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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, 12 July 2016

Mineral Spa in Mitchell....

Today, TraderVic, DDIL and I headed further up the Warrego Highway to the mineral spa at Mitchell, about 50 mins drive away.

But first we had to check out the town a bit, see where DDIL works at a cafe (one of her three jobs) and try some of her delicious Raspberry and Coconut Bread with Vanilla Butter.



Then it was off to Target Country to buy some bathers to wear at the hot springs and I snapped a few pics as we ran our errands.

This is a brand new pub being opened in Roma next week, the Royal (I think that the original hotel burnt down early last year).  It is a very modern building but with a nod to 19th century architecture.


Then, I found the WWI memorial avenue - not Oak or Elm trees as down in Victoria but Bottle trees.  After WWI, the losses of young men at Gallipoli and the Western Front were so great, that no community across Australia was untouched.  Most, if not all towns have some sort of war memorial and/or Avenue of Honour.




This old church was dated 1872 ...


So, errands run, bathers bought and photos taken, it was off to take the waters at Mitchell.

Of course, I sat in the back and stitched and watched the scenery.  This is where I was up to at the start of the trip.


When we reached Mitchell....


... and my progress on the trip back to Roma.


The scenery along the road - not a lot to see, really.


Of course, as soon as we reached the Spa, I found a furry friend....


The lovely, relaxing spa pool....




Look, another furry friend of a different variety.  His master was having a swim inside - he wanted to join in so badly!


Some details about where the spring water originates from.



After our hot spring spa, we went to the Mitchell Bakery for a delicious lunch and I took some more pics of some quintessential Aussie sights....





On the road back to Roma....




In the late afternoon, I accompanied DDIL to her second "job", playing piano for the local ballet school.  In lieu of pay, she takes ballet classes, I did take some videos of her dancing but, unfortunately, Blogger does not seem to want to upload them!  However, I can tell you that she did very well, considering she has only been learning for five weeks!

Altogether, we were at the ballet school for about three hours, what with the dancing lesson and then she was accompanying the Major ballet exam practice class.  Oh boy, was it interesting - there was drama galore to be had - beautiful dancing, prima donnas, tears, a showdown between an angry mother and the ballet teacher - it was like being in a ballet movie!  

Then it was home for a delicious dinner of Moroccan lamb with couscous, cooked by DS1 and then I taught DDIL to knit.  (There is a most marvellous drapery shop here, where we bought the wool - I am going back tomorrow to have a browse, I think).  She is such a clever girl, she picked it up in no time and is well on her way to completing her first ever scarf!





So, that was Day 2 in Roma.  I hope that you enjoyed it.  Stay tuned for more outback life tomorrow.

hugs, 






12 comments:

shez said...

Hi Kaye i enjoyed your post ,you have lots of great pics and your DIL is so lovely,enjoy your day today to my friend .....

Linda said...

I'm so enjoying your vacation pics Kaye. Looks like your having a great time.

Linda

Mini said...

Lovely post Kaye. I have never heard of bottle trees before. Wow looks at those needles and yarn...

KimM said...

Loving every minute of your trip. What a day! Too bad you couldn't video the confrontation....sounds dramatic....
xxx

Vickie said...

A very full day indeed! Such wonderful yarn your DIL is using.

Tiffstitch said...

It seems hard to believe you got all that into just one day! Congrats on DIL being able to knit now, it's a lovely, calming hobby. Good for her to try out ballet, I wouldn't have the nerve.

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

It was a busy day for you all! How funny that you find a cat to photograph wherever you are. My holiday photos are the same.

Daniela Bencúrová said...

Kaye, I really like it! Interesting travel, beauty spa!
You are a great teacher knitting!

Bea said...

Looks like another fun, interesting day. Even drama, so you got it all. I'm glad your DDIL picked up knitting so quickly - a lifetime worth of pleasure to come.

Heather said...

It looks very relaxing :). Thanks for bringing us along on your trip :)

Barb said...

What a fascinating day. I found the part about the bottle trees so interesting. DDIL is so cute. Glad she is enjoying knitting. You are making good use of the travel time with the stitching. Thanks again for sharing the trip.

Brigitte said...

So interesting to read about how you spent the day with your DIL. So great that you could teach her how to knit.
I'm always interested in the old buildings and the history, too, when I visit a new place. And even more when this happens in a foreign country. There's always a lot to see and to learn.

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