ANNOUNCEMENT! – A new adventure for my family. We have decided to try out country life for a while and will be leaving the Coast in mid October for a few years. A scary but exciting move which I’m sure will be good for us all. A little town between Casino and Tenterfield on the Clarence River. So many new places to explore and new friends to meet.
It was another stunning Autumn day today at Avoca Beachside Markets with some amazingly talented stallholders. I love these markets so much, there’s always something new to look at and admire. The vibe is always bright and happy with some incredible musicians to entertain you and delicious food to taste. The markets are held on the 4th Sunday of every month at Heazlett Park, Avoca from 9am – 2pm. The next market will be 26 June 2016 so don’t miss out. Remember parking is hard to come by so the free shuttle bus from Avoca Hotel is a perfect way to get there. It was lovely to meet so many happy, friendly shoppers and stallholders today. Here is just a small sample of what you will find.
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain flour
1 cup sugar
¾ cup desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons golden syrup
2 tablespoons boiling water
1 ½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
- Combine oats, flour, sugar and coconut in a large bowl.
- Melt butter and golden syrup together in a small saucepan.
- Mix boiling water and bicarb soda together. Blend into butter mixture. Pour over dry ingredients and mix well.
- Place spoonfuls of mixture onto baking trays lined with baking paper, allow room for spreading.
- Bake at 150°C for 15 minutes or until golden. Loosen while warm. Cool on trays. Transfer on a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
Last weekend we had the most amazing 2 nights camping on the Colo River with some friends. The weather was perfect and we had a wonderful 3 days of stepping away from all technology and really being present with our kids. I must admit, I’m usually one that spends way too much time checking my phone messages, instagram or Facebook so being removed from all of those did wonders for my soul. We spent the days floating along the river on inflatable rings, exploring the river or just sitting on the sand and watching the children play. The campsite was fully booked but you wouldn’t know it with plenty of room for everyone. We rode our bikes every morning up to the road and past some lovely farms, spotting 2 lyrebirds, a few kangaroos and many horses and cows. We were even lucky enough to have a Koala in residence at the campsite sleeping up high in a tree. The kids had a ball and are already looking forward to the next camping trip – who doesn’t like toasting marshmallows on a campfire? Our girls loved the freedom of having their own tent to sleep in, getting dirty and having no plans. It really is a top holiday, even if only for a couple of nights.
Our Easter weekend was spent relaxing and visiting our beautiful Aunt who lives in Taree. As usual our two little fish spent a lot of time in the pool and playing with Aunty Jenny’s 3 friendly dogs. We took a day trip to Tapin Tops National Park to visit Potoroo Falls. The water was icy cold but it didn’t stop us jumping off the rocks into the deep pool below the waterfall. It was a perfect weekend to recharge and dust off the camera. I’m already looking forward to going back again in a few months time.