When only Mum will do

Our featured image is another from Donna Crebbin who regulars to this blog will know is a photographer whose images have often appeared in Secrets print magazine and online. Donna was last week announced as the winner of the Ballarat Foto Biennale People’s choice Open Program. Donna’s images were on display at Inexterior Cafe, but if you missed them you can always see her work at www.facebook.com/pixspicsphotography

Australia vs England Jousting Duel

The legendary Kryal Castle in Ballarat is set to host a medieval battle of the nations when the world’s leading jousters line up against each other in the first ever Australia vs England Jousting Tournament.

We won the cricket ashes, but the fierce sporting rivalry between these two great nations will be settled once and for all when they go head to head in the original extreme sport of jousting. The two-day tournament will see leading competitors from each country bring their brutal best against each other on the hallowed ground of Kryal Castle’s tournament arena. The winning team will take home the sacred urn containing the ashes of a lance ceremonially burned at Arundel Castle on England’s home turf. In 2018, Australia’s Phillip Leitch competed at the auspicious ‘Royal Armouries Easter Tournament’ in the United Kingdom – and won. The English team are now hungry for revenge. Leitch is the World Jousting Champion and says “England may have invented jousting, but Australia perfected it.” The Australia vs England Jousting Tournament will be held on the weekend of 2nd & 3rd November. Tickets are limited – pre-purchase online at  http://trybooking.com

The iconic Maldon Folk Festival returns

Gina Jeffreys

The Maldon Folk Festival has become a bit like Christmas – it comes around every year and has done so since 1974. Its remarkable that this event has been running for more than four decades and still manages to entertain visitors from all over the country and beyond. This year sees Gina Jeffreys return to Maldon along with husband – award winning record producer and musician, Rod McCormack. The festival runs throughout the weekend of 1st to 4th November. For more information and to book tickets online visit http://www.maldonfolkfestival.com

Art in the Vines – Hanging Rock Winery

Following on from the hugely successful Art in the Vines – Sculpture Exhibition & Trail in 2018/19, October marks the launch of the new exhibition for the 2019/20 season. Art in the Vines – Sculpture in Motion is an exhibition of kinetic sculpture made of various mediums that depend on motion for its effect, making it one of the most challenging forms of artistic expression that an artist can undertake. This is far from your ordinary display of sculptures that simply move in the wind, because some artists have accepted the challenge to address the possibilities and limitations posed by having to mount their work on three-metre high poles installed throughout the winery. http://hangingrock.com.au

Swing into spring at Mica Grange

Mica Grange Open Garden Sculpture Exhibition kicks off this weekend and will be open each weekend until 24th November including Monday and Tuesday of the Melbourne Cup weekend.
A mix of traditional gardens, rose walks, proteas, Australian natives, rockeries, vegetables or fairy gardens.

Set on the foothills of Mt. Alexander the expansive gardens have panoramic views across the Sutton Grange Valley. Lunch, morning & afternoon tea available. Entry $7 – children free. Located at Sutton Grange. http://www.micagrange.com

Creswick Garden Lovers Weekend

For garden lovers, the weekend of 9th & 10th November is a treat. Ten private gardens and a number of commercial gardens are open to the public to enjoy and possibly gain some ideas to enhance their own gardens.

Tickets can be purchased on the day at the Creswick Neighbourhood Centre, which is also the collection point for maps. Entry to each garden is only $5 with children free. More info http://www.creswick.net or for tickets http://www.trybooking.com/529211

First Daylesford Food & Craft Market

The inaugural Daylesford Craft and Food Market will be on Saturday the 9th November at Victoria Park.

This is your quintessential craft and food market, where everything on offer is handmade, homegrown or home baked. Stretch your legs as you explore the stalls at Victoria Park Daylesford and feast on a delicacy you’ve never tried before, purchased from one of the many cross-cultural food trucks. Why not beat the Christmas rush and get a headstart on your Christmas shopping. Presented by Craft Markets Australia craftmarkets.com.au/daylesford

You will need fuel

To keep up with all that is going on you will need to satisfy your inner beast. The offerings from Le Peche Gourmand in Creswick are incomparable and the coffee is pretty good too.

Markets this weekend

Ballarat Lakeside Market
Lancefield Farmers Market
Wesley Hill Castlemaine
Daylesford Sunday Market