Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Racism, Australia, Adam Goodes

I lost a "friend" about 18 or so months ago. Someone I'd known most of my life and kept in contact with and caught up with over time but when I saw a racist remark about Adam Goodes on her Facebook page and spoke out about it... that was the end of that friendship.

I was amazed that she had absolutely no idea why he, or any Aboriginal person, would find "ape" offensive. I linked her to an suitable article but doubt she ever read it. 

It boggles my mind how many people there are - people I know - who have absolutely no idea about the history of our country and the experiences both past and present of the race of people who were here long before the British. 

Let's start with this. Read here.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Spring Walks

Here's an action shot of me and Mini this morning, super early. It's that time of year when the mornings are good enough for me to set my alarm before my early rising kids wake up and go for a walk. Thank whoever came up with daylight savings for this! Walking with all kids and dogs is just ridiculous... very difficult because someone is always complaining. Bless them, but they do nothing for my fitness. 

Friday, 14 November 2014

Sublime in Richmond

I've been going to this place in Richmond and I couldn't not blog about it. Everything is so fresh. The food, the fit out, the staff. 

It really is a may zing. 

This time I just had a brunch of poached chicken finger sandwiches but there are all sorts of good food to eat. Salads with turkey and duck and lentils, protein balls, muesli. Everything healthy and nourishing is there. ... and a fridge of food in takeaway containers so you can grab and go.

I'm just not going to do this place justice with this post so check out their Facebook page here and see for yourself all the good things they make. 

I really love these A4 sized vintage ads. Life Savers: 5 cents. Pepsi and "the art of hospitality". HAHA.

It really is a perfect little lunch spot.

Sublime Cafe on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Diner Update: Media!

We made it to the local paper! We've worked hard and we've worked tirelessly. Harder and more tirelessly than ever in our lives. It's so nice to take a moment to just breath and register all that has been achieved in such a short amount of time. 

One day I can be so stressed, my to do list feels so long and my kids so needy of me that I want to give it up but then today happens and there is this tangible 'thing' that says WHAT WE ARE DOING IS GOOD! Today that is what this article in the local paper and the family photo with all of us there, did. 

The food is what I've harped on about most here but there is a whole other aspect to Big Dog Diner and that is the staff. 15 of them. All young. Most from unemployment or from cash paying jobs that paid under the minimum wage. 2 of the young women (both under 20) are the main income earners for their family including siblings. Big Dog Diner provides the income. It's a surreal thing to be a part of and I'm so proud proud proud!

Under this article outside of my screen shot is an American Express ad that says THINK BIG. Thanking the Universe for that one. 

Sunday, 9 November 2014


The next BDD is opening in Bendigo next year which is going to mean a move for us for a number of months for the set up and opening. Everybody has an opinion on Bendigo and most of those opinions haven't been great. Bah Humbug. Bendigo is beautiful! Very similar to Melbourne with the parks and old buildings and period homes, but with the slow pace and the open spaces of the country. I won't mind living here temporarily. 

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The Big Dog

Aaron McKenzie, who painted the bear at Big Bear Cafe, painted a huge logo on the wall of the diner and a smaller one on the front of the counter. I love it!