Are you sick of reading how cold it is in Oz yet. Well let me tell you again, its bloody cold. (Note to all OS readers, "Bloody" is not swearing in Oz) What else would you expect people, its the middle of winter! My friend Jessie in Ballan (40 minutes away) told me it was -6.4C so really, what am i complaining about. I'm thinking that we will all need to acclimatize to these extreme temps and be more prepared. I could, for example, actually buy a coat. Not a ski puffy one that would make someone want to grab me and shove me on a pole outside a tyre place
|Jeepers, the resemblance is uncanny!!! (Gulp)|
but a nice woollen one that is stylish and warm. Problem? I hate shopping! So i just layer up with whatever i can find on cold days with no regard to style or fashion. Its not like we have a lot of days like these and well those coats cost a pretty penny. I leave a warm house, get into a warm car (when its de-iced), enter a warm office and do the same in reverse for 5 out of 7 days so i don't want to spend a fortune on that sometimes only item.
My little seedlings are snug and warm inside the drink bottle homes in the garden. More importantly they are also safe from opportunistic birds that eat anything green that i plant. I have noted that nothing has touched the broad bean plants, and i cant say i blame them. The things i grow for my husband!
So you would think that my sister (sleeping over) and i would stay inside, all snug and warm and watch movies or play Soduko and Solitaire on Sunday. Well you are wrong. I grabbed my big sis and we went for a drive, yet again down to the Bellarine Peninsular. I'd found yet another person who has bypassed this little corner just under Geelong on their way to The Great Ocean Road. They really need to do some PR work. I seem to be doing it for them. Since i was only there a few weeks ago you can see a map on my last post here which featured Port Arlington. Yesterday, after visiting the same bakery for bacon and egg brunch, we went further along the bay to Port Lonsdale.
The pier directly faces The Rip, where the mouth of the bay meets Bass Straight and its great to sit on the bench and watch waves from every direction crashing like a big washing machine.
Though there have been navigational aids on this spot since 1852, this lighthouse first operated in 1902 and continues to be manned 24 hours a day (one of the last in Australia) even though it was automated in 1999. The Rip is the only entrance to Port Philip Bay and is one of the ten most treacherous navigable passages in the world.
OK, history lesson over. Isn't it beautiful. Though it was still chilly, there was a lovely warmth when you stood in the winter sun. There were people both board surfing and in the distance kite surfing as well as plenty of people fishing.
We dropped off at a Farmers Market on the way home and bought some very cheap Pink Lady apples and then visited my friend Ella in Lara before making our way home. On Saturday night (i always like to spoil Glenda) i cooked a Roast Lamb meal with lots of baked veggies. I must say my gravy was just it and a bit. You know how sometimes all the planets align and its just perfect. Finger and plate lickin good. So on arriving home Sunday i made lamb fritters with chopped lamb, finely chopped onion, sun dried tomatoes, crumbled feta and herbed batter made with SR Flour. Yum. This is dry fried in a non stick pan.
Tonight the left over roasted vegetables turned into a Egg, Bacon and Veggie Pie.
Line a greased pie dish with puff pastry followed by a layer of bacon, a layer baked potato, carrots, and sweet potato with green beans. Then crack about 6 eggs on top and let it run between all the veggies. I break the yolk. Add another layer of bacon and then using all the scraps from around the edges do something decorative on top. Bake at 180 for 40 minutes. Its going to be a yummy lunch tomorrow. Since i was away, Tom missed out on his weekly sausage rolls so i was booked to make them tonight.
Pinwheel Sausage Rolls - Frozen Sheet of Puff, spread with Beef Sausage Mince, Tomato Paste, Salami, Sprinkle of Cheese. When slightly defrosted roll up tight and slice. Bake on oven tray about 20 min. in hot oven.
These are the last of my summer tomatoes that have ripened in the kitchen. I have lots of little seedlings coming up and i keep telling them, NOT YET!!!
In case you didn't know, I've lost my mind. Actually make that my head, my hand and my foot.
Slight accident has left me feeling a little disjointed. Hopefully i can pull myself back together soon.
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