• Rob Purvis, Deborah Hicks and Bronwyn Darlington

    Rob Purvis, Deborah Hicks and Bronwyn Darlington

  • Mary Constable, Jan Ring, Fiona Spencer, Patti Mulcare and Kristiane Walker

    Mary Constable, Jan Ring, Fiona Spencer, Patti Mulcare and Kristiane Walker

  • Lorraine Straker and Belinda Pirjac

    Lorraine Straker and Belinda Pirjac

  • Lainie Alexander and Georgina Kelly

    Lainie Alexander and Georgina Kelly

  • Kerin Cox, Carolyn Forster and Svetlana Sharapa Zazo

    Kerin Cox, Carolyn Forster and Svetlana Sharapa Zazo

  • Jenny Gibson, Pam Nash, Barbara Stuart-Harris, Deb Howse, Janette Gasson, Sally Kaye and Belinda Kenyon

    Jenny Gibson, Pam Nash, Barbara Stuart-Harris, Deb Howse, Janette Gasson, Sally Kaye and Belinda Kenyon

  • Jane Major, Susan Reichardt, Ingrid Den Hartog and Mylene Mosella

    Jane Major, Susan Reichardt, Ingrid Den Hartog and Mylene Mosella

  • Fiona Cotton, Katie-Jane Lubiejewski, Liz Cotton and Penny Sharp

    Fiona Cotton, Katie-Jane Lubiejewski, Liz Cotton and Penny Sharp

  • Sue Gibson, Stehanie Boyle, Coral Pedley, Pam Hislop and Judith Phillips

    Sue Gibson, Stehanie Boyle, Coral Pedley, Pam Hislop and Judith Phillips

  • A garden bar....

    A garden bar....

  • Ladies lunching...

    Ladies lunching...

  • Janie Southwell, Margie Frawley, Marg Cotter and Margie Vest

    Janie Southwell, Margie Frawley, Marg Cotter and Margie Vest

  • Lining up for lunch.....

    Lining up for lunch.....

  • CMRI ACT Committee President Deborah Hicks

    CMRI ACT Committee President Deborah Hicks

  • A view to the lake....

    A view to the lake....

  • The renovated Georgian homestead entrance of Carwoola

    The renovated Georgian homestead entrance of Carwoola

  • Bronwyn Darlington with Lily and Max

    Bronwyn Darlington with Lily and Max

  • Katie-Jane Lubiejewski and Penny Sharp

    Katie-Jane Lubiejewski and Penny Sharp

  • Diana Ryan and Janet Hawker

    Diana Ryan and Janet Hawker

  • Representing the CMRI, Christine Napier, Charmian Maguire and Jennifer Phips

    Representing the CMRI, Christine Napier, Charmian Maguire and Jennifer Phips

  • Wendy Swan, Lara Hall, Sally Hall and Linda Vidovic

    Wendy Swan, Lara Hall, Sally Hall and Linda Vidovic

Childrens Medical Research Institute Lunch at Carwoola

19 November 2014

Carwoola on the road to Captain’s Flat is a magnificent property with a fascinating history and current owners who treasure every aspect of it. They have worked for many years to restore and rebuild this Georgian style homestead and old growth garden; repairing, refurbishing and planting for the future.

Opening the grounds to a caravanserai of eager and energetic ladies for the annual CMRI  (Children’s Medical Research Institute) fundraising lunch may have been daunting for owners Rob Purves and Bronwyn Darlington but the expertise of the committee, learnt over many years from former committees who refined the fomula to an exact art, involves a formidable effort and smart business acumen to make it work.

So the cars came, the guests trod the newly mown paddock to the lush cool garden and settled in with their chairs and tables before doing the rounds of the stalls selling Christmas goodies and decorations, jams, jellies, preserves and the distinctive CMRI paraphernalia before lining up for lunch. Accompanied by the famous lunch punch, a few bubbles and copious amounts of water the most anticipated part of this lunch, the petit fours, were distributed to every corner of the garden before the mass exit. And order restored. 

How lovely it was. The welcome so genuine from the hosts, and the dogs, Lily and Max too. Gazing across to the lake with a rowboat nonchantly beached and some guests wandering the shore while Lily scarpered in for a swim you have to wonder what those early settlers put up with to establish these grazing properties and whether they imagined the massive bunya pine would take pride of place in this garden. And the surprise that the local eco system means they have a late spring which explains why the lavender was in full bloom.