Yesterday we made a promised return visit to historic Woolmers Estate, which we visited in late February, .
exploring the grounds and many original outbuildings that make up this property.
Visiting the Woolmers homestead and wandering among its outbuildings is like taking a step back in time,
imagining the life of a successful early Australian settler and his family. Never far away are the images of the assigned convict labourers that supported it all. Lately, this has far more relevance for me as my sister delves deeper into our early family uncovering a strong convict connection.
The first photo shows the original house , which dates back to 1819, and was simple and functional in design, as befits the era. The new Italianate front was added about 1840 and nods to the family's increasing prosperity, no doubt drawing on housing styles in England at the time as one of the family's sons studied architecture there.
The coach house and stables also date to about 1840 and used to house up to twelve , no doubt extremely fine horses. The stables had ventilators at the back of each stall to circulate air and a pulley system hoisted fodder up to the floor above.
Woolmers is also home to the National Rose Garden, first opened in 2001, planted on what once was the original apple orchard.
A rustic seat in the rose garden , the perfect spot to sit and take in the beauty all around me. Even though most of the roses have finished flowering , a few late bloomers give a hint of what will come next November.
The collection includes many historic varieties and is a sight to behold, to say nothing of smell.
I hope you have enjoyed a small glimpse into the early history of my part of the world.
For the history tour I was wearing a black peplum jumper by Sabatini, black pants and a cotton leopard print coat , some of my bangles and a resin necklace and a hat bought many years ago, it is from Crochetta.
Linking with Turning Heads Tuesday, Sydney Fashion Hunter on Wednesday and Style Crone for Hat Attack later in the week.