Saturday, June 6, 2009

Como House June 6

 Galloping about the wilds of..........South Yarra we came upon this retired race horse, Bluey.
Click on all of the photos for a larger image.

Went off to Como House yesterday with Feral Beast on a Homeschooling excursion and, strangely, the young male offspring peeled off from the group I was in and joined a group that consisted of several gals his age.
Ahem.

One of 3 water tanks at Como House. Nothing is new!
 
Too late Mildred realised the water hazard was a tad deep-ish.

1823 Wesleydale, a Wesleyan Mission Station at Kaeo was established by Samuel Leigh and William White.
For more details on the Methodist Church in NZ click HERE.

Feral Beast has just complained of the previous comment with a,
"Muuuu--------ummmm!!!"
Yes, dear, you're mother is a right old cow. 


Loved the kitchenalia at Como House but some bits were just a tad too big to slip into my handbag (only joking)
Dead centre =knife sharpener, far left on bench = butter churn,straight ahead on bench =ice cream maker, beside it =candle mould, puddle on floor = drool from everyone lusting after the bits.

45 kids on the excursion yet all the kids (mostly strangers) got along beautifully, aged 4 - 15, boys and girls, with everyone looking after smaller kids in tours groups, during games, etc.
A staff member was heard to say they hadn't had such a well-behaved group of kids who enjoyed the tour so much before today.
HA!
1825 Norfolk Island was re-opened as a holiday resort for those extra naughty, incorrigible convicts.
They had a grand time but were rather frustrated in their efforts of sailing to other lands to spread the word of their 'wonderful fun'.

Fan-bloody-tastic day, can highly recommend Como House to anyone; the staff have a lovely friendly air about them and the whole place has a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere.

Laundry House where one could boil a fruit pudding with one's dinner shirts.
And get a daily all-over aerobic work-out with the mangle.
The cess pits were quite a hazard to young gents who were a bit worse the wear for imbibing and it was a semi-common event to have to fish a chap out of the muck, wash him off and dress him in something that didn't stink of the earth closet.
1859 Queensland was given the joyous news that it was able to close the boarder, start printing it's own currency and deport anybody who didn't salute the Big Pineapple when they were granted separation from NSW.

Plain but lusty, busty chimney stacks had my heart all a'flutter.
The Tower is inaccessible these days although the odd kookaburra does its best to bash its way in through the glass.
The family used to have a stunning view from across the Yarra to Melbourne, up to the Dandenongs and all the way to Port Phillip Bay...but they planted a great thumping row of cypress pine trees to block out the uncouth chimney stacks belching crude industrial smoke in Richmond.

1905 The first electric trams in NZ began galloping madly about in Christchurch.
Due to the great number of cyclists in the area these trams carried front fenders in an effort to protect the trams from those big, hulking brutes of bikes....

This is but a smidgeon of the original vegie plots and chicken house that filled the grumbling tummies at Como House.
Bizarrely the volunteers get to take home the scrumptious goodies grown in these gardens as it's against health regs to use any of it in the Como House cafe food.
Que?!
Lucky volunteers!
1916 The Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League of Australia was founded on this day.
It became The Returned Sailors', Soldiers' and Airmens Imperial League of Australia in 1940 then in 1965 it was The Returned Services League.
Raise A Glass 2009.

You can tell quality lichen from the garden variety moss any day....
Adore the servants' quarters chimney.
Adore it, I say!

The Como House servants were some of the best looked after with the turn over very low and the Armytage family treating them much better than was expected in that era.

1948 Victoria's oldest MP, William Edgar for East Yarra, popped his clogs barely 4 months after celebrating his 90th birthday.
These days our pensioners have better things to do with their time than play at schoolboy nonsense in Parliament.

 The whole Armytage family were very involved in charities and practiced what they preached by collecting all left over foods, drinks, breads, etc, packaging it up and leaving it by the gates to be collected for the poor, every day.

At the end of the day the croquet lawn got a rollicking work out with a spirited game of croquet.
No flamingoes, hedgehogs or White Rabbits were harmed in the playing of this match.

8 comments:

Brian Hughes said...

"The whole Armytage family were very involved in charities and practiced what they preached by collecting all left over foods, drinks, breads, etc, packaging it up and leaving it by the gates to be collected for the poor, every day."

British politicians have a similar system whereby they leave us the steam off their shit.

ELIZABETH said...

Love touring old places. Thanks.
It is a mother's scared chore to embarrass her offspring.

Jayne said...

Ahhh, yes, our pollies have long followed the British traditional system here, too, Brian.
We, in turn, promise not to piss on them should they have the misfortune of catching on fire ;)

You're welcome, Elizabeth, I really should do some more ;)
Absolutely lol!

Mad Bush Farm said...

The cess pits were quite a hazard to young gents who were a bit worse the wear for imbibing and it was a semi-common event to have to fish a chap out of the muck, wash him off and dress him in something that didn't stink of the earth closet.

Jayne that would have caused the ladies to stay well away peeewwwww!

Great post

Oh you've had trolls?

River said...

"...where one coboil a fruit pudding along with one's dinner shirts."

Hopefully not together in the same copper.

Daily aerobics with the mangle?
Didn't they wash clothes weekly in those days. Like the old rhyme, Monday-wash day
Tuesday-ironing
Wednesday-mending (?)
and so on.

Jayne said...

LOL Liz, it might explain why none of the boys married!
Not for the past week but they're lurking ;)

Could have been interesting if they'd boiled 'em up together, River lol.

Bettina said...

Sounds like a merry old time was had by all............. but what is your deal with chimneys?

Jayne said...

It was indeed, B ;)
I loves me a cheeky chimney or 3 ;)

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