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It is autumn. Yet, difficult to recognize due to the ongoing heat in Western Sydney. But, we are a hearty bunch -- swimming in the river, hiking on mountain trails and canoeing with great enthusiasm, and waiting for autumn.

 

 

Yet instinctively, we know it is time to stock up on autumn fruits and veggies!  If only we could find the perfect vendors?  Rouse Hill House & Farm has been planning for this moment.

   

 

Anticipating a cooler May, Rouse Hill House has scheduled its fantastic Autumn Harvest on Sunday 6th May. We love the produce vendors, the food and with 20 stalls from jams to cider the choices are great. This is the very best handcrafted locally grown foods through embracing sustainab le practgices and reviving traditional preparation and preservation methods. Think smooth, soft cheeses, artisan breads -- all to carry home. We purchased some wonderful oils infused with lemon (wonderful) and vinegars last year -- continuing to order online from this vendor throughout the year!

 

    

 

Set the alarm, roll out and plan on a smooth coffee and a sweet at the festival before you start your tasting, browsing and shopping from a smashing handpicked by the staff at Sydney Living Museums.

 

Food Heritage at Rouse Hill House & Farm

  • The Cook and The Curator with Sydney Living Museums’ colonial gastronomer Jacqui Newling and curator, Scott Hill
  • The Australian Bee Story (Jacqui Newling, joined by Ben and Rob Porteous of Bilpin Bush Honey)
  • The Rouse Hill Chickens (Scott Hill joined by Dave Ingham of Rentachook) and demonstrations from cheese making to cultivating mushrooms, beekeeping for beginners and raising backyard chickens.

 

As the walk uphill, past the old Rouse Hill school house may be a bit tiring for some, transportation (golf carts) is provided! In case of rain earlier in the week, wear your boots. It can get muddy, but that is part of the fun!

 

 

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It’s The View out to the sweeping Kurrajong Hills that brings Shakespeare to mind: “One touch of Nature makes the whole world kin”. And we found Shakespeare’s here at Highfields Country Cottages nestled in the hills and valleys which may bear resemblence to Stratford on Avon countryside. As we have not travelled outside of London, we ask all-travelers to that corner of the world to correct us if we are wrong.

 

                   Highfields Country Cottages

 

Three charming cottages built in 2015, are sparkling clean and outfitted in a classic country theme with touches of art that might surprise you. We arrived on a hot autumn day, yet a breeze blows gently through the windows and doors while we enjoy tea on the verandah overlooking homes and cottages sparsely dotting the hillsides. As early evening darkens, lights twinkle on as though stars had fallen weightlessly to claim and shimmer across the rolling rural hills.

 

    

 

 

The ‘group cottage’ with two bedrooms sleeps six and two nearby cottages each accommodate four. They are spaciously situated so privacy is not compromised – the world is quiet, only the native birds are active. Each cottage has a full kitchen and is stocked with basics – milk, coffee, tea and honey. When you arrive, a surprise sample of fruit grown just steps from your door may be awaiting you. This is, of course, seasonal dependent!

    

     

Weather permitting, a ‘sunset walkabout’ when you arrive on the property is perfect to unwind from your normal hectic routine. Uphill through fruit trees, past domestic animals (pets, really) and the occasional wildlife overhead, the pace is good for your health and domestic tranquility! Often families occupy all three cottages for an extended holiday – internationals have found Highfields Country Cottages and they love the personal attention sprinkled generously by owner/host, Sandra Eid. Sandra has hospitality in her blood – make your wishes known and she tries her best to satisfy at her eco-friendly property.

 

Sandra will have solid advice about nearby cafes and restaurants and destinations you might have missed such as Bilpin Cider Co's tasting room  and Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at at Mount Tomah

 

       Shops & Cafes in nearby Kurrajong Village

                                            

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