Tillie & Coco

two ladies, two bicycles, two hemispheres

Category: Sustainable

Just another Tuesday

by Alacoque

Hey Tillie (and “hello” everyone else!),

this morning I headed into Newtown to attend a Seed Saving workshop at the Green Living Centre. The workshop was great! Jane demonstrated collecting and saving seed from carrots and tomatoes (two different techniques), then we planted broad beans in toilet paper rolls for The Great Crate– an installation that will be part of Art & About Sydney from 21st September to 21st October. For more workshops offered by the Green Living Centre have a look here (don’t worry I’ve already registered for the DIY Bicycle Panniers workshop!). I was too busy getting my hands dirty to take any photos but by coincidence the rocket in our community garden is going to seed so here’s a surrogate photo instead!

Rocket going to seed
Self-sown lettuce and a cheeky little tomato

As I had Willa with me I took the pram and walked to Newtown. It should have taken me 36 minutes to walk, according to google maps, but with three different stops in Victoria Park (1. ducks, 2. feed, 3. nappy change) it ended up taking  an hour and a half! This is why I need to get back on the bike. If I’d ridden it would have taken about 15 minutes and I would have arrived before those needs arose (well excluding the ducks but there’s always time to stop for ducks).

Victoria Park
Bike locked up on King Street
Pentimento window display

On the walk back through Newtown I stopped in at Cheeky Transport, my favourite bike shop, to check out their baby bike seats and helmets. Their recommendation? The Yepp Mini, a front mounted child seat. There were none in stock so I put my name down and will get a call when they come in. I said I’d be happy with either the lime or orange, which do you prefer?


Willa also tried on a couple of helmets for size. This exercise reminded me of an eighties movie montage where teenage girls try on various hats but instead of over-actors in fluro clothes and spiral perms we had a rather mellow baby covered in banana and leftover rusk. We decided on the smallest one (I can’t remember the brand) and at half the price of the next model up I can totally cope with the cat and dog pattern.

Walking back through Victoria Park I spied these folks smoking lazily on the lawn in the dappled sunlight. Bike dropped casually beside them.


When I was waiting at the lights on the other side of the park this bike ninja pulled up. BIKE NINJA!


All in all a pretty awesome day!

Love Coco xx


Greenhouse by Joost

by tillieandcoco

Dear Tillie,

I have enjoyed the most wonderful day. It started off with a little bit of a sleep in, then a nice lazy breakfast bruschetta, followed by a ride along the waterfront to Greenhouse by Joost.

Greenhouse by Joost is a waste free pop-up restaurant. The building itself is made using the Productive Building system developed by Joost Bakker. Think reused shipping containers, chemical free, transportable and recyclable. All produce is delivered in returnable and reuseable containers. Wheat is milled on site (see photo below) for bread and pasta, and milk is churned for butter and cheese. Everything is organic and compostable (including the cutlery!) and the compost used on the rooftop herb garden.

I could go on and on but to put it succinctly it rocks and offered me a chance for guilt free indulgence. Check out their website here, but you’ll have to be quick as they’re only around til the end of March (though rumour has it they’ll be back later in the year with a permanent restaurant). It seemed only fitting I arrived by the greenest form of transport I know- my trusty bike Camilla.

I was rather bemused by this gate on the bike lane at Barangaroo
Approaching Greenhouse by Joost
Wall of strawberries!
My table
Looking to the right…
…and to the left
Wheat milling in action!
Morning tea
Pistachio and cherry macaroon. Divine.
Flat white
Rooftop parsley
Rooftop view of the Opera House
Rooftop view of my lonely bike Camilla
Shipping container art
Riding back under the Harbour Bridge
Graffitied car art in Walsh Bay
After my wonderful morning tea I rode back over to Darling Harbour and attended a talk by Tony Brown at the Australian National Maritime Museum regarding the new exhibition Tayenebe of Tasmanian Aboriginal women’s fibre work with my gorgeous sister. Then I rode home again. Bliss.
Love Coco xx