Farm house accommodation

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Looking for farm house accommodation? We may be the right people. 
We have been operating Eureka farm for many years and starting this year we have a limited amount of accommodation. 

Whilst you can book via AirB&B or Trip Advisor you also  have the opportunity to book directly. Bookings are now coming in so get in early if you want to book in January or February this year. Our contact number is 613-63725500

We have two types of accommodation. Our Farm House is our old family home. It  comes fully equipped for the discerning guests.. Lots of room with three bedrooms. 

The second accommodation is what we call the Aimee’s Bungalow. Just refurbished with two bedrooms, bathroom and kitchen. 

 Our two types of accommodation are near our Cafe and visitors will see what happens on a farm in summer. We grow many types of fruit trees as well as berries. Read more about our farm elsewhere on this site.
Some things to do:

Feed the animals, picking fruit a possibility in season.
Close to Farm Cafe. Enjoy a farm house breakfast at our cafe. Seasonal fruits , jams , chutneys and our famous ice cream are also  available in our shop. 

Great walks starting on the farm or nearby such as Winifred Curtis reserve; the Scamander Beach from Falmouth to Diana’s basin. On explore the hinderland. Rock climbing at South Sister , trout or salt water fishing in the Scamander River and much more.

We are a working farm and as such we start work early in the picking season. We promise not to bother you and you are welcome to join us. However we would prefer guests who do not party late at night as sleep is important for our sanity in these busy summer months.

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Aimee\\\'s Bungalow                                                              
Our farm house                                                              

Just enter your wishes for days you wish to stay at Eureka Farm.
The calendar will indicate whether  either of the two types of accommodation are available. Remember that the main house can accommodate up to 6 people and the Shed up to three people.

 

 

Uncle Bill

The Duddleson family taken in the mid 80's

The Duddleson family taken in the mid 80’s

When we were growing up in Australia Uncles, Aunts, cousins and Grandparents were relatively unknown to me as they all lived in America.

In the early 80’s though my work took me to America quite often. On these trips it was my delight to escape to Washington on the weekends to visit my relies. Most times when I was in Washington I stayed with Bill and Denny in Bethesda.

I had such fun getting to know my new family. It was sort of strange just how much I yearned to be with them. I think all of us enjoyed comparing family resemblances and for that matter differences.

And as much as I loved my new family it was also a joy to have Uncles. ( I now had 3  Uncles Jack Williams, Chuck Egbert and of course Bill). As I have said already I grew up in Australia where my father was the main male influence in my life. Relatives were just too far way for us to really get to know.  Going to America at that time of my life and  latching on to an Uncle  had a lot of advantages. My knowledge of their past was limited and thus what I saw  was so to speak on the table right now.

Well to be brief what I am really just trying to say was meeting such a sensible and interesting man was a great privilege.

Bill came when I played Rugby in the early 80's

Bill came when I played Rugby in the early 80’s

On one of my first visits somehow I was invited to play Rugby with my cousin John. Bill came along intrigued I guess about this strange game played by the Colonials and mad grid-iron players in the off-season. I got a bit of a bashing that day. I am not sure which he enjoyed most .

He showed me the Potomac walk , Sycamore Island and his great love of birds.

there are some wierd rituals on Sycamore Island

there are some weird rituals on Sycamore Island

A reserved man perhaps inclined to avoid conflict would be my guess. But an easy man to sit down with to just graze the issues of the day or just sit and say nothing but knowing that you are enjoying each other’s company.

I enjoyed his love of history and his desire to investigate when matters arose. I once asked him about his war history and mentioned that my dad had been almost killed when his ship was sunk by the Japanese kamikaze in the Second world war. Well Bill did some research and I found out a lot more. I was interested that Bill kept in

03-P1030060contact with his mates and had been to a few reunions.

I have seen how Bill bonded with his children in an easy manner. He loved being involved in the family activities. During one of my early visits I watched him swing from tree to tree under the watchful eye of Judy in her adventure course days. It was great have an Uncle who loved outdoor adventures.

