Travel Thursdays – 5 things we enjoyed at the Buxton trout farm

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Buxton Trout and Salmon Farm
2118 Maroondah Hwy, Buxton VIC

Ahhh the first signs of spring..birds chirping, the sound of lawn mowers and the smell of freshly cut grass in the morning, pink and white flowers blooming from the fruit trees, and of course the first of those warm days – such a contrast to the chilly winter months we’ve had of late.

Sunday was gorgeous, one of those first perfect days of spring where the sun and its warmth envelopes you and instantly makes you feel happy. So with a last minute call from one of the family, we found ourselves headed on a long drive all the way to the other side of town to make the most of the beautiful outdoors.

Melbourne day trips Buxton trout farm The Urban MaIMG_6927Lots of different ponds with with either trout or salmon for you to catch!

5 things we enjoyed at the Buxton trout farm:

1) Catching lots of fish!
2) Fishes were cleaned and we even bought some more to take home to the rest of the family that couldn’t come
3) A nice big sheltered area with picnic tables and BBQs free for use
4) Lots of ponds as well as open spaces to laze around in the sun! There are chairs and benches around the ponds but don’t forget to bring a picnic blanket and some games for fun – we saw a family happily playing badminton and Mr D was enthralled watching them…wish we bought a footy or something hehe! Next time!
5) Friendly helpful staff and great value for money ūüôā

  • BBQ area Buxton School Holiday ideas The Urban MaKids fishing at the Buxton Trout Farm The Urban MaThe cousins had loads of fun catching lunch for all the aunties and uncles
    IMG_6947A large clean and open BBQ area with plenty of tables and benches.
    Buxton staff The Urban Ma blogFriendly staff greeted us as soon as we walked in. Rods, bait and pellets were provided for fishing as well as buckets and nets. You can even get your fish cleaned, they’re so fast!
    Fresh local produce for sale Buxton Melbourne things to doFresh local produce on sale from homemade relishes and jams to smoked trout and salmon and other seafood.Fishing at Buxton
    Preparing the trout for bbqMy aunty was so prepared complete with salt, lemon and butter to cook our catch with and foil. She even had rice, and some yummy Filipino salsa for the fish complete with plastic plates, cutlery, drinks and coffee!
    Trout farm Melbourne The Urban MaTita Lit bbq-ing our catchFilipino style lunch The Urban MaSo delicious – fresh trout BBQ’d with a squeeze of lemon, and some salt & butter. Bonus chopped up tomatoes, onion and salted egg as a side with some fish sauce or bagoong (shrimp paste). I was so full!
    Fishing with his uncles Buxton The Urban MaMr D overseeing all the uncles, aunties and cousins while they fish.
    Family trip to BuxtonAll smiles because they caught a huge one – 2.5kgs of trout!
    Family time with cousins BuxtonI think Mr D felt a little sorry for the fishies…he didn’t eat any of it for lunch!

    Big Filipino family The Urban Ma
    Filipinos love photos and eating and hanging out! The more the merrier ūüôā
    IMG_6960A family-friendly day out for all!

Where the wildmushrooms and cinnamon scrolls grow – brunch in Seddon

  Saturday Brunch in Seddon

After a trip to our long time GP in West Footscray I thought it would be nice to take mum out for brunch nearby in Seddon. She had never been to the area before even though it is so close to the first residence they lived in when they came to Australia. I hadn’t had breakfast yet so we decided on checking out the first cafe we saw which was Common Galaxia.

We got a nice big table near the kitchen which Mr D immediately used as a race track for his little cars while waiting for us to order him something to eat.

We ordered:
– Kwak cinnamon scroll (Cookies and cream flavor)
– an almond croissant
–¬†Wild mushrooms saut√©ed w truffle oil on sourdough w herbs, asparagus, haloumi, salsa verde & 2 poached eggs (the eggs were well done for me since I can’t eat them raw right now and they got it done just right!)¬†

The Details:
The staff were great and very accommodating with the changes I had to my order and I really liked the dish I ordered. Mum didn’t like the almond croissant as much as the one she’s tasted at Laurent but we all loved the cookies and cream scroll! We had tasted the other flavors before and this one has got to be one of our favorites! Parking was easy to find and we parked right outside the cafe on the street and went for a nice stroll down the road after we finished our coffees.

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 Bump Diary #17  Р35 weeks

  How far along are you? 35 weeks and 5 days
How big is baby? This week Baby weighs as much as a honeydew melon. On average around 47.4cms long and weighing just over 2.6kg with fully developed kidneys and its liver able to now process some waste products.

