The Meeniyan Store. Beautiful Gippsland Cafe and Store.

The Meeniyan Store

The Meeniyan StoreGet in your car and head South East and take in the infinite charm of life in South Gippsland. More specifically you might like to head to Meeniyan, setting for the ABC TV drama “Bed of Roses” and home to Victoria’s only Garlic Festival.

Meeniyan punches well above its weight in terms of great foodie spots with options for discerning diners including Moos at Meeniyan, Pandesal Bakery, the beautiful Trulli Pizzeria and of course, The Meeniyan Store.

The Meeniyan Store was opened by Kirsten Jones and her daughter Felicity 2 years ago with the idea of being a one-stop shop for sourcing local Gippsland food and produce. They now stock produce from more than 50 local farms and they help host the annual Garlic Festival.The Meeniyan Storeproduce from The Meeniyan Store

Visit for coffee, tea and something sweet. While you are there you are bound to want to have a wander through their kitchen garden and maybe even say hello to their bunnies. Before you leave you will want to pick up some Gippsland produce. When we visited the produce available included local tomatoes, chillis, potatoes and pears. There was also a selection local wine and Gin, meats and cheeses and beautiful bread from Thorpdale Bakery. Kitchen garden at The Meeniyan Store There is also a small menu of hot food available featuring beautiful pies from Thorpdale Bakery and seasonal sandwiches.lunch at The Meeniyan Store

Locals seem to stop in for supplies of bread, fruit and vegetables. I could not resist the locally made soaps from Barany Naturals and Rose bath salts from the South Gippsland Trading Company.

Why not make a weekend of it and stay somewhere local. Nearby attractions include The Great Southern Rail Trail, Wilsons Prom, the local art gallery and the delightful Loch Village with its popular Gin Company.

Visit for friendly service and local produce, in a beautiful location.

craft at The Meeniyan Store

The Meeniyan Store

Address: 106 Whitelaw St, Meeniyan VIC 3956
Hours:
Tuesday -Saturday 10am–5pm
Sunday 10am–4pm
Monday Closed

Happy Eating

Dani xx

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Middle Eastern Restaurant Souk Opens in Melbourne

This week saw the opening of an exciting new restaurant in Bligh Place, just off Flinders Lane, serving fresh, modern flavours from North Africa, Anatolia and the Middle East. 

Eat My Street was invited along on behalf of the Australian Good Food and Travel Guide, for the opening night. On arrival we were greeted with the “Omar Sharif” cocktail. Pink fairy floss and rose petals atop an elixir of gin, citrus mastic. orgeat and rose water. This delicious and gorgeous drink set the tone for the dinner ahead. There are four other Arabian style cocktails to chose from, including “Aladdin’s Mistress” with Moroccan green iced tea, crushed cardamom pods, rum and mint.

The venue was recently redeveloped by Ergun Elmas (of Elsternwick’s Arabesque) and business partner Vlad Kovacevic and it spans two levels of neon pink and grey gorgeousness offset with striking artwork. Head Chef Rogelio Almanza, comes to Souk via Mexico, America and Japan and seems to have a deft hand when it comes to bringing a little extra kick and sizzle to the flavours on the plate.

To the food. Prawn falafel with smoked black tahini and chipotle hummus with burnt butter and paprika were the opening gambits. Both dishes delivered a fresh take on classic, much loved dishes. I enjoyed the extra dimension that the chipotle and burnt butter brought to the hummus and the prawn falafel had a great depth and intricacy of flavour.

The Kuwaiti Fried Chicken (KFC) was another highlight that packed a big punch of flavour. These little crunchy chicken ribs were fried in harissa and paprika breadcrumbs and I  could have eaten a lot more.

The Turkish Tabouleh with sumac, mint cucumber, mild chillies and roasted pine nuts provided a fresh and zesty interlude for our palates and demonstrates a thoughtful approach to menu design.

