We then back-tracked the short distance to the Doll Museum which is housed in the old Bakery building. The oven is still in the building and we were shown just how large it was being capable of cooking 600 loaves per day. There were trays of pie tins and the paddles used for getting bread in and out of the oven. It takes days to get the oven to the temperature required for cooking. Pam, the owner, cooked Christmas dinner in the oven one year and they ate in the bakery.
There were over 2000 dolls on display in the museum. This amazing collection showed dolls of every shape, size and colour. There were dolls in prams, dolls in cots, rows and rows of dolls on shelves and one doll with broken leg had her crutches with her. The dolls were beautifully dressed and presented. As well as dolls, there were toys, games, a collection of old tools and much more.
Following this we headed to the Chateau. A historic house at Dookie which is being renovated. Brian welcomed us to the Chateau told us something of the history of the house which dates back to 1886. Helen served a delicious light lunch in the dining room where we heard more history of the chateau. We then visited the former maid’s quarters before heading off home and toured the garden.
The theme for November is 'Christmas' or bring something from your collection/s you love.