Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Hi ho, hi ho

G'day all!

Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to the tribunal we go....

We've been served with notice, so on 25 January at 2pm we are there. Scared witless and something else-less too but we won't hold back (it's hard to hold back on the something-else-less - it tends to makes its presence known....). Plus we have a couple of exhousemates who will provide statements or may even be there in person. It will be interesting.

Now to make up for the fact I've been very distracted by these events and have forgotten to take pics of any knitting for days, how about I give you long promised pics from Wendy Dennis' place instead?

Plus I'll slip in a couple of photos from my brother's place too. He is 14 years older than me and has lived in his house for nearly 10 years now, so his garden is a bit ahead of mine. You'll probably notice some similarities though.

Tarndwarncoort was founded by Alexander Dennis in the 1840s out on the plains west of Melbourne between Winchelsea and Colac. On the way there, as I drove and drove and drove along the Princes Highway, we saw a lot of these, no lots and lots and MANY uncountable thousands of these:

I guess the farmers are cutting lots of hay and silage against another drought.

We crossed the Barwon River at Winchelsea:


25 km later, you turn off on the Warncoort Road and then up cemetery road. You know you are going to the right place if you pass a cemetery with a big erection on your left.

What a way to remember your loved ones. Build them a missile silo.

You keep driving down the road until you get to a three way corner on the dirt road and to your left should be a few green trees and an old building next to a gateway.

The back gate is now the entrance everyone uses:


Through it you can see the wool store - the building on the right that has luscious yarn and wool in it - and glimpses of the house. The house started off as a simple two story cottage:


and then later on this grand bluestone extension was put on - the 1848 cottage is to the left.


It is one of the few remaining homesteads or stations in the area. Totally magnifique.

We walked up to visit the cottages, one of which we intended to stay in. $55 a night pp for two people, gets cheaper with more people, plus it is cheaper for spinners (lol - we spend too much in the wool store!). I am contemplating organising a group to go there. Interested?

Here's the newer cottage:


and you may remember the view from the back verandah, which is really the front verandah:


Here's the older house, a Federation style place 100 years old. It was transported onto the site not very long ago. I loved it - if you want an older style home with all the pressed metal ceilings, etc, and live in Oz, I reckon you should look at getting one removed from some place in the bush and move it to where you want it to be. It'll cost but like what a house!

Wendy and Nathan are having a chat.

OK, here's a quick tour of the back part of my brother's place. The path between the west side of the house and the fence:

It's full of fruit trees and ornamental species. It looks excellent, really lush, plus there is a big water tank to help water it all through summer. I reckon it wouldn't be more than about 4m/12' wide. Amazing what you can get into a smallish space.

Then there is the vegie patch - carrots, capsicums, tomatoes, sweet corn and strawberries can be seen in the larger pic. OK, strawberries are not vegies.


All of my family love growing vegies and fruit and gardens in general. We all have vegie patches of some form or another and have probably 20 or 30-odd fruit trees between us. I guess it is the farming blood we got from the old man and Mum's determination to always be able to cut flowers from her garden. It is good to have such a great legacy. Craft and gardening genes. Makes me happy!

If you are very lucky (I don't demand good, just lucky) by tomorrow I'll have some pics of some almost finished objects. Like knitted stuff. Yeah, the stuff this blog is ostensibly about, when I am not off on some yap about something else.

anon!

1 comment:

  1. Your brother has such a lovely place. Those gardens are amazing.

    Hang in there with this ex-house stuff. You'll come through alright.

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