'Illalong' and Banjo Paterson

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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We recently visited a friend at her family homestead 'Illalong', a magical place that is famously known as the childhood homestead of Banjo Paterson. 

The current house is a beautiful white quintessential farmhouse with high ceilings and a deep wrap around verandah. We perched ourselves on this verandah to undertake a hot cross bun competition (Canberra vs Murrumbateman vs Yass) and watch our offspring play under the autumn trees in the warm and still afternoon air. 

Then it was off for a laid-back easter egg hunt under a large pergola heaving with wisteria. I learned that this was the location of the original Paterson family house. The wisteria must be many decades old. Aside from its considerable girth it bears another sign of its old age. Early on in its life, it somehow managed to snatch a piece of the Paterson house corrugated roof and engulf it. Thought the rest of the house is gone, the piece of galv still remains twisted in its branches like a trophy.

^ Banjo's wisteria is bigger than yours...




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