Our group of 21 members met at the Cowra Services Club for dinner on Friday. Most of us enjoyed the (Cowra) lamb cutlets amongst other good food.
Saturday morning, our guided tour of Cowra began (led by local tour guide Allan Vorias). First stop, the Japanese Gardens full of a wide variety of flowers, trees and shrubs and designed by a world-renowned Japanese garden-architect and beautifully maintained. We were lucky to be able to enjoy the autumn foliage.
We departed for Canowindra soon after and visited The Age of Fishes Museum, a major tourist attraction showing 360 million years of the history of life on earth.
Montrose House in Canowindra’s main street, formerly The Bank Of NSW, was our next stop for lunch. Our host and chef, Tommy Jeffs served a delicious roast (Cowra) lamb lunch followed by sticky date pudding plus stories to keep us entertained.
On full tummies, Eugowra, town of Murals was our next stop. The aim of the murals was to bring the town ‘back to life’ which they have certainly achieved.
Our final destination for the day was a stop at Gooloogong hotel. Opposite the hotel a renovated log cabin was opened for us to view the works in preparation for the upcoming Esky Ball. The idea being that people dressed up their eskies and a prize is awarded for the best Esky.
On election night a light dinner was organised at the local Lachlan Valley Inn where many ‘election tragics’ huddled close to the television to see the results as they unfolded.
Sunday morning we visited The Peace Bell and the Japanese POW site and cemetery. We learned a lot about the Cowra Breakout and the fact that the Japanese who tried to escape thought that the coast was not too far away!
After lunch at the Royal Hotel Woodstock we were taken to Wyangala Dam where we had the chance to observe the beautiful lush countryside. Cowra and the surrounding district is well known for its lamb and canola crops.
Many of us lamented the price of lamb and before heading home Gilda was up early Monday morning to buy some lamb cutlets at Skinners Butchery. Aghast at the price of $5 per cutlet, she settled for chump chops!
Our thanks go to Judy Mitchell for all the work and effort she made organising a memorable few days.
It was to quote Judy “a pleasant diversion from the outside world”.