie dye (and not because it is trendy again), wizards, people dressed as angels and fire-eaters. Time has forgotten Woodford and I hope it never finds it so we can all remember what festivals should be about, a little escape from the humdrum of reality and expressing our inner grubble.

I love discovering new music, some of my highlights this year were.... Del Barber, The Mae Trio, Mia Wray, Lior, Mama Kin, The East pointers, Matt Andersen, John Smith, Jenn Grant, Paper lions... just to name a few.

A huge thank you to all the volunteers who make this festival possible, it is incredible how many people devote their time to making it the event it is. Perhaps one day that would be a great way to give back to the experience.

Back to the real world... until next time Woodfordia.

K x