Thursday, October 27, 2016

Next Event

I can not believe Christmas is racing towards us. Our biggest event of the year is on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December at Deakin Waterfront Campus.

 We are introducing a new Kids Entertainment area where there will be a jumping castle, the itty bitty book van, play pretend, Wonder woman first aid, craft activities and more.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Piccadilly Market on 31 July

Piccadilly Market is back again for Winter, one of our most popular dates for the year.

Located on the Geelong Waterfront. 90 plus amazing stalls indoors and under cover.

You will find unique home wares, adults and children’s clothing, wall art, candles, jewellery, gourmet foods and much more. Licensed cafĂ© on site, live music and plenty of free parking $2 entry for adults

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Piccadilly Stallholders Workshop

Would you like to maximise your market experience?

I am very excited about my first Piccadilly Stallholders Workshop

  • Are you an a amazing creator but need help with the business side?
  • Are you new to the market scene wanting to make a splash and get it right from the beginning?
  • Are you a regular needing to take your business to the next level?
  • Are you confident in your product but not making the sales you would like to?
  • Is your business needing a brand makeover?
  • Would you like to know how to use social media to grow your brand and ultimately your sales?
  • Are you wanting to make sure you are not over or under salesy to your potential customers.
  • Does your stall set up need a revamp ?

If you are nodding or answering yes to any of the above then this is the workshop for you.

A fun, informative session where you will get expert advice from people within the industry and leave with a list of actionable items.

Open to anyone not just Piccadilly stallholders

For more information head over to Eventbrite


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Family Friendly Bali Activities

My family and I are just back from a fabulous 2 weeks in Bali. I have been visiting Bali for 26 years and each trip is different depending on who I am with, where I go, my state of mind or financial status :). I will never tire of things to do, see and experience.

I will be writing some blog posts on where we stayed and great places to eat and my top Nasi Campurs (my all time favourite Balinese dish) but this one is solely on family friendly fun activities to experience.

1. Canggu Club

Located in Canggu approx 10 mins drive from the heart of Seminyak,  this was a fabulous day out for all of us. It is a relatively new resort that is not as intense as Waterbom but still has great water slides and pool area that kept my kids aged 10 -12 non stop busy for the entire day. From where the adults sat we could see everything and pretty much knew where the kids were at all times. We both took turns getting a massage at the in house Body Temple Spa. Expensive for Bali but cheaper than home and it was the best massage of the trip so well worth it.

You can not take outside drinks or food in but they have a cafe with a good reasonably priced menu.

I would recommend taking your own towels if you have them but you can hire them there.

If you were extra keen you can pay an extra $10 and that includes 1 hour at Bounce and 1 hour of Strike Bowling. We were too hot to even begin to consider that option.

2. Bali Tree Top Adventure Park

I have been wanting to do this for years and finally got my chance. I can not rave enough about the set up here. Located about 1.5 hour drive from Seminyak within the beautiful Botanical Gardens and close to Lake Bratan. We arrived before 10.30 which is cheaper and was much quieter. Before starting on the Circuits, every client must follow the Safety instructions given by the Patrol Guides.  They explained how the circuit works, how to use the equipment, and provided all safety instructions that must be respected at all times. My kids picked it all up and were off and running.

There are 7 different circuits to suit all age groups and abilities and there are staff everywhere to help and advise at all times. It is VERY well run. Each one of my kids had to be rescued once due to over confidence and it was done quickly and easily. I went right out of my comfort level and had a go and have to say that my anxiety levels were through the roof. It was a love/hate experience. The adrenaline was great and my fave was the zip lining but the obstacles were a challenge for me. One circuit was enough for me. Bucket list item ticked but kids did for hours and we had to drag them off.

We all highly recommend taking the time to do this and it is also a wonderful way to escape the heat as it is about 10 degrees cooler.

Rescue in progress

eeek...they are so little all the way up there

They are big trees

3. Ubud Cycling Trip

Finally my kids are old enough for us to do this. We were collected at 8 am from our Ubud Hotel for the drive to the active volcano Mt Batur where we began our ride. On the way we stopped at a Lewak coffee plantation. This is the most expensive coffee in the world, the red cocoa beans are eaten by the Lewak and then pooped out (yes really), cleaned and processed. I do not drink coffee so can not rate it but people do go crazy for the stuff.

The ride it self was fantastic, such a fun and unique way to see the true Bali outside of the tourist hubs. We whizzed through small towns where local children waved and tried to race us on foot. We went past the beautiful rice fields and stopped to walk through one and see how the rice is picked. You can then see the rice drying on the side of the roads in the villages. We went down tiny out of the way paths through green jungle areas even stopping at a tiny road side food stall with amazing samosas and the best Pisang Goreng (fried bananas). We stopped at a family compound to see how people live, the Balinese still really struggle financially, it is eye opening.

There is no website for the company we used and I think there are better choices. Next time I would look into Bali Eco Cycling

Lewak coffee beans in the poop

Top of the mountain

Miss Lola ready to go

They really wanted to take these puppies home

hard work in the hear


Just stunning

Road side delicious snacks


4. Casa Luna Cooking Class

Casa Luna is owned and run by Melbourne born Janet De Neefe and her husband Ketut. They also run Honeymoon Guesthouse that I normally stay out but it was booked out with a big yoga group this time. This is the 3rd time I have done a class and each time I have learnt something new. I LOVE Balinese food, it has a very unique flavour and worth discovering. It is hands on and you get to enjoy a big scrumptious feast at the end. My children really enjoyed it and learning how to make pastes by hand instead of throwing into the thermomix. If you have the time and the interest try and do the Market Tour as well. We didn't this time but have in the past and it is a great experience.