Next up was the perfectly tender charcoal octopus which was served with muhammara sauce and roasted potato.

The Chicken and Apricot Kofta continued the theme of giant flavours in small sizes, and it was served on a roasted lemongrass stick that permeated the juicy meatball perfectly.

Dessert was a slow cooked black tapioca pearls in sweet turkish coffee cream.  This dish offered a perfect balance of sweet and bitter, crunch and cream. The  slippery luxuriousness of the tapioca balls were brought to life with the clean, crispness of the coffee. The crowning jewell of berries added the perfect burst of fresh sweetness and deep friend tapioca added crunch. I liked this dessert very much.

Visit Souk for the excellent food that is full of exciting flavours , the modish setting, great service and of course, cocktails to remember.

Happy Eating.

Dani xx

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Brandied Caramel Apple Recipe

Brandied Caramel Apple Recipe

This gorgeous Brandied Caramel Apple Recipe comes courtesy of a much treasured hand written note passed down from my mother-in-law to her son on the event of his departure from home as a young man.

She sent him out in to the world equipped and ready to look after himself. So impressive I think.

I don’t think I could fall for a man that could not cook. There is something peculiar about an adult who cannot master such a basic and essential skill. Because really, we can all cook if we try. Right?

I love a simple dessert recipe and this one is oh so old fashioned. Leave out the brandy if you must. You can serve these apples with ice-cream or cream or even atop a pile of pancakes. I have long had it in my mind to drape them over a cake of some sort. I quite fancy that idea.

Brandied Caramel Apple Recipe

Brandied Caramel Apples
 
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Cuisine: Vintage Australian
Ingredients
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • 60g of butter
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • a pinch of mixed spice
  • 2 tablespoons of brandy
  • 4 large granny smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced.
Instructions
  1. In a clean frying pan melt together the brown sugar and butter over low heat.
  2. Once it is melted add the nutmeg, mixed spice and brandy and stir through.
  3. Next, add in the cored, peeled and sliced apple and cook gently until just softened (3-5 minutes depending on size).
  4. Serve with vanilla bean ice-cream, greek yoghurt or spoon over the top of your favourite cake for an impressive topping.

Brandied Caramel Apple Recipe

 

Brandied Caramel Apple Recipe

I have used my favourite apple peeler/ cutter to prepare these apples,  but you can just slice your apples for an equally good result.

If you do make these apples, then let me know how you eat them. Pictures are more than welcome.

I hope you enjoy.

Cutting apples

Happy Eating.

Dani xx

 

 

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What’s On for Foodies?

Ok, so who did something fun last weekend?

I visited the Warrandyte Market and had brunch at the very refined Altair Restaurant. I also watched Lion at the Cinema and cried my little eyes out.

This weekend is looking even better.

The Cape Kitchen is hosting a weekend pop up Dinner and Masterclass by the sea with Executive Chef Kevin Jarrett.

The Donut Fest Melbourne is here and it is guaranteed to be delicious. 557 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne.

Why not try the Port Phillip Mussel and Jazz Festival? Sangria, paella, beer and ice-cream, this is  street party not to be missed.  South Melbourne Market.

Bayside Food Truck Festival incorporating the Espresso Martini Beach Fiesta and the Ice-cream Beach Fiesta. March 9-13. South Beach Reserve. St Kilda.

Sweet Lane Festival. Harbour Town. 9th-13th of March. Sweets, cooking demonstrations, food trucks and a Australian Grand Prix fan zone.

Big Burger Biannual. March 13th, St Kilda East. 11am onward. 13th of March, a line up of Melbourne’s best burgers all in one place.

The Turkish Pazar Festival at Queen Victoria Market. Turkish food, music, arts and crafts. 12th of March, 9am to 4pm.

Bacchus Marsh Harvest Festival. 12th of March. 9.30 – 4pm. The annual Harvest Festival with fresh apples, pears and quinces and an opportunity to tour farms, meet the makers and pick your own fruit.

