Glen Innes 2014: Day 3

Today’s events included a community breakfast cooked by the Glen Innes Men’s Shed and the local Pipe Band entertained the hungry crowd. Bacon, eggs, toast, sausages, tomatoes, baked beans, toast, tea and coffee, too heavy for the MOTH (Man of the House) and myself but it did smell good.

The local bakery brought freshly baked savoury pull apart breads, donuts and scones as well as fresh coffee. There were paintings of the area reasonably priced and he sold out quickly of the ones that would be a piece of memorabilia of our trip to this part of the country. The Men’s Shed was open and they had wooden items for sale, many were beautifully crafted pieces with intricate Celtic designs inlaid in different coloured woods.

The organising committee, of three dedicated men, work hard to bring the camper trailer gathering to a small town to help boost the economy as well as raise funds for local enterprises. This year all money raised from the trivia and auction nights will be shared between the show grounds, for maintenance, and the Men’s Shed, to upgrade equipment and purchase supplies.

We took Scenic Route 11 which was a loop north to Emmaville across to Deepwater and back to Glen Innes. As well as a rich Celtic heritage the area boasts a long history of fossicking and we spent a wonderful hour at the Emmaville Museum getting a glimpse of how the precious stones were taken from the ground. While I was interested in the people and fashions, the MOTH was drawn to old equipment much of which he was familiar with in childhood whilst living on a farm.

As a mining museum it was a comprehensive collection of items of life in those hard times. In the general store I was intrigued to see these ‘Silent Pills’ for females of the day and wondered what their medicinal advantages may have been.

The old bottles, tins of liniment and carbolic disinfectant powder took me back to boarding school remedies stacked in neat rows in the sanatorium (The San) shelves. [The San was the school’s hospital and where we visited the nurse when sick.  It was set up like a hospital ward and the school nurse wore the appropriate uniform including the started hat and white apron over the blue serge button down dress and black lace up shoes].

The surrounding countryside is brown and dry as winters are cold and frosty with little rainfall. In spite of the dry conditions we saw a variety of plants set amongst the harsh rock formations along the route.

We arrived back at camp in time to enjoy the sunset in the west.

… and the eastern skies in the distance across the camp area through to the Poplar trees on the edge of the show ground area.

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