Busy at work

5. Pondok Pekak Balinese Classes

After all my years of travelling to Ubud I never knew about the local library and their classes. Such a great experience and we all came away with a hand made item. Lola, aged 10 and I did a silver smithing class for 3 hours. It cost 300,000 RP ($30AUD) which included 3 grams of silver (plenty) and a voucher for food and drink and the on site cafe. I made earrings and Lola made a hand stamped charm for her pandora bracelet. Was a great experience.

Jonah and Bella did wood carving and made a lizard and a turtle. They worked really hard and did so well. They seemed to go into a meditative state concentrating so hard and enjoying the process. It also cost 300,00 RP and was 3 hours.

The teachers were amazing and patient. I want to do fruit carving next time. everyone needs a fancy watermelon and their BBQ.

The teachers are always there and you need a minimum of 2 hours notice to book.

so impressed with Lola's intricate charm

All these experiences really took our trip to another level of enjoyment and adventure and getting off the beaten track.

Would love to hear if you do any or have done in the past and what you thought.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Thank You Geelong

Thank You to everyone who came along to yesterdays Geelong market on a very busy weekend to support small business.

  Piccadilly Market 20th March

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Piccadilly Market Geelong is up next

Very excited to be back for our first event for 2016. Hope to see you there.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Malvern Cancellation

It is with much disappointment that I have decided to cancel Malvern Market for March 6th and all future dates.

The first market went so well but the 2nd really fell short of expectations and has meant a lack of support from businesses.

I am devastated but think Melbourne is just over saturated with markets and I am better to stick with fabulous Geelong that never disappoints. 

Our next Geelong event is on Sunday March 20th.

Friday, January 22, 2016

A magical Brae dining experience

Bucket list item - check.

I am a self confessed foodie and have been lucky enough to dine in a lot of special places around Australia and the world. There is eating to eat and then there is eating as an art form where it becomes an experience. Brae did just that. 

The setting is beautiful and remote and 1 hour from Geelong / 90 mins from Melbourne. I went with 3 of my fabulous foodie friends and we had a private driver for the evening so we could all enjoy the matching wine list. Next month some onsite B&B accommodation will be opening, a great reason for me to return :) 

You need to book quite some time in advance which certainly adds to the excitement of the event.  We were greeted by the amazing staff who really made the whole experience incredible. Nothing was too much trouble and their knowledge of the food and wine and all the accompanying descriptions was top class.

The dining room is open and airy with views out to the countryside where we witnesses a sensational sunset. My only complaint would be the sun shining directly into my eyes requiring sunglasses for most of the meal which felt odd indoors.

The man at the helm is Dan Hunter who was the former executive chef at Dunkeld's Royal Mail Hotel. Dan is all about using local and fresh ingredients that are in season.

Brae has a dégustation-only policy which means you will be having 10 courses and eating a broad range of interesting ingredients. The kitchen is however used to catering for many food requests.One of my fellow diners is a vegetarian and was very happy with her substitutes. The full menu is at the end of this post. Here a few pictures of the dishes. The iced oyster challenged my head and my taste buds and I loved it. Sweet yet savoury, cold and dense with an ice cream texture.

The food presentation was pure art and one thing I noticed was that I never had the need to season as everything was the perfect balance. I am a a self confessed salt lover but needed nothing. Big tick of approval from me.  Being invited to the kitchen to meet and chat with Dan after our meal was also a lovely touch to personalise the experience. We will all be back for a lunch sitting next time so we can see the amazing setting.

4285 Cape Otway Road, Birregurra, Victoria
03 5236 2226

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Piccadilly Market $50 plus LUXE Christmas Gift ideas

Our final post is for the $50 plus gift range. For someone special and maybe even a gift for ourselves

1. Tea Obsession pack by Organics for Lily. $60
Obession Tea Pack with 12 small jars of your favourite Organics for lily tea plus a stainless steel infuser

2. Serving dish by ElaLen. $120
ElaLen - A gift for the Christmas and BBQ season: gorgeous serving dish with handles, 37cm (45cm with handles) x 28cm x 7.4cm; volume 3.5 litres. Genuine Boleslawiec stoneware. 

3. Limited Edition Linocut by Bridget Farmer. $55
Spotted Pardalote, from the series ‘Birds in my Garden’ by Bridget Farmer.
This is a limited edition linocut, hand coloured with watercolours

4.Geelong and Surfcoast Cushion by Mabel and Me on the Road. $65

5. Mohawk Sling by Stacey Inq $180
Made from super soft premium leather.Features a large zipper zone inside, additional zipper pocket, open pocket and iPhone space

6. Bean Bags by Yin & Yarn. $50

7. Leather Bag Set by Gypsy & Co. $295
This 3 in 1 leather bag is a bag inside a bag inside a bag.

It's your complete go to piece, both stylish and functional.
Excellent for everyday use, travel, business or motherhood, wherever life takes you. 

The 3 pieces complement each other and can work as one bag, or just unclip the middle bag, add the strap and you have a stylish cross body bag.
You also have a small clutch purse as your third option, to use as a purse or take separately as a clutch for a night out 

8. Dolls by Playful Child. $50+
Playful Child Dolls are ready for fun and adventure!
These lovely dolls have recaptured their inner child. Their re-painted faces reflect their joyous spirits and sense of fun, and their new handmade clothes are as unique as the dolls themselves.

9. Christmas Style Pack by Zippy Skirts. $129.90 ($129.90 values – Save $50)

1 Versatile Skirt - classic black stretch skirt in your selected size; wear as a skirt or strapless top!
1  Christmas red zip-on panel (zips to Versatile skirt at hidden waistband zip)

You can download our super cute Christmas wish list here


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