marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (83)   Okey doke, well this post isn’t actually about the wedding. I’ve already posted about that over here, but just to reiterate  a little bit of what I said over there, it was one of the most gorgeous weddings ever! This post is the first Guest Nest post for 2014. It’s a new start to a new year and so it might just be the perfect time to bring back The Guest Nest. I’ve missed doing my regular Guest Nest posts. I had some great plans last year for bringing it back but that year just took on a life of it’s own and before I knew it it was gone. So what I thought I’d do this year is do a Guest Nest post whenever the need arises. No real plans. No time constraints. Just whenever a guest nest appears. Like today. So grab a cuppa and settle on down for a little bit of garden and homestead drooling. …………………… Kameruka Estate was bought in 1834 by two local Eden guys know as the Imlay brothers. Back then the property around 400,000 acres and  was primarily a beef cattle farm growing meat, hides and tallow. After not too long the Imlay brothers sold the property to the Walker family who built the original part of the homestead in 1845. After the Walkers, several business men took over ownership of the Estate. One of those men, Robert Tooth,  added to the rest of the house in 1864. Cheese making was then added to Kameruka’s plethora of farming capabilities and Robert Tooth was the person to make Kameruka into the beautiful place it is today. You can read more about the history of Kameruka Estate here. It’s a good read. So, Kameruka is special, I think, because it was transformed  into an estate based on English farming estates at the time which was to turn large properties into little working villages. Kameruka has it’s own hall, cricket oval, church, clock tower, multiple homes scattered around the property, shops, a lake and a little road that winds throughout the entire property. How special is that? Alright, well it’s wondering time now, don’t you think? Here we go …. Welcome to the lovely Kameruka Estate. marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (224)   A little glimpse of the valley that is Kameruka Estate. marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (229)     Some of the little shops that used to run back in Kameruka’s hay day! marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (297) marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (294)   That’s the clock tower down there.   marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (231)   Now let me show you some of the main homestead grounds, where the wedding took place. marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (272)marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (81)marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (75)marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (64)marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (57)marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (66)marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (69)marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (169)   Gorgeous, huh? If we wander a teeny bit away from the homestead, we move into the more formal garden area. This is my favourite part of the place and it all starts with this cute little out building. marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (20)marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (50)marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (26)   The doorway into the little shed  was fairly overgrown, perhaps even purposefully overgrown? But I couldn’t resist having a little sticky beak inside. This is what I found….   marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (254)   A wall smattered with prizes from the local Candelo and surrounding shows. Garden and fruit and veggie awards dating as far back as 1919!   marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (240)  And how cute it that up there? It’s a little metal hangy thing in the shape of a house which has all of the fruit trees of the Estate listed. I must get some of those, lots of heritage varieties there. Here’s the formal bit of the gardens.   marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (39)marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (52) marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (51)marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (40)  I love the rosemary hedge that surrounds the formal section of the gardens. It’s not highly pruned but still gives the sense of a border separating the ‘pretty’ gardens from the more parklandy bits.   marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (36)   Below the formal garden is a large flat area with beautiful big shade trees. I can imagine lots of crickets games with the kids would’ve been played down there and  family picnics had under the shade of those trees. marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (30)   Behind that grouping of shrubs over there on the right of that photo you can see a little bit of a roof line. Can you see it? It’s this. marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (275)marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (277)marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (278) marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (288) A cute little hobbity glass house hidden away amongst the ‘messy part’ of the grounds. It also looked a little out of bounds-ish but I was careful. No plants were harmed, I promise. I love this little building and plan to have my own little glass house someday. Here’s what it looks like inside… marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (280)   Well that’s about it. I could’ve taken photos all day long, it was such a lovely, lovely place. Sadly all good things must come to an end. I hope you enjoyed that little tour. Maybe you might, one day, be able to visit Kameruka Estate? I hope so:)   marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (25)   Kim x     marz and toms wedding and kamaruka estate january 2014 (320) (22)