Lock Up Your Ostrich

The media is full of doom, gloom and vitriol, so we thought it was time for a little levity, with thanks to the VicEmergency App. A notice came through yesterday warning of an outbreak of Avian Influenza in two poultry farms in Lethbridge in the Golden Plains Shire. The advice was quite extensive and informative, especially when listing the birds most susceptible to infections. These included domestic fowl, ducks, geese, guinea fowl, pheasants, quail, turkeys and ostriches. Can’t remember the last time I saw an Ostrich in a chook shed, but if you have one, make sure you lock it up.


D’Arcy Spiller – Exciting Home Grown Talent

D’Arcy Spiller is a rising star in Indie music whose performance on the ABC Television program ‘The Sound’ last Sunday was very impressive view. D’Arcy is a local girl, having grown up in Smeaton, who travels back to her country home as often as she can. As she said in a recent article in Pilerats – an Australian music/lifestyle website – “I’m currently living in Melbourne but I head to the country side regularly to re-charge.” Read full article here


Life Drawing by Alison Parkinson

Breathing Life Through Art

Alison Parkinson is a well known, successful artist and teacher whose portraits, landscapes and sculptures have been exhibited widely in galleries including the Art Gallery Ballarat and Daylesford’s Convent Gallery. A farm girl, born in Warracknabeal, Alison is an instinctive artist who finds inspiration from the world around her.

We learnt about Alison’s life and journey to her “Claytons” retirement and you can read her story here


Back to Take Away – So Where Do You Go?


Open Mon/Thur/Fri – Coffee only 9am to 3pm
Sat. Coffee & Pizza

The larder and retail section is open every day.



This multi award winning bakery is offering delivery Wed/Thur/Fri to Ballarat and Bendigo. Why not join with some friends to share in a delivery run. They also deliver to all Melbourne areas, Geelong and Mornington Peninsular. Call 5422 1801 or email info@countrycobbakery.com.au


The American commenced take away on Thursday 13th and you can order through the WOWapp. The new menu will be online from today at www.theamericancreswick.com.au


Odessa at Lever’s Hotel in Creswick is now offering delicious Thai food from their new chef Kitt Mukaprom. Take away only at this stage Fri/Sat & Sunday. Check out the menu and order here



Now running the first and third Saturday each month – food and produce only. 9am to 1pm. Check here for list of stallholders


Its tough, but we’ll get there

Probably the worst aspect of the lockdown is not knowing when it will end. And when it does, the likelihood of us all rushing out into the wild blue yonder may be slow. We did that and look where it got us. For what it’s worth, my feeling is that we will all be taking life very cautiously for the foreseeable future, but I think we’re getting used to that idea. The masks may be annoying, we may struggle with cabin fever, but it could be worse – we could be in Beirut.