Monday, August 12, 2013

Little birdies

Mr Rosanna and I have both been sick the past week so not much fun with demanding children cooped up inside.  We did manage to visit the heritage listed Eltham Library over the weekend and it really is lovely - a real community hub with the Alistair Knox Park and train line out the front, a gallery space, a toy library and not one but two cafes to choose from.  I didn't get a chance to go into Shillinglaw Cottage Cafe & Food Store but it looks gorgeous.
Image via Shillinglaw Cottage website
On the way there, we went past the Eltham Miniature (Diamond Valley) Railway and there is also the newly opened Eltham Tea House on the opposite side of the road near the outdoor florist which I've heard good things about - somewhere that's suitable to take young kids and toddlers.  Think it's in a great location for when you're visiting the railway on Sundays (and Wednesdays during school holidays).  I've also heard great things about nearby Lilies on Brougham (particularly from friends who are into French Provincial) - a tearoom, gift shop, ladies clothing store and boutique nursery - which is around the corner in Brougham Street.
Image via Eltham Tea House website
Image via Lilies on Brougham website
Speaking of little people, my friend Kallista has just opened Tiny Dancer World - ballet and creative dance classes for children aged 2 - 6 in Rosanna East and South Morang.  Kallista has a dance background and was involved in professional roles in the performing arts and musicals (which are still her great passion!) prior to having children herself.  You can email: to register your interest or call 0478 011 772 for bookings.  
Image via Mr Wolf Kids Facebook page
Finally, there is a relatively new clothing and toy shop for kids in Lower Templestowe called Mr Wolf Kids - I've not yet been there myself but it's good to know it's around as I often find myself buying last minute presents at the Heide Store.

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