We spent a glorious Easter weekend with the Bosler’s on their property on Budawang Rd near Braidwood, an historic farming town south-east of Canberra. Angela Bosler is Kristina’s cousin (their fathers – Bouris’ – were first cousins) and she, John and their daughter Danae were once again stupendous host.
They have co-owned this small cattle farm for a few decades with their friends. It is nestled in the hills, and includes spectacular eucalyptus forests, gorgeous views of the rainforest hills above and lovely little creek – home to platypus and it looked like, based on the number of burrows, hundreds of wombats along its banks. No luck spotting either but there were dozens of kangaroos that would bound away as we came along them during our walks or runs.
As a typical Bouris gathering there were many fabulous meals – snapper, chicken curry (a la Marvin), spannokapita, marinated octopus, lovely cheeses, hot cross buns galore, home made granola, home made muesli, and topped off by an Easter luncheon with slow barbecued goat. We also were treated to Alexis’s (Angela’s niece, Amos and Naeva’s second or third cousin) fine desserts over the weekend – home made strawberry ice cream , home made sponge cake and pims and ginger ale jelly and for an encore the next day lime pavlova with passion fruit mango mess and fresh fruit and cream.
It was of course with all family gatherings made possible with contributions by everyone, including a fresh baked loaf a la Ian (for the Bouri relatives check out the instructions here for the no knead recipe – http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/11376-no-knead-bread). The goat expertly slow roasted by John over a eucalyptus fire. We were joined by John and Angela’s neighbours – who as potters and in small world fashion had visited Gary and Bonnie (Peggy’s relatives) in Nanaimo – and Maggie from nearby Mungarlow who was at one point the Labour opposition leader in Darwin Northern Territory. It was fun to listen to her stories and provide advice to Danae who is hoping to earn a spot on the local Melbourne Council – don’t go in for tea, it is likely a non-supporter trying to waste your time.
And what Australian Easter weekend would not be complete without a game of cricket. We were all properly introduced to this great pastime / game. Amos and Naeva perfected their bowling (not balling) technique and everyone batted well on a difficult pitch. We were playing backyard rules including not outs first ball, using a chair as a wicket, “six and your out” and you could be out with a catch one handed off a bounce. Despite the favourable rules Alexis finished the weekend without a catch … much to her chagrin and our entertainment … But her batting technique is pretty good don’t you think? Honestly we all dropped many glorious chances and we all held our breaths as Gia whipped round for a throw at the stumps and was undone by her long skirt and took a big tumble. Luckily she bounced back up and the only legacy from our cricket games were a few sore shoulders and one eight year old completely obsessed. First words from Amos on Easter Monday upon looking out at a misty, raining morning were “no cricket!”.
Part of the Easter weekend included a visit to Braidwood, a small town settled in about 1840.It included an impressive array of historic buildings. We stopped for a delicious coffee and loaded up on meat pies and hot cross buns at the famous Dojos bakery. Yumm!
An 1855 church with a different life now.