Naomi & Wazza on the road to Evandale

Hello all, I thought I would start a new series of blogs for Our Other Blog as an “On The Road” series. I love going for drives in my Ford Falcon affectionately known as Wazza. Wazza is old and weather-beaten but he gets around just fine. Wazza get’s his name from the letters in his original number plate. I’m sure some people would say “Why Wazza?” I do get asked sometimes.

Well Sunday is market day so I decided to head to Evandale as they hold one of Tasmania’s best markets. I finally had a Sunday off from work and it was also a nice day so I got up early and off we went. Evandale is just over a 100km from Oatlands where I live and it takes about an hour and a half to drive there. Evandale to Launceston is only 18km so it’s also possible to visit the South Esk Market in the same day if wanted. South Esk is held every Sunday at the Launceston Show Grounds. It’s a good Market but not as big as Evandale also held each Sunday.

The market always has a lot of stalls but there were not as many as usual because it’s now winter. The stalls are in a large hall and spread over the lawn areas. People with stalls outside don’t have any shelter and their wares will get wet or blown over in the winds. Sunday was nice but cold. I noticed that most of the items on tables were covered in dew. I went inside the hall first because it gets crowded in there by 11am and you can’t get near anything to look properly. Inside the hall I found a lot of very interesting vintage items and I picked up a couple of old English and Welsh souvenirs. I was pleased to find they were only $5.00 each and there was a whole box full of lovely china ornaments. I’ll show you some pictures of them later. There is also a very good café inside the hall. I had a hearty bowl of minestrone soup, a slice of lemon cheesecake and a pot of English Breakfast tea for under $20.00. They were good sized servings and I enjoyed them very much. The people working in the café were very friendly. The floor must have been a bit rickety because every time the waiters and waitresses walked past to bring food or collect dishes my table rocked and there was a tsunami in my tea cup. I was glad my soup was thick and chunky so it did not make waves. I have to say the soup was some of the best I’ve ever had and so filling.

I walked around outside to look at the stalls on the lawn area again and picked up a lovely coloured glass rabbit dish. I also got some nice baked biscuits for my two boys. They were both most put out about being left at home. Unfortunately you are not allowed to take dogs to the markets. Some of the stalls I saw sold fruit and vegetables, plants, books, scarves, socks and shawls, hats and bags, collectables, cosmetics, tools, pots, toys and homemade cakes.

After leaving the market I headed for the main street hoping to find some antique shops but I struck out there because everything was rather up market and most of the shop’s goods were out of my price range. I did find a shop with some nice home décor items and I picked up a nice poster for the kitchen depicting old fashioned food such as cakes and puddings. There was also a beautiful house made by an artist out of shells which I was allowed to photograph. The Evandale Bakery is another nice place to eat and they also sell a nice range of gifts and souvenirs. I have often eaten there and it’s always nice although usually crowded being so popular. There is also a nice old hotel where they have a nice outdoor area where you can sit and enjoy a nice lunch. I took some photos of some of the buildings in the High Street and then walked to the water tower and through the park back to where I had parked Wazza. After entrusting Wazza with my parcels I headed to the model railway.

On Sundays weather permitting the Evandale Light Railway and Steam Society run real working models of steam and diesel locomotives. You can have a ride for $3.00 or $10.00 for a family. They have about 600 metres of track and there are many vantage points where you can get nice photos of the trains as they pass by. I was just walking around the perimeter of the societies ‘grounds taking my photos when one of the volunteers invited me in so I could get some better ones. I must say I messed up quite a few as I wasn’t very good at timing my shots when the trains were running. It was much harder than I thought to get a good action shot. I even got invited to look at the signal box where they had miniature levers to change the tracks. If you like steam engines or trains in general you would probably enjoy a visit here.

My Market Finds

My Market Finds


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More about Evandale


My Visit to the Tip Shop Glenorchy


Recently I visited the Tip Shop run by the Glenorchy Council. Glenorchy is a suburb of Hobart that I often visit for shopping and errands. The Tip Shop is actually a shop on the premises of the local rubbish dump where you can buy secondhand goods, vintage items, collectables, furniture, bikes, toys, electrical goods etc. The idea is to recycle rather than have all that waste end up as land fill. Tip shops are very popular with everyone. I often find it hard to get a park for Wazza my Ford Falcon. I’ve had some very good finds at good prices although you have to weigh up the prices in your head a bit. Would I be better off buying this item somewhere else? Would I be better off buying this item new? It all depends on what you are buying of course. Quite a lot of people buy things with the plan of fixing them up. There is a big board there with people’s finished projects posted on it. People have made things out of things they have bought or restored something like a piece of furniture. I found Pedigree Penny there. She was very dirty and had lost most of her hair. She was working ok and I got her for only $10.00. Vanda soon had her nice and clean and later we are going to choose a new wig for her. I found a beautiful old typewriter there from the 1950’s that had been marked down to almost half price so I got that for myself. I’ve picked up a few nice little bits and pieces too such as tins, ornaments, pots, vintage toys and books. Here are some of my Tip Shop finds.


