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June 28, 2015

28 June 2015 Craft Alive and walk in Bendigo

Breakfast this morning was at Basement on View, which is underneath the Bendigo Art Gallery next to the Capital Theatre. I was the first one there at 9am when they opened. It is a lovely space with vintage crockery and bric-a-brac displayed.

Off to Craft Alive again to revisit the artisans I met on Friday. There was also a gymkhana on in the middle of the oval as well as the Bendigo market and Silvers Circus on all at the Prince of Wales Showgrounds in Nth Bendigo. The place was crawling with people, especially as the sun had come out.
Duncan the bootmaker looks like he comes from a different era but he can’t be more than 40-ish. I joined a kumihimo demonstration to see if I was missing any tricks. Easybeads sell some strong glue for attaching findings so i bought some! I watched Katies Patchwork make the quick block that I saw in Melbourne at a craft show. After wandering around a bit I went over to the market for a look around. There was an awful lot of secondhand goods over there. Lunch of a cup of soup and bread for $4 was the bargain of the day.
Back to Craft Alive and the world record attempt for the most people crocheting at once. It was a long drawn-out affair waiting for everything to be ready then actually crocheting continuously for 15 minutes. I did meet a lot of nice people though. One of them coached me in crocheting skills as I was a bit rusty. Unfortunately we were 12 short of a record, which was only about 400 people. All the squares are going to charities anyway.
Had enough craftiness for one weekend so I went for a stroll around Bendigo. There are some very imposing buildings, all built on money from gold I’m betting. Sacred Heart Cathedral is one imposing structure, also the Town Hall, former School of Mines and Mechanics Institute. Some I didn’t note what they were.
On the way back I took a walk through the fernery at Rosalind Gardens, which is a tribute to ‘All Good Mothers’ from 1953. There was quite a bit of dry stone walling, a small waterfall, a couple of bridges over pools of water. It was very peaceful except for the splashing water.
Now where will I go for dinner tonight?
June 28, 2015

27 June 2015 North and south on the Bendigo Creek Trail

I started today with breakfast at Finders Keepers in Mitchell St. There was a bunch of bike riders there already so I thought the food should be okay. My usual muesli with fruit and yoghurt was good. Off to get the bike and onto the Bendigo Creek Trail starting in Rosalind Park, not far from where I’m staying in View St. The trail passes the Golden Dragon Museum on the far side of the park then comes to Lake Weeroona not far along. White Hills cemetery is worth a look with over 1000 Chinese buried there from Gold Rush times. I crossed over the creek to get to the Bendigo Botanic Gardens, which is small but most plants are labelled and they also have a bird aviary, unfortunately closed on the weekends. I did see there were some multi-coloured birds in there though. The path ends in Epsom where there is a shopping centre but the cafe leaves much to be desired!
After lunch I returned into Bendigo and continued on the trail south. It is not very clear through the middle of the city but I did find the path along Oscars Walk next to the Bendigo Bank. It passes Central Deborah Mine and the Talking Tram Depot. Rotary Gateway Park is picturesque with a lake and plenty of bird life, also a BMX track. It ends at Crusoe Reservoir in Kangaroo Flat and the opportunity to continue around the massive body of water. I had had enough by then and headed back into Bendigo. By the time I got back I’d cycled around 40kms!
Dinner was at the Shamrock Hotel with a delicious piece of swordfish and choc mint ripple cake for dessert. Very indulgent.
June 26, 2015

26 June 2015 Melbourne to Bendigo

Off on the Vline train to Bendigo this morning. Grabbed my bike and took Metro to Southern Cross station. The Bendigo train leaves from platform 16B. After I traipsed up the lift to the lower number platforms I had to catch the lift again to the suburban end! After a fairly uneventful 2 hours of reading I arrived in Bendigo about midday. I had forgotten that View St is on a steep slope. Riding up to my accommodation (Barclay on View) for the next 3 days tested my stamina.

Off to Aunt Daisy’s Tea Rooms just down View St for a very tasty vege focaccia for lunch. Very quaint decor with old tea sets and candelabra around the place.

Back on the bike and off to the Prince of Wales Showground in Nth Bendigo for CraftAlive. A massive craft show and artisan arts show. Plenty of scrapbooking, patch working and all sorts of stalls, even a sweet stall from Altona! I talked to Duncan bespoke bootmaker on the painstaking task of crafting custom made shoes, a printmaker at Hipcat Printery from Footscray (!) and Doug Moseley Blacksmith about his wares. There was also Wayne from Sew What in Maryborough who told me my mum’s Singer sewing machine was probably from the 100th anniversary and should have a blue seal on it somewhere! Will check it out when I get home. Pat, I’m sure you’ll be interested to know I talked to Heather from Heather’s Quilting Emporium in Moama! Yes, the one we walked for hours to find in vain. I have a list of their quilting retreats now. Just for something different I created a bookmark by jabbing a needle into strands of wool and silk through felt. Not sure of the technical terms. I thought I was going to dye fabric but went to the wrong workshop.

To kill time before dinner I set off down View St to the Alexandra Fountain to follow Walk 1 CBD urban walk from the Bendigo Walks brochure. Turn left into Pall Mall, past the Soldiers Memorial Museum, Queen Victoria statue, Bendigo information centre, former Law Courts, and Shamrock Hotel on the opposite side. The white conservatory stands out among the bright green grassed area with old style iron fencing surround. Keep walking along Pall Mall to the Chinese Gateway and turn left towards the Chinese temple, gardens and the Golden Dragon Museum. Across Bridge St to Rosalind Park, past the fernery, Bendigo Senior Secondary College and the massive heritage building of Camp Hill Primary School. The poppet head shines like a beacon with the setting sun behind it. I have climbed to the top before but never noticed the mosaics around  the bottom of it.

Whew! Back to my hotel for a short rest before dinner at Borchelli’s, a slightly longer walk down View St, for vege risotto with big variety of vegetables, and lemon and chilli tart with REAL cream. The end of a perfect day.