Adventures with DH’s Golf (VW)!

A sunny afternoon and ‘Ibby’ needs to be taken for a drive! What’s this got to do with patchwork? Read on – after all, this is an eclectic blog!

So off to Bacchus Marsh we go, just there and back to give the engine a run. Won’t take long, about an hour, got things to do when we get back.

For the non-Aussies explore the map – put it in for fellow blogger Jerry over at ‘Tales from the WagginMaster).

Although it’s Autumn, the countryside still looks dry compared to the previous year. We’ve had some rain, but could do with more before heading into winter. Living in this country you get used to the extremes all in one place – large parts of Queensland and New South Wales are still in the grips of years long drought – some parts up to ten years.

Western Highway, Victoria

On the Western Highway, headed towards Bacchus Marsh

So why drive to Bacchus Marsh? To drop in to a couple of favourite roadside ‘shops’ in the search for some more of that Tasmanian truffle cheese of course! Haven’t been able to track it down anywhere else – yet! Apparently if you love truffles – DH does- it’s heavenly.

Southern Sky Tasmanian Layered Truffle Brie

Southern Sky Tasmanian Layered Truffle Brie

Oh dear! They still can’t get any more – seems it’s very popular. Never mind, let’s keep moving. Bacchus Marsh is in a valley with rich volcanic soil that has made it a fruit and vegetable market garden. Pick your own strawberries in summer, along with stone fruit, and the apple orchards supply Melbourne with a lot of produce.

What makes this town famous is it’s ‘Avenue of Honour’. Trees planted in commemoration of local men who served in the First World War. At the moment they are changing colour and losing their leaves.

Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour

‘Avenue of Honour’ trees.

Having recently commemorated the 100th Anniversary of ANZAC Day in Australia, this group of trees are a significant historical reminder of the sacrifices made by a generation of mainly young men. On the Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour website, the collation of statistics about the local volunteers who served for their country, makes for interesting reading.

Just up the road is this …

Heritage pumpkins at Bacchus Marsh

Heritage pumpkins at $3.00 a kilo.

Couldn’t possibly resist getting some, and no I didn’t make a ‘pumpkin quilt’ – perhaps DS-in-L, who has a passion for all things orange, could take on that challenge. (So that’s the tenuous link to patchwork). My preference was to cook and eat it, and it had a flavour that the ‘supermarket’ pumpkins couldn’t live up to.

Heritage pumpkins at Bacchus Marsh

Heritage pumpkins

Till next time…

P.S. Hope you like the map Jerry!


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