No long faces at festival

Ben the draughthorse, pictured with Lewis Carlton and Colin Jarvis gets ready for the big weekend at Mont De Lancey. 173507_02 Picture: ROB CAREW

By Kath Gannaway

Mont De Lancey historic property in Wandin is always a great place to visit, but there’s one weekend where stepping back in time is extra special.
On 25 and 26 November, Mont De Lancey will host their annual Draughthorse and YesterYear Festival, two days of events that give insights into lost trades and life in the past.
Majestic draughthorses ploughing the fields, vintage engines powering up farm equipment, blacksmiths firing up the forges and making beautiful implements and woodturners making a range of beautiful timber objects are just a sample.
See amazing working dogs rounding up sheep, be captivated by the award-winning creative chainsaw sculptor Robbie Bast and listen to the whip-cracking tunes by a former Australian champion.
Collections of antique hand tools and miniature vintage sewing machines will go on show along with an amazing Meccano exhibition, needlework, tatting and tapestry demonstrations and beautiful dolls.
Vintage tractors and cars and, something you don’t see every day – a large collection of canvas waterbags!
There will be donkey rides, ice-cream and a jumping castle for the kids, as well as free games and plenty of food stalls.
So, step away, ditch the remote … step away from the computer, and step back in time to discover life at a slower pace.
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