I've written about visiting them for lunch before on the blog, but this time we were house guests for the weekend, along with another family, the Bs and their 3 children. That brought the total number of kids to 9, and adults to 6. But while we adults were outnumbered, we had a relatively quiet time without kids in sight - they literally disappeared outside to play and only returned hours later muddy and happy to eat before disappearing again.
We did the usual things you do in the country in Winter. There was a bonfire lunch in one of the paddocks.
We ate and drank every 2 hours it seemed, Alice is pretty good at turning out gourmet fare. All of my children managed to fall in the creek and get soggy feet and muddy legs at various points.... The kids visited the litter of new puppies and collected eggs from the chooks, did some go karting up the bumpy driveway, and rode around in the back of the Ute over bumpy farm roads.
Farm dog with Ute
The modern part in the back of the house with Pierre Frey covered window seats
The Billiard Room is also interesting, full of taxidermy and old books
My 6 year old said to the other boys "Lets get out of this room - it's really creepy"
and photos of various members of the Royal Family who stayed at the house in years past when they had come out to the colonies on tours.
The Duke of Windsor, circa 1920 when he was still Prince of Wales, unattached to Wallis, and highly eligible
I thought it might be interesting for my overseas readers to have a little glimpse into an Australian style working farm. This farm house is definitely on the larger side I hasten to add, but it's a little glimpse into lives lived in the past, and country hospitality, working life and style today.
Hughes Park Cottage
and for weddings, should you be thinking along those lines, this is a link to all the information on them
Hughes Park Weddings
I'm pretty sure after having 10 houseguests for the weekend, Alice is still trying to catch up this week, so thank you Al, we absolutely loved staying with you.
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