Busin’ About This group is co-hosted by Judith Darling & Jacqui Price. Each Term one day-long Mystery Tour is organised which will include a visit or visits, lunch and maybe afternoon tea. Numbers are limited by the size of the coach. Over subscription results in a White Rabbit pulling names from a black top hat.
May’s Mystery Day Text: June Ritar, Adrian Jordan, Jacqui Price Photos: David Price, Adrian Jordan, Judith Darling Karrabool Olives was started in 2006 by David Sargeant and Judy Rogers and has grown into a business to be proud of. It is great place to visit, not only for its award winning olives, but also for the friendly knowledgeable owners. As we arrived on the property we were welcomed by Judy and David and introduced to their guests who were eagerly awaiting the harvest starting the following day. Once comfortably seated, we learned many truths about Olive Oil from David that many would not know. As an example, olive oil is best used as soon as it is opened. Enjoy it with bread, in a salad and in cooking. The secret in cooking with olive oil is to warm the oil until it shimmers & then place your schnitzel in the pan. To roast vegetables have the oven and the baking dish warmed to 195 degs C, place the potatoes in, drizzle them in olive oil, close the oven and soon you will enjoy a treat. David warned us to check the use by date before buying olive oil, store it correctly in a cool dark place, buy Australian olive oil and never buy light or pure olive oil as these are the lowest quality. As our visit continued many of the group enjoyed morning tea, coffee & cake in the cafe, while others bought olives, tapenades, dukah, olive oil and olive products such as hand wash, shampoo and soap.
The Gold Experience is situated beneath and on the surface at Red Hill in Gulgong. We were told by the staff that it has only been operational for about 12 months. Upon entry you see a large display of photos and text about the history of gold mining in the area. Next you walk along a tunnel almost to the original mine shaft then up some stairs on to Red Hill and the gold panning area. Here we were shown how to pan for gold by an older former miner. I have included 2 photos - the tunnels into the hill the gold panning demonstration.
The Museum at Gulgong: For those people who were not keen on Museums or get swamped by their contents, there was a quiz to have a go at to help focus the searching eyes and footsteps. Well done to the people who really tried with the task. Most of us remembered using many of the items on display. Some of us pondered on how to ride side saddle, were grateful for modern washing machines, glad that hospitals and medicines have progressed so much and remembered the old tin bath in front of the fire (with not too much affection only nostalgia!) We marvelled at the lacework of yesteryear and books read only by candlelight. The size of the wool wagon wheels was remarkable, higher than some of our group. How life and jobs have moved on. What will future generations say about our most modern artefacts in another 100 years?
Mudgee District U3A, Kildallon, 70 court street, Mudgee, 2850