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  • 12-Apr-2013 09:38 AM

    Woodland Film Festival 2013

    Woodland Film Festival 2013

    Woodland 2012 was the first short film festival ever held in Tumbarumba, NSW. One might think that holding a short film festival in a small mountain town in the middle of winter was a bad idea, and that the people who dreamt up such a thing up should be pelted with rotten fruit and then locked away for a very long time for crimes against the innocent.

    Well, parts of that are true, but it turned out that holding a short film festival in a mountain town was actually a pretty good idea – with the results of the inaugural Woodland Film Festival being proof enough that the organisers aren’t totally stark raving mad.  

    And now we come to Woodland Film Festival 2013!

    We’re planning a bigger and better event than last year, we’re having not one, but TWO nights of short films. So consider this very much a call for entries!

    Basically, the lowdown is that a hearty selection of non-shortlisted films will play on the Friday night with pizza and popcorn (and alcohol), followed by the finalist entries on the Saturday Gala dress-up-in-your finest Extravaganza evening.  There will be markets on Saturday showcasing local wares and film memorabilia and you can choose your own adventures during the day and discover or revisit the delights of our Snowy Mountains locale. 
    Now we won’t ramble on about details, they’re all on the website but we do encourage you to get your film entries in, spread the word and book out your calender for the 2 - 4 August in Tumbarumba.  
    Tickets for the festival weekend will be available on the website with limited seating so stay tuned and get in early to be part of this rare treat of a weekend.

  • 12-Apr-2013 12:22 PM

    Holiday Reading

    Holiday Reading

    School Holidays are starting and what better way to spend some of these glorious days than under a tree with good book, or a whole series of books.

    Discover books 1-11 of the worldwide bestselling Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan

    We asked Heather for a book review on a good read from Nest and like any clever sister, she got Lilly her younger sister to write this.  Check out her review on the Rangers Apprentice Series which even their Dad read and enjoyed.

    Rangers Apprentice Series - Book Review:

    The Rangers Apprentice series by John Flanagan is exciting and action packed. Both boys and girls, aged 12 and up could read the series and enjoy it. They are great books to read, especially if you are just starting to get into reading novels. 

    Will, an orphan who wants to be a warrior but is a bit on the small side, is apprenticed to the mysterious Ranger Halt. Rangers are secretive and silent. They can move unseen and silently through the forest and can shoot arrows in the blink of an eye. They use their intelligence, courage and skills to protect the Kingdom of Araluen. Common people and farmers think they’re black magicians and can’t be trusted. Will shares those thoughts and is hesitant to become one.
    Swashbuckling buccaneers, desert raiders, dark lords, disguised princesses, assassins, travelling minstrels, pirates, religious trouble makers and heroic knights is what brings the books to life.

    I enjoyed reading the series and have read it more than once! The 12 books take you into another world as Will and his friends go on missions and adventures to protect and restore peace to the kingdom. Once I started reading I couldn’t put it down! John Flanagan has created a masterpiece and I recommend it to everyone.

    Lilly Kirkby, 15yrs old.

    Thankyou Lilly & Heather!
    Recommended Retail Price on these books are $16.95 and we are offering a school holiday special at just $12 a book

  • 12-Apr-2013 08:59 AM

    Apples and Quinces

    Apples and Quinces

    "Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness." -- Jane Austen
    With the bounty of apples adorning the local trees we are taking pleasure in finding ways to help create such domestic happiness in Tumbarumba.  Of course I'm sure Miss Austen also meant to include Apple Oaty Cinnamon Muffins, Tarte Tatin, Apple Blueberry Crumble, Lumberjack...


    If you have any apple delights you'd like us to try, we are open for suggestions.  I'm also quite certain there are a good many seasoned apple pie bakers in these parts or eager young cooks who just need a bag of fresh apples to create their own domestic bliss.   Well we're also blessed here to have a seasonal supply of delicious (in variety too ha) local apples stocked daily by our resident lady-of-the-orchard Heather.

    So call in anytime we're open for your pick of fresh apples.  You will probably think they are too nice to put in a pie and eat them fresh! 

    Quinces are another favourite at this time of year. Watching  this alluring fruit transform from a greeny lemon colour to a deep ruby is a treat.  Slow cooked and served in their syrup with cream & toasted almonds these treasures were a hit on the dessert menu last week.  The quince season continues and so will our quincey concoctions that we look forward to sharing with you.