Walkabout 36 – Chooks for sale

We returned from the market at the Muswellbrook showground to our caravan which has been parked under the big shed cover for the best part of this week to find the poultry auction still in full swing.  There must have been 50 or more people seated on the benches bidding and competing for the different bird lots as they came up.  The only other place where I have seen anything similar was at Seeb one Friday or Saturday morning when we went to the souk there and found a bird market with every sort of feather and shape in progress in the street.  https://picasaweb.google.com/105183160149035139526/SEEBThursdayNovember2008.

One Olive Rainbow Lorikeet was sold for $70, but then some poor roosters only fetched a dollar or so – I feared for their necks!  I was too exhausted to spend too much time listening to the bidding and learning the names of the different birds but they seemed to keep coming… had been since 9am – so there was an air of weariness over the proceedings when we arrived at 4pm.  The organiser finally left at 9pm.

It all began last night when people started turning up and setting up little tents and swags for the night.  The birds slept but started crowing soon after we got up at 4.30am!  And the humans hadn’t gone to bed until late anyway, not us but there was a bit of a party going on when we went to bed.  Bella didn’t know which way to turn, she hasn’t had much experience with birds other than magpies which she chases vigorously.  We had to  put her on her chain, she knows how to behave decorously then. 

So that is another uniquely Australian experience for me on our travels.



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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One Response to Walkabout 36 – Chooks for sale

  1. angela lownie says:

    Oh my goodness! What a vision for Alfred Hitchcock or mom who hated the flapping of birds wings near her & had a meltdown when a poor mousebird got trapped on the back verandah! I still remember it had beady red eyes! Hope you made some padkos money at your market! Kevin flies down to Sydney on Thurs 13th morning (this week) for important work meetings, then preadmission clinic Friday and admission to Norwest Private Hospital – 0288828882 ( Bella Vista) about midday on Monday 17th for surgery by A.Prof Munjed AlMuderis in the afternoon. He will be in hospital 3-5days and I will be driving him back when he is ready but no sooner than Weds 26th. Kerryn & boys fly into Coffs on Sat 1st 5pm and depart again Tuesday 11thhh. I am driving down on Saturday 15th and we will stay at Hornsby of course. So it is all go ( as for Thomas Harris) as we plan & anticipate good things for the future, but cannot help also thinking about the possible complications that the surgeon is obliged to tell you about! Before I go I must have the house in order with childproof locks on some kitchen cupboards and the 2nd hand toys etc I have bought recently from op shops, clean enough to use. Well that’s all for now. Still trying to recall the name of the lady who took Bella and will try pet shop Brontosaurus whose number 66524308 isn’t responding at present. Wedspm – must go – kev off to Sydney tomorrow & both very tired. Kev not well today but better this evening.Love,AngiePS spoke to Dugal yesterday & surgery to place electrodes went well – await results when turn on power. Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2014 12:26:08 +0000 To: angela_lownie@hotmail.com

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