Passport to the World over 64 years. Pages from my Travel Diary
Melbourne 2007. Our visit to Grovedale Olives, Kangaroo Ground
Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend
The property has two studios built in the Tuscan style, one the Olive Studio, and the second the Citrus studio, our home from 3PM on Friday the 15th. of March for the next two days.
The road to the property winds past 5 acres of serried ranks of olive trees about 8 years old, with the distinctive silvery look of an olive grove.
On opening the car doors we were greeted by two dogs wagging their tails off, they turned out to be a blue heeler named Meg, and a black Labrador/ Boxer called Poppy. Meg carried a battered tennis ball at all times, very much like her security blanket, as soon as one appeared she would drop the ball in front of you, back away and wait for you to kick or throw it, Meg had an uncanny sense of which direction you might despatch her ball. More often than not she fielded it better than many soccer goalies stopped the opposing shot at the net. Poppy was content to lay about, or have her ears stroked, but when dusk was near, she would move to the higher grass to watch, and wait.
The area is aptly named, as groups of Kangaroos, forced to seek feed closer to human habitation have come closer to properties seeking something to eat.
Poppy was well aware that sooner or later, the Kangaroos would sweep past her waiting in the grass, she did not bother them, or bark, just watched the passing parade.
Our Citrus Studio.
On entering our studio, it is on two levels, a well appointed bathroom on the right, featuring a huge bath/spa, shower, toilet and basin. The bedroom with two shuttered windows opening onto the courtyard, then stoned steps leading to the living and kitchen area, all paved with stone. An open fire place in one corner.
Double glassed timber doors opened to a small terrace, where our four legged friends waited to greet us as soon as we ventured outside. The land quickly dropped away to the dam on the left and the olive grove behind. In the far distance the splash of the blue tinged hills.
But above all silence, a few birds drifted lazily in the sky, as they used the light breeze to advantage, just lovely solitude.
The next morning our hostess Vonnie, left our breakfast provisions, eggs, bacon, fresh fruit, warm bread, and appropriate jams, all nicely laid out in their baskets, with bright and freshly picked roses. The morning Australian newspaper was also included.
Do you do home deliveries to St Kilda Road ? We will be waiting on Monday morning next!!
St Andrew's monthly Market, on St Patrick's Day.
There could have been as many as a 1,000 cars parked on all the roadsides around this small village, thus we never made it, and do not know what perhaps we missed.
Eltham Shire Memorial Tower.
Sunday the 18th. of March.
It was time to pack and move on, all too quickly had our peaceful stay come to its close, we departed with a gift of a bottle of Virgin Olive oil from the Grovedale oil press, thank you Vonnie.
Should you be in need of, or searching for some peaceful, quality time, just call Vonnie at Grovedale Olives, to do yourselves a favour.
Domaine Chandon Winery Yarra Valley.
Thence the drive home, to park our car just as the final lap of this year's Formula 1 race was completed, perfect timing, and a pleasant two days away in the Victorian country side.