Rob Dolan Wines is hosting a Friday Night Drinks event at their cellar door in Warrandyte South with cheese, tunes and treats from The Farm Yarra Valley. 10th of March. 5pm.

Moomba. Free fun in the city. Karen Martini and Guy Grossi are our King and Queen this year!  10th-13th of March.

Cafe & Restaurant Openings.

Wonton House Glen Waverley are having a grand opening and are giving away free noodles to their first 50 customers. 11th of March.

A new Lindt Chocolate Shop is opening its doors on Friday 10th of March and they are giving away free chocolate to the first 100 customers each day. Lindt Chocolate Shop, Spencer Street Outlet. 201 Spencer Street, Docklands.

Markets

Coburg Farmers Market. Saturday, 8-1pm.

Farmer’s Market at the Old Cheese Factory. Saturday, 8am – 12.30.

Bendigo Community Farmers Market. Saturday 9-1pm.

Eltham Farmers Market. Sunday 12th March.

Collingwood Children’s Farm Farmers’ Market. Saturday 8-1pm.

Mornington Farmers Market. Saturday 9-1pm.

Makers Market at Heide Museum of Modern Art. Saturday 11th of March.

Coming Soon

Berwick Food Truck Carnival is coming again on 16th- 19th of March at Akoonah Park.

Korea Festival 24th- 26th of March. Southbank.

Herb and Chilli Festival. 18th-19th of March.

What did I forget?

Let us know by sharing your favourite event in the comments below.

Have a good weekend Street-ers and if you manage to get some of that free chocolate, don’t forget to share. 🙂

Dani xx

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Why Kids Candy Eating is Out of Control

Does anyone else feel really annoyed and also completely powerless about the infinite amount of candy that our children consume?

FYI I use the term “candy” on purpose to represent the endless pointless permutations of hardened or jellied sugar. Delicious chocolate for instance is not included under this definition.

Today was Grandparents Day at school and my sons teacher was reminiscing with my Mum about the “olden days” where little boys and girls were gifted a great, juicy orange as their Christmas present. That’s right. An orange. As in the fruit.

My Mum tells me that back in post-war Holland, the juicy orange gift was prized and treasured. I love an orange, in fact it is one of my favourite all time foods, but this is hard to imagine.

Now isn’t it fantastic that most of us have access to enough fruit and veg to eat in Australia. I am not making a sentimental suggestion that we head back to post war rations because adequate nutrition is doing us all a big favour (understatement alert).

But I am struck by the thought that the natural sweetness of a fruit could be considered a treasured gift.

Our kids eat so much processed sugar these days in every day food items (I am looking at you yoghurt) but the “lolly” has to be the greatest offender.

So in my  sugar filled annoyance I made a little list of all the times that my kids ate candy when I didn’t want them to.

You can start with the big four. A lot of candy eating revolves around the big four.

  • Christmas. Advert calendars (1 per day for 25 days), candy canes (24 class members), visits to the big, weird, bearded guy (2) and the awful Christmas stocking. That’s just Christmas. 52
  • Easter. The hunt, the gift, the grandparent gift, the present from friends. 15
  • Birthday. Who would begrudge your sweetnums a little bit of sugar on their birthday? 10- 6 million.
  • More recently and unfortunately, Halloween. Great big bags of the stuff, dolled out by strangers or parents feeling guilty about not knocking on the doors of strangers. 12
  • Then you can add in sibling birthdays cause we all  know you can’t keep siblings from cruising the candy at a busy birthday party. 12.
  • How about school/ kinder/ friends birthday party. Even the quietest kids go to at least 4 of those a year right? 4
  • Then any teacher hoping for a shred of popularity will generally doll out the sugary stuff. So I’m thinking music, sport and designated non specific niche hobby teacher. 1 per term X 4 terms X 4 hobbies = 16.
  • Random times you actually wanted to bribe your own children with lollies. I know we shouldn’t but we all do at least once. 2
  • The time they catch you snaffling sweets from the secret cupboard and then guilt you into sharing. 5
  • Melbourne Show. School Fair. Random annual Carnival. 10
  • That friend you have who everyone loves, because she loves giving lollies to her kids. 5
  • The weary supermarket visit where you accidentally say “yes” after ten “no’s.”  Why did I just buy a bag of gummy bears? Or is that just me? 1
  • Icy-poles, come Summer, because I hate to break it to you, but they are simply lollies frozen with water. Infinity
  • Other random foods that are basically candy in disguise. I’m looking at you Cocoa Pops, some ice-creams and sweet biscuits. 12
  • Other random occasions that have become weirdly linked to lollies. e.g. the hairdresser, the GP and/ or lessons or any sort. Thankfully the dentist only gives out toothpaste. 6

