There is a little old man down the street from me who has a stamp shop.
He has been in Brunswick for over 60 years in the same shop. His Dad ran the shop and passed it onto him. The shop is filled with old stamps from all over the world. So many colourful designs and prints that date back to at least the 1900's.
Here a few of my favourites
I'm going back to get some vintage Christmas stamps to make gift tags with.
We ventured out to Doncaster this week to check out the John and Betty Exhibition.
An old book from the 50's, 60's and early 70's (well before my time to may l add!) bought to life by a variety of artists. Take a nostalgic look back on early childhood and pop down to the Manningham Gallery.
Entry is Free and the exhibition runs til 21st November.
Babies and children welcome at the gallery, so get out of the heat and pay them a visit this week.
A lovely way to spend the day for all you lovers of vintage books!
Don't get me wrong, l love our local supermarket. Your run of the mill type...rude check-out chicks and buy 12 get one free deals. Great!
So if your feeling like you need a change with the food variety, then sink your teeth into these little great shopping spots around Melbourne and try something new.
A little Italian maybe... Mediterranean Wholesalers in Sydney Rd Brunswick. Amazing Italian oils, breads, cheese, wines and sweets. l could go on. Very reasonably priced and a great variety of everyday ingredients that you use - cheap pasta and canned goods.
A little Middle eastern perhaps.... Bas Foods in Brunswick also offer a wide variety of dried fruits, nuts and spices. Very inspiring to walk through and grab a can of something unusual. l purchased a huge jar of Tahini which keeps forever and is great to make home made hummus with. Yum!
Or something spicy and Asian influenced instead... Laguna Oriental Supermarket is located at QV. Tucked away out the back this great little gem offers everything that is Asian from curries to satay. They have an excellent noodle range and also all those lovely sauces and toppings for homemade soups and stir fry.
Hope we have given you some ideas that inspire you to travel the world without leaving the kitchen!
October was busy. We manged to squeeze in loads of places. They were all lovely and two do stand out in my mind - although don't get too excited as they didn't tick all theHey Bambiniboxes for the kids, and wont be on the website, but l feel they need a mention.
Need a caffeine fix - and a good one at that. Try Sevens Seeds located in Carlton, I swear l could smell the coffee as l got out of the car. Loads of room to move, but it's really more of a "business crowd" in here during the week. Staff were friendly and helpful. Not only do they have a food and drinks menu they also have a fantastic coffee menu where you can choose from a variety of beans and blends to take home. l got the Deadman's Espresso Blend for my hubby's morning coffee. Great name for a coffee blend and it's a smooth brew that packs a punch.
Then we ventured to the "other side" of the river to Kanteen. Situated along the Yarra River this picturesque cafe is good to take people who are from out of town. It's nice to experience something a little different. Great outdoor seating but as you are right on the Yarra l wouldn't advise taking a tribe of young children - unless you're a great swimmer! Need to be on your toes with that! Kids love water - especially dirty water. Food was good, staff nice enough - they didn't offer me a highchair which l was unaware they had until l saw another wee one sitting who arrived after us. Oh well!
Be sure to check the website as we visited a lot of country cafes in October. With the weather being nicer it's fun to leave the city behind for the day.
Oh and l must say we visited Pearl Oyster on the weekend in West Preston and it was AMAZING!! Will be up on the website soon! xo
If you are ever heading down to Harbour Town in the city to check out all the new shops pop into Le Cirque Fine Foods. They serve light lunch's, coffee and yummy cakes. Oh and also with every purchase you get a FREE babycino for bubba!
The shopping complex also has changing facilities and on some weekends free family entertainment.
On a sunny day you can sit on the board walk and watch all the pretty boats!