Thursday, 15 February 2007

Wine Tasting To Be a Huge Success!

As you know, we have a wine tasting evening coming up on February 23rd. Tickets are on sale now and are will only set you back $20.00. Fabulous finger food and cheese and fruit platters will also be available. Evening starts at 7 pm and finishes at 10.30 pm. This will be a wonderful opportunity for you to taste some of Victorias best wines and we look forward to the evening being a huge success! We would like to take a moment to thank Lethbridge Wines for their very generous donation of wine for the evening. Lethbridge Wines is run by Maree Collis, Ray Nadeson and Adrian Thomas. All of them have scientific and medical backgrounds, so it is not surprising they are farming their vines in the most ecological and environmentally friendly ways. Lethbridge Wines is one of the most celebrated vineyards in Geelong, and their History and Philosophy make for fascinating reading. They can be found on the web at: Remember guys, you could turn this event into a great night out, round up some friends and family, maybe your PFA, and join us for a great evening in! I for one cannot wait to try the Lethbridge….. Tickets can be bought at the counter, from either myself, Tye, or the Lovely Joanne. Don’t leave without one! Or you can contact either one of us by email or phone. (See Page 4 for details).

Wednesday, 14 February 2007

Cinema By the Bay.............

One upcoming event we are very excited about is the Cinema by the Bay evening we have planned for Friday the 30th of March. We will be screening a family friendly PG rated movie for anyone who would like to join us. Tickets Available Now! You can’t have a cinema evening without traditional cinema food, so we will have hot dogs, pop corn, ice creams cool drinks and much more available on the night. For those of you who prefer something a little more sophisticated, we will be taking pre orders for Cheese and Fruit platters. Wine by the glass or bottle will also be available, as will our standard bar selections. Ticket prices are $12.00 per adult ticket, $7.00 per child ticket, and $35.00 per carload ticket. A free regular popcorn will be given with every ticket presented on arrival. We are looking forward to a great turnout

Useless Information For Your Entertainment.......

Did you know………… – Turnips turn green when they are sunburnt. – Hot water is heavier than cold water. – Less than 2 percent of the water on Earth is fresh. – There are only 2 people in the entire world that know the secret recipe for Coca Cola. – The US Government spent $277,000 on ‘pickle’ research in 1993. – There is cyanide in apple pips. – When a coffee seed is planted, it takes five years to yield consumable fruit. – The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher. – The first man to distill bourbon whiskey was a Baptist preacher, in 1789.

Please Watch Your Step.................

The Homestead is a beautiful and natural, rural environment we would like everyone to enjoy. As we are sure you are all aware, the summer months mean an increase in movement for the creepy crawlies. There have been some sightings of snakes on the property and grounds, however, upon sensing human activity, they move in the opposite direction very quickly! We do ask you be careful when moving about the grounds and buildings and keep a watchful eye open. If you could speak with your children about what to do if they see a snake, asking them to move away and call an adult, is the safest option. Open grass areas are not usually a problem, however we do have some concerns with the woodpile area, if you could advise your children to stay away from this area, we would appreciate it. Any concerns, please do not hesitate to approach one of us, we are happy to help.

Fridays At The Cafe...............

Have you come along to join the Knitters Club for a scrumptious lunch, great conversation and good company yet? If not, why not! We have a lovely bunch of ladies here every Friday and we all believe the more the merrier! The Knitters Club is not just for knitters, we welcome anybody, especially if you love a chat!! We are very child friendly, with lots of room for the kids to run around, or join in with an activity of their own to keep them occupied. The lovely Joanne is our Lunch Chef and she whips up a lunch to remember every time! Scones and coffee or tea afterward means you wont feel hungry till dinnertime, all for the small fee of $10.00. Lunch for the kids is also available with our Lil’ Lunch Bag option, $5.00, and this includes their craft activity, which is sure to keep them happy. If you don’t want to stay for lunch you can always treat yourself to our great coffee and delicious variety of sweet indulgences! We have a great time, so come down when you’re free, we would love to meet you! Any queries email Tye at, or ask a friendly staff member for details.

Sunday, 4 February 2007

Chloe's 4th Birthday!

Last weekend, Chloe and her friends and family chose to share her birthday celebrations with us down at the Homestead and by all accounts, it was a great sucess! She and her little friends spent a fun filled couple of hours enjoying party food, stories, games and activity sheets. I have a feeling there may have been a few boys that were not terribly impressed with the Pink and Purple theme, (but strangely, none of them refused the helium balloons they got to take home with their lolly bags.)
After working hard on their colouring in sheets, (lots of blue chickens and pink lambs) the children enjoyed stories. For Chloe we chose, "Who Wants A Dragon", "Alice The Fairy" and "Madeline". Then it was outside to play egg and spoon race, in which all of the children did exceedingly well! Not a broken egg anywhere, (boiled eggs are good for this game) Highlight for the day had to be 'Going On A Bearhunt'. Willow the Book Fairy leads all of the children in this wonderful adventure, which winds its way around the grounds of the Homestead and Cafe. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with it, Bearhunt is a song/story, written by Author, Helen Oxenbury. Willow talks the children around the grounds of the Homestead, using tone and enthusiasm to build the suspense, until the inevitable "BEAR!" moment, when all are guaranteed to run, squealing with delight, back to the 'safety' of the Cafe fro ice cream and cake. Chloe and her friends were very enthusiastic bearhunters and as the birthday girl Chloe got to take home her very own copy of "Going on a Bearhunt". There was only a little time left for a quick game of 'Duck, Duck, Goose,' before it was time to go home.
Somehow, I dont think many would have stayed awake in the car! Chloe and her friends were a lovely bunch of kids, and we had a great time, we do hope to see them all again next year.......
If you are interested in having a Childrens Party with us, we would love to hear from you! Please feel free to email Joanne at