Australia & New Zealand 2007 travel blog

The Tui Brewery

Dennis and the kids of Eketahuna watch the fire brigade respond

Judi operating model trains

Rolling stock of Middletown Model Railway

An example of the detail in this train layout

Thanking Sally for the milk that made the cheese

We continued south today stopping at the chocolate factory on the way out of town, we are bad!! The main road south is route 2 a typical road here, two lanes, pretty well paved and traversing beautiful green landscapes. Today we are traveling down a wide flat valley between two distant mountain ranges. The mountains to our west have snow on the peaks which is pretty even with the cloudy conditions.

Route 2 conveniently passes right in front of the Tui Brewery, remember a couple of days ago we mentioned Tui. We stopped for directions...Yeah Right!! We did have a beer, lunch and saw an amusing presentation of the brews history.

We saw an ad for a large model train display near the town of Eketahuna. After driving through town and out a couple of kilometers we turned around to get some directions. As we pulled away the siren of the local fire brigade began to blow. We stopped in a parking space as a group of town kids ran to the station to watch the action. Dennis was not too far behind, eventually three firefighters arrived and the truck took off down the road.

We headed towards the Middleton Model Railway and passed the fire fighters who had responded to a small car fire. Collin and Biddy Frasier-Davis have taken Collins hobby to the next level. A large layout is in a shed on the farm and depicts english railroading from different time periods, right now it is the 1970's. This changes evey few months. The detail is fantastic and watching multiple trains running is fascinating.

Biddy does a lot of the landscaping and in her own right is an artist who creates beautiful enamel artwork, some of which has been displayed in the states. She also makes very nice cheese and identifies the cow by name whose milk was used. We went out in the pasture and met Sally, Ed (for edible) and Emily. This was another drop by that was a lot more than we expected. Let's face it, how many times in your life are you going to meet the cow who provided the milk that started the cheese??

Arriving in Martinbourough about 5PM we found our accommodations easily. The Claremont is a very nice facility with rooms in individual buildings of four. After settling down we went into town and had a nice meal in front of the fire at the Martinborugh Hotel. The fire felt good, the locals say it may frost tonight and to expect to hear helicopters as they fly the vineyards stirring up the air to keep the grapes from freezing. Did we mention that this is wine country, looking forward to some sampling before heading to Wellington which is about an hour away.

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