Autumn market at the Swedish Church Sunday night

Do you live in Melbourne, looking for something to do this Sunday? Why not go to the Swedish Church to join the scandinavians celebrate Valborg, or Walpurgis Night. If you have been to the annual Christmas market, expect a scaled down version of the same only set by night and with some other traditions. At Valborg, we light a bonfire and sing to the coming spring.  Swedes have a song for every occasion, except for maybe why spring is really autumn? I am sure we can wing it regardless. Let’s just celebrate spring together.market3

When? 4pm-8pm. Fire is lit as dark falls.

Where? Toorak House, 21 St Georges Rd, Toorak

Why? Because it is atmospheric, there will be a small scandinavian market and I will be there with my hats and Swedish stuff. There will be food (skip cooking dinner), cinnamon buns (of course), and some Glogg to keep the spirits up. See you there!



The answers to everything.

People want to know so much. This is evident by the search terms used to find my site. Here I shall try to answer some of your questions, because I doubt you can find it in the blog anywhere and I would hate to disappoint. Since you are here, I mean.

1. Daylesford in winter, is it so bad?

Where did you get that from! It is not bad at all. All you need is good heating and a decent winter wardrobe. Some extra vitamin D to compensate for the lack of sun and you are set. The low winter light is extremely flattering to the complexion so we are all much more beautiful to look at in winter. Also there is no uncovered superfluous skin, so ditto there. Enjoy the absence of snakes and go hiking. There are also no insects as they have all gone to bed, along with the reptiles. Love winter, and it will love you right back. Hot chocolate. Wood fires.

2. Can I repair cracks with gesso?

Yes, someone actually found my site through this question. Isn’t Google a wondrous thing? What I want to know is why would you want to? How wide and deep are the cracks? If they are hairline only, of course you can. Just paint the gesso , dry and sand. Repeat until happy. Bigger cracks need a hardware product.

2. Can I mould with gesso?

So much to know about gesso! I should write about it more often. Yes, you can, as long as you are not asking too much of it. If it is for low relief on a picture, for instance, sure you can. Has been done for hundreds of years. If you are moulding a three dimensional thing, I would use plaster casting or similar.

3. What are things for couples to do at night at Daylesford?

I am not sure I understand this question. Do couples do different things to non-couples? There is a lively live-music scene, plenty of restaurants, or you might take a picnic and a torch into the forest and look at the nightlife in there. That is a tremendous adventure. Sit quietly, listen and wait. Squeeze each other hands in anticipation of the thrill of a koala’s roar. Is that for couples or not? I think it is. You could always opt out of the handsqueezing if you are not that close. Midweek there is not too much apart from restaurants and pubs, if you are into that, but weekends is more active. The Grande has a little venue in the basement which does regular shows on Friday nights, strongly recommend. Cabaret type things. The Daylesford Hotel is excellent in summer, with a nicely lit outside area which often houses DJ sets, or other events. Nice. Ditto Perfect Drop. Horvat’s does live music on weekends, and is a very cool place to eat and drink midweek too. Or go to Radio Springs hotel, a short drive away but so worth it. There’s plenty more, look at a What’s On guide if you still need more.

4. Disused church Daylesford.

This appears not to be a question but a statement, which is totally fine. It is keyword searches, not a conversation, after all. There is one particularly fine one which was for sale for a while, on Camp Street. Could this be the one and why do you want to know? The For Sale sign is gone, but I don’t think it ever sold. Make enquiries at one of the agents, they will know. Go on, buy it! It could do with a new purpose. Was initially up for 950.000, but this might have been in the too-high range for the time, now I am not so sure as prices have gone up a bit in the last couple of years. By the way, I believe the word is deconsecrated. ”Disused” might just mean a church with very poor attendance?

5. what are the opening hours for Clayfire Gallery?

That is an easy one! According to their website (should have gone there instead of my blog, shouldn’t you?)

Monday 10:30am –  4.30pm

Tuesday CLOSED

Wednesday  10.30am  –   4:00pm

Thursday  10:30am  –  4:30pm

Friday  10:30am  –  4:30pm

Saturday  10:30am  –  4:00pm

Sunday  10.30am  –  4:00pm

Swedish Church Bazaar


Sat 3rd Dec 10-5pm

Sun 4th December 10-4pm

Toorak House, Swedish Church

21 St Georges Rd, Toorak

I will be there, do come! It is always a great weekend. I did a longer post about last year’s bazaar and a brief guide on How to be Swedish, link here:, this year I will take more photos if I get a chance.

See you next weekend, hopefully.

Cattle drive

I drove to the Blue Mountains on the weekend, on the freeway. Coming back, I took the high road which is a little slower but just so nice. The road goes through all the little towns and makes for a very pleasant day. Had lunch in West Wyalong. I drove through no less than three cattle drives, complete with horse mounted drovers. Made me really happy. The countryside is green, the cattle is fat. Lovely! If you usually fly from city to city, maybe just the once take the time to drive. You will see so much more of this magnificent country.

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I know where the socks go

A question which has puzzled the world for years is where the single socks go. Do you have an odd sock problem? I have the answer. You probably left it in my accommodation. I find a LOT. Stray socks unite!

Please note, these socks are mine and only used for illustration purposes. They cannot be claimed. I use all the lost socks guests leave behind to make sock puppets. Actually, that is not true. All lost socks will be discarded in a humane fashion.

Found another sock when cleaning today.

Warburton Nordic Festival

Coming on Oct 17+18: Warburton Nordic Festival, I am going with a great stock of hats (have been working my fingers to the bone recently). My friend Asa from the Australian Wheatbag Store is going with me and we hope to have a brilliant weekend. There will be all sorts of Scandinavian goods and activities, not just vikings. Brilliant, you are coming too? See you there. Warburton! The fresh air! The trees! The peace and country! The VIKINGS!

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