A Tour Around Middlemarch

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An ominous cloud hangs with snow topped mountains in the background.

Well, things are quiet on the farm since the family left last week to go up north for Jim’s hockey tournament. A week before that, a new girl arrived from Norway to spend six months here learning about farming. It’s been good for us to be together so I can show her some things around here as well as indulging both of us with my culinary skills.

Bruchetta on homemade rosemary bread, three types of cheese, fruit, raw honey and wine for dinner!
Bruchetta on homemade rosemary bread, three types of cheese, fruit, raw honey and wine for dinner!

By the way, has anyone ever seen broccoli in bloom!?! I hadn’t until the other day and it was quite pretty!

Broccoli flowering
Broccoli flowering

The first day we were on our own, the weather was really bad. She milked the cows and I went IMG_4282with her on the ATV to check on the calves. Opening gates is time consuming for one person so I figured we’d both suffer instead of just her. It was freezing cold and then it started hailing on us. That’s never fun on an ATV. I failed to bring gloves with me too, so my fingers were tingling in a really bad way. However, we survived and the days after that were better.

We ventured out of the house today into Middlemarch. I would have been upset with myself if I hadn’t gone there after all this time. I realize there’s really nothing there, but there was a pub and we felt that it needed to be checked out.

The only pub in Middlemarch
The only pub in Middlemarch

For at least the third time since I’ve been in NZ, I’ve seen my old car around and today was no

My old car! Sniff sniff.
My old car! Sniff sniff.

exception. I sort of hate being reminded about it because I loved my car, but it’s also nice to see it and brings back good memories.

We first stopped in at a little cafe since I saw bakery goods through the doorway. She hadn’t eaten yet so she got a burger and I settled for a chocolate raspberry muffin. It was kind of like being in someone’s home which was a nice change.

IMG_4317We wandered out to the train station, which isn’t as glamorous as it sounds. It’s really just a tour train that comes through once a week from Dunedin and the station was closed so we couldn’t even go inside. Another old truck was sitting outside along with one of those funky sign posts that appears to make Middlemarch seem like it has a TON of stuff to do.

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The town is seriously desolate. I had been told that there wasn’t any type of grocery store but

You know you're down under when there are signs for the South Pole
You know you’re down under when there are signs for the South Pole

apparently there is. It had the basics and then some…even ice cream! Thea can get her potato chip and Coca Cola fix now, which made her really happy. There was also a bike shop which was surprising. Although I think it’s meant for tourists when they come in on the train. We also stopped by the local graveyard and I noticed some names on there who were the parents and grandparents of folks that live around here. It started raining so we left and that was our big day out! We came home and made a huge pot of potato soup for dinner and polished off the completely home made chocolate cake from earlier this week.

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Next to the pub where you can sit outside on a nice day
Next to the pub where you can sit outside on a nice day
Cutest little bank I've ever seen! Don't know that it's still in business though.
Cutest little bank I’ve ever seen! Don’t know that it’s still in business though.
Not even a clue as to what this meant. “Strath Taieri Rabbit Board.” I picture a bunch of rabbits in suits sitting around a table having a meeting.
Lazy lambs!
Lazy lambs!
At the cattle yard on the farm.
At the cattle yard on the farm.
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2 thoughts on “A Tour Around Middlemarch

  1. Andrea October 11, 2014 / 11:12 pm

    Great tour, thanks! Now we don’t have to go there. It does look desolate–were there any people around? Bet Thea was happy you cook and bake so well. She will miss you!

    • StephieD October 12, 2014 / 6:42 am

      There were more people popping into the little grocery than anywhere. We saw a few bikers coming out of the cafe when we left…remember it was Saturday here so I’m sure it was hoppin’. I’m curious who shows up at the pub at night and how many. I guess it’s most busy when the train comes in.

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