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Well we arrived in Woodend on Thursday 9th September. We checked into the nearest caravan park (the only one). To say that we heard the theme music from


“Deliverance” would be an understatement! Anyway it was only for 2 nights so we just went with the flow. Bloody cold here still although spring has sprung. Met our homeowners Russell and Susan on Thursday evening at their home. Lovely people, we had a meal with them and their children and got to know each other a little more. The home is huge but very nice. The land is approx 10 acres. We arranged to have a hand over on the Saturday and then I would take them to the airport in Melbourne (only  40 minutes away)

Our home for the next 5 weeks

We are looking after 2 dogs, (Morgan the Spaniel and Archie the Labrador) a cat(Titania) and 7 chooks. We have become regular “Farmer Browns”

Our animals

On the Friday Di and I took a drive around MACEDON/MT MACEDON/KYNETON and TENTHAM. I swear you could close your eyes and open them again and you would think you are in England – the country side is beautiful and all the trees are starting to bloom. The field flowers are all over the place with yellow and blues. I have been checking out the golf courses and think so far the Tentham course is the best. Again it has such an English look about it.

Chef Gaven and the famous fire place were the gold was found!

We had lunch in the village of Tentham at a lovely little place called the “Cool Country Taven” – We met the chef Gaven Crowley – We had garlic prawns with creamy sauce – fantastic, washed down with a Rouge red wine sitting in front of a big log fire. This restraurant was in the news of late as they found a GOLD NUGGET in the fire place (worth about $8000) They think maybe a long time ago jewellery must have been hidden in the chimney.

Cool Country Tavern

Great story, great food and good wine. 

More to follow on this lovely place called WOODEND. We have about 10 terrific wineries around that we will visit during our stay.



The Chook Whisperer



September 13, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. Wow love the new house sit, what a fantatstic setting. We are very jealous.
    FYI now Summer wants a chicken and lessons on how to whisper to it :-)!

    We are looking forward to seeing you both soon. Enjoy your time there

    Love the Magraths

    Comment by The Magraths | September 14, 2010 | Reply

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