A day of contrasts in country Australia

Australian weather at its worst and best as we drove from Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, to Mansfield, Victoria. Through a dust storm and a mob of 900 cattle on the "Long Paddock" (road!)  between Henty and Howlong (NSW), then steady rain to break a long dry spell as we approached Mansfield.

We always love coming to Mansfield with its wide main street, high country atmosphere and many interesting shops from clothing and decor to Annie Folk's "Country Folk" at 21 High Street.   http://www.countryfolk.com.au/   An absolute treasure trove of knitting wool including "Rowan" and "Jo Sharp", and patchwork and craft supplies.  Annie was able to help me with a knitting problem and of course I found some lovely buttons and beautiful yarn for my next project.

Dinner at Harry's Fork, 2/26 High Street, 03 5775 2220, was just perfect - fresh flowers on the table, great service, delicous food and the Tira Mi Su one of the best.  With owner and chef Chris Redmond at the helm (pictured below with me), Harry's Fork alone is a reason to visit Mansfield.

We look forward to opening our pop-up shop in Mansfield today, Saturday 30 May, 10am to 4pm at St John's  Anglican Church Hall on the corner of Highett and Victoria Streets.

Caroline and Al