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Published October 10th 2012
Going to Luddenham from Penrith, I drove past a little homestead on Mamre Road, Orchard Hills. Mamre Homestead, an old country style home, sits in the middle of what looked to be farm land, without a purpose. I decided to turn into the long driveway and parked my car on the lawn with the other cars. At that moment, a big black crow flew past me and landed on the grass by a beautiful leafless tree.
The homestead is a café/restaurant and is open from Tuesday to Sunday offering breakfast and lunch only and sell homemade preserves.
I spoke to Rodney, one of the managers and chef, he told me about the functions that they hold there. Sunday 21 October is the Mamre Good living Festival with food and wine tasting from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Put the date in your calendar. They also have a 100 mile dinner where they travel up to but no more than 100 miles in any direction to get their produce to cook and serve the food, even though a lot of their fresh vegetables are grown on the premises. They are currently working on advertising this event but they told me that it will be held 3 November. I have reserved a place on the fork to fork table.
I walked around the beautiful grounds and found a little nursery and some very, very old train carriages. The Train carries are where The Community Ministry of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta live. They stay in these gorgeous little things and look after the grounds and help with the Southern Sudanese Refugee Programme. Working with the new Sudanese community with English language skills and resettlement needs.
The 'Links to Learning' programme is for students that are at risk of not completing year 10. They also have a 'Disability Service' that is an assisted employment program for people with disabilities, enabling them to learn new skills for life and contribute a valued role in the community. All help is appreciated and all donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.
The beautiful old oak tree that sat to the left of the Homestead Café and Function Centre has a small bench to sit quietly and read, sleep, meditate, and just be.
I ordered a coffee and dessert, life is tough. I had a gluten free banana bread dusted with icing sugar and a dish of lemon curd. The walnut filled banana bread was served warm enough to have the lemon curd melt on it ever so slightly. It was a very fresh and homemade piece of divinity. I would definitely have it again; of course I shouldn't as I need to get back on the treadmill. It was 2pm and coming up to 3 O'clockitis.
A big black crow was walking around the grounds, he happened to be everywhere I went, so I wonder if there was more than one or that he was a very clever bird with super sleuth skills.
super sleuth bird
To see the 'bird' and find out more about this place that offers the community so much, go to Mamre Homestead