My son, the train fanatic couldn't believe his luck when his grandparents (all 4 of them!!) suggested a trip (on a train) to Castlemaine, followed by a steam train journey to Maldon and back again, and then a train journey back to Melbourne. All over a 3 day period.
He was in little boy heaven!!
The kids had a lovely time and were rather adorable ....
The local flora just had to be photographed ......
The steam train was fun and very beautiful .....
But my main interest was visiting the local patchwork shops for a bit of fabric indulgence.
At this shop I bought some gorgeous vintage 1930's reproduction fabrics ....
... and some white fabrics from this shop. The photo isn't good but I promise they are all different designs.
So that was our fabulous and exhausting journey. When we got home on Monday, Jake slept for 12 hours straight.
The next day was Melbourne Cup Day. We spent the day with a group of friends we usually only see on Melbourne Cup Day.
Inspired by this, I made some cute felt horses with lollypops for the kids ....
And I won our local version of the Fashions on the Field competition. Here I am with my trophy ....
... and to top off a great day, Jake put $7 on the winning horse and we went away with $165.
Life is good!
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Looks like lots of fun Andi! Your kids are too cute! Are your whites true white and what design is on them? I am always on the look out for whites :) Hope you are well! Enjoy your weekend!
What a great adventure you had! I love those felt horse lolipop covers - how cute are they? I must try and remember that for next year!
We got married in Castlemaine and try to go back for our anniversary each year. We still haven't managed the steam train journey. My 5 year old is train mad too. I was hoping to do a Thomas the Tank Engine trip that they run on the holidays but I don't think it runs any more so we will have to just go and do the normal train trip. Isn't the shop in Castlemaine beautiful. I can't get out of that one without buying something either. Cheers, Julie :-)
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