Baguettes, Walhalla, Boots, Bottles, Books and Birds.

Been a bit slow on posts recently, think the horrid weather has had a bit to do with this. I haven’t been outside much nor have I been doing a great amount inside. I have managed to read a few good books though!

Today we spent a bit of time marking out with chalk the intended design and placement of some equipment for the new kitchen. I am useless at reading plans and always complain that the finished result is not what I thought it was going to be and that nothing is where I expected it.

IMG_2251-001I dare say that even after doing this I will still get surprises!

Walhalla Road Trip

We took advantage of the lovely sunshiny day last Saturday and headed up to the historic township of Walhalla. This place just oozes history (and spookiness) and it was a great chance to spend some time with my son who now lives in Melbourne. He purchased a Land Rover a few months ago and does ‘weekend adventures’ visiting lots of interesting places.

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I managed to throw together some small egg and bacon pies, kale, feta, chilli and potato rolls. A chocolate cake from the freezer and a few freshly picked oranges from our tree to have as  picnic fare. This along with  freshly boiled billy tea is about all you need I think!

IMG_2104IMG_2202While we were eating, there were a few different birds in the scrub and I noticed a green bird that I thought resembled a green cat bird which I know are more northern based . There was also a bowerbird with it so I wasn’t that surprised when I’d Googled to discover the green bird is a juvenile Satin Bowerbird. Check out those purple eyes!

Saton bowerbird

Satin bowerbird

Just beautiful!

Hidden Treasures

Part of our extension/reno means we have to demolish a couple of the oldest parts of the property. We’ve tried but there is just no justifiable way we can preserve them. I believe these 2 rooms to be the old washhouse and  would guess the woodstore. We are going to rebuild to be similar visually but they certainly won’t have the ‘charm’ of these old ones. We found a few interesting things behind the wall lining!

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Several empty beer bottles tucked in her and there,

 

 

 

A couple old books, one a medical reference and the other a novel.

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A pair of old boots, very old I’d guess! Hand cut leather and hand stitched.

IMG_2223-002There was also a few rat nests but I didn’t think you’d enjoy me sharing those with you!

This weekend’s Bread bake

Today I made baguettes using the gas pizza oven to bake. I was so impressed with the ‘before they went into the oven’ appearance, then promptly dropped the peel when transferring them to the oven. Never mind, still turned out well, albeit a little misshapen and a few holes lighter up one end. I also did a spelt/whole-wheat loaf. Have no idea what it is meant to be like but it smells great and looks like others I have Googled, so I’ll go with it’s pretty good! 🙂

IMG_2263-001 Baguette crumb shot

 

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9 Responses to Baguettes, Walhalla, Boots, Bottles, Books and Birds.

  1. Francesca says:

    Not fair. Those lovely airy loaves, the picnic pies and rolls- I’m hangng for a bit of home cooking, Australian style. A day out at Walhalla- haven’t done that for years, always so busy, but must put that on the list.
    Love the buried treasure you found in the ancient walls. Maybe the boots could become garden features.

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  2. Glenda says:

    Hi Maree, Amazing that you found all that stuff in the walls. Love it, and your bread, as always.

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  3. Gretchen says:

    Lovely looking picnic. Things are slowly cooling a little here and I look forward to being able to have picnics again. The loaves also look fantastic.

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    • fergie51 says:

      Hi Gretchen, I love picnics! Whenever anyone asks what I’d like to do as a celebration the answer is always “Family picnic”! I have been enjoying the loaves for lunch.

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  4. anne54 says:

    Your picnic fare is just right. Saturday would have been the perfect day to wander in the country, and Walhalla is such an interesting (but cold and damp in Winter) place.

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