21.10.2018 – Old Petrie Town – Take 2

What a difference the sun and a few days makes!  Last Saturday, when we visited Old Petrie Town it was deserted and we walked around in the drizzling rain. This day, the sun was shining and not only was it market day, the shops were all open and there was a Ford Car Club rally on.

The shops and markets had an interesting and sometimes unusual collection of wares of locally made products as well as good quality overseas items. One of the larger buildings had every room filled with boxes of CD music for sale and a collection of ‘cut out’ LP records. Food on offer everywhere and of course, Mike couldn’t resist the ice cream shop. Loved the double decker café.

Also of interest, the various displays of farm equipment, metal and wood workshops and Fire Station museum. Children were loving their fire engine ride on “Little Squirt”, with its flashing lights, siren and bell. At the end of the car park outside the entrance to the  historic town, the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum is worth the visit. Just a little unnerving for Lee to see a camera on display like the first one she ever owned, and a telephone switchboard smaller, but similar to that which she once used. Lee left the museum feeling a bit like a relic herself!

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At our last visit, due to the rain, we had not ventured beyond the chapel and large grassed area. We did this time, following the display of Fords, and were amazed at the grove of majestic 350.year old fig trees, their spreading roots having formed curved folds high above ground level.

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And for the rev heads:

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