23.03.2009 - 23.03.2009 22 °C
In the morning we awoke to a gorgeous heritage town being lovingly restored. They had just finished installing their larger than life cricket wickets about 20m tall! Steve met Mr West, a senior Westbury citizen who remembers playing Ricky Ponting on the oval in an A Grade local game before he was “famous”. They sure love their cricket in this town.
We took a walk and loved seeing the old buildings, many of which are older than Melbourne. We then found ourselves at the White House – a traditional fortress style house and enclosed yard with bakery. The bakery is still operational and we couldn’t resist a yummy pie and sausage roll that had just come out of their nearly 200 year old wood fired oven! They had photos lining the wall of the complete rebuild that the oven had where most of the brickworks to the domed burner was replaced. Quite a job, and one I’m sure wouldn’t be undertaken in this day and age for any private commercial activity. It was just spectacular to see and enjoy. Such a great little town.
Decided we should move on, and as we passed through Deloraine, we should say another hello to it again! Stopped in the tourist office and Steve found a Truffle Farm for us to visit. We drove just 8kms out of town and were amazed at the facilities. We really enjoyed it and they were really helpful at answering all our questions. We had a private escorted tour in a 4WD through their two properties. They help people setup truffle farms and also sell trees (inoculated with truffle spores). It was a fascinating 2 hour tour. They also drove us past a 7 acre plot almost adjoining one of their properties with a half built stone house for sale for $66,000! Hmmmm food for thought! A great way to get into truffles.
a truffle ready for harvest in a couple of months
Decided to head into Wynyard before it gets dark.