Photo Friday: The Great Tea Hunt

For weeks our tea reserves have been dwindling. And the closest tea shops, with our preferred blends, was in the city: Kappy's and T2. We try to keep the city jaunts minimal, to reduce our carbon footprint, so we've been waiting until we had appointments in the vicinity. Finally, the tea ran out!  We had no choice. It was time for a road trip - and some photo opportunities: On the way: lone leaves and colour-cordinated vehicles.   Then to Kappy's on Compton Street, for Prince of Wales and Roman's blend (of Assam and Darjeeling)... but there are so many choices. I love their couch... Next, off on a walk to T2 on Rundle Street for some Green Rose tea (and some interesting architecture. This time I concentrated on orginal tiling and paving...) And then... glorious colour! I got excited when I saw this - the new octopus print! Unfortunately it isn't available in a single tea cup set. Sigh. Perhaps next time?

Photos ©2017 Karen Carlisle

Photo Friday: Updates, Surprises and Fortuitous Finds.

A few weeks ago I had a fall and damaged my spectacles. Since then, my anxiety levels had been escalating; just contemplating returning to an optometrist was bringing on palpitations. (It had been three years since I had  new specs and my vision had changed - due to avoidance. ) But I defied the Black Dog and collected my new pair yesterday. (Thank you to my Dearheart for providing emotional support.) Huzzah. I can read comfortabley (and breathe) again.

  

On a happier note: This was delivered this week. We'd found a discrepancy in a pack of pretzels (nothing horrendous, just some cooked dough that had bypassed the production line).  Thank you Smiths for a lovely surprise.

This week's opshop treasures include some Nerf guns and a 'fart blaster' - all destined for steampunking up for future costume projects - and a book on Early Settlers' Household Lore, with hints and recipes from 19th century Australian sources (perfect to add to my research pile for an upcoming writing project.)

I have a new photo app now I have my phone back in one piece - so I've been tinkering.

And lastly, I've been making some new signs for future events.

Photos ©2017 Karen Carlisle. All rights reserved.

Photo Friday: Chocolate at the Heritage Museum

Regular readers will know I love chocolate. Dark chocolate specifically. So when the Tea Tree Gully Heritage Museum organised a display revolving around the history of chocolate, I was in! And so was my editor, Sharon. Time for a road trip!

The heritage museum is housed in the building and grounds of the old Highercombe Hotel, built in 1853-4. It has hosted council meetings, dances and public meetings and served as  a school from 1875-1934, with the front half of the building becoming the post office in 1879. (More information is on their webpage.)

Each room was set up with facts, history and information on chocolate... original packaging and posters... and some famous chocolate quotes. Volunteers had been busy making visual chocolate treats, scattered throughout the house. Some real...

 

... like this top hat decorated with chocolate trim and Cocoa Chanel with her chocolate-inspired accessories. Chocolate even replaced the corks on this hat.

Some, like these delicious-looking felt treats, were not so real. Finally we climbed back down stairs for some morning tea and homemade chocolatey treats. Thanks to the volunteers at the Tea Tree Gully Heritage Museum for a lovely (and educational) morning.

Photos ©2017 Karen Carlisle. All rights reserved.

Ed: I originally discovered the Highercombe Hotel and Steventon (now Tea Tree Gully) post office during my research for my short story, Hunted.