05 September 2015

Hogfest and the Backroads Trail

I've written in the past about some of the amazing farmers that I've met, and the care, ingenuity and sustainable methods that they using to produce high quality products. Lauren and Lachie at Bundarra Berkshires on the Murray definitely fall into this category.  Last weekend we had the opportunity to visit their farm for Hogfest and see first-hand how they are not only raising their animals and managing their farm, but also to check out the on-farm butchery that they have built so that Lauren can now have complete quality control over her products.  There was also time to chill out in the warm sunshine and listen to some local music. Perfect!
Curious piglets and their watchful mums
Some of the newest arrivals on the farm
The salami curing room in the butchery
Chilling out in the late afternoon sun listening to a local band...
...under the bunting and giant trees
It was also a great opportunity to explore an area that we haven't been to before and visit some of the businesses and sites along the Backroads Trail, which runs between Moama and Barham just on the NSW side of the Murray.

What a beautiful part of the world it is!  Big open, flat spaces full of flocks of cockatoos and galahs, kites hovering over the side of the road and groups of big kangaroos gathered in paddocks.  The Murray River snakes through, fringed by red gums and the little towns along the way all have interesting histories and lovely old architecture.

Our picnic lunch spot beside the Murray to eat Pacdon Park Pork Pies
A passer-by during our picnic (never miss an opportunity to include a timber boat picture!)
Restdown Wines cellar door, owned by the lovely Jo and Don, where we had
a great discussion about their organic techniques in the vineyard and the
challenges of producing elegant wines in such a harsh climate
One of the backwater areas around Gunbower Island 
A lone pelican at Gunbower Island
Koondrook Hotel