Banjo Patterson, the Eighteenth Century poet that every school child used to read. We went the monument to mark his birthplace. You can see that Dolly is a fan. I recited some of Banjo's most famous poems to E: The Man From Snowy River, Clancy of the Overflow and sang a little of Waltzing Matilda. He wasn't impressed. He didn't grow up with bush literature. The monument is humble but like Wren, it is a case of "look around you".
Millthorpe. It has well preserved historic streetscapes of cast iron verandas that house many gift shops and tea rooms. Our favourite shop was Galvanised (see photo below). It was full of funky retro lamps, rustic furniture, books and lolly jars. We didn't leave empty handed but we could have spent so much more.
place that we wanted to go for lunch was closed for a winter break so Fran suggested a pub down the highway that she had been recommended. We found ourselves talking to an old guy at his gate where Sylvia and E were admiring his cat. He gave us directions as well as some family history. I will tell you about the Beekeepers Inn below but first I must highly recommend the Golden Memories Museum. It had an overwhelming amount of information but there will be something for everyone. Recreated bedrooms, crafts and a shed full of old machinery. Sylvia insisted on staying in the main hall with one of the volunteers who was just lovely.
The Beekeepers Inn. This was my favourite place of the trip. We arrived to find a couple of ducks
Mountain Tea House. It is at the foot of Mt Canabolas, which has a great views you can reach by road (see top photo) and many walks. The tea house is set in a beautiful bush setting. We loved the space with the bright mural on one wall, a corner of tourist information, old advertisements, and a little display of gifts for sale. (Though I could do without the evangelical Christian signs which are just not my thing, but they were not too prominent.) The manager showed Sylvia to the box of toys but all she wanted was a highchair for dolly to sit in.
As you can see above, Sylvia was warmly welcomed at most places we went. The Old Convent is not really intended for kids, and I got the impression that they were not welcome. My other main gripe is that I went there because I love old buildings (see photo above). I was really disappointed to find we were seated in a lifeless new extension and when I asked about being seated in a cosy adjoining room with sofas and a fireplace, I was told no, because they had to clear the table. We were worried the kids would want to run around and chose to eat outside on what was the coldest day of our trip. Fran also commented that it was a shame they were BYO only and didn't support the plethora of neighbouring vineyards.
If you want to see a more positive review, check out Not Quite Nigella. Our visit could have been better but it just felt like everything except the food went wrong for us. We had to laugh about it, especially when E misheard the waitress telling him about a dish with duck and asked if she had said "dove". But it was nice to go out and meet some of Fran's friends.
2319 Mitchell Highway, Vittoria, NSW
On the Highway at Vittoria, between Bathurst & Orange
02 6368 7382
The Mountain Tea House
42 Mt Canobolas Rd
Orange NSW 2800
02 6365 3227
The Old Convent
Convent Road, Borenore, Orange, NSW
02 6365 2420
Open Sundays only