Exeter Things to Do
But there is a neat, well cared for CWA (Country Women's Association) rooms. At one time they hosted a Baby Health Clinic. Maybe they still do.
As far as I know this branch has never had a nude calender (just seen the movie Calender Girls starring Helen Mirren).
But I am not telling tales out of school when I say a few years back there was a male nude calender for sale in the district. The local vet showing off his muscular shoulders, and a very cheeky butcher's bum peeping out of his apron. I can't remember who was responsible for that.
It is odd being back in Australia after six months in Italy (which has no Licensing Laws - anyone who wants to sell grog can sell grog) to be in a village with no visible means of buying grog. I know people can make their own arrangements - get their supplies in at the nearest bottle shop - or even get it couriered in like we used to, ordering cases of wine over the phone - but it just seems a bit uncivilised.
We have a cafe in Wingello now - and don't get me wrong I am thrilled - but I constantly bore the new proprietor with - Oh - if only we could buy a grappa or a limoncello.
He has looked into it - and oh dear - how much it would cost him to buy a license!
This is your all in one stop for Post Office, coffee, eats, groceries, newspapers, second hand books - but I don't think it sells petrol.
There used to be a dedicated Post Office in a charming little wooden house but that was simply not economic so the agency got shifted to the shop.
Coffee is excellent. Food a little on the pricey side. (Fritatta and salad sort of thing, cakes.)But, you know, this is the only cafe in Exeter.
But I see a For Sale sign up. Who knows what the new owners will want to do with it.
Meanwhile - The only place to have coffee and pick up a second hand book within a 10 k radius.
Unless you have a friend you can drop in on and bludge a coffee out of, borrow a book while you are at it. Forget to return the book.
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The Goulburn- Sydney train stops here. For the few trains each day check the Cityrail link below.
Another option is the public buses and the school buses that travel between Mittagong and Goulburn.
Ring Berrima Coaches for info 02 48713211.
The timetable is very complicated - and when it comes to the school buses (which are very very expensive if you are not a child or a pensioner - $8 from Exeter to Wingello!) the drivers are not on the look out for adult customers so you might have to vigorously wave and act alert.
They will tell you when you ring whether to catch the cheetah bus or the boxer bus or the giraffe bus. Some of the kids can't read yet so they have animal pictures on the windscreen.
The public buses go further afield eg to Willow Vale and Hilltop - but they only go as far south as Bundanoon so us Wingello people would be a bit stuck if it wasn't for the school buses.
I am lucky, the driver lives up my road so he drops me at the front gate.
And that is about it for public transport. The nearest taxi is Bowral - maybe 30 k away if you are really really stuck and don't want to hitch hike.
Bowral Cabs 02 48724800
It says antiques but it might more fairly describe itself as collectibles.
How old does something have to be to be an antique? Does it have to have intrinsic artistic merit? Or can it be an old jam pan or wagon wheel? Surely they are just old. Kind of interesting to dress up your kitchen or your front yard - but antiques? That's pushing it a bit.
To be fair we did find an excellent set of library steps in here once - but they were just ridiculously expensive so we passed on them.
Exeter Local Customs
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Now the toilet arrangements on railway stations are no longer reliable.
And here they are. In the park with the War Memorial gates.
Blue sign pointing the way - Public Toilets.
Like a true VTer I checked them out for you (ok, I also needed a wee) - and they were unlocked - and they weren't a mire of filth - but you may want to bring your own toilet paper, soap and towel.
In fact, if you like toilet paper, soap and towel you will definitely need to supply your own.
Nearly every village in Australia has a War Memorial. This park is Exeters. I have added a couple more photos.
One of the simple plaque on a stone. (Tennis courts clearly visible behind.) It was Anzac Day recently so the faded wreaths from the Dawn Service are still there.
One is of the plaque with the names of the Exeter lads that were lost. Only a few names. Not less poignant for that.
In Wingello our Roll Of Honour is in our Mechanics Institute Hall mounted on the wall to the right of the stage.
PS Just noticed while I was proof reading this page. Five lost in WW1 and 2 lost in WW2.
And only five Exeter Elms planted in their honour in 2002! That seems a little skimping. To say the very least.
Exeter Off The Beaten Path
... of public amenities and shops near the station and it becomes so charmingly arcadian.
Except, of course, there are no footpaths and as public transport is so unreasonable and sparse, anyone who can drive and afford a car, does. And the cars just whoop along so a walk is not quite as pleasant as one might hope. I don't know what this mania for speed is.
As you can see the roads can be quite narrow so two four wheel drives - or trucks - whooping along towards each other doesn't leave much space for a pedestrian.
You sometimes see cyclists - I always fear for them. The gravel verges are so treacherous.
You may notice there are no white line in the middle of the road keeping the traffic apart. It is a bit of a war of nerves.
Exeter Sports & Outdoors
But there is a croquet club. If one was here for a while one might join the croquet club and dwindle into gentler pleasures. And who knows, maybe they throw really great parties on days of great importance to the history of croquet.
Behind you will see the sports oval. Soccer and cricket and school sport's days. I have seen people with eskies, and cans in their hands! Maybe you could join the soccer or cricket club. And there are tennis courts. No pony club in Exeter though. And - as far as I know - no poetry readings.
I believe this is the ground where a little girl was killed when a soccer goal post fell on her. Terrible tragedy. She was just walking past as some bigger kids were swinging on the post, and it wasn't pinned to the ground so over it went on top of her.
Don't worry though. All the goal posts are very firmly pinned down now.