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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Country Living Anywhere

Even in the city these days, there's a move towards sustainable and organic living, providing for ones own family, stepping more lightly on the planet, and returning to traditional ways. People are realising that taking the time to re-learn the skills our grandparents took for granted is not only better for the Earth, but also for our health.

We're lucky in Woodend to have a little more space for these pursuits than many of our apartment-bound friends in the city, and New Leaves has many of the resources you may need for starting your patch of paradise.

There are books on indentifying wild mushrooms and keeping bees. Books on how to make your own cheese and ferment your own yoghurt and miso, and make sourdough bread or brew your own cider. Some of these have gone down particularly well at our house with the recent purchase of our new house cow.

Some of New Leaves most popular titles are shown below - drop in and see if you are inspired to begin producing your own food in your corner of the world.

Penguin's Lantern imprint has recently released this volume of inspiration and advice from 18 of Australia's most productive kitchen gardens. Ordinary people producing extraordinary food at home!

Aracaria Biodynamic farm produces a range of wonderful planting and alternative health guides and New Leaves stocks them all.

Learn all you need to know about Choosing and Keeping Chickens, no matter how much or little space you have with this fantastic guide from Hamlyn. For absolute beginners to old hands who are a little rusty.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Long Awaited!!......

Book 5 of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney arrived in store today! It's secret title has been revealed to be 'The Ugly Truth'.

Greg Heffley has always been in a hurry to grow up. But is getting older really it's cracked up to be?

Drop in to New Leaves and find out!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Here comes 2011

We are excited to be getting ready for 2011 at New Leaves with the arrival of the 2011 Rebound Diary!

We LOVE these classic Golden Books rebound as week-to-a-page diaries, handmade from 100% post consumer recycled paper right here in Melbourne. They have a full blank page opposite the dated page, and those who love to relish in the nostalgia of their covers will be thrilled to know that the ENTIRE Golden Book story is still hidden within.

So find one that you had as a kid, or enjoy a new Golden Book for a new age. I have one for 2010 and I swear I smile every time I pull it out to use - that must be every day!

Drop in to New Leaves and pick your favourite now before they are all gone.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Blackbird Catering

There's a little bit of mutual love going on in Woodend at the moment....... For those of you who don't know the new Blackbird Catering, please have a look! For parties, events or my favourite - midweek catering, Sharyn is your go to girl. I'd like to keep her on tap, and for all lucky Woodend residents, we can almost do just that.

Here are some treats she kindly made for our recent evening sale. Check her website for the Winter Menu and everything else available. Also check the blog to see what yummy treats she's been making lately. It'll definitely whet your appetite!

Thursday, April 22, 2010


There are some fabulous Flashcards here at New Leaves for the little ones. Beautiful collage, funky font-play, and stunning Charley Harper artwork. Two of the sets even turn over to become a selection of puzzles in 12 - 16 pieces. Who knew learning could be so artistic?!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Winter Warmers

Keep your eyes peeled on this blog for news of the upcoming Picture Book Shopping Spree. All Children's Picture Books will be discounted for a day - so make it your day to shop for Winter Warming Tales!

Saturday, March 20, 2010



Children from as young as 3 will love Claire Saxby’s new picture book ‘There was an old Sailor’

You and your family are invited to New Leaves on Saturday 27th March at 1pm

to hear the author read the tale of an old salty sailor who swallows a krill which makes him ill, and who cures his terrible bellyache by eating each animal in the sea, one after another.

We hope to see you there!
RSVP to New Leaves for numbers.