Now I don’t exactly love candy, but I’m not really against it either. In fact I think there is nothing sweeter than an occasional  lolly pop. All things are fine in moderation.

It is just that the moderation bit has kind of gotten out of hand. In fact it has gone  over the top, kind of like a kid in a candy store.

I quite fancy giving my kids an orange for Christmas. What do you think?

I guess deep down, although I think it’s a great idea, I’m slightly worried that they might call the police.

So do you have this problem too? What kind of event/ place would you add to the list?

I think that this change has come about so quickly, that parents are not really prepared for it. What do you do to try and limit access to sugary lollies in your house? I’d love to hear your ideas.

Dani xx

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What’s On for Foodies this weekend.

What's On for Foodies

We’ve manned the phones and read through all our faxes and telegrams to bring you the best of What’s On for Foodies in Melbourne this week.

So put down your knitting, heat up your curlers and pull out your pearls for a big week of food events here in Melbourne.

What's On for Foodies. Events.

Gourmet Cinema

Fancy dining on your picnic rug while someone brings you a meal from your favourite restaurant? Well add in the Pimm’s Garden Bar for drinks and you have the Gourmet Cinema experience at Caulfield Racecourse.

Details and tickets here. 

International Women’s Day Events

International Womens Day is on Wednesday 8th March and there are an exciting array of events on in Melbourne. You could join Ita Buttrose for High Tea at the Windsor, or Tara Moss for breakfast.

You can take a look at the full list of official events here. 

Asia Topa Festival continues

You can find the list of food & Drinks Events as part of Asia Topa at The Arts Centre Melbourne by going here.

www.asiatopa.com.au

Harvest Month in Nilimbuk and Banyule.

Harvest Festival starts this weekend and includes markets, farm gate sales, grape stomping, food swaps, educational talks, workshops and veggie garden tours, there is something for everyone. Head to www.localfoodconnect.org.au to view the great range of events.

Mordiallic Food and Wine Festival

At $2 entry per person or $5 for a family I am told this is a not to be missed event.

http://www.kingston.vic.gov.au/Community/Council-Festivals-Events/Mordialloc-Food-Wine-and-Music-Festival

Markets

What's On for Foodies. Markets.

Cockatoo Country Market are celebrating their second birthday with a special twilight market event.

Kingston Farmers Market

St Andrews Community Market– St Andrews Autumn Fair

Warrandyte Riverside Market

Bundoora Park Farmers Market

Woodend Community Farmers Market

Openings

Looking for somewhere interesting to eat out? Well there are a few new exciting restaurant openings.

What's On for Foodies. Burma Lane reopens.

