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Recently I came across BLOGLOVIN which is a platform that allows users to read, organise and discover their favourite blogs on mobile and desktop. You can easily find blogs on any subject in which you have an interest. I have been inspired by the creativity of people especially the dressmaking and crochet blogs which provide so many ideas and in many instances free patterns to download. My eyes pop at the possibilities. Of course some of you may already subscribe to Bloglovin but if not here’s the link: http://www.bloglovin.com
Update on my crochet and dressmaking
I’ve been continuing to enjoy the weekly meetings with the group of ladies who crochet, knit and chat about all manner of things. The envelope purse I was making morphed into a small bag to carry my crochet hooks and pattern book. I’ve since made a cushion cover which I have to say left a bit to be desired in shape. The ladies of the group suggested I enter my “bag” in the local show in the Beginners Section but I’m somewhat reluctant.
Joining a group at your local Neighbourhood House or Learning Centre is a wonderful way to get to know people and learn a new skill.
I’ve finished the two piece I was sewing in Peruvian Cotton and am reasonably happy with the outcome though I did make a mess of the shoulder seams at first.
Milton Film Club – do watch the film they produced
Ken recently received a newsletter from his film club with details of films that had been made by various clubs around the country. I selected one which I’m sure you are going to really enjoy showcasing a ukulele-playing group of women from Milton-Ulladulla, NSW Australia, with a sense of humour and rhythm who enjoy just jammin’ with their ‘ukes’ and having a glass of bubbly or three. Apparently some of the members were a little hesitant about making the film, especially in regard to the personal clips, but they bravely went ahead and you can see the result here. They call themselves CHOOKS ON A HOT TIN ROOF.
Ken’s latest video
Ken’s latest video is a reminder of how we used to travel way back in our past. We can both remember standing on the platform waiting for the train to take us to London. It came thundering along like a huge monster belching and hissing steam before finally coming to a stop. We also remember as children standing on the bridge over the railway line waiting for the train to pass under and envelope us in steam. It all seemed great fun in those days.
At Coal Creek Community Park and Museum in Korumburra (120km south east of Melbourne) you can ride on the Count Strzelecki Steam Train and take part in other activities. I submitted the video to the Museum and received a notification that they were so impressed that they were going to include it in their web site. Watch the video and enjoy the experience.
Whilst waiting for Ken to do his filming of the train I popped into the General Store in the village where they sell all kinds of sweets packed in the old fashioned way together with other goodies. One of the things that took my fancy was a small pack of recipe cards which the lady in the shop told me were reproductions of recipes of cakes and breads made every week by a volunteer for over 30 years and served in the cafe in the village. Here are 4 of the recipes that I have tried and which turned out really well. You will be amazed at the simplicity:
250g plain flour, 1 tsp salt, 1 tbs baking powder, biutter
METHOD – Mix flour, baking powder and salt, slowly adding water until mixture is stiff. Make into small cakes and fry slowly in butter (5-8 minutes each side). Serve with honey, jam, molasses or golden syrup for a real bush treat. The flavour is greatly enhanced if served with Billy Tea.
PIONEER BOSTON BUN
1 cup mashed potatoes, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup dried fruits, 1 cup milk., 2 cups self raising flour.
METHOD – mix potatoes and sugar into a cream, add the fruit, mix well then add the milk and flour gradually. Put into well-greased sandwich tins and bake in a moderate oven for half an hour. When cool ice lightly and sprinkle with coconut.
METHOD – Mix 1 cup plain flour, 2 tbs grated cheese, 30 gas butter, pinch salt, mustard, cayenne, squeeze of lemon juice and a little water to combine.
METHOD – roll out thinly, cut into fingers, cook in a very hot oven.
* I sprinkled the fingers (and twisted them) with black pepper. They turn out like cheese straws. Very yummy.
BISCUIT FRUIT SLICE
Place in a saucepan 125 gms butter, half cup sugar, 1 cup mixed fruit.
METHOD – crush 250gm arrowroot biscuits then mix with boiled mixture. Press into greased tin. Cover with lemon icing.
(ALL RECIPES COURTESY OF COAL CREEK MUSEUM)
A new member of the family
Last week we adopted Ferdy, a fox terrier/x, 8 years of age from Save-A-Dog at Malvern, Melbourne. We have been looking for a companion for Sophia for some time without success. Apparently small dogs are very popular so it has been quite a search. We took Sophia to introduce her to Ferdy before making a decision and they got on really well from the first sniff. Ferdy is a little over-weight so has had a hard time keeping up with Sophia when we go out walking but I think he has already lost a little bit of his fat. He likes a lot of attention so we are being really careful to make sure Sophia is top dog. I think it will all work out well. Here’s a photo of them together:
I received the sad news this morning that Josephine, the lady I have been visiting in the aged care facility, (Community Visitors Scheme) is fading fast. Recently it has been very difficult to communicate with her due to the strong medication she has been prescribed which makes her sleepy. Jo is only one year older than I am which is very sobering. During her lucid days we were able to chat about our youth in the UK as we came from more or less the same area.
Volunteering in whatever field you choose is very rewarding. If you are interested contact your local Council or search the internet.
Yesterday I was lucky enough to meet up with Noelen Lyons who is a Genealogist and Family History Researcher also a Cemeteries and Local Area Historian. Although she is a very busy lady she has promised to give me a little of her time to have a chat about her work and hopefully give me a few snippets I can pass on to you all. Her moto is: To know who you are, you have to know where you came from
In closing off I would like to share with you this Buddhist prayer:
MAY YOU BE WELL
MAY YOU BE HAPPY
MAY YOU BE PEACEFUL
MAY YOU BE LOVED
Until next time