Friday, 5 May 2017


Canadian Creek May 2017

I've been pottering around Canadian Creek, just near Poverty Point trying to match up the mining settlements on the nineteenth century survey maps with what is here now. This spot was full of people and their mining gear and huts 150 years ago.





The land has been mined and lived on and covered with rubbish and cleaned up and now replanted with local trees and shrubs. They are growing well, as you can see when I stand Mr Pip against the last one on the right of this photo.










Saturday, 18 March 2017

Custard tarts




This is the best custard tart in Ballarat, possibly in Victoria. Better than the Portuguese style in Journal cafe, better than Chinese Dan tarts. Rich, soft & flaky pastry. Sweet cool custard inside.
Plating Works makes these. They sell at the Lakeside Markets and in Wilsons - occasionally.







Custard tart, white nectarine, Queensland green tea. Perfect Autumn snack.





Saturday, 11 March 2017

Summer lushness



I walked down through Victoria Park to see the annual begonia display in the Botanical Gardens by Lake Wendouree.





The luxury of the cool green grass in the gardens, when all the city is parched this late end of summer, was wonderful.














The conservatory was already full of people who love begonias.







I participated too, in the happiness of masses of wildly fluorescent, frilly and fleshy-petalled begonias.























Once begonia flowers were modest, tough little rainforest plants like these.







Now here they are, in their humid glasshouse, safe from the dry, alien summer of Ballarat. A triumph  of a hundred years of gardening art.
















Saturday, 4 March 2017

Illuminations




Coming in to Ballarat for the White Night illuminations. 




In a minute the sun went down 




the lights came on.



A beautiful night










Saturday, 25 February 2017

Blood Plums



This is the last of the plums. We've had good crops of cherry plums, green-gold greengages, and blood plums this summer. Blood plums, the last to ripen, are my favourite of all plums.





Mr Pip looked so hopeful












I shared it with him








Friday, 24 February 2017

Lake walk late evening







Despite the dog's best efforts






This evening we got to the lake a little later than usual. 
It feels as if the summer is finally cooling down a little, gentler and autumnal.
















Friday, 17 February 2017

Birthday Banquet & phone



I have started to use a mobile phone. For the first time. With trepidation. But I need to be able to ring people and services - and to be rung in turn - if I make a long trip.
Today I finally worked out how to download pictures from the mobile phone. Early this month Yin and I went to Kambei restaurant and celebrated his birthday with a (modest) banquet.