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Ode to Jakeson
It is with great sadness that Lu and I have to tell you that Jake, our beloved retriever - and Head of Emotional Intelligence at di Lusso Estate - has died, aged twelve.
We have composed this humble ode in his memory.
Lu searched for a pup all over the place,
Looking for one that suited our space.
She decided that “Jake” - eight years old at that time -
Should join our family, though ‘”well past his prime“
It took a while to get there - Queensland I mean,
To collect the boy, sight unseen.
“Had a tough life” we were quietly told,
“But good with people, no matter how old”
We searched in vain for a name that was apt
Several we tried, and several we scrapped.
That suited his character - there just wasn’t one
So Jake he remained, or Jakey, or Jakeson
Within a week, our Jake had learned the drill
Of what his real job was. Not just run of the mill
Nibbling on pizza, to see if they’re cooked
But to check that each experience was as good as it looked!
Jakeson would leave the house at ten, ready for work
Receiving a pat, accepting a perk
But sharpish at four, he’d head back home,
In need of more food, and indeed of a comb!
Our pup had a knack of finding a place
Close to the kitchen, just in case?
He always found a particular place to lie in
You just couldn't get past, no matter how thin!
As we got home, Jake would roll in the grass.
And ask for a pat, before we could pass
Ignoring the cat, he’d go lie in that slot,
That Lu always called ‘Jakie’s dog spot’
So life continued, with pup in the lead
Smooching the diners, true to breed
Then, feeling thirsty, into the reeds. To emerge in a while
Not shaking his tail…just happy to smile
As Jakeson got older, signs of his hard life did show
Knees that would bend, but with pain, and slow
Defying the odds, and the thoughts of his vet
Our pup kept on going, whatever the threat
But then, we found a bump on his bum
That just kept on growing, not hurting – just numb
Then one day he just couldn’t get up
His eyes said it all - time was up for our pup
We’ll never forget him, dear Jakey boy
To those he met, he gave such joy
His quiet, elegant and casual seriousness
Hid a higher, more noble being, nonetheless
2017 Calendar of Events
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Saturday 4th March Festival of Figs
Celebrate this most amazing of fruits. A four course banquet that features figs in each course, with matching wines on the lawn or in the vineyard. $100 pp
($90 for Loyalty Club members)
On Arrival, with Aperitivi
Baked honey ham in pastry with a fig sauce
Stuffed figs with goat cheese
Greeted with an Esprit d Figues sparkling cocktail & other delights
Fresh figs with cashew cream
Baked figs with gorgonzola and prosciutto
Kale salad with figs, avocado and sesame dressing
Served with 2015 Luccarelli Malvasia Puglia & Miramar 2012 Rielsing
Minutal ex Praecoquis …an ancient Roman dish similar to a pork and fruit ragu using figs, apricots, honey, dill, mint, etc
Stuffed turkey with figs and butternut squash
Roast potatoes with maple fig sauce
Served with di Lusso Estate 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon & Huntington Estate
A platter of cheeses from northern Italy, served with our fig paste and house-made fruit, nut and seed crackers
Sticky fig pudding
Vanilla pistachio fig tart, served with ice cream
Served with Miramar Wines 2005 Doux Blanc
Saturday 29th Esperienza di Lusso
The food and Wine of Molise and Abruzzo. Not many tourists get to visit this region…in the mountains and down to the Adriatic in central Italy. Enjoy a four course banquet with your friends as you find out about a most beautiful and spirited part of the country. $100 pp ($90 for Loyalty Club Members)
Saturday 14th Exotic Italy
The second in our new series dedicated to showcasing some of the lesser known food styles of Italy. This four course banquet is dedicated to showing off the Renaissance-inspired Cucina alto Borghese – cooking of the upper middle class – that was developed five hundred years ago and which is making a come back in smart restaurants all over the world. $100 pp ($90 for Loyalty Club Members)
Friday 8th Members’ Christmas Aperivi
You are invited to join the di Lusso team in cocktails, canapés and a spit roast, on the lawns of the Estate. Free for Members and partners