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My name is Kaye and I am 58 years old. Unbelievably to me, at my age, I have now just embarked upon my third career - as a History Education Consultant! I love to cross stitch and quilt, especially with my kittens, Furio and Milo "helping" me. I also love to read, I have a passion for history and I have been cooking since I was about 12 - move over Junior Masterchef! So, this blog, which started out as a cross stitch blog sometimes morphs into a reading journal or a history lesson (sorry, I used to be a secondary teacher before I became a publisher and now a consultant) or a post about my cooking mojo. Whatever it is, this blog is alway about me, my family and my life here in Eaglemont, Victoria. I have been happily married for over 30 years to the most wonderful man and we are blessed with three beautiful grown up children.

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

A trip to Ballarat.....

The other week, I had a trip to one of my favourite Victorian towns - Ballarat!  Not to visit my dear Uncle and Aunt this time but for work. 

I set off mid morning, to make sure that I missed the traffic out of Melbourne and once I got there I had an early lunch at The Boatshed on Lake Wendouree.

It was a grey day....


but there were swans!


and the soup and toastie were very warming!


Then, it was off to the beautiful Ballarat railway station to pick up my colleague, Lambis.


I spied this lovely old pub across the road.


Then it was Lambis' turn for lunch and I couldn't resist taking a picture of this leadlight window.


As we had a little bit of time to kill before our appointment at Loreto College, Lambis and I went to visit the Garden of the Grieving Mother, which is designed as a memorial to those mothers of the Fallen in War.










Then it was time to go to Loreto College, where Lambis and I gave a presentation on World War I to the Year 9 and 10 students.






After I dropped Lambis back at the train station (he is a bit like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, he loves to take the train - lol!). I decided that discretion was the better part of valour and so to avoid hitting peak hour traffic in Melbourne, I spent some more leisure time in Ballarat.  

So, I headed off to visit Sovereign Needlework and indulged in a little bit of retail therapy......









Then, it was back to The Boatshed for a yummy scone and latte, whilst sitting by the fire (did I mention that it was a bitterly cold day in Ballarat?)





That is the end of my Ballarat adventures, see you all again next post.

hugs, 











14 comments:

Brigitte said...

It was great for me to see the overcast sky and your colleague with his warm coat. That cooled me down a bit as we are experiencing a heat wave with temperatures around 30° - very unusual for our mountainous region. But in spite of the cool weather you seem to have spent nice day in Ballarat. And yes, I think I would also have visited that Needlework Store, lol.

Ariadne said...

What an interesting day!Is Lambis Greek?AriadnefromGreece!

Mary said...

Oh, what a wonderful tour!! The Ballarat rail station is beautiful, my husband is a huge rail fan and loves the old railway stations. Scone and latte by an open fire is lovely... I wish I had a needlework shop to go to, probably better I don't! Too tempting in shops like the one you visited. Looking forward to your next post. Mary

FlashinScissors said...

I've enjoyed seeing all your photos today, Kaye!
It's hard to believe it's so cold where you are at the moment, we are struggling with a heatwave here in England.
DH and I love to see old railways and stations, not that we travel much, but we still love to see old buildings.
And what a gorgeous scene - scone and coffee in front of a fire! The soup looked great too!
Barbara x

RJ said...

Oh what a wonderful trip you are on Kaye. Ballarat looks lovely. As others have said the train station is amazing. And who can resist a good needlework store? It looks like you are having a lovely time. Enjoy! RJ @ stitching friends forever

Barb said...

Looks like a great adventure! How were the students? A little retail therapy is always nice!

Lesley said...

I loved reading and seeing pictures of your day in Ballarat,
Lovely stash too:)

Kay said...

It looks like a perfect day. You bought some amazing stash too, that should keep you busy for a while. x

Linda said...

Looks like a great trip Kaye. Love all your new stash.

Linda

Sharmayne said...

Looks like you had a great day!

Helen said...

Sounds like a lovely day with lovely snap shots.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

You certainly made the most of a work day out! I much prefer the train like your colleague, more stitching time for one thing!
Love the new stash, especially all those lovely ribbons.

Kerryp77 said...

What a lovely trip for work. Such a pretty town and great stitchy haul!

Tiffstitch said...

That looks like a wonderful trip! And so many pretties! Well done on finding so many things that needed to come home with you.

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