May at Jubilee Lake

In our Park this month.

Now the main holidays are over things are quietening down in the park. The leaves are turning glorious colours and dropping from the trees carpeting the ground and the weather is gradually turning cooler. However, the Queens Birthday long weekend is only a few short weeks away. Book now so you are not disappointed. If you are bringing your own van or tent remember to pack warm bedding and clothing. There are all sort of places to see and markets to attend around the district. You will have a great time exploring.

We are still waiting for council approval for our camp kitchen to be built. Hopefully it will be approved shortly so we can get it built, up and running. It will make cooking meals a great deal easier.

Maintenance of the park is carried out during the cooler months of the year when we have a chance to catch up on drain improvements, weeding and care of native plants, birds etc so that by the time Spring and the warmer weather arrives we are ready for the influx of eager campers.

In and Around the Daylesford Area

Daylesford Regional Information Visitor Information Centre can be found at the top of the town at 98 Vincent Street, Daylesford.   ph 1800 454 891  You are always welcome to drop in and collect brochures and information about what is on in the region during your visit.

More information can be obtained from     There is also further information at

For those who love to Craft

Bendigo Woollen Mills is only 74 kms from Daylesford.  for further details.

Tylden Junction Hotel contains a wool store, retro cafe where meals and coffee are obtainable and comfy chairs and couches are available to swoon on with your knitting or crochet near an open fire.   Open Wednesday to Sundays 9am- 4pm. 43 Trentham Rd, Tylden.

Millrose Quilting and Gallery. This place has to be seen to be believed, so big with so much to choose from at 92 Ingliss St, Ballan VIC 3342. Just down the road from Daylesford. 

Flourless Chocolate Brownies

This recipe is suitable for Diabetics and those on sugar free diets, it is also Gluten free. However, it is not suitable for those who have nut allergies. Each brownie is loaded with calories so eat sparingly and enjoy every bite. This recipe can also be made using sugar instead of Xylitol or Erythritol but it is then no longer suitable for diabetics or those on sugar free diets.

200g unsalted butter, softened

5 eggs, lightly beaten

100g dark 85% chocolate chopped

100g dark 85% chocolate melted and cooled

1 2/3 cups almond meal

1 cup xylitol, or,  1 1/4  cups Erythritol (

1/2 cup cocoa

200g dark chocolate 85%, chopped, extra

1/2 teas salt

For a decadent chocolate glaze that is over the top! (optional)

100ml pure cream

150gm dark chocolate 85%, roughly chopped

2 Tbls Sukrin Gold ( This is a brown sugar replacement.

25g unsalted butter


1. Preheat oven to 160C. Grease a 20 x 30cm lamington pan and line with Baking Paper.

2. Combine butter, beaten eggs, chopped chocolate, melted chocolate, almond meal, xylitol, cocoa and salt in a bowl. Mix well. Spread half the batter into a prepared pan, then press in the extra chocolate. Cover with remaining batter and smooth using a spatula.

3. Bake for 45 minutes or until the top is beginning to crack and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out with a few crumbs. Cool

4. For the optional chocolate glaze, place 100ml pure cream, 150g chopped dark chocolate 85%, Sukrin Gold and unsalted butter in a saucepan over low heat. stir occasionally, until chocolate has melted and glaze is smooth and glossy. Drizzle over brownies and serve.

Tip- Store unglazed, cut brownies wrapped in foil and plastic inside an airtight container in the freezer (xylitol and erythritol do not have the keeping properties of sugar).

April at Jubilee Lake

Around the Park

With such beautiful balmy sunny weather the park has been booked out, especially over Easter. Children had such fun hunting for eggs in a great environment. Fortunately that lovely weather looks like continuing for a while yet so head on up to Jubilee Lake and enjoy life in a bush setting while you can.

Building has started on our new camp kitchen but we are still waiting on the council planning application to be passed before we can continue. It was sad that the new kitchen was not up and running for the Easter break, but with a little bit of luck we hope it will be up and running for the warmer weather later this year.

The park and Daylesford in general are starting to glow with lovely warm autumn colours. The elms by the lake are looking beautiful wearing crowns of gold. It is such a delight to walk beneath the trees and scuff the masses of fallen leaves with your feet and hear their rustle. Memories of childhood come flooding back when you walk to the Matilda mineral spring at the end of our park.

Work will continue around the park as the weather cools. The council is planning to remove some troublesome trees and lower the level of the lake to repair some washed out foundations to ensure the park is totally safe for everyone and it is restored to its natural beauty as soon as possible.

Out and About in Daylesford

“Only a Jockey” – 100 trees, 1000 metres of fabric – A free event. March 24 – April 15. The old Trentham Racecourse, Golden Point road Trentham.   Only a jockey, a new installation project designed by Trentham resident and artist, Bern Barry. This free installation entails wrapping 100 trees in 1,000 metres of brightly coloured fabrics representing jockey silks.

“Paint Glenlyon” 2018   – Free event   March 31 – April 8th  Glenlyon Shire Hall, Malmsbury – Daylesford Road, Glenlyon. The exhibition runs from Saturday 31st until Sunday 8th of April from 10.00am to 4.00pm

Harvest Festival   April 7th @ 11.00am – 3.00pm    Lyonville Community Hall, Bremner Avenue, Lyonville.  The keen gardeners of Lyonville are at it again, producing the annual Lyonville harvest Festival which celebrates the gardens, produce and hard working gardeners of the local towns and hamlets of the Central highlands with delicious produce, flowers and preserves. There will be some great prizes and anyone from the region is welcome to bring alond their Autumn Harvest.

