Around the Park.
The first signs of Spring are beginning to appear all around Daylesford. Soon the blossoms will be prolific and the bright green new leaves will be very apparent on bushes and trees. However, the weather will still be rather chilly for a while longer so make sure that you rug up in warm clothing and shoes. If camping, make sure that you have plenty of warm bedding.
The council have been very busy cleaning up the track down to Dad’s Gully clearing it of all the cut trees and logs and levelling up of the ground. Grass seeds will be planted there to establish some good ground cover while the earth is soft and damp before the really warm weather arrives.
Building of the new camp kitchen will begin soon. It has taken a long long time to get planning permission from the council but finally it is all about to happen. The new camp kitchen will have cooking facilities and washing up facilities under cover for everyone to use.
Out and About in Daylesford
There are all sorts of things to do and places of interest to go to around Daylesford. The first place to check is the internet site www.visithehepburnshire.com.au On the left hand side you can “click” on “Upcoming events”and find out all the happenings around the town and the whole district including markets.
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 Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 4pm. 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 with like minded people in warmth and comfort on comfortable chairs and couches. The cook makes a cream sponge cake fresh every morning delicious with morning tea. Partners can sit in a wing backed chair in the bar area near a fire reading the daily paper whilst sipping a coffee or something a little stronger.
Maldon Wool Store. Located in the main street is a small cosy wool shop. Local ladies spin and dye locally grown wools and alpaca fleeces into beautiful skeins of fibre. 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 St, Ballan. ph 03 5368 2995. Your partner can be parked in the cafe next door to await your pleasure.
Warm Chicken and Bocconcini Salad
2 chicken breast fillets
1 1/2 Tbls olive oil
100g baby spinach leaves
220g tub Bocconcini cheese, drained and halved
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
1 large avocado, sliced
2 tbls balsamic vinegar
- Drizzle chicken with 2 teaspoons oil. Season with salt and pepper. Heat a chargrill pan over medium-high heat. Cook chicken for 5-6 minutes both sides or until browned and cooked through. transfer to a plate. Cover. Stand for 5 minutes. Thinly slice chicken.
- Place spinach in a bowl. Place vinegar and remaining oil in a screw top jar. Season with salt and pepper. Secure lid. Shake until well combined.
- Drizzle dressing over the salad. Toss gently to combine. Serve.