One of the things I enjoy about The Tip Shop are all the sculptures made out of scrap metal. Some of you might have seen my “Cee’s Oddball Challenge” photo of  the scrap metal man. There are a lot of these sculptures around the grounds and I took a lot of photos of them while I was there last time. I have put them together in a slide show for you to see. If you have something like the Tip Shop in your town keep an eye on it as you never know what you might find there. Remember one man’s trash is another man’s treasure or should I say person’s treasure! What ever you can find some really interesting stuff there.

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Dark Mofo : The Crossing

Tonight I went to an arty event called “The Crossing” Churches from Launceston to Hobart were lit up for the event while inside organ music was played. Now this was no ordinary music. people expecting to hear Onward Christian Soldiers were in for a shock as one or two elderly residents were. There were no brightly coloured lights to illuminate the church either. Instead there were blueish lights which made the church look rather eerie. Red shone through the lovely stained glassed windows. The music on the organ which was some sort of keyboard was high-pitched or deep sounding. It was a bit Pink Floyd meets Science Fiction. Some elderly residents left early. For myself I got bored after a while and went outside and had some free soup and damper the minister had made. I found the music shrill and high pitched and it hurt my ears. A kid next to me said it was creepy and you couldn’t dance to it and he or she did not want to dance. I joked that it was nothing like The Bee Gees and didn’t blame them. At the end the artists did get a big round of applause for their efforts. I think most people liked it a lot. I have to say I found it monotonous and no way did I have any peaceful thoughts while I was in there. I have no way of introducing you to the sounds I heard but here are a few photos I took. There is a link for those wishing to know more about Dark Mofo and The Crossing.

Dark Mofo The Crossing


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Anglican Church and Cemetery at Dusk

Last Sunday evening I ventured into the cemetery at the Anglican Church in Oatlands. It’s just a few minutes from the High Street where I live. Although it had been raining the skies were still pretty colours before it darkened. I managed to get a few photos before I lost the light. It was a lovely peaceful walk among the old graves and around the church. Here are the photos I took while I had enough light.

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This evening as I was checking my blogs I noticed that WordPress had included the Google Translate feature in the Widget menu. I know that many people who read both my blogs have English as a second language so incorporating this widget into them seemed like a great idea.

Take a look on the top right hand corner of the sidebar of each blog and you will see a drop down box with the Google logo. It will translate this blog into many languages.  I checked it out and was fascinated to see how my doll blog looks in Japanese!


Op Shop Days

Recently I’ve started volunteering a couple of days a week at our local Op Shop. Op shops, opportunity shops, thrift shops, whatever they are known as are a great idea. Not only do they raise funds for deserving causes they also give people with limited means a way to buy good quality clothing and household items. Collectors love them too. You never know what you may find in an Op Shop. Some of the first dolls I collected came from Op Shops around Adelaide when we lived there.

One of my best Op Shop buys was a pair of  Wellington boots (gum boots) which I bought not long after we arrived in Tasmania to live. I bought them in an Op Shop in Huonville for 50c and I still use them in the garden when the weather is wet fourteen years later.


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The Salvation Army, City Mission, St Vincent de Paul are some large and well known charities that run Op Shops while others are run by church or community groups. There are even online Op Shops. The Salvos opened  Australia’s first online Op Shop. It’s getting to be big business here. From what I gather from doll collecting fellow bloggers American Thrift Shops are much bigger affairs than ours are. The shop that I volunteer at is located in the grounds of the Geeveston Primary School and the money raised is used in the local community which I really like.

I’ve visited a lot of Op Shops in the past but this is my first experience of working in one and I’m finding it very interesting and a lot of fun as well. One of the interesting parts is seeing what sort of things come into the shop as donations. Sometimes we arrive in the morning to find boxes and bags of things sitting outside that have been dropped off overnight but often people will just come in with things. They might be moving away or just de-cluttering. Mothers bring their children’s outgrown clothes and toys, sometimes they may have come from the shop in the first place. That’s good recycling.

The first thing that happens when donations are received is that they are sorted out. Most things are in very good condition but occasionally there may be items that are broken or clothes that are a bit too worn to put on the racks. Some clothing can be cut up for rags and the buttons cut off to be recycled, old handbags are saved for a crafty lady who makes things from them and stuffing from toys and pillows can sometimes be saved  as well.

As the shop is in the school grounds parents often  come in after dropping their children off in the morning or before picking them up in the afternoon.  Often there will be lots of pre-schoolers playing with the toys while their mothers stock up on clothes for the family. When there are not many customers there is usually something to do to keep busy. As I am a compulsive sorter I will sometimes go and tidy the shelves of books, CD’s and DVD’s  or arrange the clothing in colour groups. Sometimes we rearrange the china and bric a brac just to make the displays look different and more interesting.

The fun part is chatting with customers, many of whom are regulars. It’s nice when the shop is filled with happy people who are pleased with their finds or just enjoying a good browse.

At the end of the day I always feel that I have done something worthwhile by being there.


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