Sunday, 28 April 2013

Autumn colours

Mr Pip admires the Autumn colours

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Nerrina or Little Bendigo

160 or so years ago, Nerrina was the site of a return gold rush from Bendigo back to the hills above Ballarat.  The miners named the place,with total lack of imagination but lots of hope, Little Bendigo. This hilly little settlement is now a suburb of Ballarat and called Nerrina - no doubt to prevent letters going astray to Big Bendigo.

 Nerrina's two old churches aren't in use now.

but the primary school is flourishing.

In the nineteenth century the Victorian government put up this beautiful brick primary school in Little Bendigo.
In the 1960s it was down to a handful of students, but now lots of kids go to school here because the area has been filling up with new houses.

 Look at the roof -  those finials are exquisite and just the colour of new gum leaves.

Despite all thye new houses that have gone up in the last twenty years the place is still full of trees, 
dead-end roads,

 and cottages and farmlets folded into the hills. 

A few old remnants from the past hang on next to the modern developments.

You can walk here from the city centre of Ballarat, but it's a long, hot walk, so today Yin drove me about.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Buns and bao for Easter Monday

Easter Monday. 
Hot cross bun bakers in Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

with the father of one of the bakers..


In the  yum cha restaurant ready to eat bao (steamed, sweet, red pork buns) and other goodies.

I took the bakers' hot cross buns home to have for brekky tomorrow, but had to try one for supper.
The buns contain chocolate as well as fruit and spices .