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accompanied by an earful on its origins.
"My Rajah's Eggplant Pickle for example
is a recipe I was given 25 years ago from an
old friend who is Indian," Margaret said.
"Sometimes we run out of a product,"
Margaret proudly admitted.
"That's because, like the slow food
movement, the honeys and the fruits and
veggies from which we make our products,
"Country food is connected to the
seasons and may not be in-store year-round.
Whatever you pick up in our store, you
know it's fresh and very, very good."
Berrima Village Pottery
"I started pottery in the late 70s when
Melbourne where there were a lot of potters
nearby. It was a time when you could pretty
much pick your job," Paul stated quite
You'd be hard-pressed finding someone
more laid back than Paul, and more
no-nonsense. His hands are the fastest in
Berrima, and he can fashion a mug on a
spinning wheel in a matter of minutes while
drinking a cup of tea and having a yarn with
his wife and partner-in-pottery, Louise.
While living in Berrima, the couple
did the rounds, selling their wares to the
crafts-hungry crowds at the Old Bus Depot
Markets and Paddington Markets.
When the time came to settle 11 years
back, however, they had realised the best
place to set up shop was their home town;
and Berrima Village Pottery was born.
There, $16 will buy you a quaint, hand-
fashioned and hand-painted mug, the
replica of which you'll find nowhere else in
"We only sell from our shop -- we couldn't
supply to others, we have a hard enough
time keeping up with the demand here."
The Best Western Grand
"We show people to their rooms."
It might seem overly simple, but with this
one statement, Jan Moss sums up what sets
the Grand Country Lodge apart.
Though housed under the well-known
Best Western umbrella, the Grand Country
Lodge sets the bar for personalised ser vice
"in keeping with the country manner".
"No matter which way you come or go,
you have to go past us," she said.
With 30 years of hotelier and hospitality
experience behind her and her husband,
Glen Moss, they took over as co-managers
of the hotel five months back.
Nine times out of ten, it's their faces
that will greet you at the front desk,
and from giving advice on the best local
eats to the home-baked bread Glen
makes every morning as part of a 'Grand
Country Breakfast' offered to guests,
the boutique motel next-door to the
information centre makes for the perfect
temporary nest in the heart of the breath-
taking Southern Highlands.
Where: Corner of Nowra and
Yarrawa Roads, Moss Vale
Phone: 4871 2888
ESCAPE: Creativity abounds in the Southern
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