Cottage News

Gliders at the Cottage

The Australian Gliding Museum at the Bacchus Marsh airfield is one of the area’s little-known treasures.  As part of the National Trust Heritage Month, 16th April-29th May, the Museum is mounting a display of model gliders and the history of gliding in Australia in the buildings and grounds of the historic Cottage and Forge. Come and see large scale models of early gliders, including the ‘Lasco Lark’, ‘Grunau Baby’, and ‘Merlin’, and more...

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Harvest Festival in the Cottage 2016

PUMPKINS, POMEGRANATES AND PENSTEMONS  Harvest Festival time at the cottage was a time of produce, people and flowers.  Veggie patches and gardens yielded a splash of colour to the 1850s cottage.  Pumpkins bedecked the hay bales in the yard and tomatoes and pomegranates spoke of autumn and winter dishes to come.  Double Delight roses and penstemons added their own delightful colours and scents. Autumn is a good time to visit Bacchus Marsh. ...

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Christmas at Home in the Cottage.

Christmas Day has come and gone.  It was just a couple of weeks when we enjoyed our special open day featuring an Aussie Christmas at Home.  Christmas at the Cottage is always a special time with the rooms decorated in the old-fashioned way, using the materials to hand.  Our visitors often commented upon how beautiful the cottage looked and how lucky we are to have such a well-kept reminder of days past.  This year, our Christmas tree was a...

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The Cup That Cheers

Robur, Bushell’s, TyneeTips, are all names that evoke an era when tea was made with leaves and not bags.  Making the tea was quite a ritual, and for special occasions (if there were visitors!) the best china was put out.  We were lucky enough to receive a donation recently of two English china tea settings: cups, saucers and plates.  The pattern on them is “Old Willow”, a pattern which originated in China and was very popular, especially in...

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“Australiana” display, 20 September 2015.

Our “Australiana” open day was a great opportunity to learn about and share our history.  The simplicity of the past was on display for the curious young eyes to inquire about.  We had the very popular Marshman radio on display which conjured memories for our older visitors.  We all love jams and preserves – the old-style recipe books attracted many comments.  The beautiful evening wear and special occasion day wear was very...

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