Sunday, 25 May 2014

An Outing to Lithgow

I recently had to go down to Lithgow and had some spare time to wander up and down Main Street.  It is the usual story, you travel through a town all the time…….but always on the way to somewhere else…….so never have time have a look……..or it is on the weekend and everything is closed.

Well, I decided to walk from one end of the street to the other……..and it is rather long.

I didn’t take many photos, but I found a few treasures tucked away.

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Tiled entry ways to shops quite regularly show up as quilting inspiration, but I don’t think I’ve seen any like this before.  It is all apple core tiles.  Don’t they look great in this simple pattern.

There was a cake stall along the way, and of course I had to buy a few things to take home.  They had a rather novel item for sale.  A bickie on a vintage plate.  There were two very cute, matching plates, so they came too.  The bickies were just a bonus, and eaten before any photo could be taken.  The plates will join our other mismatched little square plates that we use all the time for afternoon tea.

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A pair of egg cups that match our mugs (the original mug coming from GDITC at Nundle a couple of years ago) were also brought home from a rather nice gift shop.  That shop also provided me with a new “upmarket beanie”, as I will call it.

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See, it scrunches down flat, so should fit in a bag to take away, or go in the top box on the bike.  I’m not quite sure if Mick  really doesn’t like it or is just taking the Mickey out of me.  Oh well, I quite like it and as it is wool, it should be nice and warm – and of course, red makes you feel warm too.

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The op shops weren’t too bad either, meaning that a couple of jug covers and a few books also came home with me.  You have to support them, you know.

And finally, I found a delightful home decorating shop.  I could have brought quite a few things home from here, but I have to remember that we are decluttering at the moment.  A visit in the future may be in order though.  Very tasty.

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Of course, there was an interlude for morning tea as well.  You need to keep up your strength for all that browsing.

I thoroughly enjoyed my morning.  It was a real indulgence to wander by myself, with no time limit and nothing that had to be looked for.  I wish I could do it more often in other regional towns, as so many look interesting as we travel around the place and seem to have some treasures where you least expect it.

If you get a chance, have a stroll along the street of Lithgow, or any other regional town.  You might be pleasantly surprised.


loulee said...

Looks interesting. I like your hat, it does look cosy.
wishing my hats were here already, it's a cold wind blowing off the mountains today!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

What a great stroll through Lithgow Janice....lovely beanie too!

Lyn said...

Gosh I haven't been through there for years. we used to pass through on our way to see my Aunt in Forbes many years ago..lovely photos and goodies from your stroll through the town

Jewells said...

Like you, I passed thru Lithgow hundreds of times and never shopped. I even spent hundreds of hours in that town when I was a wedding photographer.. I think I know every church and reception house there!

Susan said...

Great idea to explore places close to home. That tile pattern would make a fabulous quilt.