Out And About With Andie: Beechworth, Victoria

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My boys and I had such a great time in Beechworth over summer. Every where else it was hot, hot, hot, and it was pretty hot in Beechworth but, every night because of its elevation, the temperature was comfortably cool. Dan and I took a number of photos at this site, which captured our imagination. There is so much history in Beechworth, it being a Gold Rush town and having a jail where Ned Kelly was held, and all. but this empty paddock and its contents seemed frozen in time. IMG_3408 IMG_3399 IMG_3402Places to visit are the Bridge Road Brewers for Pizza, Beer and Cider. The Gluten Free Pizzas are awesome. The local opportunity shops are really good too. I bought a couple of little tops. Also, Beechworth Honey is a fun experience. My mum and I spent ages tasting all the different types of honey and eventually bought the Red Stringybark Honey for its deep, full, caramel tones. I couldn’t believe honey could taste so varied… just had to run off and eat a spoonful… divine.

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Best coffee? I’ll be honest. Not a great choice even though there are heaps of cafes. I am so spoilt in Melbourne that I often can’t find a satisfying brew in the country. But, the best coffee in Beechworth, I would have to say is at the Blynnz Coffee Roasters – just depends who makes it.

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All in all we had an amazing time away and it helped we were spending time with my awesome family. They are truly fun and terrific people.

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Christmas Time Brown Rice Salad

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My beautiful sister in law, Anne, brought this recipe to our family table a long time ago and we have all made it every summer since. Perfect for Bring-A-Plate occasions and BBQs. It is full of pretty, fresh Christmas colours and has Asian accents.

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups of cooked and cooled brown rice

2 red capsicums, chopped finely

1 green capsicum, chopped finely

6 spring onions (scallions), sliced finely

1 cup of currants

DRESSING:

2 cm square grated fresh ginger

3 cloves garlic, crushed

The juice of one lemon

1/2 cup light olive oil

6-7 tablespoon of soy sauce (gluten free if needed)

METHOD:
Combine all ingredients and chill.

Playing With Recycled Denim

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As I was up-cycling this patchwork denim cushion I used whichever zipper I could find and it happened to be orange. But how cool does it look?

Part of my work is to create a sustainable enterprise engaging marginalised women. A number of our supporters have been donating their used denim to me and so I spent a bit of my holiday time playing with denim possibilities like this patchwork pillow. (Just as an aside, the lovely Jessie from St Kilda Mums suggested I pop down to Spotlight and grab some of their generic branded feather pillows for cushion inserts. Oh. My. I squashed the insert in so the pillow is smaller than a standard bed pillow, and it feels so plush and posh.) Also just surfed Pinterest and uploaded a bunch of very awesome and imaginative products made out of recycled denim. Take a look!6a5787c2e05f8c2c548a1fa4a3914a10

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More Op Shop Finds From Warrnambool

I owe you all an apology. I left my computer at my folks over the Christmas holidays and now (yes Anna, I remember you said it is better to post only once a day, but…) I have so much to say! And to show and tell. I guess blogging really is about me first and then about whoever passes by, drops in or feels inclined to share. So, a couple of things:

The Gluten Free Christmas Pudding was sensational. https://athomewithandie.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/pud-for-all-seasons/

And more op shop finds:

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Costume but pretty at $5-00

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And four little etched cordial glasses. Can’t remember how much these cost.

There were sooo many other really good finds for collectors of old crockery.

I’m Back! Well Not Quite At Home. This Is Port Fairy…

Hey there. After travelling a full three hours to pick up my computer I am back. It was just too difficult to blog from my phone. Happy new Year.

The three hours brought me to a picturesque seaside town in Victoria called Port Fairy where I am camping for a week with my family. Not sure, but I believe it once may have been known as Belfast because there are old signs on very, very old – by Australian standards anyhow – buildings which are built in the Georgian style, with ‘Belfast’ on them. Note: just checked good old Wiki and sure enough, between the 1840’s and 1850’s Port Fairy was renamed Belfast because of some solicitor dude with some pull, whose home town was Belfast, The houses have tiny, multi-paned windows, quaint decorative doorways and heavy, thick walls made from local stone.IMG_1913

It is an extremely pretty town attracting fishermen and sailors and families.

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  Gorgeous frolicking seal.

This morning I woke up with the birds and to a very awful silhouette. One I always dread. It was nestled between my tent fly and the inner tent shell.

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This, my readers, is one of the few times you really need a man – or a can of Mortein. I am going to the supermarket as soon as it opens! Thanks dad.

We are looking forward to exploring the galleries and shops a bit later even though it is going to hit 40 degrees Celsius. It is too hot for the beach today. Way too hot.

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