Arty shot from the laptop because… Well, she was being annoyingly cute again.
I know that I have fallen behind with my Weekly Bindi. Pictures have been taken, I just haven’t been able to get on to post them.
See, I am going bald.
It’s a slow-burn sort of agony in the same way that orgasms are a slow-burn sort of agony, only NOWHERE near as much fun.
But it’s that sort of loss where I can see it and very few other people can. Those who see me every day can see it.
And a few days ago I actually discovered a bald patch that’s appeared. It’s not completely bald as such, but only the ultra-fine baby hairs that never grow are there. Cue breakdown.
I am not a vain person. I try not to be. But in my life, my one redeeming feature was my hair. Long, naturally honey-blonde, and dense. It’s always been fine but very dense. Not anymore, sadly.
For the past ten or so years, I’ve had a handful bouts of what is called Telogen Effluvium. It’s the natural process of hair-loss but it’s dialed up to eleven. Sadly, each time this has happened, my hair has never fully recovered even though, technically, it’s supposed to grow back as it normally would as hair follicles move out of the resting phase. What has prompted these bouts of effluvium has always been a mystery to me. I know the first time was a reaction to some medication and massive stress. These subsequent times… I am clueless.
And I’m stressing over it.
And of course, the vicious cycle continues apace.
Needless to say, it’s been a distraction.
Anyway, here’s a picture of Bindi and I, cuddling on the couch while watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
The only way you can see Dugite’s stripes is if you put false ones on her. She is actually a stripy tabby.
“…She can only disguise, and only for those eager to believe whatever comes easiest. She cannot turn cream into butter, but she can make a lion look like a manticore to eyes that want to see a manticore. Just like she put a false horn on a real unicorn so they can see the unicorn. I know you. If I were blind, I would know what you are…” Schmendrick, The Last Unicorn, Peter S Beagle
This weekend just past, I had the delightful chance to experience a new market event as somewhat of a guest of honour.
Err. Well, no, not really. Hehe. More of a serial pest than a guest of honour.
But Nuffnang and Piccadilly Market had come together to allow 10 bloggers (including yours truly) to check out what is a new-to-the-area artisan market now being held in Williamstown. Being a local yokel, I said yes to the invitation (twice, I was so chuffed) and scampered across to Williamstown to see what it was all about. And I was so glad I braved the bright but chilly weather. The morning included a lovely, yummy breakfast and then a fun scavenger hunt which took us all around the market to look at all the pretty things!
Check out the video to get an idea of what it’s like:
A lovely lady by the name of Janina Lear has been running the market out of Deakin Uni in Geelong for the past four years and this was the first time the market had been held in Melbourne – and I’d have to say it was a crazy success from what I could tell.
There was around 60 stall-holders for this market, all beautifully arranged in the ballroom and function room of the Williamstown Town Hall. There is a clear focus on quality and original hand-made artisan clothes, jewellery, toys, decor and homeware, food and more. If trash ‘n treasure markets aren’t really your cup of tea, this little gem might be just the ticket.
As I said in the beginning, we were supposed to be doing a scavenger hunt, but to be honest, I got so completely distracted with all the pretty things that I forgot to go in search of what was on the list (even though I stumbled across a few by accident). And sadly, my reluctance to enter the modern age and get a smartphone so I can play with Instagram truly bit me in the bum this day – there were prizes up for grabs for the best Instagram picture of the morning and I couldn’t complete! WAH!
To top the morning off, the folks at the market had very kindly contributed to the biggest goodie bags I think I have ever seen for us all. Everything from fudge by The Fudgeman, pompom garlands from Dear Mabel, gorgeous steampunk necklaces from Run Wild Horses, bags from Saquito, lip balms from Bellalu, earrings from Gabby, soy candles from Love & Light and so much more.
Thank you, Janina and Nuffnang for arranging our gathering. Even though I am a small-fry, non-professional blogger, I had a fantastic time and can’t wait to get down to Geelong to see the Piccadilly there too.
Piccadilly Market is on again in Geelong on August 3rd and in Williamstown on November 9th!
Here’s a MASSIVE photobomb of some of my favourite bits from the market.
Williamstown Town Hall is a beautiful building and I confess in the 17 years that I have lived in the area, I’ve never gone inside!
Quiche, yoghurt, fruit and chocolate. That’s my kinda breakfast!
Things that make you go “Mmmmm…”
Too much colourful fun. Loved the Seagals stand.
Actually, I fell in love with EVERYTHING at My Fairy World.
The clothes from Copenhagen Delights almost made me want to have kids to wear them. I’ll have to borrow my friends’ children, I think.
Fabulous doggy treats from Pooches on Pakington.
Dear Mabel had a gorgeous array of handmade decorations.