Burma Lane

Burma Lane has recently reopened featuring a modern, seasonal Australian menu with Asian influences in the Paris End of Little Collins Street.

http://burmalane.com.au

Little Hugh- Nunawading

A stylish new cafe receiving good reviews in non other than Rooks Rd Nunawading.

http://www.littlehugh.co

Hogget Kitchen Warragul

Trevor Perkins from Big Spoon, Little Spoon teams up with local winemakers to make over the much loved Wild Dog Restaurant. They are serving local, seasonal food and views of the Strezleki Ranges. Opening today!

https://www.facebook.com/hoggetkitchen/

BeatBox Burgers, Brunswick

BeatBox Burger food truck has managed to snaffle its own 4 walls and are now delivering the burgers you know and love at Beatbox Burger Kitchen.

692 Sydney Rd, Brunswick.

http://beatboxkitchen.com/BBK/

Want more?

What's On for Foodies. Food Swap.

Summer Night Market- Queen Vic

Every Wednesday 5-10pm.

Black Star Pastry pop up store

Black Star Pastry is in town for 3 months with its delicious Strawberry Watermelon Cake. Visit Cafe Italia in Carlton to taste this very Insta-famous dessert.

Bayswater North Food Swap

COMING UP

Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris Cheese Matching by the Experts at Milk the Cow. 

Know of any events that we have missed?

Dorris in the phone room occasionally misses an event or two (I think she is distracted by her crush on our local fax technician). Do you have anything to add? Drop us a line to let us know what’s on for foodies near you, or simply leave details of the events in the comments.

Enjoy your weekend party people. I’ll see you Aerobics Oz-style on Monday.

Dani xx

 

 

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Risotto Picnic Pie

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Summer is over already.

Sigh.

But thankfully here in Melbourne the warm weather tends to last quite a  long way into March. Although I no longer have long days spent swimming in the beach and staring at the water over the top of my toes, I can still head out for a picnic or a bike ride, to really make the most of the warm, glowing evenings.

This recipe is perfect for such on occasion.

The Risotto Picnic Pie will keep in the fridge so you can prepare it ahead of time. It also has a nice dose of veg and eggs in it which means it helps me to obtain my goals of eating as though I live on a Greek Island.

Make it and take it on a picnic to your favourite little spot and serve with a side salad and a little glass of red. Why should those who live near the Mediterranean Sea have all the fun?

What is your favourite recipe for increasing your intake of Summer bliss and/or vegetables?

Happy Eating.

Dani xx

Risotto Picnic Pie
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 200g of broccoli but into small florets
  • ½ onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 yellow capsicum, diced
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 4 tbsp of butter
  • 1¼ cups of arborio rice
  • ½ cup of white wine
  • 41/2 cups of vegetable stock, hot.
  • 125g of parmesan cheese, grated
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook the broccoli very briefly in a saucepan until it just starts to soften (3 minutes).
  2. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan gently cook the onion, garlic and capsicum in the oil and butter for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the rice and cook until all coated then pour in the wine.
  5. Cook gently until the liquid is absorbed.
  6. Pour in all the hot stock, bring to the boil and then simmer gently for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  8. Grease a 25cm cake tin and line the base with baking paper.
  9. Stir the cheese into the rice and allow the mixture to cool a little. Season to taste at this stage.
  10. Seperate the eggs and whisk the whites until they form soft peaks.
  11. Mix the egg yolks thoroughly into the rice and the gently fold in the egg whites.
  12. Pour into the tin and bake for 1 hour.
  13. Allow to cool and then turn out onto a flat plate.
  14. Serve.

 

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Embarrassing Blogging Blunders from a socially enthusiastic introvert.

I was sorting through some photos today and I realised that Eat My Street has had a very exciting year. I have been to many very delicious, exciting and even exotic events. Sometimes there has even been a frisson of glamour in my life. Then I remembered this post that I wrote, and I thought it would be a perfect time to share it.

Embarrassing blunders from an enthusiastic blogger.

I am basically a little too socially awkward to be a  food blogger. I have written about that here, here and here. Being editor in chief (or just call me Mrs President if you prefer) at Eat My Street, I am often required to attend events where I know no one and I has to make friendly conversation. This often goes very well and I meet interesting people. Occasionally though I do fall flat on my face.

