Monthly Archives: February 2014

Yoghurt Pot Telephone

Icklegen and I made vanilla ice cream this week in my fabulous ice cream maker. What a great invention – no longer do you have to open the freezer every few hours to whisk your ice cream mixture by hand to stop dreaded crystals from forming. Would I actually manage to remember to do that, I wonder? I think not.P1010702

As I was washing up afterwards, including the two empty pots of cream we used in our recipe (I’m a bit of a stickler for clean recycling), I remembered making a very simple ‘telephone’ when I was a wee lass from a couple of yoghurt pots and a length of string. And I thought, what a great little idea for Icklegen and me.P1010696

It’s a bit fiddly for a toddler to make, as you have to puncture holes in the bottom of your pots, knot the string and then thread it through, but it takes all of 2 minutes to complete. Not even long enough for Icklegen to start hopping around with boredom. And actually, your toddler could get involved by decorating the pots with paint, coloured tape or stickers.P1010697

What I wanted was the end product so that we could have some fun calling each other on our yoghurt pot telephone. It took a little bit of effort to explain to Icklegen that she needed to hold the pot to her ear and keep the string taut while her mummy spoke into the ‘phone’. And then swap roles so that she was speaking and Mummy was listening. But we got there and enjoyed ourselves a lot in the process.

P.S. To finish, a quick plug for the cream used in our original recipe: Gippsland Dairy Pure Double Cream. It is thick, velvety smooth and so delicious you just want to scoop it out of the pot with a spoon and devour it. Plus, no added thickeners/nasties like so many varieties on sale (why, when the real thing is so much better?). And no, I haven’t been paid to say this; I just think that good things are worth sharing.

Caves @ Caves Beach

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Visit Caves Beach at low tide and you are in for a real treat. With the water at a safe distance, there is easy access to a collection of small caves carved out of the foot of the headland at the southern end of the beach. Ah, so that’s why it’s called Caves Beach.P1010643

We timed it right this time, unlike our experience at Norah Head where huge waves were crashing through the rockpool. And it was gorgeous weather too: clear blue skies, sunshine and temperatures in the mid-20s. A classic Aussie summer’s day.P1010625

We parked by the Surf Life Saving Club and meandered our way along the beach to the caves. Icklegen got a bit side-tracked en route, firstly by the ocean, as she hasn’t been for a while (i.e. a week), and then by a flock of seagulls that just had to be shooed out of the way.P1010645P1010639

The caves are impressive. They are not huge; in fact, most are fairly small. Nor are they bedecked with stalactites and stalagmites or daubed with Aboriginal paintings. But how fascinating to see what the power of water can achieve, with so many beautiful shapes carved out of the rock. And how fun only to be able to explore them at low tide.P1010647P1010675

Icklegen got fully into the spirit of adventure, even venturing bravely through a little keyhole opening to reach her Daddy on the other side.P1010655