Woolshed – Farmers and Local Artisans Market – Daylesford  Every Sunday, 21a Raglan St, Daylesford.

African Drumming – Daylesford Library   April 10 @ 2.00pm – 3.00pm. The Daylesford library, cnr Albert and Bridport Streets, Daylesford. West African Master Percussionist Ousmane Sonko will lead a master class for school aged children – places strictly limited please book.

A Pleasant Sunday Afternoon at Newlyn  April 15th  St Matthews Church, Newlyn. Four Seasons of Fine Music Festival – 2018 – Concert for Bassoon, oboe and Harpsicord with members of sweet biscuit Ensemble. Starts at 3.00pm.

Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios – 2018  April 21 @ 10.00am – May 6th @ 5.00pm The Convent Gallery and Artist Studios, 7 Daly St, Daylesford.  We recommend that you begin your Open studios experience with a visit to the Group Exhibition in the convent Gallery. This exhibition showcases a work of each of the participating artists in a restored heritage building. Artwork will be available for purchase. $5.00 entry to The Convent. There are 25 artists working in 23 studios.

For those who love to Craft

For Knitting and Crochet lovers beautiful pure wools and other yarns are available in Bendigo at the Woollen Mills. Just simply a wonderland of colours and squishy heaven.

In Tylden at the Junction Hotel you can while away a relaxing few hours with your knitting or other fibre crafts sitting in the cafe sipping coffee, having a light meal and chatting with friends and strangers alike. They also have Pick up Stitches yarn shop under the one roof.

In Maldon at 32 Main Street Maldon there is a gorgeous little wool shop called The Wool Stash. well worth a visit as they stock locally spun and dyed wools and the town is just a beautiful place to visit.

Patchwork fabric galore can be found at the Mill Rose Cottage, 92 Inglis St, Ballan. This place is so big that it will take you quite a while to wander around, so leave your spouse / partner at the cafe next door while you brouse.

For the Children

Fairy Park – heaven for children of Primary School age and younger.  Just down the Ballan Road at Anakie. School Holiday delight.

Autumn Recipe

This recipe is very simple and suitable for both Diabetics 1 and 2, plus other people.

 Perfectly Poached Ginger Pears

8 green pears

2cm piece green ginger,

1 cinnamon quill optional

4 Tbls Sugar,    or for Diabetics 4 Tbls Xylitol or Erythritol,

a largish saucepan with a good fitting lid


Peel the 8 pears and cut in half lengthwise. Remove the core with a teaspoon or knife.

Spoon the pear halves around the inner edge of the saucepan then just cover with cold water.

Wash the piece of green ginger and slice thinly with a knife. Add the pieces of ginger to the water along with the sugar or Xylitol or Erythritol and or the cinnamon quill.

Place saucepan on the stove with a good fitting lid on the pot. Bring to the boil. As soon as it boils, turn off the heat but do not lift the lid of the saucepan. Just leave it alone to sit all night. In the morning you will have perfectly poached ginger flavoured pears in a light syrup. Place the saucepan contents into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill. Serve by themselves or with whipped cream and or ice cream. Diabetics must use sugar free ice cream and cream.


(Home Economist and Jubilee Lake Board Member)

March 2018 at Jubilee Lake

Around our Park this Month

During a high wind storm a few very large branches came down near the lake. No one was hurt and Tony and his two helpers had it all cleaned up, same day. There was no sign of any damage unless you knew where to look. I was amazed at the speed and efficiency with which this was done. Well Done.

Coming up in the park is the famous ‘Chill Out” weekend. We are fully booked out for this year and for Easter which is at the end of this month. If you wish to be a part of all these festivities next year, you must be quick to book early as it is a very popular place for camping. We have musical entertainment in the park each afternoon.

Just a gentle reminder for all our campers, this is a family park and therefore all noise is to cease by 11 pm. Dogs are welcome but must be on a lead at all times and owners must pick up their doggie’s doo doos in a plastic bag and dispose of the remains in the bins dotted around the park. Also, dogs are not to be taken into the kiosk, not even little cute white fluffy ones as food is prepared and sold on the premises. Health Inspectors can turn up at any time.

We were desperately hoping that our new camp kitchen would be up and running by the Labour Day weekend (Chill Out), but due to permit issues with council it has not come to pass. It should be completed though in the next few months.

Out and About in Daylesford

See last months entry for all the markets that will be operating in and around Daylesford over the Chillout weekend and Easter.

Ballarat Antique Fair March 10 – 12th

Trentham Easter Art & Craft Show, Thursday 29th March – Mon 2nd April.

24th Annual Bullarto Vintage Tractor Pull and Vehicle Display. Sunday 11th March. For further details ph: Len 5348 5555

Newstead Open Studios, March 10 – 12.

Arts Open – Meet the Makers – Castlemaine, March 10, 11, 12, 17 & 18th.

Chillout Festival, March 8 – 12.

