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Adventures with DH’s Golf (VW)!

A sunny afternoon and ‘Ibby’ needs to be taken for a drive! What’s this got to do with patchwork? Read on – after all, this is an eclectic blog!

So off to Bacchus Marsh we go, just there and back to give the engine a run. Won’t take long, about an hour, got things to do when we get back.

For the non-Aussies explore the map – put it in for fellow blogger Jerry over at ‘Tales from the WagginMaster).

Although it’s Autumn, the countryside still looks dry compared to the previous year. We’ve had some rain, but could do with more before heading into winter. Living in this country you get used to the extremes all in one place – large parts of Queensland and New South Wales are still in the grips of years long drought – some parts up to ten years.

Western Highway, Victoria

On the Western Highway, headed towards Bacchus Marsh

So why drive to Bacchus Marsh? To drop in to a couple of favourite roadside ‘shops’ in the search for some more of that Tasmanian truffle cheese of course! Haven’t been able to track it down anywhere else – yet! Apparently if you love truffles – DH does- it’s heavenly.

Southern Sky Tasmanian Layered Truffle Brie

Southern Sky Tasmanian Layered Truffle Brie

Oh dear! They still can’t get any more – seems it’s very popular. Never mind, let’s keep moving. Bacchus Marsh is in a valley with rich volcanic soil that has made it a fruit and vegetable market garden. Pick your own strawberries in summer, along with stone fruit, and the apple orchards supply Melbourne with a lot of produce.

What makes this town famous is it’s ‘Avenue of Honour’. Trees planted in commemoration of local men who served in the First World War. At the moment they are changing colour and losing their leaves.

Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour

‘Avenue of Honour’ trees.

Having recently commemorated the 100th Anniversary of ANZAC Day in Australia, this group of trees are a significant historical reminder of the sacrifices made by a generation of mainly young men. On the Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour website, the collation of statistics about the local volunteers who served for their country, makes for interesting reading.

Just up the road is this …

Heritage pumpkins at Bacchus Marsh

Heritage pumpkins at $3.00 a kilo.

Couldn’t possibly resist getting some, and no I didn’t make a ‘pumpkin quilt’ – perhaps DS-in-L, who has a passion for all things orange, could take on that challenge. (So that’s the tenuous link to patchwork). My preference was to cook and eat it, and it had a flavour that the ‘supermarket’ pumpkins couldn’t live up to.

Heritage pumpkins at Bacchus Marsh

Heritage pumpkins

Till next time…

P.S. Hope you like the map Jerry!


‘Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’

Oh, the Gumnut babies must have been out and about this morning – hiding in this tree!

While trying to keep up with DH whilst out walking after the traditional Sunday breakfast of eggs, (“How else do you know what day it is!”), the tree blossoms were magnificent.

(Read a quick explanation of ‘Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’ on Lisa Walton’s blog)

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie must be around somewhere!

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie must be around somewhere!

In our neighbourhood, so many plants are non-natives to Australia, and with the climate changing I wonder how much longer they will continue to survive.

Little 'hats' in the making!

Little ‘hats’ in the making!

The magenta colour is so clear and vibrant, perfectly balanced against the glossy green of the leaves and the shades of lime green in the cups. No wonder nature is a source of inspiration to so many patchwork quilters.

Throw in the muted greys and browns from the trunk and a palette of colours for a striking quilt appears. Now who is going to design and make it?


Native what …?

What Australian native is this?

What Australian native is this?

Every year DS and I venture off to spend the day at the Royal Melbourne Show to check out the Arts and Crafts Pavilion along with all the boutique foods and produce. A few years ago I brought home and potted up two Australian natives – one the black pepper bush and this one. Unfortunately I lost the tag for this plant, so I don’t know  what it is. This is the first year it has flowered, and profusely! It is so delicate with a very soft and light, yet sweet, perfume.

I think that last year’s massive 45 degree heat wave on top of the effects of the ten year drought, has impeded this plant’s progress. As a native of the eastern highlands, it needs more water than drier plains area plants, so perhaps this summer’s more temperate weather and watering has made it blossom.

Do you know what it is, let me know!

Tis with trepidation …..

Hi, my name is Robyn, a semi-retired teacher and a long-time eclectic blog follower. Thought I’d like to ‘jump the fence’ and have a go at personal blogging, to see what it’s like to be the ‘creator’ instead of the ‘consumer’. I hope to establish a core topic around my passion for patchwork and quilting, and use the blog to connect with others with similar interests.