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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?
December 29, 2012

Barwon Heads market and Queenscliff walk

This morning I rode to Barwon Heads market. A bit ambitious but I made it! 10kms to Ocean Grove and maybe another 5kms to Barwon Heads! Think I went the long way around. Seemed quicker coming back. 

Tons of jewellery at the market. Found a lady that makes Kumihimo style pieces! Talked to her for a while in between customers. Also saw the hand sewn seed bead necklaces like Pat and I tried to do at the craft fair. They were selling for only $20. Got some ideas though. May have another bash at it. Bought a pair of earrings made by Koranta who is 19 years old and lives in Lesotho, South Africa. He is an orphan because of the AIDS pandemic.  The Jewels of Hope project helps orphaned children.

Quick lunch in Ocean Grove at the Voodoo Cafe then back to my room for a quick shower and on to Queenscliff for the historical walk. Five others joined me with Ken, our guide, for an hour and a half walk to look at buildings of significance with a few side stories. Afternoon tea at Athelstane House after with two Japanese ladies, Michael (Ken’s stepson) and another Michael and Aileen (who tried to convert me to God! No hope there). 

Meeting Steph at the Queenscliff market tomorrow. Maybe catch up for a coffee. 

Still deciding on where to have dinner tonight. Back to Queenscliff or Point Lonsdale again? Ahh decisions, decisions. Maybe back to Kelp in Point Lonsdale. Dinner there last night was delicious. Eye fillet steak and chocolate ambrosia to die for!Image