In and around the Park
Well its winter, the chilliest time of year. The park is so peaceful at this time with most of the trees bare of leaves and displaying lacy patterns against the sky. There are some beautiful walks around the park and around Daylesford itself. Rug up. Make sure that you wear good comfortable waterproof boots and warm woolly socks as the ground is rather damp underfoot. Gloves for your hands and thermal underwear under your winter pants, tops and coats is a good idea. Don’t forget to wear a beanie on your head, preferably double thickness. Did you know that two thirds of our body heat is lost through our heads in winter?
There are some stunning photographic opportunities at this time of year. Due to the nights drawing in earlier and lasting well into the morning there are many wallabies, roos and other marsupials still grazing in the park. Mist rises from the lake nearly every morning and gives the park a mysterious appearance until the sun rises and begins to warm the environment.
During the winter our managers give the park some much needed maintenance. If there are diggings happening please keep any children well away from the area. Also, please do not allow any children to play unattended near the lake. Supervise them carefully at all times.
Out and About in Daylesford
Even in winter there are great things happening in and around Daylesford. There are markets, classes, cafes and restaurants plus sightseeing etc. If you look up this website using our free WiFi you will find so much to see and do.
www.visitthehepburnshire.com.au All the up and coming events are there for you to see.
For those who Love to Craft
Bendigo Woollen Mills are but 75kms away. The mill has two large rooms of wool and other yarns for you to touch and drool over. Partners can be left at the cafe next door in the tramways museum to await your arrival after perusing all that wool.
Tylden Junction Pub in Tylden. Open Wednesdays to Sundays. Take your knitting and / or crochet. They have a retro cafe where you can get tea, coffee and lunches. The piece de resistance though is “Pick up Stitches” wool and yarn store located here. Spend the day there in warmth and comfort on comfortable couches and chairs with other like minded people. The cook makes a cream sponge cake fresh every morning. Delicious with morning tea. Partners can sit in a winged back chair in the bar area near a fire reading the daily paper.
Maldon Wool Store. Located in the main street is a small cosy wool shop. local ladies spin and dye local wools and alpaca fibres into beautiful skeins of wool. They also have a room where you can sit and knit in peace with others.
Patchwork. Millrose Quilting and Gallery is a place to behold. so much fabric, so many choices, there are rooms and rooms of fabrics. Located in Ballan, just down the road from Daylesford at 92 Inglis street, Ballan. ph 03 5368 2995. Your partner can be parked in the cafe next door to await your pleasure.
This is a yummy dish that can be baked in one tray. Perfect for winter. Also makes a great breakfast.
Mexican Tray Bake with Eggs (makes 4 servings)
1 Tbls Olive oil
1 onion , coarsely chopped
400g can diced tomatoes
120g chargrilled capsicum, coarsley chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
120g pkt One Night In Mexico seasoning (obtainable at Woolies and comes in different flavours)
400g can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup coarsely grated cheddar cheese
Sour Cream, to serve
1 sm avocado, sliced
fresh coriander sprigs, to serve
tortillas, to serve (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 180C /160C fan forced. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. add the onion and cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes or until lightly golden. Add the tomatoes, capsicum, garlic and seasoning. cook, stirring, for 5 minutes, Stir in the kidney beans.
2. Transfer the mixture to a large roasting pan or baking dish. Make 6 indentations in the top using the back of a serving spoon. crack an egg into each hollow. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until the egg yolks are almost set.
3. Dollop with sour cream and top with sliced avocado. sprinkle with the coriander sprigs. serve with tortillas, if you like.
(For breakfast, make up the tomato mixture [step 1] up to a day ahead. Store covered, in the fridge. continue from Step 2.