A stunning example is the evening I wore my jacket on inside out to a work function. Some kind, conflicted couple finally approached me and explained how they had disagreed over wether or not they should tell me about my error but the wife had eventually won the day.

Solidarity sister, you did a good thing.

Then there are the selfies. When I go somewhere alone, I am required to take photos, and occasionally if I have had success with the paint and hair straightener, I am tempted to insert my own self into the picture. Problem is, I am bad at the selfies. I try really hard and I concentrate on the details and so I basically always look slightly confused. Because I am slightly confused.

 

While we are talking about cameras, let me just mention how it goes when I get the opportunity to ‘talk shop’ with serious photographers.

“What’s your lens? That looks about right for these conditions.”

Me, pointing at lens. “That one, my lens is that one.” **scurries off quietly to location where people will not ask me about my lens (the toilet maybe?).

Oh yes, the toilet. Great and close personal ally to this socially enthusiastic introvert. When the small talk gets tough, the tough get heading off to the toilet cubicle to hide. If I am feeling really fancy, I sit in my car. Walks along corridors and rivers staring seriously at the display, also work well. No one dare interrupt such serious art/nature appreciation. HINT. Do not stay in the toilet too long or there will be a gawking cue of people staring annoyed at you when you exit. Toilet hiding is not for the novice.

Did I mention that I do not drink much wine? Anyone who knows me well will know that I am an absolute light weight. Bubbles are definitely my thing, just not many of them. So when I am presented with a specially curated selection of matching wines, I am heavy with the “no thanks.” This does not always go down fabulously well when someone has thoughtfully curated a drinks list for the visiting bloggers.

 

Then there is the day that I was headed into the City for a very fancy product launch. My hair was done and so was my makeup on I had on some fine new threads. Unfortunately I had to stop for fuel where I was feeling a little fab/ overdressed in equal measure. As I filled my car up I could just feel that someone was staring at me. A glance out of the corner of my eye confirmed it to be a slightly older than middle aged, man.

Bleurgh, I thought to myself, this could get annoying, being gawked at when getting petrol. Sure enough, my petrol friend decided to approach me and strike up conversation.

Me. Preparing the glare and shrug.

Him. Excuse me but I noticed that you have the TAG HANGING OFF THE BACK OF YOUR DRESS. I can see that you are all dressed up for something so I could hate for you to be embarrassed.

Oh, my. The Embarrassment and appreciation in equal measure.

Lesson learnt.

One of the more “fabulous darling” events I attended was chock full to the brim of Melbourne celebrities. I won’t name drop, mainly because I don’t know any names, but it was a little exciting to be along in attendance. There were even press photographers there, and the images were in the next days paper. After an awful lot of scrolling, I found one of myself. Laughing (neighing?) like a horse. Lovely that. You want to take a look. Go on then.

Go on, you can’t have too much of a good thing right? So here are a few more social blunders from this blogger. 

Let’s not forget the time I

  • Neglected/  forgot to take photos of my food. Ate it first. Loved it. Wanted to share it.  Whoops.
  • Was too shy to take photos of my food.
  • Ate dinner with a celebrity and pretended I didn’t know his name, trying to force him to tell me what it was (manners right?). Somehow he knew that I knew and the stand off went on for quite a while until I eventually just caved in.
  • Refused to talk to people about my blog.
  • Pretended I was not a blogger.
  • Pretended my husband’s name was John after a misunderstanding, then kept it up all night.
  • Left the VIP room after 5 minutes because I was uncomfortable around all that VIP-ness.
  • Skipped an gastronomically exciting night out in favour of Maltesers and Miss Marple at home.
  • Let someone steal my piece of confit duck because I am a confit lover, not a confit fighter.

Let me finish with a final tale.

