Thursday Doors – 2 February 2017


Welcome to the Sir George in Jugiong

Come on in….

Sir George

We were travelling down the highway on a hot summer’s day and decided to stop for refreshments in a little town just minutes off the main road, but alas our usual eatery was closed on Tuesdays!  What to do?

Well, we walked further up the road and discovered the Sir George, an old hotel built in 1852, which has recently been renovated into a delightful restaurant, boutique bar and artisan bakery. It only opened in late December 2016. The decor inside is fitting for the time period with a variety of areas to dine, an old billiard table, lounges around the open fire and outside dining area, playground and pizza oven.It also has lots of old doors!

Sir George entrance

History

“The most prominent building in Jugiong is the distinctive Sir George Tavern which stands at the end of the main street. An Irish settler, John Phillip Sheahan, built the first Sir George Tavern on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River in 1845 but it was washed away in the floods of 1852.

Undeterred by this setback John Sheahan decided to build something that would last forever. He brought stonemasons from Ireland and built the current Sir George Tavern which opened for business a few years later. It is a monument to permanence with the walls being over half a metre thick. That permanence extends to the Sheahan family who still ran the pub until 2014, making it the oldest family-run hotel in Australia.”

The staff were welcoming and friendly and we enjoyed a delicious morning tea before heading back to the highway.  A great find and one we will definitely visit again.

Whilst there I couldn’t resist the urge to take some shots of the lovely old doors of the pub.  You may notice the ‘mist’ blowing just above the doors in some of the photos.  This is a cooling system employed by quite a few places using flash evaporation –  When ‘Flash evaporation’ occurs microscopic water droplets absorb the heat present in the environment & evaporate, becoming water vapor (gas). During this process the energy used to convert the water to a vapor is eliminated from the environment, this process cools the air.  As it was well into the high 30s (degree celsius), it was working a treat at cooling everything down. Very clever and very cool!!

Sir George

The delightful outdoor area includes this cute little vehicle which was brought in especially from Italy (via Perth), and can’t be driven on the roads here.

Sir George vehicle

We really enjoyed discovering the Sir George and seeing history brought back to life through this old building.

Sir George

Al fresco dining area

I also liked the doors!

It’s always lovely to join in with door lovers around the world for  Thursday Doors.

Thanks for visiting!

Deb 🙂

Note: In case you’re wondering Jugiong is pronounced Jew-gi-ong and is in New South Wales on the Murrumbidgee River.  It’s an local Aboriginal word meaning Valley of the Crows.

  One thought on “Thursday Doors – 2 February 2017

  1. February 3, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Absolutely stunning photos! Wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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    • February 7, 2017 at 7:27 am

      My pleasure Cecilia! Glad you enjoyed them.

      Like

  2. February 3, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Thanks, Debbie, for taking us along on your visit to the Sir George. I greatly appreciate you sharing this, as well as sharing your warm summer day!

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  3. February 3, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Looks like a wonderful spot to visit thanks for sharing these.
    I have to admit I’ve been smiling for the last few minutes playing with the name Murrumbidgee 😀

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    • February 3, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      I know! Some of our names are delightful aren’t they? Glad you like my post and I think I linked it up. Thanks Norm.

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  4. February 3, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    The misting used to cool the temperature is something I’ve never heard of before. I’m guessing your summer heat is very dry?
    Our summers here are so humid, the thought of adding more humidity into the air to cool the temperature wouldn’t sound right.

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  5. February 4, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    “Delightful” is certainly the right word. I wonder if that little Italian machine is an Ape. I think it might be. Take a look and see what you think: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piaggio_Ape.

    janet

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    • February 4, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      I think you’re right Janet! Looks exactly like the pic in the link. They are very cute little machines. Thanks for that 😊

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  6. February 5, 2017 at 5:39 am

    Thanks for including the history 🙂

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    • February 5, 2017 at 6:03 am

      I thought it might be interesting to include the history of the building. It really appealed to me. I appreciate your comment. Thanks for stopping by!

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    • February 5, 2017 at 8:37 am

      My pleasure. I enjoyed the history so thought I’d share it. Thanks for visiting. 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  7. February 5, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Seems like a nice place. Will have to visit the land down-under one of these days!

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