Family Holiday Part 2 – Philip Island, Cowes

After our quick visit to Hastings, we kept driving to Philip Island to find the holiday house that I booked via airbnb in Cowes.  The house had 3 bedrooms, two toilets and heaps of space, it had everything we needed and more, it was so relaxing.  As we drove over the bridge at Philip Island we noticed heaps of custom old cars, we didn’t know but there was an awesome car show on the same weekend we arrive….

Day 1: Relaxing

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Day 2: Kustom Nats

At the race track we found hundreds of custom cars, it was so great checking them all out.  It was fun watching them drive round the track (not that quickly so they didn’t bottom out).  There were also stalls with vintage style dresses etc which were really nice but I refrained!  I bought a cute tea towel.

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After checking out the cars we drove toward Pyramid Rock and checked out the view.

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Day 3:

The main street of Cowes featured a cafe and collectable shop that I wanted to check out.  We had brunch here and then wandered the shop which had some really cool stuff

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After brunch we headed to A Maze N Things

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We had a game of mini golf, walked the maze which was tricky and frustrating for some, but it was an enjoyable afternoon, it filled in a few hours for the kids.

Then dinner by the waters edge where we saw some more cars and the kids had a play at the park.

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Family Holiday Part 1- Ocean Grove and Beyond

My poor neglected blog, I do apologise for the lack of posting.  I have been flat out catching up on photos from December through to now, and I’m still not on top of them all!

I thought I would start by posting a small selection of the photos I took while we were away, I will do it in parts as it’s going to take me a while to put it all together!  So to start off we began our journey by boarding the Spirit of Tasmania, we travelled with two other families which made the journey so much more enjoyable to go with friends.

The kids loved it, I didn’t sleep all night but that’s just me!  We departed the boat at 5.30 the next morning…..not so great when you have little ones so the first stop was Maccas for breakfast! What else was going to be open?!!

We spent some time camping in Ocean Grove and did a few day trips around the area.

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Bells Beach, the famous surfing beach.

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Torquay….it was so windy this particular day, which probably didn’t help all the bushfires that were happening further down the coast, which limited us going too far.  We visited a few more places, Geelong Vintage Markets, The Mill Market (fabulous) Geelong City, Barwon Heads, Queenscliff, but I only took my phone for those trips so I didn’t take as many photos as I could of.  I have a habit of just wanting to leave the camera alone when I’m on holidays, but that is not always the best idea!  Perhaps I will do a phone post at the end.

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We did a lot of eating, the boys had haircuts, did a bit of window shopping (didn’t really buy a lot) I must mention two shops that were really great and worth visiting if you are ever in Ocean Grove.  The first is Kyo, a trade wharehouse importer of amazing goods from China, Japan, India and Argentina, it’s a little hidden away in an industrial are but the shop is HUGE and my daughter and I  loved it.

The other great place we visited was a lovely coffee shop called Hello Birdie, honestly the best coffee shop that caters for families that I have ever been to.

After our stay in Ocean Grove we boarded the Ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento, that was a short but pleasant enough journey which began our long car drive.

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We passed through a town called Hastings…

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but I’m afraid Hastings didn’t have a lot to offer, so we kept heading toward our destination…..(Part 2 to follow)

Food Styling Workshop at The Black Hen

A few weeks ago I spent a lovely morning at The Black Hen in Deloraine.  The Black Hen was hosting a food styling workshop, run by the lovely Michelle from Hugo & Elsa.

Michelle is a food stylist, cook, and author of a beautiful cook book I must buy.  If you have not been to The Black Hen, you must.  It is a beautiful shop, filled with wonderful things, beautifully styled and decorated.  Upstairs there is a wonderful area where the workshop was hosted.
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All of Michelle’s wonderful vintage props….my dream job, collecting vintage things 😉
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After we heard about some tricks of the trade, Michelle asked us to pair up and grab some fruit or vegetables to create a flat lay scene.  The type of image you might post to instagram.  I paired up with a lovely lady from Henry’s Ginger Beer and we grabbed some red peppers, some plates and off we went to select a board.  This one spotted my eye first so we started with that.  I found a lot of it was just trial and error, just keep going till you get something that looks pleasing to the eye.  We also tried “throwing” the vegetables which seems to have them land in the perfect position.

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  Similar view but with a green board

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Adding additional elements…

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Next we moved onto fruit…

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Michelle teaching some tips and tricks with the iPhone

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Some of the other ladies set up this scene

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Soon it was time for lunch.  We all pitched in and dressed the table, which was fun, using some of the food we photographed and props from around the room

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Before lunch was served Michelle talked us through some images she styled in some fabulous cook books.

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Then lunch arrived….

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Lunch was divine, and we had desert also.  We then moved on to styling some desert.

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Doing it the old way…

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I decided to fill a little pastry case with some strawberries.

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This little pastry travelled around the whole room trying to find a shot that looked nice…

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I gave up on the pastry and spotted some strawberries.  I put a few elements together and this was more pleasing to me.

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I had a wonderful day, and met some lovely ladies whom I am now following on instagram.  I can highly recommend the course, it was great to do something different and to meet some new people.