Learning the ropes

Learning the ropes

 

The mild mannered Officiator

The mild mannered Officiator

I guess in some ways that I was the renegade when I turned up. A little too boisterous for Denny. And Bill had often to officiate on the havoc I was making. I can hear it now ‘Do you hear – now stop that’ Stern and straight-faced but eyes saying something else. I was a bit picture hungry in those days and often caught Denny unawares. Well Bill would start pointing all over again.

Yes Bill was my mentor in the US. No he wouldn’t get involved in the heavy stuff like your love life or lack thereof. But he would emerge you in activities of some sort. Each visit there would be a plan. Which Smithsonian institute would we go to. What things should I be seeing. And then much later perhaps one of my last visits we went to visit Judy and Per down at their home. One day driving down. One day with them and one day driving back. All the way down every town became interesting as we talked about its history and on the way back we visited a lot of Civil War sites. What better guide  could one have then  my Uncle Bill.

I wish I could have spent more time with Bill. Maybe that is one of the ironies of life. Here was a man I loved to be with and now he is gone. Thank you for your company; I will miss you.

 

Winter is almost here

our farm looks a picture we think

Next week I leave for Nepal and India. It looks like being an interesting trip but so far the format isn’t as fixed as last year.

Using my frequent flyer points I fly to Kathmandu via HongKong. I arrive in the morning of the Wednesday the 13th having flown overnight from Sydney. By coming via Sydney I get to see my family for a few days.

I am only in Hong Kong for the day and hopefully will see a little of this glamorous shopping city before re-boarding Dragon Air for Nepal via Bangladesh.

Robert my brother and director of Mend is in Nepal now. I hope to visit him along the way with hopefully extra prosthetic limbs etc for the Hope Centre in Gulmi. The program has become more interesting in that Bruce will also be joining me and we intend to do some low key trekking. I have been very lucky in being met at Kathmandu by Chiran and staying at their B&B. I always find that knowing someone makes for the best types of getaways. I may be ranting on a little but I sure am glad to be having a break from the farm.

grading the last of the pink lady apples

After a very hot and dry summer the rains have come again. The grounds are looking good. Another fungal spray and prenty of compost and I think our trees will be very happy next year.

We have been working very hard these last few weeks getting things tidied away for the winter break. Guhyun Jeong from Korea has been a great help. We have enjoyed his company and spent many a day working outside pruning or whatever and finishing up in the evening repairing or rebuilding computers or software. Not always successful but it was a different learning curve for me.

cleaning up the last of the berries

Most of the jobs are finished now. The weather has turned cold and wet so whats not done in the next couple of days will just have to wait until I get back.

After I leave Nepal which will be near the end of June I will head up to Kashmir to see Musood in Srinagar. I intend to do some trekking and one of my intentions is to return to Yordu and see Ulfat and Bilal. Musood has indicated that he might come and perhaps we will have a dental clinic both in Yordu and along the way stop at Inshan and Warwan. Nothing has been finalised yet.

Bruce and Liz’s Wedding

I now have a new daughter in law – Liz Buchanan formerly Liz Joyce and two more grandchildren Charlotte and Sophie. What a great marriage. We attended the marriage in Phuket, Thailand on the 28th of September.

Everything about the marriage was great. Many of Liz’s family were there as well as my family. Many of us arrived early enough to get time to know each other and just relax in preparation for the great day.

I have taken the liberty of attaching my wedding speech.

 

1       Congratulations to Bruce and Liz.

On the Monday not too long ago Bruce rang me with a wonderful story as to how he proposed to Liz. A few days later he further announced that they were getting married in Thailand and would we come.

He had been coyingly referring to this trip to Phuket for some time and I had always ruled it out as too tame etc etc. However now I expect he had been thinking about a marriage strategy for some time.

