Making Hay in the Tablelands – Walkabout 21

The title of this blog comes from this spot

Lots of fields of all sorts of crops were to be seen  as we travelled the area, of course except where we were going up and down mountains of which we did a bit.  The link to the pics is below…

We went on to Mt Garnet after Fletcher’s Creek, mentioned and pictured in the last post.  We liked Mt Garnet, small park, good amenities including laundry and very nice people, but I had hoped to be able to buy garnets there, no such luck.  It seems that the gem market is standard, all expensive and somehow not getting a good ‘feel’ off the sellers.  So no stones for us!  We went on to Ravenshoe which was also a good spot we camped next to the railway line pretty much away from the majority but it was still pretty crowded and exposed.  They charged $15 a night which is OK although they hardly measure up to a caravan park in terms of facilities.

It was recommended to us by the couple we met at Fletcher’s Creek.  They had been there when they ran the little railway.  No sign of that happening while we were there.  But the whole thing is lovingly restored and we didn’t mind contributing to that. 

I am increasingly coming to respect the role played by the railways in connecting places in Australia before motor vehicles became what they are today.  However, that said, when I find myself surrounded by what feels like pristine bush I wonder if the white man and woman don’t have a lot to answer for in the destruction of the country.  It is a conundrum – if they had not come here and spread all over the good spots I would not be here and enjoying it all.

We went to Herberton to see Robbie’s (Robyn of our friends Rob and Jack) home town – and got sucked into, by ourselves and our need for some decent stock, buying a heap of nice stuff at the antique dealers in the main road.  Oops, and then one piece we really had liked turned out to have a crack in it!  B….. china always like that!  Anyway we also enjoyed the mining museum although they were about to shut when we got there but the outside was good and so was the literature they provided.  I loved it and started remembering some of my mining experiences – again a bit of back history that will be told some time soon. 

We couldn’t see the spy camera museum either although he has some completely unique pieces, a pocket watch spy camera from the 1940’s, how about that?  but the $15 each to go in was more than we could justify at that stage.

Altogether Herberton was a highlight.  Then we proceeded to get the  bumper bar on the caravan modified and strengthened in Ravenshoe.  Cost an arm and a leg and we are still wondering why we paid up without a murmur.  Anyway we did and now have a construction on the caravan that could support an ox if it had to!  The people were very nice to us, we had to camp out at their place for the whole day while the work was done so a bit of caring and sharing happened and it was all good in the end.  We headed out for Mareeba that evening and set up our tables and gazebos on our site at the market.

We did the usual thing – I was still putting stuff out at 10am  around customers.  Idiot that I am.  It was a slow market, we were both already tired and at the end were exhausted beyond tired.  Packed up and on to Tolga who had said we couldn’t come, no space…  This time I was designated to work the charm and no charm was needed – she gave us a good space and we had about the slowest market ever, saved by the sale of the cranberry glass Bohemian crystal champagne glasses richly engraved in gold… for $30 less than I had them marked at… to an ex-Zimbabwean  couple!

Lunch at the pub before heading off was an excellent idea, the publican had been good to us the night before, and we headed after that to Lake Tinaroo, and the supposed free camps… haha wikicamps had got it wrong and there is no free camping there.  We did find a garage sale though and were able to buy a couple of things but the people who claimed to want to get rid of everything proved to be pretty tight and so we left feeling as if we had not done well.  We will see what the nice art deco silver-plate teapot does though.  Their view of the lake was to die for with the wallabies grazing… one of them was a swamp wallaby, a rare species who did us the favour of showing himself to us as we stood admiring the view.

We have spoken about interesting people before and this was another one, he was a prison warder, they wanted to live on this lovely property which they had had for a while and that was the only job he could get… He’s been doing it for 20 years and they are moving to Tasmania to get away from the heat!

We spent the night in a little spot, Kairi, under trees next to the toilet where Alan met an interesting truckie who was getting $170 a ton to take potatoes to Melbourne and bring back steel.  Apparently the people up here are struggling to sell their potatoes.  Next was Mt Molloy which will be the start of the next post…


About retrocentricaussie

We are a pair of ageing 'gypsies' who find junk and sell antiques, especially objects from the art nouveau/art deco years and old and well-loved tools. We also occasionally buy antiques as well!! We haunt clearance sales, garage sales, charity shops and sometimes dumps. Lately we have even been to a 'proper' auction. The thrill is in the chase for good stuff at prices we can afford and still sell the items on at a profit sufficient to support us. We recycle what other people don't want anymore, we find new homes for nice things. We sell at markets and antique fairs, swap meets and wherever else we can find. Our clientele are mostly ordinary people who want something they can afford that will enhance their quality of life. We are especially pleased when generation Y buy from us. It suggests that appreciation of quality and good design is still part of our modern aesthetic.
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2 Responses to Making Hay in the Tablelands – Walkabout 21

  1. Glen Fisher says:

    Great photos, great feel for your adventures! keep on posting!

    • Thanks. Can always use the encouragement. My pleasure to keep writing.

      retrocentric aussie Alan and Lynette Sinclair We Buy and Sell +61 7 33895842 +61 431220334 (Lynette) +61 413243022 (Alan)


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