Well, this time a couple of weeks ago we probably all thought this ‘C’ virus would blow over. Sadly not. Now life will change and we need to change with it.
Yet life on Da Block is the same. Luckily we live on acreage so ‘personal space’ is not a problem. Jeda and I keep things rolling along with small projects, gardening & too many ideas in my head!
Before the Cafes & Restaurants were forced to close we took friends to The Olive Bus just out of Clare. It is casual, open, scenic and wonderful. As per the photos, the kitchen & front counter are inside the bus with more open sitting areas outside under cover. On weekends they serve pizzas and they are scrummy! They can be accompanied with a Clare Valley wine which makes it superb! Double thumbs up!!
I have a couple of furniture projects to get into. Bought an old TV cabinet (and aren’t there heaps of them now TV’s are so thin!?) from the Clare Lions Second Hand Furniture Shop to make into our own Café/Wine Bar!! I’ll keep ya posted on that…and hubby found a round wine barrel with bottle shelves at a garage sale, after a good clean up it should look great.
So to those reading this blog keep safe; stay isolated; be happy; life does go on. 🙂
The Olive Bus
The Olive Bus
First flowers on Iris?
Alpacas after their haircut (checkout how dry it is)
Wine barrel wine holder
TV cabinet BEFORE!!
Since being back in SA I have managed to check out a few Town Garage sales in the district.
Not only is it a good way to find bits n pieces for our block, but a chance to see what these small towns have to offer.
The Watervale General Store is a cool place to eat as well as check out their retro collection & décor. We haven’t had a meal there yet, so can’t comment on their quality! 🙂 In Wirrabara we went to the Producers Market which was lovely. They have some nice cafe’s and the Coffee Table Gallery has some brilliant woodwork (open on market days). The Painted Silo is a drawcard as well.
Red Hill – went to a market there and found a massive collection in a front yard. Bits of everything. When in Gladstone for a garage sale I stopped at a Hotel, the Booyoolee Hotel. It looked deserted except for people selling stuff next door. I wandered in and to my surprise there was a Café Bar inside. Still a work in progress but it will be great when finished. Can recommend the Baked Bean Muffin and Coffee!!
I popped a couple of Block pics in too – my first batch of savoury muffins made in my revamped kitchen (yes they were edible!) And Hey Ewe – she was rejected by her mother so has been hand raised & fed. She is growing by the day but still thinks humans are her ‘kind’! When out for a walk or on the quad bike she is running alongside with Jeda!
Our view of our road to Da Block (after winter)
Owen-found on a fence, hand made
Watervale General Store
Collectibles in Watervale General Store
Wirrabara Painted Silo
Booyoolee Hotel in Gladstone
Cafe Bar in Booyoolee Hotel
Red Hill – collection in front yard
Hey Ewe with her Bodyguards!
Hey Ewe photo shoot!!
My first attempt at savoury muffins in revamped kitchen
Just realised it’s been ages since my last blog after arriving back on Da Block.
Been very busy (will explain next blog). I’ve started to compile a few pics of places we’ve been in our new adopted state of SA.
On our way home our last overnight stop was Manna Hill Rest Area. Donation with toilets available next to the pub. Enjoyed a beverage with the owner watching the passing parade of travellers & trains. The pub has a brilliant collection of old wares and a museum.
Then on to Terowie – it hasn’t changed much in many years. Almost a ghost town sad to say. We have stopped there a few times, and stayed overnight at rail siding. The façade of the buildings have hardly changed. A craft store & history of blacksmithing worth a look.
Will continue showcasing some of the area’s we’ve managed to check out in future blogs. What I am loving is the Town Garage Sales in the district! As I’m a bit of a ‘vintage tragic’ they have been the best for collecting old things people don’t want anymore.
Thackaringa RA-Book exchange in fridge
Manna Hill Rest Area donation box
Manna Hill parking area
Manna Hill amenities
Manna Hill Hotel
Manna Hill Rail Station
Manna Hill Collectibles
Manna Hill Collectibles
Manna Hill bar
Manna Hill collectibles
Close call with a flock of galahs!
Terowie-old paint job on building
Terowie-bustling main street