Meanwhile in the Country #1

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They say life moves slower in the country...well I want to meet 'they' because the last week has been jam packed! All of our own doing, and much enjoyed, but jam packed all the same! The best bit is always finding new things, and we certainly enjoyed Gioia Mia cafe & pasticceria in South Melbourne on our visit last weekend. I'm an avocado addict, so I'll always order it if it's on the menu, especially now the season is pretty much over. The best part was leaving with the custard filled pastries, and yes there's a reason there's no photo...sorry I inhaled it in the car! So, so decadently divine!

Avocado breakfast heaven

Avocado breakfast heaven

Then this happened...I can't describe my initial thoughts on attending the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, but I can tell you what I thought after. Wow! Completely blown away, I'll never declare I'm underage to watch a marching band extravaganza ever again. I've always had a soft spot for bagpipes, but seriously I think I had tears in my eyes within 0.3 seconds of Amazing Grace, come on!

Bagpipes and fireworks, holy sporran!

Bagpipes and fireworks, holy sporran!

My next highlight, being the avid bread lover that I am, was the re-opening of RedBeard Historic Bakery. The guys there deserve every minute of their well earned break over Summer, but I tell you there is no one more appreciative of your return, along with every other school mum worth their weight in sourdough. I literally could not wipe the smile or melted butter off my face, happiness! Thank you for being back in my life xxx

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RedBeard Historic Bakery 

Checking out our local markets was next on the agenda. We've only been at the new farm for four months but could not believe we hadn't dropped in sooner. Glenlyon Farmers Markets are on the third Saturday of the month, they might be small but they are definitely punching above their weight. Loads of fresh produce and friendly faces, plus lots of introductions to new neighbours. And coffee is only a hop, skip and a jump away at The Glenlyon General Store.

Glenlyon Farmers Market

Glenlyon Farmers Market

Oh that's just a fresh sugary donut with real jam on top from the Glenlyon Shire Hall kitchen, move along, nothing to see here...but crisp, crunchy, sweet goodness!!!!

Cronuts ain't got nothing on this!

Cronuts ain't got nothing on this!

And here's our plunder. Mr GoldDust is already planning burger night just so he can try out those Pickles. Best in the land they say...can hardly wait!

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Then just when we couldn't get enough dough in our diet we popped over to Ballarat. The Forge Pizzeria in Armstrong Street is a family favourite and we've had many lunches here with specials friends. Perfect for kids too, with a kid's menu and a great activity area at the back, but it's the open kitchen that keeps them entertained. The bonus being my favourite treasure trove, Lark Store is practically next door...winning!

It's a Shaw thing!

It's a Shaw thing!

After an amazing couple of weeks I was also reminded that our favourite season is just about upon us and Mother Nature has given us a glorious glimpse of what's ahead...

The ornamental vines are well on their way to crimson splendour.

The ornamental vines are well on their way to crimson splendour.

Summer it's been great, and I'll pine for you during the depths of Winter but right now I can't wait for Autumn. Bring it on you gorgeous season you!

Let the Battle of the Autumns begin....

Jess x