Meanwhile in the Country #2

Oh my wordy it's been another massive month in the country, and you may suspect (and correctly so) that we really do make hay while the sun shines. It won't be long and we'll be in the depths of winter and the outdoor events will soon come to an end, so outside it is! Here's a little snapshot of what's been going on...

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Pork pies were the order of the day at our Daylesford Farmers Market, held on the first Saturday of the month. Angus Beaumont  at the Du Fermier Stall together with Annie Smithers sure know how to put on a beautiful spread. The charcuterie products are to die for, the pork pies were demolished for lunch and the donuts didn't even make it back to the car!

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A beautiful bounty of goodies from the market, bread and donuts (trying to escape through the paper bag)from Annie Smithers, carrots from Adsum Farmhouse, Goldfields Farmhouse Cheese, Mt Franklin Estate Pinot Grigio and Mel's turkish delight.

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I'm nuts about cacti and succulents, and could not resist adding a few more to my growing collection, so cute. These babies are from Bacchus Marsh and can also be found at the Daylesford Farmers Market.

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The next day it was off to visit the Glen Lyon Food Fayre. This year it was hosted under the mighty oaks and elms of the Glen Lyon Sports Reserve with spectacular weather and a fantastic group of local producers and live music to enjoy. We'll definitely be marking this one in the calendar for next year!

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Our pick of the day was the super juicy pulled pork rolls from Danny's Farm, we loved them so much we got one for the way home too! All was washed down with a lovely drop or three from Fontanella Winery which made good use of my souvenir glass.

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March Long Weekend means just one thing in Daylesford...Chillout Festival! Australia's most famous country pride event is hosted in Daylesford over three days providing loads of fun for everyone. The utterly fabulous Miss Dolly Diamond was in attendance at the Street Parade! Always a treat to behold, and she really did keep all those Chantoozie fans in check, including my star struck sister!...it was 1988 all over again!

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Then it was time to enjoy a different kind of event all together, the annual East Trentham St Patrick's Day March. I love it for it's genuine country generosity, encouraging all onlookers to join the march from East Trentham's Sacred Heart Church to the Pig and Whistle Hotel where all sorts of celtic entertainment and cuisine awaits the crowd. And who could not giggle at the near miss between the hay carrying ute and the local fire truck, only in the country! The cow's feed waits for no hundred plus strong throng of local Irish descendants!!!

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Yay to Easter! We love Easter and we didn't hold back from the usual death by chocolate! The Easter Egg nest cake was baked, topped and decorated and inhaled...now time to join a walking group! It was so worth it! Plus it's the perfect time to catch up with friends after a hectic first term. Here's the recipe if you'd like to give this a go, just click HERE!

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School holidays were enjoyed north of two borders, returning to my home ground to catch the family in Noosa. It always feels like our last hit of vitamin D before winter. It was much enjoyed and the ice creams were definitely savoured! Just can't decide if Raspberry/Coconut or Mango/Coconut is the best combo? I'll keep testing..

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We tried out surf lessons for the kids for the first time with Go Ride a Wave and it was an absolute hit and could not recommend it more. This little one though will have to wait till next year when she's six. Poor little tike had to watch from the sidelines...

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Then it was time to come home and what a welcome Autumn gave us with our beautiful ornamental grape vines showing off in all their crimson glory! What better time for Kathy to launch our annual #battleoftheautumns over on Instagram, with some very funny trash talk between Canberra and Daylesford already. Both towns battling it out to take the crown for best in 'Autumn' show! 

Phew! What an amazing month, and it looks like April is shaping up to be just as busy but it really is the best time to head out and catch Autumn at it's best! Especially with visits to Paul Bangay's Stonefields open garden and Alla Wolf-Tasker's Regional Producers Day all on this weekend, Wow!

Jess x