Body and changes:

‚Äď Weight gain¬†As with the other weeks I haven’t weighed myself but found this breakdown of pregnancy weight gain in “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” that I found really interesting. All weights are approximate.

Baby Р 3.3kg
Placenta – 750g
Amniotic fluid – 1kg
Uterine enlargement – 1kg
Maternal breast tissue – 1kg
Maternal blood volume – 1.8kg
Fluids in maternal tissue – 1.8kg
Maternal fat stores – 3kg
Total average – 13.5kg overall weight again (I reckon mine is probably double that!)

‚Äď Stretch marks¬†Those reddish stretch marks from last week are becoming more prominent and I feel like holding the bottom of my belly up when I’m walking around to relieve some of the weight my tummy is carrying.

‚Äď Sleep¬†Again this past week has been good in terms of sleep. This first week of parental leave has proved to be very busy with all the cleaning and general household duties with a toddler in tow making me exhausted by the end of the day that it’s very easy to fall asleep, even with a huge belly in the way. My feet and legs have been tired from being up and about all day and I’ve managed to make myself nap twice with Mr D this past week during his afternoon nap.

‚Äď Maternity clothes¬†I haven’t bought anything new this week as I found some new things in my wardrobe with tags still on them that I hadn’t even worn yet! Thanks to Helen from Recycled Interiors, I’ve been following along with her 30 day challenge to a happy, healthy home and one of the challenges this week was to re-organize the wardrobe. It’s still not as neat as I would like it but bit by bit it’s getting there.

The Other Stuff:
Feeling loads¬†of kicking and fetal movement again this week and I can see Baby’s elbow, bum and feet just pushing out and stretching my tummy. I can also feel Baby pushing up into my ribs and I didn’t really ever feel that with Mr D.


¬†The Urban Ma Humble Bundle flowersLoving this gorgeous bouquet from my workmates…it has lasted already one whole week without wilting…really brightens up our dining area!
The Urban Ma recipesOne of the meals we had last Monday for a meat free Monday dinner – vegetarian pad thai ūüôā

Eating¬†lots of homecooked dinners this week – yay for parental leave + meal planning ūüôā Feels great to have a nice hot meal ready early by the time hubby gets home instead of both of us rushing home from work only then to start cooking straight away as soon as we walk through the door. Now we have more time to play with Mr D and relax on the couch together!

Feeling¬†like there’s still so much to do around the house before Baby arrives…but then again, the housework is never-ending is it?

Needing to¬†pack by hospital bag and organise Mr D’s room.

Wanting¬†to tidy up both our’s and Mr D’s room plus plan Mr D’s birthday party.

Watching Mr D enjoying the sunshine outside during the gorgeous weekend that we just had.

Bookmarking weekday activities for Mr D to get into like boys hip hop classes, swimming lessons or those pre-school storytimes at our local libraries. When I was on parental leave last time I used to take him to toddler time and Mini Maestros etc and I think he enjoyed it! He definitely learnt a few things from going to the various organised classes and activities.
I’ve also been loving looking at kids bedrooms and gender announcement ideas even though most people already know what we’re having!

Noticing¬†how many things we have around the house that we don’t really need or use much. If only I had the energy to have a garage sale.

Enjoying¬†the sunny weekend weather and hanging out with all the cousins. We tried out the new burger joint in Maribyrnong, St Burg’s on Saturday and then went long-driving with the other side of the family to Buxton Trout and Salmon farm where Mr D had a blast!
I’ve also really enjoyed being able to catch up with so many friends this past week and have time to clean some of the house as well but I think I pushed myself a bit too much that today I’m feeling so run down. I had to take a nap in the arvo.

Buxton Trout farm The Urban MaA sneak pic of some pics showing what Mr D got up to this past weekend!

sophie post partumHave you seen Sophie’s 10 day post partum pic after delivery her twin girls via c-section!? Loving the colour theme of her twin girls’ nursery!

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Daddy: What are you grateful for today Daniel?
Daniel:¬†Thanks to God¬†my monster trucks and my monster jam truck tickets (we received some tickets in the mail this week and we both got so excited!). Oh and thank you for playing with Madison (Mr D’s little cousin was over our house for 2 days in a row and he loved it!)

Have you been continuing to practice gratitude in the past week? What have you been grateful for?

