KERRY FRANKLIN - PIE LADY
I was born in Sydney and grew up in Redfern. My mum was a waitress and my stepfather was a chef. They met while working at Le Trianon in Potts Point and eventually opened their own place in the Blue Mountains called The Lazy Frog.
I studied teaching at Sydney University, then moved to Melbourne to teach maths at Northcote Tech. I bought a house in Clifton Hill and taught at Preston Tech, Kingsbury Secondary College and Reservoir District Secondary School. I wanted to teach in the country before retiring so I moved to Bendigo and taught maths and Indonesian in Eaglehawk for eight years. Eaglehawk was a culture shock – mainly white Anglo, compared to multicultural Reservoir.
Close to retirement, my husband and I decided to buy a house an hour from the city. We looked at Kyneton and Mount Macedon before finding the original police station in Newstead. My husband fell in love with the pizza oven in the back yard and the over-sized shed and we made an offer that day. Without a driver’s license, I continued to stay in Eaglehawk for the final eighteen months of my teaching career. I finally learnt to drive at fifty four. I wanted to surprise my husband for his birthday, but I failed the test the first time.
Now I run the kiosks at the local pool and the footy oval, volunteer as an art teacher at Newstead Primary, am involved with the CFA auxiliary and am on the Newstead Live committee.
We have a very good lemon tree out the back that bears fruit in winter, so I give lemons to Dig, the local café, the pub and the Newstead General Store to serve with their fish and chips.
I decided to make lemon meringue pies for all the single men in town. Most people don’t lock their houses, so I put them in their fridges as a surprise. Eventually they worked out who had the big lemon tree, and I was approached by single women demanding pies. Then I gave them to families and now I make them for everyone.
I’ve made 46 so far, I have to keep a list of recipients because I need the dishes back. Some people give me their own pie dishes as a thank you, and some give me eggs so I can keep baking. I find the eggs from people’s own chooks make the lemon curd look and taste amazing. I use a Women’s Weekly recipe. And now of course I also make Pavlova because I have so many left over egg whites.
Through these pies I’ve gotten to know a lot more people, and score quite a few kisses and hugs from all these single men.