Anderson’s Mill Festival – Smeaton, Sunday March 25th.

Lost Trades Fair – Kyneton Racecourse. Sat 10th & Sun 11th March, 2018, 10am – 4pm. No Dogs Allowed. Seniors concession available.

For Ladies and Gents who Craft.

Bendigo Woollen Mills, 4 Lansell St, Bendigo. Right behind the Tramways Museum. If you are after yarns for hand knitting, crochet or cones of wool for Machine Knitting, this is the place for you to go and visit. This paradise is 75 kms from Daylesford. They also sell needles and crochet hooks, patterns etc. People from all over the world visit here. There are always specials available.

Tylden Junction. Bar, Cafe and Knitting. This place is heavenly and open from Wednesdays to Sundays. This place contains a wool and yarn shop that has all manner of goodies to peruse (Pick up Stitches). Needles, crochet hooks, patterns, rooms of wool and yarns and knitted items. It contains a cafe where you can order coffee, tea and lunch. Everyday there is a fresh sponge cake filled with cream available. People are encouraged to drop in a stay as long as you desire. There are some beautiful areas with couches where you can sit and chat with like minded people and pursue your favourite craft. This heavenly place is situated between Trentham and Kyneton at 43 Trentham Rd, Tylden.

Maldon Wool Stash – In the historical township of Maldon is a small lovely wool store with a room out the back where you can sit and knit. This gorgeous little store sells Local Spun and Dyed Yarns. 32 Main Street, Maldon.

Patchwork. In Ballan at Millrose Quilting and Gallery you will find a huge range of patchwork fabrics and I mean huge. This place has to be seen to be believed. 92 Inglis St, Ballan. You can drop your husband off next door so they can have a coffee and snack while you browse the fabrics.

For The Children

Fairy Park – Anakie. Heaven for kids. Drive down the Ballan Rd, 2388 Ballan Rd, Anakie. This place has interactive fairytales dotted all over the hillside. There is also the Camelot playground where children just adore Merlin’s Castle and all the other adventures to be had there. Hot water available and barbecues galore. You can download costs, maps and directions from all points on the compass from their website.

Camping Recipe.

Spinach, Garlic and Fetta Dip

1 clove Garlic

150g baby Spinach Leaves

200g  Feta cheese, crumbled

1 cup light Sour Cream

1 teas Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon olive oil, for drizzling (optional)

Focaccia or Turkish Bread or dry biscuits to serve.


  1. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil. Add garlic and simmer for 1 minute. add spinach and blanch for 1 minute, until wilted. Drain and rinse under cold water. Remove garlic and finely chop. drain spinach again, squeezing out excess water. Roughly chop.
  2. Place spinach and garlic in a bowl with remaining ingredients. Mix well. Drizzle with oil, if using. Serve with fresh bread or dry biscuits.


Sugar Free or Diabetic Recipe Suitable for Types 1 & 2

Rhubarb Jelly

1 bunch fresh rhubarb

2 Tbls Erythritol or xylitol

1 Lemon, quartered

1/2 teas ground cinnamon

1 pkt Aeroplane Jelly Lite (Strawberry or Raspberry)

Whipped cream to serve, (optional)


  1. Wash rhubarb stalks in cold water. Remove any leaves and the base of each stalk. Chop into 2cm lengths and place into a saucepan with a tight fitting lid. Add the quartered lemon, Erythritol or xylitol, cinnamon and 1/2 cup cold water. Place lid on saucepan and bring to the boil. As soon as the rhubarb comes to the boil, turn off the heat but do not remove the lid. Just leave the saucepan to cool down for about 1 hour.
  2. Empty the contents of 1 packet of Jelly Lite into a heat proof bowl. Add 1 cup of boiling water only and stir until all signs of the gelatine have disappeared.
  3. Remove the lemon skins from the rhubarb and stir the fruit.
  4. Gently add all the stewed rhubarb to the jelly mix and stir well to combine all the ingredients. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for a couple of hours.
  5. Serve with Cream. Cream can be sweetened to taste with powdered (blitz in a processor or blender) Erythritol or Xylitol beforehand.


Pamela (Home Economist)

(Jubilee Lake Board Member)



February, 2018 Park News and Recipes

Jubilee Lake Park News

Happy New Year Everybody.

The park has been extremely busy since before Christmas last year. Once the weather warms up people just love to go camping and exploring new environments. The Australia Day weekend was very popular. The next long weekend will be the Labour Day weekend in March and the park will fill up very quickly. Ring up and book your spot quickly as they are nearly all gone.

Schools have returned and so those who like to camp quietly during the week can now do so. Many like to catch trout in the lake, walk around the lake edge or just set up an artists easel to paint and sketch some of the many beautiful views. Photography is also an extremely popular pastime.

If you enjoy hand crafts the Bendigo Woollen Mill is only 75km away, Mill Rose Cottage in Benalla has an enormous range of patchwork fabrics, Pick up Stitches a wool and yarn shop, is situated in the Tylden Junction pub. You can turn up at the pub and sit and knit or crochet in the cafe with others  enjoying a coffee and lunch as well as perusing the wool and other yarns in their shop. The chef makes a delicious home made cream sponge cake every morning. There is a lovely outdoor covered area where you can sit and craft or just chat. Gentlemen can sit in the bar area in an arm chair and read the daily news if they wish.

