|The convent in the middle of Boorowa.|
Yesterday Mum, the Pickle and I headed off on an excursion to Boorowa.The Pickle did not want to go, she said she would rather stay home and play Little Big Planet. But we let her play her DS in the car with a blanket over her head so she cheered up. Mum and I were excited from the start - a nice drive through the countryside, a visit to Vinnies, a rabbit from the butcher for Dad - what's not to like?
YASSThe day was grey and misty as we set off from Canberra. We stopped off at Yass, where we called in to the local St Vinnies and Mum bought a navy cotton cardigan, made in Australia.
So few garments are Australian made these days, you really do have to look in the op shops if you are looking for Australian quality.
THE ROAD TO BOOROWA
Off we went along the Hume Highway, which is the main road between Sydney and Melbourne, and not far out of Yass we turned off onto the road to Boorowa. As we passed some Alpaca grazing in the paddocks, the fog lifted and all of a sudden we had a blue, sunshiney sky.
|no brewery signage!|
The first thing I noticed as we drove into Boorowa was a lovely old pub, typical of those found in every country town in Australia, with one difference. See if you can guess what it was (answer in the fine print under the photo)
Just about 1200 people live in the town of Boorowa. The local council has in recent years upgraded their main street with new paving, roundabouts featuring boulders, flagpoles lined up along the road and tubs of flowers. These cerise coloured primulas took our fancy.
We called into the Superb Cafe for morning tea/lunch. There was a bar at the window where we sat and looked out at the main street. A hay truck was parked out there. A few cattle trucks drove past. Some were full, some were empty. Mum commented that there must be a sale on.
Boorowa is the habitat of a threatened parrot called the superb parrot. Imagine a very pretty, green budgie-ish bird. Here is one up close and here is some more information about it. One of the laws they have is that you are not allowed to cut down old dead trees, since these provide the hollows the birds need for their nests. The farmers also seem to be growing beautiful stands of gum trees along their fences so that they will have the hollows they need in the future.
Touch brand. It feels like cashmere, and is hardwearing. The colour we chose is an olive greenish brown, the shade is called "dark haze" Mum is going to knit me a cardigan, and I think she will really enjoy handling such beautiful wool. You can see the pattern here. She's going to get cracking on it just as soon as I roll the big skeins up into balls for her. Fibre Filia does not have a website just yet, although I did suggest that to them.
We dropped into St Vinnies where I bought a stripey cotton t-shirt, a really thick one made in Australia. I looked up the website of the manufacturer, Elliot Kennedy Australia, to see if they are still in business. They are, and their t-shirts retail for $130 so I feel I nabbed a good bargain! Here is the Vinnies, in the middle. You can see in the foreground the diagonal lines for folks to park, in this town they park nose to the gutter.
The next shop was Superb Patchwork. This shop is set in a huge building, once the premises of a cabinet maker. It had really high ceilings, with a mezzanine level, and all around the railings were hung quilts which were for sale. I did not take any photos for fear of offending the owner but the quilts really did look spectacular displayed like that.
Here is Mum standing outside.
Mum noticed a doll's pram in the window which was the same as the one she had as a little girl. Just along from the patchwork shop was a welder's yard.
Across the road we noticed some lovely native grasses growing back in the gaps between the shops. This I am guessing makes good parrot food? The shops had lovely old tile work.
There was an old department store which sadly has closed down since our last visit. The windows were all covered up with newspaper. There was still an ad painted on the outside wall
At the butcher Mum bought a rabbit to take home to Dad. The butcher gave us some newspaper to wrap it in since it was frozen. You can see my reflection in the shiny tiles on the outside of the butcher's. This driveway beside the butcher's leads to a kennel
|Superb Parrot mosaic|
The Boorowa court house is now the home of the visitor info centre, and a handicraft shop. Mum bought Dad some ginger slice. We looked at all the lovely craft items, but I decided to save my money for some sheep poo on the way home. A giant bunya pine tree grows outside.
ON THE ROAD TO HARDEN
|A lovely creek|
At a little farmhouse we stopped at the gate to buy strawberry plants. The kids' names were written on the honesty tin, and the table was an old baby change table.
Harden and its sister Murrumburrah are both much more stately and grand towns than Boorowa. The houses are larger, more formal and feature decorative federation style trims.
|Note the little bridge needed to get over the deep gutter.|
|a different view of the bridge|
At another farm gate we bought three bags of sheep poo for $10. On our last trip we brought back sheep nuggets and they did amazing things for my rose garden, so I was really happy to have found some again. Sheep poo really is excellent stuff. It comes pre pelleted, and unlike horse poo does not grown weeds.
As the day drew to a close, there was a lovely golden light across the fields. We saw these "grand Angus" cows relaxing in the afternoon sun
In shop news....I remember this pillowcase from my childhood, but I can't quite remember who or when or where. This dress was a new one which I found at an op-shop. Now converted into a size 1 pinafore dress. Does anyone recognise this fabric? The label had no brand, but it said poly-cotton, Australian made. It is a lovely thick quality, so I am thinking Sheridan. Answers on a postcard please.
|Um, I think I need to redo this photo - doesn't look so good with the grey background. Photographing clothes is not as easy as I first thought!|
In other news, a treasury featuring one of my items was on the Australian front page today. I got so excited I took a screen shot.
And shortly afterwards, the little yellow dress sold - along with another one with buttons. I am happy to be sending them off to the new owner in Victoria, and once again being grateful that we are allowed to have a special front page just for Australia.
Well, if you have made it this far, you deserve a medal for stickability! Thanks for reading and I will be happy to answer any questions and read any lovely comments you might have for me below.
PS The title of this blog comes from a sign on the way into Boorowa from Young.