I can hear you thinking "What on earth are Telline?" (pronounced Te-lean-ay) Well, they're little shellfish that live in the sand at the beach - very easy to find if you know what you're looking for - and they taste delightful simply sauteed in a little garlic & olive oil! (And I'm sure also cooked in a multitude of other ways..) They're one of the things that I LOVE to go digging for when I'm on holidays.. it used to be something that my Nonno (grandfather) used to take us to do, but he's not able to make it down to the beach anymore so it's even nicer to be able to bring some home for him..
I think this is the first time that Blossom & Bean have really been able to join in successfully and they went crazy for it! They wanted to go down EVERY DAY! We only ended up going "Telline-ing" twice, but the second time was so successful that we had enough to leave some for my Aunt & cousins as well as bring some home to share with my brother & sister (and us of course!).
|Our 2nd day haul - we'd already eaten the first lot!|
One of the really special things about going "Telline-ing" with the kids was being able to tangibly demonstrate to them the whole ocean to table experience, including the sustainability side of things (eg. "grading" the Telline & returning the small ones so they can grow bigger for "next time").. it's nice to be able to show them that not all food comes from the supermarket!
|Up close and personal - aren't they cute?|
Here are some of the things that caught my eye:
|Hand beaded Christening dress & bonnet (~$250!)|
|Embroidered singlet with tulle tutu (~$14) - how easy would that be!|
|Quilts on display|
The local quilting guild ran an "Ugly Fabric Challenge" where members were give a fat quarter of "ugly" fabric and had to turn it into something beautiful. The only requirement was to use atleast half the piece of fabric. Ugly has never been so beautiful! All of the entries were fabulous, and you never would have guessed that they all used the same piece of fabric in the designs..
|The local quilt guild "Ugly Fabric Challenge" fabric|
|Ugly Fabric Challenge entries|
|More Ugly Fabric Challenge entries|
|And even more Ugly Fabric Challenge entries|
|The cupcake pincushion that I wish I'd bought|
|Isn't this table centre gorgeous? It's made up of fussy cut equilateral triangles.|
|Incase you can't tell, that's a cruise ship in the distance. Le sigh.|