Around About In Daylesford.


1st Saturday of the month: Daylesford Farmers Market, Vincent St from 9am-1pm

2nd Sunday of the Month: Clunes Farmers Market, Fraser St from 9am – 2pm

3rd Saturday of the Month: Creswick Market, from 9am – 2pm and Trentham Farmers and Maker’s Market, High St from 9am – 1pm

Every Sunday morning from 8am – 1.30pm, at the old Daylesford Railway Station. Buy a ticket and a train ride can also be had to Musk.

Fabric, Threads and Stories Exhibition at the Daylesford Museum on Sat 3rd & Sun 4th Feb from 10.30am – 4.30pm.

Gardens of Glenlyon – 5 veggie gardens open for the public. Saturday 10th Feb from 10am – 4pm. Tickets and info from Glenlyon Hall.

Music by the Springs: A celebration of chamber music bring together 13 of Australia’s finest musicians to perform 6 concerts, 9th – 11th Feb at Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel Hepburn Springs. www.musicbythe

Four Seasons Fine Music Festival: High Summer concerts at St Johns Anglican Church, Creswick. Sat 17th & Sun 18th Feb. Tickets from Creswick Visitor Information Centre.

Watercolour Workshop @ Lavandula. Facilitated by Lyn Buddenbaum, take home 2 paintings. BYO materials or buy a kit. Lunch included. $110 per person. Ph: 0408 301 338. Bookings Essential.

Maldon Antique & Collectables Fair, Maldon Football Ground. Sat 17th & Sun 18th from 8am – 5pm.

For the Children

“Fairy Park”. Primary school and younger kids just love this place. Drive down the Ballan Rd to Anakie. A brilliant day out.

Camping Recipe

Smoked Chicken Waldorf Salad(Serves 4)

This is a quick all in one salad and meal.

2 smoked chichen breasts

4 – 5 Lebanese cucumbers

5 sticks Celery

3 – 4 Apples, (Royal Gala or Pink Lady)

1/2 cup roughly chopped Walnuts

2 -3 heaped Tablespoons of Mayonnaise.


Wash and chop up all the vegetables into bite size pieces and place them into a large bowl. Add the chopped walnuts and the chopped smoked chicken breasts. Add the mayonnaise and combine all the ingredients together well. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill in fridge. Leftovers keep well in the fridge.

Sugar Free  and  Diabetic recipe suitable for Types 1 and 2.

Baked Chinese Chicken Wings.


2 Tablespoons Dry sherry

2 Tablespoons Hoisin Sauce

2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce

2 Tablespoons, sugar free Maple Flavoured Syrup (Queen)

1 teas Chinese 5 Spice Powder

2 teaspoons crushed and chopped Garlic

1/8 teaspoon chilli powder or cayenne powder (optional)

2 Kg Chicken Wings.


Mix all the marinade ingredients together in a large bowl. Remove tips of chicken wings and discard. Separate the remaining two wing pieces at the joint and place them into the marinade. When all the chicken wings have been prepared, mix them well to coat in the marinade. Cover the bowl with plastic  wrap and place in the fridge overnight so flavours can develop. If time does not permit they are still tasty if marinaded for 1 hour in the fridge.

Heat oven to 180C. Line a large baking tray with Baking paper. Tip all the chicken wings and the marinade onto the baking tray, spread out a little. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove tray from the oven and turn over each piece of chicken wing and bake for a further 30 minutes. Remove tray and cool slightly before serving. Leftovers can be stored overnight under plastic wrap in the fridge and are delicious the next day.

Pamela (Home Economist)

Board Member of Jubilee Lake Co-op.

Summer Recipes

Camp Recipe
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
1 egg.
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)
(Board Member)

December and January at Jubilee lake

December and January at Jubilee Lake
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.
December –
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.
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.
Kingston Show – Sunday Dec 3rd from 10am-5pm, Kingston Showgrounds
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.
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;//
Lavandula Harvest Festival – Sunday 7th January from 10am – 5pm. Lavender Farm.
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.
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.

October at Jubilee Lake

In the Park this month

The old amenities block has been completely refurbished and is looking great.

Approval is still being sort from council to begin work on the new camp kitchen.

The park has been receiving a great many bookings now that the weather is warming up.

There are plenty of fish in Lake Jubilee. What a wonderful time of year to fish quietly now that schools are returning to normal and the park is bathed in sunshine with plenty of peace and quiet.

The lovely new delicate bright green leaves are beginning to appear on all the deciduous trees in the park. The avenue of Elm trees leading to our natural Matilda’s spring is a delightful walk under the new growth.

Our oldest male peacock “Andrew Peacock” has sadly passed away last month. We have bestowed the name on to one of the younger males so the name will live on proudly in our park.

Out and about In Daylesford 

Farm and Cidery Day Out, Friday 6th October at Daylesford cider. Tickets online: A great place to drop in for a drink anytime.

Artober, 1st Oct to mid November. Various venues across the region. Check website for more information

Swiss and Italian Fiesta, 18-22 October. There will be various venues across the district

La Primavera, Lavandula. Swiss Italian Farm, Sunday 22nd October

Flinders Quartet, Sunday 8th October at Town hall, Daylesford. Tickets

Clunes Ceramic Award, 30th Sept to 15th October at Arts Centre Studio, 22 Frazer St, Clunes (

Creswick, Garden lovers Weekend, Sat/Sunday 11 & 12 November,  Various venues across Creswick

Quick Camping Recipe

This is a quick and nourishing soup for cool nights. Serves 4.

