Its been a long summer and its only January

Normally at this stage in the new year we are starting to get back into the minutiae of work and getting kids ready for school, but this year, with only two weeks gone, life is anything but normal. No need to mention bushfires and fund raising and climate change, its a daily reality and will continue to be so for some time to come. The best way to describe how most of us are reacting is to use, possibly my favourite word – discombobulated. “Discombobulate is a fun, fancy word for “confuse.” If something has put you in a state where you don’t know up from down and you can’t spell your own name, you may be discombobulated.

Australia Day at Bellinzona

The jury is still out on who invented the pavlova – Australia or New Zealand, but it doesn’t matter, because this delicious little morsel is yummy no matter where it comes from. You can enjoy all the gorgeous morsels being offered at Bellinzona Resort’s Aussie themed High Tea on Australia Day. Spend the afternoon between 1pm & 3pm dining on a selection of savoury and decadent sweet treats inspired with an Aussie Twist. Includes a glass of bubbles. For more visit

Summer in the Parks

Both Bendigo and Ballarat make the most of summer by presenting their very popular Summer in the Parks programs with a range of live music and other festivities. For more visit and

Need to nosh?

Le Peche Gourmand

Creswick’s very popular Le Peche Gourmand patisserie has reopened in their new, larger (much) and brighter premises. Still offering the delicious french pastries, breads, filled baguettes and other yummy goodies. Tuesday to Saturday 7am to 4pm, Sunday 9am to 2pm

Wombat Hill House

Check out Daylesford’s Wombat Hill House for a delicious
meal, yummy “baked in house” bread and good coffee.
They even offer picnic hampers to enjoy in the beautiful Wombat Hill Gardens. Open 7 days 9am to 4pm

Markets this weekend

Wesley Hill – Castlemaine
Trentham Farmers Market – Trentham Town Square
Buninyong Farmers Market – Desoza Park
Creswick Market – Victoria St. Creswick
Glenlyon Country Market
Daylesford Sunday Market
Woodend Market – High St. Woodend
Talbot Farmers Market – Scandinavian Cres.