So basically, all of my food and photography dreams came true when Luisa told me last year that Molly Yeh was coming to Australia to host a Local is Lovely workshop. I had already been to one before, but Molly is my blog crush and I knew I had to go back, if only for the food.
Little did I know that when the weekend rolled around in July, I almost didn’t get there. I told you guys a few posts ago that my dad has been sick and that I wasn’t really sure where things were headed for him. Sadly, we found out recently that he doesn’t have long to live and he has spent some time in hospital over the past month.
He had just been discharged the week before the workshop, so of course I felt a little guilty leaving for the weekend. After some discussions with my family and the amazing humans I know, I decided it was OK to drive out to Rydal for the weekend. And I am so glad I did.
The entire weekend was like being wrapped in a warm blanket and being fed cups of tea and cake until your heart was happy. Like, both literally and figuratively. When I arrived, I walked into the shed and immediately saw these beautiful olive oil cakes from Annie’s olive grove with rhubarb frosting and I wanted to weep.
Sophie and Luisa did an incredible job at making everyone feel so welcome, with the help of superstar helpers Pip and Haddy. Molly IRL was just as she is online. She was so generous with what she has learned along the way in her stellar blogging and photography career. Annie made me once again consider what actually is a good photo and the workshop goers were lovely, knowledgeable and basically frigging superstars.
If that wasn’t enough, there were savoury yoghurt bowls (life changing), pre dinner wine runs to Rydal’s pub/bottle shop, Soph’s incredible venison, fires, a delicious challah doughnut story, coffee, a sauerkraut how to, storms, marzipan and real kangaroos and a cute dog called Maggie.
I left Rydal with the same feeling as I did last time; I JUST WANT TO BE AND DO BETTER AT ALL OF THE THINGS.
Here are my favourite shots, which I am a bit proud of.