Corn Chower Soup

2 rashers bacon, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped

1/2  green capsicum, diced

1 cup diced potato,

3 shakes cayenne pepper

2 cups water (I use the corn water drained from the can of corn kernels for part of this)

2 Tbls plain flour or potato starch

2 cups milk

400g can whole corn kernels , drained

chopped parsley to garnish


  1. Lightly fry the bacon, onion, celery and capsicum. Do not brown.

       2. Add potato, cook 1 minute.

       3. Add cayenne and water. cover and simmer for 10 mins.

       4. Blend flour or starch with 1/4 cup of the milk till smooth. Add remaining milk to the vegetables.

       5. Add blended flour, stir until boiling and cook 3 minutes.

       6. Add corn, and chopped parsley. Check for seasoning to taste. Adjust the consistency to a thick

           soup, use a little cream if necessary.

        7. Serve

Diabetic Recipe suitable for Types 1 &2 Diabetes and for those on a Sugar Free Diet.

I hope that you have all made some jars of sugar free jam for this recipe. (details last month)

Coconut and Jam Slice

Base – 2 cups Almond meal (220gm)

            100gm Butter, chopped

           2 Eggs

           1/4 cup Coconut Flour

            1 teas Vanilla Essence

Topping – 1/2 – 3/4 cup sugar free Jam, (your choice, see last months diabetic recipe details)

                   2 Eggs

                   2 cups desiccated coconut (100gm)

                   1/2 cup Xylitol, or 3/4 cup Erythritol

                   1 teas vanilla essence


  1. Preheat oven to 180C and line a slice tin with  Baking paper (25.5L x 15.5W x 3.5D)
  2. add chopped butter to bowl and melt in microwave approx 1 min.
  3. Add remainder of the base ingredients and mix together.
  4. Press the dough evenly into the slice tin. Prick with a fork.
  5. Bake 15 mins until golden brown. remove from oven.
  6. Spread the sugar free jam all over the cooked base.
  7. Add the eggs, desiccated coconut, xylitol and vanilla essence to a bowl and mix well together.
  8. Sprinkle the topping over the jammy base evenly. (Do not press down)
  9. Bake the whole slice for a further 25 minutes.
  10. Cool in tin.
  11. When cool cut into approx 20 squares.
  12. Store in a plastic container or ziploc bags in the freezer. (Xylitol and Erythritol do not have the same preservative powers that sugar has). The squares will thaw out quickly. Enjoy.

Pamela (Home Economist)

(Jubilee Lake Cooperative Board Member)

September at Jubilee Lake.

Park News

Ongoing maintenance has been underway in the park for the last few months. The old toilet block and laundry is one of the main jobs being undertaken to bring them up to a more contemporary standard.  The work is time consuming with rain and the cold taking its toll on many people. It has snowed in the park already this year and word is that there will be more falling from the skies on Monday 4th Sept. If you are planning on coming to the park we’d advise you to rug up well.

Many people have rung to book a site or cabin for the Cup Weekend. We are nearly full up to pussy’s bow! There are only some unpowered sites left. Be quick to secure your 4 or 5 days of bliss in the park. The weather should be a little milder by then hopefully.

Out and About in Daylesford. 

There are heaps of things to do in and around Daylesford.

If you scroll down this page to last month, August, you will find a complete list of all the markets in and around the local towns. If the weather is inclement, I’d suggest you go and have a look at the Mill Market as it is undercover. Good fun at any time of the year, but in winter they have a wood fired heater in the cafe which is very cosy and a great place to grab a coffee and some lunch.

For the more adventurous there are many bush walks and bike rides that can be done in and around the Daylesford area. For maps and other information pop into the Daylesford Tourist Information centre.

Many Mineral Springs are located in Daylesford and the Hepburn Spring areas, each one tastes a little different as the composition of the minerals varies. The Mineral Springs water is also famous for its therapeutic benefits, for helping to ease pain and other ailments. Learn more about how the mineral springs were discovered, developed and where they are so you too can come and collect some to take home or partake of on site.

There are Vineyards and much Farm Gate Produce available around the towns and other local areas. Discover where there are farms proudly selling their home grown produce, some of it is also organic. Signs are proudly displayed at the farm gates if they are open for business. You will find many items of interest for sale including bags of pine cones, bags of potatoes, honey, citrus fruit, fresh flowers, potted plants, and bags of animal manure. Quite often they work on the honour system and there is a tin to put the payment in. Many country children collect and bag the produce for sale so they can earn some pocket money.

Picnics spots and fishing spots abound around Daylesford. Brown and Rainbow trout plus some Redfin are the most caught fish.

Daylesford Botanic Gardens on top of Wombat Hill are lovely to walk through at any time of the year. There is a cafe situated in the gardens and refreshments and meals can be had. For the energetic there is also a lookout tower with many steps to the top affording a fabulous view over the whole surrounding countryside.

For Ladies and Men who love Crafts.

