We were invited to a damper making demonstration at the sheds in Best Brook Mountain Resort. Not only did they demonstrate the damper making but also showed us how to separate milk into cream and skim milk and making butter. Glen even got a chance to turn the butter churn. Looked like hard work.
Preparing the damper dough looked quite easy. Once prepared two of his helpers divided the dough into individual size balls which we kneaded onto a twisted wire, so that we could bake them over the fire. His helpers are young travellers on ‘farm stay’ – an arrangement where they stay on a farm for free in exchange for helping to run the farm. We met a girl from the French speaking part of Switzerland, who just had finished a 3 month English course on the Gold Coast and now is staying on Best Brook Mountain Resort for a month.
I had a bit of difficulties with my damper – turning the wires did not turn the damper. Apparently it is important to knead the damper all the way to the end of the wire where it forms a big loo. This assists in turning the damper. I enjoyed my damper together with the billy tea.
Whip cracking demonstration was next. Lesley was the first to try out the whip.
We had a bit of a look around the farm, lots of peacocks, a pig, some chickens and a rooster and a goose.
Returned back to the van, had a sandwich for lunch and it was time for an afternoon snooze.