I am part of the Melbourne Uni Food Co-op at uni and it is a wonderful space. Cheap, good food. Bulk buying….They even have veg boxes. As a move to develop the space as being about more than just food, the collective has decided to introduce workshops. So yesterday I went to a Sourdough making workshop run by one of the bakers Maikeli. Sadly, my phone died so I didn’t get any action shots, but I already have my starter grafting away in my fridge, so I will show you more soon.
As it is, Maikeli had made a loaf the day before, so our first step was to put that in the oven and we were able to try it at the end of the workshop. We then made up a dough and were able to take that home with us to start our own bega and make up a mini loaf. I decided to fashion it into a forcaccia. This turned out rather yummy and I happily nommed away while watching Mad Max.
Apologies for the particularly poor pictures this week – my phone isn’t great at the best of times and was feeling especially unhappy yesterday!
The sun was shining as a friend and I walked to the Oxjam gig in Abbotsford on Sunday. It was the first time when I actually started to get the feeling that Australia is a generally warmer country than the UK, as we had 16C in the middle of winter.
It was the perfect day to sit out in the sun, drink a few beers and listen to some music. And this is what Oxjam provided us all with, on a rooftop to boot. It is definitely one of my dreams to live in a place one day which has a rooftop garden. Sadly they are somewhat hard to come by in the UK but it will provide impetus for gallivanting abroad no doubt.
Last week was crazy busy. I moved house. I did a presentation in class. I organised a bake sale. I helped cook a veggo meal. And it looks set to continue – I’m off to a gig this afternoon, I have my first essay to hand in, I have several birthdays and nights out. All of these things are good things, don’t get me wrong, but I feel like I’ve been on high in the tumble dryer for quite some while.
So it was wonderful to go out yesterday to Toolangi Rainforest in Victoria. It is an incredibly beautiful place and it was wonderful to get out of the city. The air was so fresh and clean. I. Could. Just. Breathe. While not exactly what I expected – it is a cold climate rainforest after all – it was much more lush than any forest I’ve been to before. If you are in the Melbourne region I would definitely recommend driving out for a trip.
Unfortunately Toolangi did have its dark side. There have been unsustainable logging practices carried out, particularly since the Black Friday fires, which are threatening the habitiat of the endangered Leadbeater’s Possum. These creatures need the old trees (around 150 years) with hollows to provide habitat for them. Unfortunately, despite the destruction of so many trees in the fires, the logging companies want the same amount of output, meaning that they are using much less sustainable practices. The carers of the rain forest are campaigning to have the area recognised and protected as a national park. If you would like to find out more or support the establishment of Great Forest National Park please follow THIS link.
Some photos from my day trip along the west coast of Port Phillip Bay. We managed to get to Torquay (and break down of course!) which is the start of the great ocean road. Can’t wait to do the whole thing some time this year.
Time flies! I can’t quite believe I’ve already been in Melbourne for a complete month. It genuinely only seems like yesterday when I was running around trying to sort out my 21st party and panic packing. I’ve had so much fun this month, traveling to new places, meeting new people and getting to know a whole different world. I’m even enjoying uni, although I have a LOT of reading to do at the moment. So here’s my monthly round up (I’ve also basically stolen the format from The Student Travels so go check them out!):
- Walking around the city, particularly the suburbs of Fitzroy and Carlton, and starting to get a feel for the place. I love that I can round pretty much any corner and come across some graffiti or an interesting shop
- I’m really enjoying all my modules so far. As I said before they are all very reading heavy and its been a bit of a pain to get concentrating but the content is all fascinating.
- My birthday 🙂 I was a bit nervous before I came because I was worried that I wouldn’t know anyone and I would spend the day alone…and…and… I actually haven’t put together a blog post yet but I went out for brunch with a great group of people then partied my way into the night!
- I still haven’t found a house yet. And it sucks massively. I can’t properly concentrate on anything because I keep worrying about viewing housing or sending messages. Hopefully I will find somewhere soon.
- I also haven’t met many Australians. Such is the way of a year abroad that I mostly spend time with other international students so it gives a slightly warped view of Melbourne. On the plus side though, they are all lovely and want to have a good time!
Most Liked Post: Brunch ‘n’ Beach
Favourite Day Out: I also having blogged about this yet (slacker!) but I had a great day out last Sunday with a few friends who had a car. We drove down to Geelong and then along the coast some to Torquay. The sea was utterly magical and peaceful. Favourite Food: I actually think my favourite meal was my first brunch out at Young Blood’s Diner. While there its also nice and easy to hop over to the Rose Street Market. Feeling: Cautiously optimistic about finding a house soon…
Thinking: About all the feminism. Two Gender Studies classes this term wo/man!
Song of The Moment: Laura – Scissor Sisters