I can’t believe it’s not Devon …

… thanks to Trevor for these peerless views

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The old Main South Coast Road, now the Kiama to Jamberoo road, is a riders delight as it curves and carves it’s way through prime dairy country from ocean to escarpment. This was the birthplace of co-operative dairy production in Australia, and the first co-operative butter factory in Australia was begun here in 1884.
A monument marking the site can be found along the road. Sadly it’s not high on the aesthetics scale and doesn’t enjoy a prominent position, huddled under trees, set back from the roadside. More butter factories eventually appeared, in the imaginatively named Factory Lane.
Not far along the road is ‘Terragong’ (c.1858), built in Georgian style by local pioneer John Marks, originally from County Tyrone in Ireland. The property is still owned by John Marks’ descendants. Current tenant Steve is a one time racer of (and still complete nut for) Norton Commandos. Steve makes darned good coffee and is handy at spotting local monuments.
In the late 1800’s, a lack of refrigeration meant that butter, not milk, was transported by ship to Sydney. The local Pilots Museum houses a Babcock Tester loaned by the Marks family. Butter factories used the test to determine the fat content of milk which was paid for by volume. Before the Babcock test, less than honest farmers could be tempted to water down their milk or remove some cream before selling for butter making. We have another Steve, from Wisconsin, to thank for the apparatus. I wonder how they timed 84 cranks per minute? More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babcock_test
The world’s most colourful cow, ‘Daisy’ (of course) resides in Kiama’s old fire station. The ‘ever-changing’ Daisy was created by Ernesto Murgo, namesake of that other Norton rider and diarist, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara. You probably know heaps about Che, but you can find more about Daisy here: 
 
Finally, with the weather coming in over the escarpment, a snippet from Alan Alexander Milne:
 
“Nobody,”
He whimpered,
“Could call me
A fussy man;
I only want
A little bit
Of butter for
My bread!”
Full cream here:
 
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