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Alfresco Saturday, pt 2 – evening time.

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9.30 pm, (dark, and chilly)
A time to rest, and blog
After a busy and fun day.

Jen

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What is the time??

Here I sit, watching the clock, wishing I could go to bed. Curl up in the warmth and dream. But no,I have to wait it out and then go out in the cold, drive a half hour to collect my son from work and come home. It doesn’t stop there. He has to start work again at 9 tomorrow. Which means, no sleep ins for anyone, washing being done at midnight and then the dryer at 7 when we get up.
One small problem, the clock I am watching stopped and hour ago, and the laptop hasn’t converted to daylight saving time, so is an hour behind. I wish it was still an hour ago. But then I would still be doing market blog work and no closer to going to bed.
I wont finish this before i have to leave – 5 mins, 10.30pm – and will probably do it when I get back. In my warm bed.

This was part of the post I was getting ready last night. I arrived home and at five to midnight I had added my link and pressed publish… I have no idea where it was published to. The never never I spose.
I just realised it Saturday, I knew it was, but sometimes you have that appointment and its way off in the future and the next thing you know, it’s today!! That’s how it is today.

All the work we’ve been doing on the market blog and its looking pretty good now. Initially it still looks the same, but we have lots of new pages – it’s a veritable one stop shop for the market now.
It’s certainly taken on a life of its own. I won’t go into it here, pop over yourself (blog link) and have a squiz, let me know what you think. Is there anything we might be missing?? There is one page I need to update, but that will come soon enough.

Have a great weekend 🙂

Scallop Pie – TKO Bakery Oatlands

Twice this week I’ve had the pleasure of testing out 2 new scallop pies, and I can say this one surpasses pretty well all that have come before it.
Oatlands is approximately halfway between us and Launceston or Mole Creek where we stayed on Wednesday night (see my road trip post) and a much needed stop on our return home.
The weather was wild and we were cold.
The bakery was warm and cosy, the pies and coffee hot and delicious.

There are signs along the highway promoting the pies at this bakery, but not stating their ‘best of’ status. When talking to other travellers you will hear about this bakery and the Ross one is equal terms.

There were two choices of scallop pie on the menu – curry or creamy. I thought this was a good idea as not everyone is after a curry pie, even though mostly are not overly hot or spicy.
I chose the creamy as something different and hubby’s decision made the order two.
Camping ourselves at a table near the wood heater to thaw out and warm up cold wet gloves we started on the coffee in wonderful large mugs easy to cup and warm chilly fingers.
The pies came out and looked fabulous. The cutlery and crockery was all mis-matched which blended nicely with the decor of the cafe. Casual and homely.

To the pie.
1: 5 stars.
2: 5 stars
3: 5 stars
4: 5 stars
5: 5 stars.

Overall score. Best pie yet. 5/5
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Not the best picture, it was browner in the flesh.

The scallops were plump and tasty, and perfectly cooked. Encased in a delicious pastry which was flaky, but not excessive, cooked to perfection with no raw or burnt bits. The sauce was beautiful. A creamy, but not overly rich sauce with fresh herbs (definitely home made as hubby found a whole ‘tree’ of herb in his) that added a subtle fresh home made flavour to it. There was just the right amount without being too runny or thick. The value for money was equally as good, at $7 it is a well rounded pie. I think this will become a favourite stop for us in the future.

Sunday morning, market day

6am. The alarm goes off, and in my semi comatose state fumble around to turn it off, and notice something. It’s pouring. Rain, cats and dogs. Yes! The tank needs it. The market doesn’t.
6.15. Figure if I don’t get up its not going to happen, and realise it’s not that cold. Shower and do some quick thinking to figure on easy but warm clothes.
6.30. Put coffee on to cook, boil kettle for thermos, eat breaky, and sort out my lunch. Pack lunch bag, put everything into the car, dodging raindrops and the dog.
7.00 brush teeth and get in car. Ugh, coffee on minty teeth, 😦 Spend 5 mins trying to get iPod sorted through the stereo.
7.05 finally on the road, the rain gets harder the closer I am to my destination.
8.00 arrive and unpack car. Still dodging the rain and now puddles.
9.00 fully set up and ready for the people. Buy a coffee from the mobile van, do some food stall testing and return to my place.

9am – 1.30 pm. Sit around till finish time. Have lunch, chat with neighbours and friends.
Photo courtesy of Huonville Market Facebook page, and Nicole.

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1.45 I’m packed up, ready to leave and head home.
2.30 home and unpacking car. Sort out the kids and have coffee.
3.30 head out with the eldest taking him to work.
4.30 I’m home again, and thinking dinner. General this and that for a few hours.
9.00 back out to pick up son from work.
10.00 home and going to bed.

Hope your day is dry, warm and productive.
Jennifer 🙂

Snow in Hobart

Sunday morning.
0 degrees C.
8.30 am.
Icy roads and a little sunshine.
And The Mountain looking good with it’s ‘dusting of icing sugar’

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Have a great day.
Jen 🙂

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