A Church In Crisis – Scones, Jam And Cream!

Robin Boyle Australian, Cakes & Biscuits, General Interest, Photos: Food, Tamar, The Cottage

We have a meeting with some or our Windermere neighbours over scones, jam and cream. (Continued from: Soup and Golf ) The neighbours rally Windermere is a semi-rural settlement with houses on half-acre or bigger blocks spread out along the road. Now there are over 100 houses along the five kilometres from the highway along the edge of the Tamar …

Indigo Valley – Home Grown Produce!

Robin Boyle Australian, Cakes & Biscuits, Dessert, General Interest, Melbourne & Victoria, Travel, Wine

Several years ago, Barry and Liz wound up their professional jobs in teaching and accounting-law in East Gippsland, and moved to the Indigo Valley in north-eastern Victoria. That enabled them to relocate to Liz’s family home and farm, where several siblings live nearby. We recently made the four hour trip up from Melbourne to see their property for the first …

We Invite The Neighbours In: For Drinks and Nibbles!

Robin Boyle General Interest, Nibbles & Hors d'oeuvres, Photos: Food, The Cottage

This is a continuation from We Invite The Neighbours In: Perfect Weather! Easy to prepare nibbles With Launceston and the Tamar region having very agreeable summery weather from November to March, we can plan events at Olive’s Cottage with a high degree of confidence. We aim to be outside and use the main deck or the barbecue pit. (We can …

We Invite The Neighbours In: Perfect Weather!

Robin Boyle General Interest, Nibbles & Hors d'oeuvres, Photos: Food, The Cottage, Wine

Summer Climate Launceston and the surrounding region, including the Tamar Valley, has a remarkable summer climate. Daily maximums are consistently in the mid to low 20s (Celsius), rarely dropping below 20oC and rarely making it above 30oC. On average, the region’s maximum is a couple of degrees higher than Hobart and a couple of degrees lower than Melbourne, while those …

Nature, History … And Clafoutis!

Robin Boyle Dessert, General Interest, Travel

New Norfolk is an historical town 35 kilometres and 35 minutes’ drive north-west of Hobart. It is there that the sea water of the Derwent estuary ends and the fresh water of the Derwent River takes over, with the river taking on a totally different character and appearance. The fresh water section of the river snakes through glorious countryside to …

Visiting Old Favourites!

Robin Boyle General Interest, Launceston, Restaurant-Cafe, Tamar, The Cottage, Travel

A recent visit to Olive’s Cottage, in early spring, meant bulbs in the garden. And new season’s ingredients, and the freshest of produce from lush pastures. But it also meant some variable weather – from brilliant blue skies to grey ones – though not bad enough to stop us repeating some of our favourite experiences, or stop us trying some …

King Valley – Food And Wine Trail!

Robin Boyle Entree, General Interest, Italian, Melbourne & Victoria, Travel, Wine

The King River Valley is about three hours’ drive north of Melbourne. It is accessible from Mansfield (to the south-east), Benalla (to the west) or from Wangaratta (to the north). Whitfield, Cheshunt and Moyhu are the main small settlements in the valley. Some years ago we would sometimes drive through Whitfield when returning from skiing at Falls Creek. Then the …

A VFT System for Tasmania!

Robin Boyle General Interest, Tasmania

Why is a food blog interested in a VFT (Very Fast Train) route from Burnie through to Hobart via Devonport and Launceston? Well, wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to board a train in Launceston at 6.30 pm, for dinner at a Hobart restaurant at 7.30 pm, then be home by bedtime! In the following map, the dream VFT …