Are the sands disappearing from East Beach, Port Fairy?

In the ten or so years I have been enjoying East Beach in Port Fairy I have noticed the beach slowly disappearing.  At high tide now you can’t walk on the beach as the water comes all the way up to the rocks (put there to protect against corrosion).  Last summer I noticed visitors setting up early in the day on the beach not realising there would be no beach to occupy as the tide came in.  

In the last couple of weeks around 20cm of sand has washed away.  A large storm that caused a lot of damage to both Warrnambool and Port Fairy washed it away.  The ramps that offer entry to the beach for prams, bikes and disability vehicles now drop off 20 centimetres.  They haven’t been topped up or signs put up warning people.  Much of the fine sand has gone with the course being on top now.

At some time this will need to be addressed.  The golf course is at risk from corrosion and there are fears the 100 year old tip will be exposed to the beach.  In a recent article it was stated the tip had a road in front of it between it and the ocean.  It has now completely gone.

Moyne shire should be praised for the remedial work placing large boulders along the beach face to protect infrastructure but the state and federal governments are very quiet when it comes to beach repairs.

Sooner or later the sand will need replacing.  It won’t happen naturally as the breakwater has been stopping it for the last 80 years.  It needs to be trucked or pumped.  A beach town needs a beach and who wants a beach without sand.  Time for all three levels of government to support remedial works being eroded whether it be by climate change or not.

A cappuccino worth the money you paid for it.

It sounds like a simple thing but how often do you walk away from a cafe thinking “now that was a cappuccino worth what I paid for”. I find only about 10% of the time I could say that was a really good coffee and in fact 5% of the time when I can say that coffee was spot on. So why is it so hard to get a really good cup of coffee. Quite simply, it is poor training.

I met a barista many years ago who worked at the Melbourne markets selling hundreds of coffees a day to a market where they know what a coffee should taste like. She stated how the coffee had to tampered to the right pressure, ground to the right consistency, and make allowances for the humidity, room temperature and more. Also the milk had to be very fresh and frothed to the right consistency I envied those living near her cafe.

Most people making your coffee are poorly trained and haven’t a clue on how to make a great cup of coffee. They make a basic coffee and frequently overheat the milk often to the point of burning it. Frequently it is bitter because they allowed the dregs because they ran the coffee filter too long.

How do I judge a good cappuccino? If I need to sweeten it they have made a poor cappuccino. I am a sweet tooth and used to sugar my coffee until one day I tried a very good coffee. Not bitter, temperature warm, not hot and milk frothed but not above the cup. Try your coffee without sugar and savour the taste. If its bitter, tastes milky, too hot or insipid start purchasing somewhere else and search for that truly great cappuccino experience..

Daylesford in Victoria

I have been visiting Daylesford and Hepburn Springs for over two decades and have seen it change from a laid back alternative town to a trendy, thriving popular destination. There is still a little of the alternative lifestyle but it has been engulfed by popular spas, cafes, and shopping aimed at the Melbourne market.
Daylesford and Hepburn Springs connect seamlessly (although they would never admit it) with Daylesford having the main attractions including the lakes, shopping and dining while Hepburn Springs has the main spa centres. Both should be included on your visit.
Daylesford is so popular with Melburnians it is like an outer trendy suburb – especially being a little over an hours drive.. For those wanting to get out of the city but retain the dining and shopping they are used to Daylesford offers an unparalleled rural destination.
When you are visiting you should not you will be in the Central Highlands with Spa Country smack in the middle. You are now walking over 70% of Victoria’s mineral water so try some from a pump while you are there.
It is a beautiful location offering undulating hills with a background of the Wombat Park natural forest and has two Lakes, the Daylesford Lake and Lake Jubilee with both offering picnic facilities and paddleboats or canoes if you like being on the water. Due to the depth and cold waters they are unsuitable for swimming although many people do.
Attractions include the Convent Gallery, Lavandula and the Wombat Hill Park. Daylesford offers luxurious dining with views of the lake, specialty shops galore and accommodation from budget to luxury. It is a suitable destination all year round and a great spot for day tripping.