Yummy soaps from Tubtime Treats.
Little Puddles was definitely one of my favourite stalls – so colourful and sweet!
Everyone needs Bellalu lip balm in their lives. We scored a jar of the watermelon one in our goodie bags and… well, I died.
Beautiful pendants from gabby.
I get super-excited when I see anything assemblage like the jewellery from Run Wild Horses.
Another sort-of selfie with the Bindipuss this evening.
She was just being so cuddly that I didn’t want to move to go get my camera, so I turned the laptop around and this happened:
Oh yes… Yes, I am, Bindi. And we’re only up to week 9.
I don’t have a picture of the Bindiboo for the last week. Fear not, she is alive and well. It’s just that I took a selfie on the laptop with Dugite and.. well.. I had to share, didn’t I?
So this is The Weekly Bindi – NOT Bindi edition.
Let’s just say that Unimpressed Cat was uninpressed with your selfies.
My cat has a weird habit.
She likes to be with me.
That in itself is not weird but the fact that we’ve got a whole house of beds and couches and open-shelf wardrobes with lots of comfy warm clothes to snuggle into and get hair all over and yet… she chooses to curl up on boxes or plastic bags or guitar amplifiers instead.
I’m in the computer room right now and where is she?
Curled up on the box my new keyboard came in, right behind me.
Both very sweet and infuriating.
Ok, so we actually went for this little trip in March but it’s only been recently that I’ve been able to play on my new computer to blog about ALL THE THINGS.
It started off one Friday evening with me saying “I don’t want to spend all day on the computer tomorrow…”
Oh, the irony.
To which the Manbeast replied, “Well, what would you like to do?”
To which I replied, “I have no idea!”
To which he replied, “That’s not very helpful!”
And so it continued, with me looking up all the farmers markets or events in the usual places we like to go, only to find out that they were happening either the week before or the week after our intended visit. Much annoyance. Eventually the Manbeast got fed up with the to-ing and fro-ing over where to go and decided to make the decision for us and surprise me with a trip to Somewhere.
As it turned out, Somewhere turned out to be a little foodie tour of our favourite country spots, Trentham and Daylesford and some of the surrounding areas in the Hepburn Shire.
So our first (and longest) stop was in Trentham and wouldn’t you know it? There was a farmers market on.
So while we listened to the fun music…
… we shopped. And we bought food…
What I didn’t take pictures of was the jerky and the home-made raspberry jam that we also bought. Hand-made and local produce really is the best.
But then I found a stall selling shortbread. Real shortbread. Made by real hands in a real home kitchen that’s probably much neater than mine…
Look at the magnificence that is the shortbread:
Our food adventures weren’t to stop there as the Manbeast was also taking me somewhere nice for brunch. And as it turned out, we were going to Redbeard Bakery.
This is my new favourite place, ever.
The food… ALL THE FOOD!
Seriously, it’s a lovely little cafe bakery with a great range of produce to buy and goods to devour on the spot.
But the highlight of brunch, and indeed the entire day out was this, the Vanilla Slice.
I had an existential moment over this vanilla slice.
Or it might have been an orgasm.
I’m not sure which.
It was bloody good, though.
After recovering from the vanilla slice moment, the Manbeast whisked me off to a few more places (which fortunately had nothing to do with food as I was extremely full by this stage) but I will save those images for another time.
Now, one cannot go to Daylesford without visiting the Chocolate Mill. All year round (except February), the Chocolate Mill is a must-go destination for those who love good Belgian chocolate. And they have a great little cafe that does the nicest hot chocolates.
Our recommendation is the dark chocolate for hot chocolates. It’s the yummest by far.
So if you’ve made it all the the way to the end without drowning your keyboard in drool, tell me what you think! Do you know any other places (in Victoria) worth a visit to go and stuff my face at?
I’ve already got a certain chocolate factory in the Yarra Valley on my list…
Well after a week’s delay, here we have the results of my Bead Soup.
And… It’s not finished!
*hangs head in shame*
At least not finished in the way I’d like it to be, even though I kind of love it the way it is. Alas and alack, I realised too late that I didn’t have the bits I needed to finish it the way I wanted to and due to issues like me being unwell and the cat being crook, it just didn’t come together as planned. However I did stick with my initial design and went for simplicity. Peruzi beads really do speak for themselves and I didn’t want to take away too much attention from them by adding too much in the way of embellishments.
I will definitely be updating this necklace in the coming days so I can show what I REALLY had in mind for it, but for now I’m happy.
You can find the complete list of participants for the 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party right here!
You can see the absolutely magnificent job my BSBP partner, Tracy, did with the beads I sent her right here! She’s done an amazing job and made some stunning jewellery with what I sent her.
Just in case you need a reminder, this is what I sent Tracy: