Saturday, August 14, 2010

Pyramid Race

Mr & Mrs MB took young grandson to Gordonvale today for the annual pyramid race.  The town puts on a great country fair in Norman Park, nicely located right in the heart of town.  LJ got to ride a pony for one dollar, went on a carousel for two bucks and also patronised two jumping castles.  
The actual pyramid race starts in town, after limbering up in the official tent, the runners scale the nearby monolith of Walsh's pyramid, over 900m high, then return to town.  The winner, Neil Labinsky, did the run 1hr 20min, more than 5 minutes ahead of the second place getter.
Most of the activities on the program are community based with the majority of the rides and catering done by non-profit groups so the event is especially genuine and charming.  MB particularly enjoyed the wood chopping competition as well as an art exhibition in the nearby RSL Hall.
Spotted at the fair was Bob Katter, MP for Kennedy, in election mode.  First time MB has seen him without a hat.
Perfect August weather today, sunny, cool and not too humid, it really was a lovely day out.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Shaylee Strawberries

MB and assorted family did a run to the Tablelands today hoping to hand pick some fresh strawberries at Shaylee Strawberry Farm, and what a day for it, a clear and sunny 24c, just perfect.  
Only after arriving there did the team discover from the most unwelcoming pair behind the counter that picking starts in September.  Not to worry MB asks if it would be OK to take little 4 year old LJ over to the strawberry plants so he could see how strawberries grow.  
Not a problem as long as you don't go past the multiple "No Entry" signs says Mrs Crabby.
Upon inspection it's more or less impossible to see any fruit, however LJ skips past the signs and checks out the crop, under the eagle eye of Mr Crabby who had surreptitiously appeared from the back of the shop to monitor the trespassers.
Grandma MB anxiously calls LJ back just in case a rabid pack of alsation guard dogs are unleashed from somewhere or other.
Strawberries were on sale, one kg of "Resort" strawberries was $12.00 and they are very nice.  Won't be rushing back though anytime soon.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Dairy Discovery

Whilst shopping at Coles in Earlville yesterday, with the charming young LJ in tow, MB spied a new milk in the dairy case. Upon closer inspection she noticed it was Jersey milk (reputed to be the creamiest milk) and not homogenized.  This was enough for MB who purchased a bottle and wasn't disappointed, it is lovey and creamy and even has that real creamy colour, unlike most milks on sale nowadays, which are as white as chalk.
The milk is marketed as Misty Mountain Farms which MB suspects may be tied up with Mungalli Milk, MB's favourite dairy, she is of the opinion that Mungalli bio-dynamic yoghurt is absolutely the best in Australia.
This wonderful new local product really leaves mass produced and over processed milks for dead.