So one minute I am in Tasmania trying to run an orchard and now I am here. What a great world we live in.

Postscript: please try to give me a little more warning about your next lot of plans.

2       Speech opportunity 

It is not often that I get the chance to say a few words in public about my son and now to his wife Liz. So I could and may now take advantage of this opportunity to tell you a little about how my son got to where he is today.

I recognize too that I don’t just speak on my own behalf but for all the others who can’t or are not here today. Today is an important milestone for Liz and Bruce.

Linda, his mum; Phylliss and David his grandparents, my Dad and his uncle Peter all played mammoth roles as Bruce was growing up.  It is difficult enough to write for myself but to attempt to encapsulate their feelings is somewhat daunting.  They have gone and this is my effort.

I speak too on behalf of the rest of the family – many who couldn’t be here today.

3      Bruce growing up

3.1    Bruce was born in 1972. It seems like such a long time ago. We only just made it toBaby Bruce the hospital in our VW Beetle after Linda announced in the early hours that the bed was wet. I suggested we still had plenty of time. Fortunately I was over-ruled. Bruce was born about two hours later.

To be honest now that he had arrived I wasn’t too sure what I had to do as a father or whether I would be any good at it.

But funny how easy it was to love this little critter. (PS he was little once). Yes, it was an amazing revelation to me to find that I just loved him. No need for any assessment, no need to propose, no need for anything really just be there and help him get along in life.

His first Trek

His First Trek

Young engineers weren’t wealthy in those days. And now that Bruce’s mum was home we only had the one wage. Not that we felt poor or in any way disadvantaged.   Good food, maybe go to the movies and an occasional meal at the Chinese restaurant. Family occasions, picnics and outdoor activities were our framework. However our House i.e. our first house was very small and in what was to become the trendy suburb of Glebe but needed a lot of work.

Somehow I had it in my head that I could fix up this old house and make it into a dream home. Well that’s what I tried to do. Unfortunately for the rest of the family they had to live with my dream. Many a time you had difficulty finding a non-dusty place to sleep and eat. And if you were health conscious then this was not the place to be.

Aimee and Pete’s wedding Day

Aimee with Kate (centre) and Emma (left)

Hi everyone. Aimee and Pete were married on the 26th February. What a great wedding. The wedding was held at Bicheno Church with the reception at Mt. Paul near Freycinet. Many thanks to the Wyminga’s for the loan of the house so that Aimee and the Bridal party could get dressed. Also thanks to Helen and Kim Paterson for the setting up of the lovely flowers at the church and in Kim’s case the use of his Bently and himself as chauffeur.

Many others should be thanked and will be in due course.

Aimee and flower girls , Hannah (centre) and Sarah (left)
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Ingrid & Justin’s Wedding

 

Ingrid and Justin renewed there vows on the 13th November. Ingrid is my niece just in case no one knows who are these characters. They live in Newcastle N.S.W.  So all the family and friends had to get to Newcastle for the occasion.

Everyone enjoyed themselves. The wedding was beautiful although Justin looked a little worried when Ingrid didn’t turn up. Something about running out of fuel in their car and an accident on the way. Still a late bride is traditional although I am not so sure that is the case when one is renewing one’s vows.

The reception was great- lots of work went into the decorations and lighting. The food was spectacular and music got everone up and dancing. What more could you want. I guess the answer to that one was pointed out in the speeches- everyone expects a repeat every decade.

A great wedding- a good test for me as I have to give a great speech at my daughter Aimee’s wedding in February. So Ingrid I need a copy of all speeches (& there was many) By the way for those who don’t know;  Igrids and Justin’s wedding was pipped by her sister’s elopement to Geoffrey just weeks before. And both nieces have jumped ahead of Aimee and Peter who I have already mentioned are getting married in February.(double click the following photos for larger view or go to night http://picasaweb.google.com/tassieureka/IngridsWedding?authkey=Gv1sRgCP_m673IhcD04AE#  ) Continue reading