Scroll down the page to last months notes regarding Bendigo Woollen Mills  74 kms from Daylesford. Tylden Junction Hotel at Tylden, The Haberdashery at 6 Howe St, Daylesford and at Ballan the Millrose Quilting and Gallery at 96 Inglis Street, Ballan.

For The Children

‘Fairy Park’ is just down the Ballan road on the way towards Geelong. This place is Paradise for children with the Camelot Playground and many interactive fairy tales to look at and participate with. There are shelters, hot water and barbecues available. Recommended for those who are young at heart and under 12 years of age. Look for the giant at the entrance gate.

Daylesford Play Cafe. Open 7 days a week, 9.30am – 5pm. Fee structure, under 1yr are free, Children over 1yr $8.00. After School Entry 3.30pm-5pm $5.00. A ten pass card $65.00. 8/37-39 East Street, Daylesford, 03 5348 1537


Camping Recipe

Spinach and Fetta Damper

Plain Flour to dust

450g (3 cups) S R Flour

100g butter chopped,

200g Feta, crumbled

70gm (1 cup) Shredded Parmesan

60g baby spinach leaves, coarsely chopped,

160ml (2/3 cup)milk

1 egg, lightly whisked

1 1/2 Tbls shredded Parmesan, extra


1. Preheat oven to 200C. Dust a baking tray with plain flour or line it with baking paper.

2. Place the SR Flour and chopped butter into a bowl. Using your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, or blitz in a food processor.  Stir in the feta, parmesan and spinach.

3. Add the milk and egg to the flour mixture. Stir until well combined.

4. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Use your hands to bring the dough together. Knead for 1-2 minutes or until smooth. Shape dough into a 20cm disk. Place on the prepared tray. Use a sharp knife dipped in flour to score the top into 8 wedges. Top with the extra parmesan cheese.

5. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the base. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly.

Diabetic Recipe for Types 1 and 2, or those on a sugar free diet.

I have searched High and Low for suitable diabetic jams, marmalades and jelly’s without success. I knew that sugar free peanut butter and other nut butters were available as well as good old vegemite. But I longed for fruity flavours without spiking GI levels. Then, I remembered an odd little aside that my lecturer said over 40 years ago which was,’Pectin requires the presence of heat, sugar and acid to form a gel but pectin will also form a gel with calcium, acid and heat. I set about researching that information. I was amazed at how many different types of calcium there are.  Its true though! I discovered an American company that makes a product that we can purchase right here in Australia. Its called ‘Pomona’s Pectin’. You can make sugar free jams, marmalades and jellies. Go to and put ‘Pomona Pectin‘ into the search bar. It comes in a 1 oz pack which makes approx. 176 x 250ml jars of jam, 8 oz pack makes approx. 352 x 250ml jars of jam, 16 oz pack will make approx. 352 x 250ml jars jam and finally 32 oz pack will make approx. 704 x 250ml jars of jam. You will receive two packs, one of pectin and a smaller package of calcium. A leaflet comes with the powders that explains how to use the calcium by mixing 1/2 teaspoon into 1/2 cup water. This leaflet is a goldmine of information and recipes. You can make jams with xylitol, stevia, erythritol etc or combinations of those sweeteners or no sweeteners at all. Since purchasing the kit I have made heaps of jams, Kiwi and Lime, Seville Orange Marmalade, Mandarin marmalade, Quince jam and Blueberry and Lavender jam. It’s so easy.

I’ll be making Raspberry and Rose this week. I’ve given jars of jam away. It is so yummy. The jams will keep for 1 year and once opened they must be refrigerated and used within 3 weeks. I have used mandarin marmalade in a salad dressing, yummy. I had some in a glass dissolved with mineral water, also yummy. Jams are also good mixed with water and frozen as ‘jamcicles’. The American website for this product’ has heaps more jam recipes. I’d also recommend a book called ‘Preserving with Pomonas Pectin’. This is available from Green Living in Queensland and is written by an avid user of the pectin, Allison Carroll Duffy. My book already has lots of notes added to the recipes I’ve made.

Next months recipe is a Jam Coconut Slice that is suitable for types 1 and 2 Diabetes. So, start making some sugar free jams, conserves, jellies and marmalades.

Xylitol, erythritol and stevia blends are available from and xylitol from

Pamela (Home Economist)

(Jubilee Lake Board Member)



Easy Peasy Camp Recipe

Chicken Killara (Serves 4)

4 pieces chicken

2 tbls Butter or olive oil

2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped

1 can mushroom soup

(extras if desired, 2 rashers bacon, chopped;  1 carrot, sliced and fresh mushrooms. Asparagus in spring)


Heat oven to 180C. You can fry the chicken in the butter or olive oil to brown beforehand or not. Your choice. Place chicken and other ingredients into casserole dish. Bake for 1 – 1 1/4 hours. This can also be slow cooked or cooked in a pressure cooker. Serve with mashed potato and greens of choice.

Diabetic Recipe (T2)  or  for those on a Sugar Free Diet.

