Dear Yogis,

Well, we missed you at our yoga luncheon.  This month we all went to “600 ABOVE” in High Street Woodend.  (My artwork nods at their logo).

The new owners bought “our”(the town’s) only  fruit shop, and opened the wine bar.  I remember years ago when the front shop was home to the town’s barber (he used to travel a couple of times a year in his caravan with his wife,  and open shop wherever he camped – this paid for the trip). After he retired Leanne started Bella hairdressing in the “pressed Tin” room, she then built the building Bella is housed in and the Les the green grocer took over the original shop.  Quite a history.  I am not sure who cut down the beautiful elderberry tree in the front yard, I suspect it was the new owner – I could be wrong.

There are still issues in the new use for the building.  Remembering it is summer, their open fridges are pushing freezing air into the shop and our diners complained.  We asked for the back room because I had heard from others that this was an issue – but those with their backs to the room needed mink coats to combat the cold.  I imagine in the winter it is going to be a real drawback.

The wines were great and a good price.  Food-wise the snack platters were terrific, but their dessert platter wasn’t.  It had marshmallows, chocolate biscuits, pretzels and popcorn with chocolate topping in a dish!  Not exactly luxurious….. when you dine out the desserts are a reward. We made do with oysters at $3 each! Lovely.

In April (the last Saturday) I am going to try for the back room at the Victoria Hotel.  The girls are not keen to face the cold at the Wine Bar again, maybe later in when the issues are addressed.  Let me know if you want to join us.

This week I sold the denim bag to the left.  I take old denim jeans and line them with vintage fabric, including all the little pockets I find so essential. I love pockets.  So many manufacturers neglect them.   I am working on the next bag which I think I will include in my next studio exhibition, and another to replace the sold bag at the Mt.Macedon Gallery.

Getting the handles to look different and better than just a couple of old straps is always a challenge.   Average price $125 to $175 which in no way reflects the time it takes to make them.  If you want one reserved for you (and the size), let me know.  They usually sell as soon as they are made. (They are built to last).



ZOOM GITA :  Monday  evenings at 6.30pm

Windarring Yoga –  Tues. 1pm

STUDIO YOGA WOODEND: Monday Hatha 1pm (full) Mon. 2.15, Wednesday Restorative 1pm

TAROT – Always available by appointment.

NEXT STUDIO TEACHER TRAINING Sunday 28th April  at 2.30

THE YOGA LUNCHEON: Saturday 27th April, 12 noon in the back room at The Victoria Hotel in Woodend. You are all welcome, but please let me know if you would like to join us if you haven’t emailed me already.


and – you can always make an appointment to see me at my studio gallery.