Our Sunday drive took us back to Castlemaine for the Craft Day and Open House of Buda
The home is now a community run establishment connected to the Castlemaine Art Gallery.
There were several stalls, Plants, Quilting Guilds, Weaving, Art, Printing, Food and Embroidery groups selling their wares.
The Avery with lovely yellow finches.
Sadly the gardens were left in a run down state, now a new gardener is bringing it back to it's original glory. It would be lovely to see in Spring when the flowers are out.
Of course John gravitated to the vegetable garden.
Bought a jar of old fashioned Lemon Butter.
Demonstrations of basket weaving and cooking were throughout the garden, this was rug hooking.
After our wander we drove to The Mill just down the road from Buda.
This is an old warehouse site that has many art textile studios.
Chatted with one of the artists in residence who used to lecture at Box Hill Tafe for the Diploma of Textiles, she knew 2 ladies who were on the Scquilters Bendigo Retreat Committee I was was on.
Loved this wooden wall.
After a walk through the area we stopped for lunch at the cafe before driving to Daylesford to visit another The Mill. I have now been to 4 of these establishments and enjoy browsing through old antiques, junk and bits and pieces.
At the Daylesford Mill, I found what I have been looking for to use in my paper work and journals.
A Commonwealth Bank Ledger from 1922, written in old script with a fountain pen.
A school book in French. The book is about French Authors.
As I paid for my goods, the lady started speaking to me in French. (She was French)
I mentioned that I don't speak the language and she asked me what I was buying the book for. I didn't dare say that I wanted to use it for my paper work and journaling, said "I collect language books". She was lovely and asked me to stop by and say hello next time I visited.
After a detour on the way home to pick up something from friends, we stopped off and bought some climbing bean seedlings, a tomato and yellow capsicums.
We have had to net the beds due to hungry birds.
The torrential rain over this weekend has given the garden a boost.
Amazing how seedlings have grown and shot up overnight.
Emma bought her father for Christmas, a box of worms for his worm farm, (that was what he asked for!!!), afraid the heat may have perished them, she bought them down yesterday to give to him.
Jokingly he said, there were supposed to be 1000, but there were only 995, she didn't take to his joke very well. While she was here we gave Harvey a bath as he has been bitten by mozzies and had to use antiseptic shampoo. Too hard to do on your own when it has to stay on him for 10 minutes.
For a dog who hates anything to do with water, he did ok. Sat him in John's scuba dive tub.