Rock Cakes

2 cups wholemeal S.R. Flour

1/2 teas mixed spice or cinnamon

100g Butter, chopped

1/3 cup Xylitol*

2 Tbls of Currants (less fructose than sultanas)

1 Tbls mixed peel or chopped Walnuts

1 Egg

1/2 cup Lactose free milk, or almond milk


Heat oven to 200C. Line a Baking Sheet with Baking Paper. Into a food processor place the flour, spice, chopped butter and the Xylitol*. Blitz. If you don’t have a food processor, rub the butter into the flour, spice and xylitol using your fingertips until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Place dry mixture into a bowl, add the currants and peel or walnuts. Mix the milk and egg together and pour into the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Place 14 spoonfuls of mixture onto the baking sheet. Bake until golden brown 10 – 15 minutes. Cool on a cake cooler.


*Xylitol has a low GI of 7.  It has no aftertaste and is used in cooking cup for cup like sugar. You would not pick the difference between sugar and xylitol in food. Read all about it on the following websites.

Available from   or

Just because it does not raise blood sugar levels does not mean that you can eat far too much. One piece of cake is delightful with a cuppa. Freeze the cakes in labelled ziploc bags or a suitable container as Xylitol does not have the keeping properties of sugar. They thaw out quickly, just remove a piece 15 minutes before it is required.

Xylitol is perfectly healthy for humans but deadly poisonous to dogs just like chocolate and grapes. Do not feed sweet treats to your pets as they can’t tell you when they have a toothache.


(Board Member)

Easy Peasy Camp Recipe

 Cottage  or Shepherds Pie (Seves 6)

1 kg Minced Beef  or  1 kg Minced Lamb

250g jar of Rosella Fruit Chutney

1 onion, chopped finely

1 cup frozen peas

1 carrot, grated

6 – 7 Potatoes

1 cup grated tasty cheese (optional)


Heat oven to 180C.

Peel and boil the potatoes until tender or microwave till tender. Mash with some added pepper and salt and a small amount of milk. Add grated Tasty cheese if desired and mix through the potatoes.

In a large bowl mix together the minced meat of choice, onion, fruit chutney, frozen peas and grated carrot together until well mixed. Press mixture into a baking or pie tin.

Dob the mashed potatoes over the top of the mince mix until it can be spread out evenly. Mark lines with a fork.

Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 45mins – 1 hour or until cooked through.


Diabetic Recipe (T2) or for those on a Sugar Free Diet.

Banana Bread

225g (1 1/2 cups) Wholemeal Plain Flour

4 teas Baking powder

1/2 cup Xylitol* or 3/4 cup Erythritol*

1 1/2 teas ground cinnamon

125g (1/2 cup) butter, chopped

2 large or 3 small well ripened bananas, mashed

1/3 cup sultanas

1/3 cup currants

2 Eggs, beaten

1 Tbls sugar free Maple Flavoured Syrup (Queen brand)


Pre heat oven 180C. Line a loaf tin 23cm x 13cm x 7cm with Baking Paper.

Into a food processor add the flour, baking powder, xylitol (or erythritol), cinnamon and chopped butter. Blitz until well incorporated, or, rub the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles breadcrumbs.

In a separate bowl mash the well ripened bananas. Mix in the eggs, maple flavoured syrup and the dried fruit.

Mix the dry flour mixture into the mashed banana mixture until well blended.

Spoon mixture into the lined loaf tin. Bake for approx. 45 minutes. Test with a skewer in the centre. If it comes out clean, remove the loaf tin from the oven and allow the banana bread to cool in the tin. Cut bread into slices and freeze until required in a ziploc bag or container. Serve each slice buttered.


*Xylitol and Erythritol can be purchased from   Xylitol is as sweet as sugar with no nasty aftertaste and can be used cup for cup like sugar. Erythritol is 75% as sweet as sugar so if a recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar you would need to add 1 1/4 cups erythritol to obtain the same sweetness.

Xylitol can also be purchased from

Please Note. Xylitol is harmless to humans but poisonous for dogs. Do not let your pets eat any dropped crumbs. You should not feed anything sweet to your pets as they can’t tell you when they have a toothache.

Pamela (Home Economist)

(Jubilee Lake Board Member)


Easy Peasy Camping Recipe

Frankfurters in Damper

Transforms damper in to a bush hot dog.

2 cups SR flour

30g butter, chopped

3/4 c Buttermilk

6 Frankfurters

1 egg, lightly beaten

Tomato sauce to serve.

6 paddle pop sticks (to aid holding hot frankfurters)


  1. Sift flour into a bowl. Using fingertips, rub butter into flour until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Make a well in the centre. Add buttermilk. Using a flat bladed knife, stir until mixture forms a soft dough, adding more buttermilk if necessary. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently until smooth (don’t over knead).
  2. Divide dough into 6 equal portions. Roll 1 portion out to 10cm x 16cm rectangle. Push 1 paddle pop stick into the end of each frankfurt. Place frankfurt in the centre of the dough. Roll up dough to enclose frankfurt. Repeat with remaining dough, paddle pop sticks and frankfurts.
  3. Place a large greased cast iron pot or pan over fairly high heat. Brush dough with the beaten egg. Carefully place in pot. Cover with a lid. Reduce heat to low. Cook, turning occasionally for 15 minutes or until golden all over. Carefully remove from pot. Serve with tomato sauce.


