March 2015: The wedding

I have a not that surprising confession to make. I love weddings. I love that everyone puts on their glad rags and gets together for a good old fashioned shindig with family, friends, food, music and, with any luck, fairylights. I love joining in the comradery of the drunken nannahs and aunties and young’uns shaking their booty to simply atrocious music. And I love getting the opportunity to spend time and laugh with good friends. So many thanks to Jen and John for loving each other and having a party to honour their commitment to one another and inviting me to take part in the festivities. Oh, and you guys put on a bloody amazing party.

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March 2015: Lanyon Homestead

Lanyon is an historic homestead and grazing property located on the southern outskirts of Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory. It’s a fascinating place both for its history as an early homestead and as a case study for the management of historical homesteads as museums. As with many homesteads that have been occupied for long periods of time, each new head of the household at Lanyon made decisions about how they kept their house. Furnishing changed, the functions of rooms changed, rooms were added or taken away. When curating such a homestead, what story do you want to tell? Do you take everything back to one decade? Do you keep it as you have found it? The curators have gone to excruciating lengths to acquire objects and furniture that would likely have been in such a homestead during the 1860s. Where historical records and people’s memories of the place have allowed, they have tried to recreate some rooms exactly as they were during set times. I found the outcome of the two strategies very interesting.One of the things I really delighted in was the interpretation in the sheds out by the cafe – accounts from some of the people who laboured on the homestead. You can read more about the fascinating history of the homestead and its conservation management plan from the ACT’s Museums and Galleries website.

March 2015: Tuggeranong Homestead

Weddings are a fantastic excuse for a weekend away, catch up with old friends and generally eat cake, be merry and celebrate. The cast for this particular trip were the ladies from last year’s June trip to the Victorian Goldfields. The next couple of posts will be sharing the photos from our various jaunts around the Australian Capital Territory. Katie of Katie Writes Stuff once again acted as group photographer and scribe and has provided an account here on her delightful blog.

Today’s post: A morning at Tuggeranong Homestead. And what a fine homestead it was. You can read more about it’s history and role in the region at the homestead’s website. Many thanks to the owner who gave us an impromptu tour even though the homestead was closed to the public that day. I can imagine people have had some very beautiful weddings there.

June 2014: Castlemaine

Antiques and canon and coffee and alarming mower emissions in Castlemaine. Learn more about Castlemaine, named after a Viscount Castlemaine, from our ever favourite universal bastion of popular knowledge Wikipedia.

June 2014: Maldon Railway

A couple of times a year I get to tag along on adventures with an amazing group of creative women. Over the last decade we have written enormous collaborative plays and stories, gone on ridiculous roadtrips, abused road signs and gotten high on cheese, sugar and alcohol. Some have knitted bunny ears for their long suffering puppy, crochetted owls, researched the fun and the gruesome side of medical history, learnt, taught and played a range of musical instruments in an assortment of bands and discovered a passion for Korean pop and all things Korean.  Two years ago we sailed around some Pacific islands on some kind of floating amalgamation of a RSL and Westfield,  in January we relaxed in the town of Merimbula.  Over the next couple of posts I’m going to share some of our June adventures in the Victorian goldfields. Most of the photos are thanks to the very talented Katie. You can read about her craftiness on her blog Wool Geek, her retro biking adventures at the Bike and the Blog. More of her photos, cats and exploration of historical and abandoned places can be found on her flickrstream.

Today’s photo collection comes from the historic Maldon railway station. We may have gotten a bit silly. For the most serious, learn more about the railroads of Victoria.