An intriguing and inspiring look at Black Saturday

Sergeant Roger Wood, central character in Kinglake-350

Kinglake-350 is a non-fiction account of the happenings in and around Kinglake during the Black Saturday bushfire disaster of 2009. Hyland creates a ripping story around the experiences of Acting Sergeant Roger Wood, on duty in Kinglake on the day of the fires.
The book centres on Roger Wood’s experiences as he fights to save what he can of a town under extreme attack from nature. He goes about doing his best for the locals in his community, all the while cut off from his own family, unable to find out whether they are alive or dead.
Woven through the story are plenty of interesting, scientific asides. Covering topics like how bushfires behave, climate basics or, of most interest to me personally, how people behave in disasters and what makes a hero do what they do.
There are some tremendously sad events described. Hyland very sensitively handles the tragedy of the day’s events and individual’s experiences as well as the psychological aftermath for the survivors.
I expected this book to be grueling. But it wasn’t. Yes, it is sad. But beyond the sadness, I found this book uplifting. An intriguing and inspiring portrait of the heroes, fighters and survivors in this little community.

Read the Herald Sun article: “Intimate Look at Black Saturday”.

Watch Adrian Hyland talking about Kinglake-350 on the First Tuesday Book Club website.

Kinglake-350
by Adrian Hyland

I found a hidden bar at the back of a burger joint! Bill’s Bar in Collingwood.

Did you know there is a bar behind the silver door in Huxtaburger on Smith Street?

There is.  Bill’s Speakeasy.

And they make great drinks.  And play cool music.

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And when you walk back out past the hipsters queueing for their wagyu burgers, the looks you get are priceless.  “Wha-aa?”

Get on it!

Bill’s Bar

Enter through Huxtaburger
104 Smith St

Collingwood 3066

Discoverd thanks to Broadsheet

All the fun of the Show

Welcome to the craft pavillion!

I grew up in the country. And I’ve always loved the show. The animals. The cooking. The showbags.
Now I live in the city.
But luckily, for a few weeks every October, the country comes to the city.
And I love it!
Tomorrow’s the last day, so try and get along.

Angry Birds Cake

Old McDonald Cake

Anne-Marie Primmer is the queen of the cooking at the show. With over 70 entries and heaps of wins, her bake goods dominated.

There’s some pretty weird craft on show too…

I said weird, didn’t I.

There is also super cute craft, like these knitted cupcakes.

And of course there is plenty of dog primping

When Swans attack Hawks. And win.

It is a sweet feeling when your team makes the Grand Final.
It’s awesome when you manage to snag a ticket.
And it’s a brilliant day out.
Winning, just makes it the sweetest feeling of all!
Thanks Swannies!
Cheer! Cheer!

I love the crazy fans. I met this lovely lady in the queue for the ladies.

Getting ready is half the fun. Just a shame it was freezing, so these little beauties were hidden in boots.

Spring on Great Ocean Road. Brilliant.

A lovely spring weekend cycling along the Great Ocean Road.
A big ride for me, Apollo Bay to Lorne and back, was tough, but so beautiful!
Such a great area for riding. Hope there are many more rides to come this year.

6.30am. The park at Apollo Bay, ready to go.

Took this photo by accident.
But I quite like it.
Wish I’d been going faster.

A quick break.

Looking for Koalas

Headed back I caught a view of Apollo Bay. Sweet relief!

13.05. Wide Open Road in Brunswick. A delightful Sunday brunch.

I saw a review on Easy As Vegan Pie recently for a place called Wide Open Road in Brunswick that I thought I really must try.
So we dropped in for Brunch.
It’s a wonderful space, with wonderful coffee and the food we tried was absolutely delicious. And a bit different.
I had smashed peas with pecorino, goats cheese and sourdough- it was fresh and delicious. What a lovely different idea for a breakfast.
Rusty had scrambled eggs with chorizo and some lovely spicy avocado. He was happy.

What was super nice were the staff- the ladies who served us were so friendly and happy- they seemed to enjoy what they were doing. That made our Sunday so much more pleasant!

A great new haunt, we’ll definitely be back.

On their website I found a lovely little video of them expanding the space- with that great Style Council track, Walls Came Tumbling Down.
Cute. I like their attitude!

Wide Open Road
274 Barkly Street Brunswick
Phone 03 9387 6079

Hours
Monday – Friday 7:30am – 5pm (Kitchen closes 3pm)
Saturday 7:30am – 5pm (kitchen closes 4pm)
Sunday 8am – 5pm (Kitchen closes 4pm)

Have you discovered anywhere a bit different lately?

29.04. A Beautiful Sky

One of the benefits of being married to a cycling tragic are the weekend trips to nice places hosting various rides.
Today was the delightful Arthur’s Seat Ride, so I got to spend the day on the Mornington Peninsula.
Lovely.

Flinders Beach today.

I can’t decide which photo I like best.

You decide.

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And our littlest addition’s first day at the beach.