Diabetic Recipe (T2) or for Sugar Free Diets

Coconut and Clementine Slice

Base – 130g unsalted butter, softened

1/4 cup powdered xylitol or erythritol (can be done in a food processor or blender with a very low                blade)

1  cup wholemeal plain flour

Topping – 4 Eggs

1/3 cup wholemeal plain flour

juice of 1 orange

juice of 1 lemon

3/4 c xylitol (or erythritol, or Natvia Stevia Baking Mix.), powdered

1 cup desiccated coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line a slice tin approx 27cm x 17.5cm with Baking Paper.
  2. Place flour, butter and xyltiol powder into a food processor. Blitz.
  3. Press mixture into the base of the slice tin. Bake for 15 mins until lightly golden brown.
  4. Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk together remaining 1/3 cup flour, eggs, juice of orange and lemon, desiccated coconut and 3/4c xylitol powder.
  5. Pour mixture evenly over prepared base. Bake for 25  – 35 minutes or until lightly browned and firm. Cool in pan before cutting into 18 squares.
  6. Store in a container in the freezer. (Xylitol, Erythritol, Natvia etc do not have the keeping properties of sugar).

Never ever feed food containing Xylitol to dogs as it is poisonous to them. You should not be feeding pets any sweet food as they cannot tell you when they have a tooth ache.

Xylitol, Erithritol and Stevia Blends can be obtained from

Xylitol can also be obtained from   Both sites will give you information about the products and recipe books can be obtained.

Xylitol has a GI of 7     Sugar has a GI of 65


(Home Economist and Jubilee Lake Board Member)





August at Jubilee Lake

Park News

The Old Toilet Block will be closed this month for a much needed refurbishment. The newer toilet block will be operational during this time.

Other works will be taking place in and around the park while the weather is cool such as general maintenance, drainage, landscaping, trimmings and plantings.


Daylesford and Surrounding areas.

Words in Winter Writers Festival from 4th – 13th August

Various events across the Hepburn Shire. See website or program for more info


Zoe Knighton performs ‘Bach’ 6 Cello Suites – Sunday 13th August from 1.30pm

At Hill House: 290 Pearsons Rd, East Trentham

Tickets: $35/30. Students $20, Child (10-15) $15


Central Victoria’s Mud Trail

Australian Ceramics Open Studios: 19th & 20th August

6 ceramic studios open for public visits 10am – 4pm each day.

Map available from the Daylesford Visitors Centre.


The Other Side Of Lost – Unanswered questions about the Three Lost Children

A Talk by Yvonne Fix: 5th August

Daylesford Library at 12 noon.


Markets in and around Daylesford.

Sunday Market Historic Railway Station Raglan St, Daylesford, 8am to 3pm

First Saturday,

Daylesford Farmers Market. Daylesford Primary School Vincent St, 9am – 1.30pm

Trentham Neighbourhood Centre Makers Market High St, Trentham 10am – 1.30pm

Second Saturday,

 Clunes Farmers Market, Collins Place & Fraser St 9am to 2pm

Third Saturday-

Creswick Market, Victoria St, Creswick 9am to 2pm

Glenlyon Village Market, Glenlyon Hall, Daylesford Malmsbury Rd, 9am to 12pm

Trentham Farmers Market, Trentham Town Square 9am to 1pm

Creswick Bazaar- Creswick Railway Workshops 9am to 3pm

Leonards Hill Market- Leonards Hill Hall Daylesford, Ballan Rd 9am to 2pm

Third Sunday

Creswick Bazaar, same details as about.

Fourth and Fifth Sunday

Trentham Station Market Victoria St, Trentham 8.30am – 2.30pm


For those who love Crafts

Bendigo Woollen Mills are located in Bendigo, 74 kms from Daylesford. Easy to find, just drive to Bendigo following the road signs, then follow the tram lines through the township until they turn right to go to the Tramways Museum. The woollen mills are right behind the Tram Museum. After you have purchased your wool supplies you can have a coffee in the Tramways Museum.

Tylden Junction Hotel, Drop in with your Knitting or Crochet and sit down on the couch or armchairs, have a coffee or lunch at the cafe and chat to other like minded people. They have a home made sponge cake filled with cream every day. Husbands are catered for in the bar area with armchairs near the heater where they can sit and read the daily paper. There is a wool shop there as well thats a wonder to behold.

The Haberdashery, 6 Howe Street, Daylesford, Victoria. This store is like stepping back in time and a delight to enter and look around.  Sells sewing supplies, fabric and yarns.

Ballan, Millrose Quilting and Gallery – Their fabrics include Liberty of London, Kaffe Fassett, William Morris and reproduction fabrics as well as Japanese linens and cottons. Threads of all types, patterns, braids, books a plenty, ric racs, ribbons and knitting wools. Classes are held throughout the year with many talented and inspirational teachers. They also have a restaurant and a retreat.

92 Inglis St, Ballan Vic 3342, phone (03) 5368 2995


For The Children

Anakie, just down the Ballan Road on the way to Geelong is a Children’s Paradise. It is Called “Fairy Park”. This park is open later this month and has displays of many many fairytales. Most are interactive. They have a kiosk, hot water, shelters and barbecue areas. The Camelot Playground is a child’s dream come true. It can also be reached from Melbourne via Werribee and it is well sign posted. Allow a whole day for this adventure.  On the web site you will find more details, costs and calenders showing when it is open. Your children will want to go again and again.