Last weekend we took our first family road trip, three and half hours North, into the heart of the outback for Jane, The Shady Baker's third annual Flour and Fire Day. After seeing photos on Jane's blog of her previous events, I was so delighted to join the winter festivities this year. What could be better than a day of baking, making and enjoying the company of wonderful new friends. The whole day was just picturesque, a true dream to revel in and to capture.
We were greeted by Jane and her family and invited into her gorgeous property with open arms, welcomed by Zara's sweet handmade pennant and a bounty of delights on the swap table.
With baking equipment ready to go, homemade sweet treats and coffee was enjoyed as we met and chatted with new and old friends before getting down to the business of baking. It was such a joy to finally meet Jane and Zara after getting to know them for many years through their blogs and was so lovely to make some wonderful new friends, Kate, Summa & Sarah and hang out with my dear friend Shell too.
With the fires burning and the sourdough starter bubbling, it was time to get baking. For the last few years as I've been fumbling my way through a bit of bread making, I've never quite been able to make a successful sourdough, so Jane's wonderful guidance and gentle reassurance was just what I needed get back into the baking groove. As sourdough in the winter takes the whole day to prove, Jane was lovely enough to make some before hand, so we could see, taste and capture the finish product. While the bread baked, Summa from The Caff made some beautiful pasta to enjoy for lunch.
After a wonderful homegrown and homemade lunch, the afternoon was spent chatting, exploring the property and beeswax candle making with Zara. Oh I can't wait to make some more candles, the scent of the beeswax is just so beautiful and the whole process is wonderfully relaxing.
And as the sun began to set, we said our goodbyes, loaded our cars with beautiful produce and farewelled Jane's outback oasis.
With floury hands and a happy heart, I drove away with a new found sense of community, friendship and a real appreciation for the unique beauty of the area we are so blessed to live in. Visiting Jane's property felt like coming home and the experience solidified in me, our dream to find our own little piece of land, to create into our very own oasis.
And it's so true.. Happiness is homemade.
Much Love & Light