Archive for November, 2016

Serenity, Newstead
November 27, 2016

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The Castlemaine and District Festival of Gardens was a very busy week. During the week, I visited two open gardens in Newstead – Lacey’s which I posted a few weeks ago and Serenity.

Serenity is right in the heart of the township. It presents a modest frontage, but there is more to Serenity than initially meets the eye. The property extends way back behind the house. As we stood in the back yard, one local remarked she had walked past the property many times and had no idea how big it actually is.

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The garden is heavily planted with members of the daisy clan – reliable performers in Newstead’s tough climate.

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I admired the effect of blue, white and green in this planting.

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I don’t often see foxgloves. There was quite a show in this garden.

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The owners clearly like lots of colour in their garden.

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The owners have added decorative elements to add interest.

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They clearly want to sit and enjoy the garden.

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This garden retreat at the rear of the property is still a work in progress. The interior is not quite finished but the verandah is a joy to behold. It is so inviting.

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Malmsbury Village Fayre 2016
November 20, 2016

Today, Sunday the 20th of November, I went to the Malmsbury Village Fayre for the first time. The numbers of people attending the Fayre swelled the population of this small township.

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Motor vehicles lined the roads in all directions.

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The Fayre is held in the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens and adjoining town hall.

 

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The geese listened appreciatively to ……

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…….. the singing of the Yiddish Choir who had travelled from Footscray, a Western suburb of Melbourne and………

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……..the playing of the Gypsy band.

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Fayre goers who were feeling peckish started lining up at the stall selling Halal food …….

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……… whilst the belly dancers swung into action.

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Members of the Malmsbury CFA (Country Fire Authority) were busy feeding people the traditional sausage in bread.

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No Fayre would be complete without instruction in how to load and fire a musket or ……….

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……… a demonstration of medieval sword fighting.

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Green Monster
November 13, 2016

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The Castlemaine branch of the Country Women’s Association receives donations of knitted squares which the members make up into rugs which in turn are donated to an organisation in Bendigo which supports women and children escaping domestic violence.

I decided to make a toy using two of the donated squares and adding limbs and features to create this friendly monster. Whilst they are fiddly to make, I wanted the monster to have hands with fingers. I obtained the pattern via a link on another blog.

I had a lot of fun making this toy and I hope there is a child who will enjoy playing with it.

Lacey’s, Newstead
November 3, 2016

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The Castlemaine and District 14th Biennial Festival of Gardens is being held this week and I’ve been overdosing on flowers. Lacey’s in Newstead which I visited on Sunday, the 30th of October, was a feast of blooms due to the good rains we have enjoyed this year.

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Iris were definitely the stars of the show.

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There is much to amuse and delight in this garden. Jennifer Lacey is a creative spirit and the garden reflects this.

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I was very impressed with the collection of objects used to decorate the water tank.

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Barry Lacey teaches Tai Chi and the garden reflects his interest in the orient including bonsai.

 

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Many roses are still in bud due to cooler temperatures this spring. However, some were happily blooming on Sunday.

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Some people might regard this poultry flock as ideal – no need to feed or protect from predators. The down side is – no eggs.