Yesterday we had a fabulous day out on a Horses, Wine & Beer Tour organised by Melbourne Sports Tours. Neither my sister or I are particularly interested in horse racing, but we both fancied doing something different!
We were picked up by mini-bus from Federation Square in Melbourne, and our first stop was Living Legends – the International Home of Rest for Champion Horses. We were shown around the paddocks where some of Australia’s most famous horses now live, including Silent Witness, Fields of Omagh, Might and Power and Rogan Josh. We also had the opportunity to see Doriemus, Better Loosen up (Blu) and Brew at close quarters, when they were brought right up to the gate so we could take photos. These beautiful horses are as majestic now as when they were during their racing days.
We then had morning tea in Woodlands Homestead, complete with mouth-watering scones with jam and proper cream! (Surely the way to any woman’s heart!)
After morning tea, we had a short time to view the Homestead itself. In 1842, a former Irish Royal Naval officer, William Pomeroy Greene, emigrated with his family to Australia. He brought with him a prefabricated timber bungalow or ‘kit home’, which had been manufactured in London, and by June 1843 it had been erected on land he bought at Moonee Ponds Creek. (It now overlooks Melbourne Airport.) The house originally consisted of five rooms and a passage, but over the next seven years it was extended to include a north, south and east wing, with bedrooms, a kitchen, dining room and servants quarters. Other buildings were erected nearby, including stables and a cottage.
I enjoyed looking around the homestead, and would have liked longer. One thing particularly piqued my interest – under the edge of the floor in one room, Roman Numerals are carved into a wooden board. Were these numbers part of the instructions for constructing this building? A bit like flat pack furniture, but on a gigantic scale? I wonder how good the instructions were; and whether any bits were missing…….