Around The Park
Our Christmas Party is to be held on Sunday December 3rd provided the weather is suitable. With much rain forecast over the next few days, we aren’t quite sure where it will be held at this stage. If the weather is clement there will be a crowd so just follow the noise of excited children and there you will find Santa.
Maintenance will be on going throughout the park all summer. Our older amenities block was refurbished and has had a new water valve installed which should put an end to the invigorating cold shower problem of a morning.
The park will be full from just before Christmas due to many happy campers coming to stay for their annual holidays. We look forward to welcoming back those that return each year and all the new comers and hope the weather is kind to you for the duration of your stay. All the staff will be very busy during this time making sure that your stay is a pleasant one.
Children on holidays will make a bee line to the water. Please make sure that your children are well supervised at all times as the water can be very dangerous. For all those that go swimming in the lake please be aware that fresh water is very tiring and a great deal harder to swim in than the sea. Do not venture too far from the shore. Do not let young people swim out too far. The lake bottom has different depths so the water can feel very warm in one spot but be very cold a little further on. Be prepared.
On New Years Eve a street parade is always held in the main street of Daylesford. Details can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre in town.
The Australia Day long weekend is almost booked out with only a few sites left. Get in quick if you wish to stay here during that time. We have the annual Big Bash Cricket match on the oval where all children and adults are welcome to join in the play. We have entertainment and Celebrations.
Whats happening in and around Daylesford in December and January.
Trentham Public art Opening, 2nd Dec from 10:30am, Stoney Creek Reserve, Trentham.
Daylesford Highland Gathering – 2nd Dec from 9am. Street Parade along Vincent St at 9:30am. Events at Victoria Park from 9am. www.daylesfordhighland.com
Christmas Carols – Friday Dec 1st, Newlyn and Dean Community Carols @ Newlyn Community Sporting Centre from 7:15pm.
Trentham Carols in the Park @ Quarry St Reserve from 6.30pm.
Friday Dec 22nd – Carols by Candlelight @ Hepburn Springs Sound Shell from 7pm
Swimming pools Open For The Summer Season – Sat 2nd Dec @ Creswick, Clunes, Daylesford and Trentham. https://www.hepburn.vic.gov.au/swimming-pools/
Kingston Show – Sunday Dec 3rd from 10am-5pm, Kingston Showgrounds www.kingstonshow.org.au/
Christmas Town Hall Market Creswick – 15th Dec from 6pm – 8pm & 16th Dec from 9am – 2pm
Christmas Markets Daylesford – 1st, 8th & 15th Dec from 5pm – 8pm, Bourke Square, Daylesford.
CWA Market Daylesford – 16th & 17th Dec from 9am – 3pm, Daylesford Town Hall.
Gold Rush Trail Run – Sunday 16th Dec. http://goldrushrun.net/
Glenlyon New Years Day Mixed Sports Day – Monday 1st January from 10;30am. Glenlyon Recreation Reserve.
Run for the Willow Athletic Carnival – Sunday 7th January, Cricket Willow – Shepards Flat http;//cricketwillow.com./events/run-for-the-willow.html
Lavandula Harvest Festival – Sunday 7th January from 10am – 5pm. Lavender Farm. https://www.lavandula.com.au/lavafest
For The Children
Fairy Park – Situated in Anakie down the Ballan Rd on the way to Geelong about an hours drive away. Primary school aged children just adore this place. It has covered barbecue areas, hot water available and ample car parking spaces. www.fairypark.com.au
Ghost Town – Steiglitz Historic Park. This old gold mining town is situated 10 kilometres from Anakie. Drive down the Ballan Rd to Anakie. At the end of the town there is a right hand turn to Steiglitz. This town is almost a ghost town today but in the 1860s and 1890s it was a busy goldmining township with hotels, shops, churches and a population of over 1000. At the height of the 1860s goldrush the population was over 1,500 people. Today you can go there for a picnic, a pleasant bushwalk or pan for gold. Visit the old gold mining cemetery and the court house.
This recipe is delicious and can be baked, fried or barbecued.
Greek Lemon and Feta Meatballs (makes approx 16 balls)
500g lamb mince
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teas dried oregano
1/2 cup finely chopped parsley leaves
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
100g crumbled feta cheese
Combine mince, egg, breadcrumbs, garlic, oregano, parsley, lemon rind and feta in a bowl. Season with pepper. Mix to combine. Roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls. Place on a plate in the fridge for 30 minutes. Heat oven to 180C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Place rolls on the tray and bake in a hot oven for approx 20 minutes.
These meatballs can be fried in a pan with some olive oil to brown the outside and then finished by baking in the oven.
They can also be barbecued.
Serve with a Greek salad and tzatziki on the side.
Diabetic Recipe suitable for Types 1 & 2, or for those on a Low Carb Diet
Breakfast Muffin (Microwave)
1 or 2 Rashers of bacon, diced
3 Tbls ( heaped) Almond meal / Flour
1 Tbls (heaped), ground Flax meal (linseed flour/ meal)
3 Tbls Grated Parmesan cheese (heaped)
1 teas baking powder
Place bacon into a microwave proof bowl and microwave on High for 1 minute per rasher.
In a second bowl, add the almond meal, flaxseed, baking powder and grated cheese.
When the bacon is cooked empty into the bowl with the almond meal and mix well. Add the egg and again mix in well. Place mixture back into the microwave proof bowl and microwave on High for 90 seconds. Turn out onto a plate and serve.
Variations – To this breakfast muffin you can add chopped parsley, smoked paprika, ground nutmeg, spinach, sliced mushrooms, granulated garlic, finely diced onion (microwave with the bacon), or any combination of your choice. An extra egg can be added but the microwave time needs to be increased (this can dry out the edges a bit, so it is best to microwave for the regular 90 seconds, remove from microwave bowl, place onto a plate, cut it in half, cover with plastic wrap and microwave for a further 30 seconds to give the middle a chance to be cooked.
Diabetic Christmas Recipe. Suitable for Types 1 & 2, or for those on a sugar free diet.
4 Egg whites (Room Temp)
6 Tbls Powdered Erythritol (Place 1 cup into a blender or food processor and blitz)
1/2 teas vanilla extract
1/4 teas cream of Tartar
Heat oven to 100C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Lower the oven racks in the oven before they get hot. Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl and use an electric mixer to beat the mixture until stiff. Place in small piles onto the baking paper. Bake at 100C for approx 40 minutes. Turn off the oven at the end of the cooking time but leave the meringues in the oven for at least 2 hours to dry out gently.
These meringues will not stay white like those made with sugar. These will colour to a soft brown colour. The texture is crunchy but soft with a slight ‘cool’ mouth feel from the Erythritol. However, these are the best meringues for diabetics that I have come up with so far. My mother and I enjoyed cutting out a hole in the base, filling with some whipped cream and stuffing in a strawberry. You could also make Eton Mess dessert with them if you chose to. They can be made into flat little rounds to make mini individual pavlovas.
The Board and Management wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy prosperous New Year in 2018.
Pamela (Home Economist)