Strawberry Dream Cake

The aftermath of all those strawberries & cherries

So we hit the Strawberry and Cherry Trail again today, it was a madhouse out there. We gathered even more strawberries and cherries to add to the pile from yesterday.

This afternoon, while I cleaned our car who required a much needed wash, David took some of those strawberries and cherries and put them to good use.

First up he made a crazy delicious “strawberry dream cake”, strawberry cake with a layer of sliced strawberries, topped with a strawberry cream cheese frosting.

Next he made some cherry jam which used a bottle and a bit of red wine, at the moment it’s still a little too runny so I think he’s going to cook it down again.

Finally he melted some chocolate in the Thermomix and we dipped some of the strawberries in to turn them into little bite-size delicacies.

Strawberry Dream Cake
Strawberry Dream Cake
Strawberries in Chocolate
Cherry Jam

HaPpY BiRtHdAy LiTtLe BrOtHeR

It’s also my little brother’s birthday, he’s only one year away from 40! I’m getting older by the day, but I can still remember when we were kids and all the mischief we used to get up to together.

Happy Birthday Greg, he’s some photos of you as a kid as a trip down memory lane, sorry we live so far away and couldn’t be there for your birthday. We were thinking of you, and gladly spoke to you on the phone, maybe we can catch up for the big 4.0.

November 1982 Putting up the fences at 1 Meela St, Blacktown - 6.jpg
Greg and our little sister Jennifer
Greg Gurney at the Pet Porpoise Pool - Coffs Harbour
Greg at the Pet Porpoise Pool in Coffs Harbour
greg_gurney.jpg
Most likely this photo was for a brag-book for a soccer club, looks like a mugshot

FaceTime is awesome!

While ringing my family for my brother’s birthday, my sister turned my voice call into a FaceTime call and I got to talk to my niece Emily for a bit. Here’s a couple of photos so I can remember that. Emily was more interested in having me follow the dogs around so she could see them, which is why Joey is feature in one of these photos.

FaceTime with the familyFaceTime with the family

Bacchus Marsh Strawberry & Cherry Festival

Bacchus Marsh Strawberry & Cherry Festival

This weekend is the Bacchus Marsh Strawberry and Cherry Festival. The lovely Živković ladies joined us for a spot of strawberry and cherry picking before hitting the main street to check out the festivities there.

Our first stop was Naturipe Fruits to pick our own Strawberries and Cherries. You have to pay a fee to pick, it’s just $4 and given that you can eat as you pick, you’ll likely eat your four dollars worth quite quickly as you gather the sizeable strawberries and ripened cherries.

There was a fast moving line to get in, a slower moving line to get back out as you weigh and pay $10 per kilo for the fruit you’ve gathered. We copped a bit of rain while we were picking, but the day fined up again to become quite warm.

After the picking we checked out some more local goods, had sausage sizzle with the ladies of the CWA, and picked up some honey and honeycomb from a local bee keeper.

We of course took our cameras along and took photos of the girls and some of the locals. Sue also took some photos of us which I’ve included here. It was a great day, spent with great friends.

The festival is an annual event, so keep an eye out to add it to your 2015 calendar.

Bacchus Marsh Strawberry & Cherry Festival
Bacchus Marsh Strawberry & Cherry Festival
Bacchus Marsh Strawberry & Cherry Festival
Bacchus Marsh Strawberry & Cherry Festival
Bacchus Marsh Strawberry & Cherry Festival
Bacchus Marsh Strawberry & Cherry Festival
Bacchus Marsh Strawberry & Cherry Festival
Bacchus Marsh Strawberry & Cherry Festival
Bacchus Marsh Strawberry & Cherry Festival
Bacchus Marsh Strawberry & Cherry Festival
Bacchus Marsh Strawberry & Cherry Festival
Bacchus Marsh Strawberry & Cherry Festival
Bacchus Marsh Strawberry & Cherry Festival
Bacchus Marsh Strawberry & Cherry Festival
Bacchus Marsh Strawberry & Cherry Festival
Bacchus Marsh Strawberry & Cherry Festival
Bacchus Marsh Strawberry & Cherry Festival
Bacchus Marsh Strawberry & Cherry Festival
Bacchus Marsh Strawberry & Cherry Festival
Bacchus Marsh Strawberry & Cherry Festival
Bacchus Marsh Strawberry & Cherry Festival
Bacchus Marsh Strawberry & Cherry Festival
Bacchus Marsh Strawberry & Cherry Festival
Cherries and Strawberries
Just a small part of our haul by David

Emily takes saving money very seriously

Emily – 2

I had hoped to get time to do a nice little photoshoot with my niece Emily this past weekend. She’s such a cutie.

Sadly Emily was ill this past weekend so her level of cooperation was at an all time low and her nose was snotty. Two things that don’t make photoshoots fun.

All I managed was a couple of photos in situ and the odd iPhone shot. There’s always next time and she’ll probably just get cuter as she grows.

Emily eating pancakes
Emily drawing
Emily playing peek-a-boo
Emily
Emily takes saving money very seriously

A Human Equivalent