I was at a very impressive dinner one night and after many hours where drunkeness was setting in (but not in me ) I decide to escape the peoples and head outside into the garden (cue staring at nature). But there were already a couple of cool, skinny-jean-ed, bearded dudes who were out there and suddenly I was trapped in a whole new level of small talk. I decided a little light flirting might lighten the mood.

Me. “I love your leather bag. I heard that man-bags were the next big accessory for fashion conscious man.”

Him. “Yeah, it is actually my diabetes kit, not a man bag.”

Me. Nodding.

Him. “I have diabetes.”

Me. “Oh right.” **looks desperately for an exit.

Him. “I sometimes need to take insulin.”

Me. *blush, mumble, cough. It is a nice bag though isn’t it?

Moral of the story. Never judge a hipster by his soft leather accessories, you may be spot on with your judgement of the man, but no one wins a cynicism fight with an urbane bearded man. Plus  he might just trump you with his sincerely heartfelt vulnerability.

Got any wonderful awkward social blunders to share. Go on!

Dani xx

 

 

 

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Moving

We are getting ready to move house. Things are starting to look a little quieter in some areas of the house, and a little more frantic in other areas.

Change is not something that I feel comfortable with, although I do not really dislike it either. My allergy to boredom mingles with my anxiousness toward change creating a weird elixir of excitement and fear.

It is hard to let go of things, and packing up a house really forces you to examine what you keep and what you let go.

Keep. 

I have decided that as long as I have my bed and three pillows then I can be comfortable nested in with my children and husband.

I know now that my sisters and my Mum are basically my best friends; why fight it? They, being blood relatives, will be forced to follow me wherever I go and so even though I move house, they will come with me (kind of).

My books get carted out to the car and driven to the op-shop, only to be granted a reprieve at the last minute. Who can let go of favourite books? I did send off my Catherine Cookson collection. I fell in love with reading as a pre-teen at the alter of this dramatic author but I am ready to let go.

Tiny baby clothes, spunky toddler clothes, childhood dresses, hats and mittens. They cannot all travel with me but they make me cry when I am forced to let them go. So I keep too many for too long, hoping that one day I won’t be so sad to see my children grow up and knowing really, this will never change.

Change

Change is forcing me to think about life and in turn, death. This is probably the hardest thing of all. The children were so much younger last time we moved and these precious years will never be repeated.  At dusk I herd them toward their beds remembering how much smaller they were when we first moved here. I feel grateful for peaceful, happy, play-filled days here in Berwick and  for the family & friends who walked through our door.

My mother-in-law had many opinions and offered practical support last time we moved and now she too is gone forever. I think about what advice she might give as I pack boxes and I am thankful to realise she is still with me even though she is gone from this earth.

This time around I have determined to boldly ignore sentimentality and ride roughshod over regret. Who has time for such things when there is boxes to pack? Occasionally though they seep intoxicatingly into my thoughts and so we dance for a moment before I bow out, rush off.

Wish me luck with the big move.

Dani xx

 

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Happy New Year

Things have been very quiet around here for a while but I am happy to see the start of a new year, after the whirlwind that was 2016.

Sometimes you just have to take a moment to say “thank you” and thank you was definitely on my heart last night.

Thank you for my family, thank you for my friends. Thank you for a busy year and new beginnings. Thank you for good health and sunshine and persistence and opportunity.

I like to start each year with a theme. So far I have not worked out my theme for 2017 but it will come to me.

Two years ago I had “the year of saying yes.” I determined to stop saying no, to quit being so cautious and to give up on excuses.

That was a fun one for sure.


It was followed closely by “the year of just keep going.” I guess I should have seen that one coming.

2016 was a year of working hard and juggling to keep everything going. I did alright I think, dropping the balls here and there but learning some cool tricks along the way.


I need to walk the beach and let fresh air blow in some new ideas before I can find my theme for 2017. It will come to me though.

How about you? Do you have a theme for 2017? I’d love to hear what it is. Inspire me.

Happy 2017.

Dani xx

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