Saturday Style – Date night at the theatre

Saturday Style – Date night at the theatre

Every now and then we get to squeeze in a date night straight after work. On this occasion we went to see the King and I (see post here). We had a quick meal of steaming hot xiao long bao dumplings from Shanghai Street before we made it into the theatre ready to watch the show.

This comfy outfit I work to work transitioned easily into the night and was comfortable enough to wear throughout the entire day.

I wore:

a polka dot top with a bow at the back Zara

black fitted jacket from Topshop

Navy blue pants from Forever New (I love the fit of these so much I also bought them in black and orange!)

Heels from Myer (I remember I bought these around 10 years ago when I got a new role leading a team of 25 people! My feet were so sore the first day I wore them but as I broke them in they became easier to walk in and now are one of the more comfier heels I own!)

Longchamp handbag

We ducked out during intermission for some good coffee and a little browse of the cute little store next door, the Spring Street Grocer.

Pinoy Friday – Ginisang Umapalaya

Pinoy Friday dish
Ginisang Umpalaya (Sauteed Bitter Melon/Bitter Gourd)

When I was younger I never used to like this dish. The bitter melon had too strong a flavour for my liking. It was always something I just ate because I had to. Little did I know that my parents wanted us to eat it due to all the health benefits bitter melon offered. Bitter melon is low in calories, known to lower blood sugar levels, is a good source of folate and Vitamin C, other vitamins and much more!

The other day I really felt like cooking ginisang umpalaya (sauteed bitter melon). We’d been having a lot of meat and I wanted to try a different veggie dish other than just roast or stir fried potatoes and beans etc.

Thanks to my cousin, I learnt that it was a super easy and fast dish to cook. We cut the¬†umpalaya into thin slices and soaked it in some salt water to take the edge of the strong bitter taste. Then it was just a matter of sauteing the garlic and onions then adding some pork for extra taste. Tomatoes, some patis (fish sauce) and a little seasoning together with the umapalaya and some egg to top it off and that’s it! Serve it with rice and you’ve got an easy weeknight dish. Substitute the pork for some fried fish on the side for a different twist.

Travel Thursdays – 7 Things We Love about the Tesselaar Tulip Festival

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Tesselaar Tulip Festival
357-359 Monbulk Road, Silvan (40km east of Melbourne)

Now in its 62nd year, the Tesselaar Tulip Festival opened today with over 100,000 tulips planted across 25 acres brightening up the Dandenong Ranges. We went for a drive with the family last year taking our aunties, cousins and grandparents and great grandparents with us Рthere was something to do for the whole family!

With a different theme each week, you can make a weekend of it and even organize a relaxing stay in the Dandenongs.

Sept 11th-13th – Turkish Weekend
Sept 14th-17th – Yarra Ranges Week
Sept 18th-20th – Dutch Weekend
Sept 21st-24th & Sept 28th-Oct 1st – Childrens Weeks
Sept 25th-27th – Food, Wine & Jazz Weekend
Oct 2nd-4th – Irish Weekend

Things we love about the Tulip Festival:

1 РFood and Entertainment We ate some gozleme, Dutch pancakes, ice cream and German sausages while listening to live music by some talented musicians. There is also entertainment with dancers and

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2 – Open spaces and opportunity to be out in the open among beautiful flora spending quality time with family

The Urban Ma picnic Tulip Festival Melbourne

3 – Big clogs and novelty things that you can find around the 25 acres that interest the little ones and the young at heartbig clog Melbourne Tulip Festival Melbourne

4 – Loads of photo opps – smile!

Tulip Festival 2014 selfie

5 РThe Sculptor exhibit and plenty of market stalls to purchase goodies from

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6 – The new Tulip Train which you can ride on to view the colorful fields

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7 – The beautiful and bright tulips. You can even grab a bunch to take home.

What’s your favorite thing about the Tesselaar Tulip Festival?

tulips at the Tulip Festival Melbourne

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Williamstown Farmers Markets


Williamstown Farmers Markets 
2nd Sunday of every month 9-1pm
Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown

Last month Mr D and I rugged up and headed out to the Williamstown Farmers Market. There were a variety of stalls offering fresh local produce. Mr D got so excited to see the little petting farm in the middle of the market and he happily watched the ducks and sheep playing around.

We got some of the delectable Kwak scrolls for morning tea and stopped by the fresh juice stall,¬†Babou. I asked Mr D what type of juice he wanted and I¬†thought he’d totally pick the orange juices but he said, “I want the green juice!”. What a healthy little boy ūüôā