Sunday, 6 June 2021

A Final Wrap Up For May

Before we get too far into June I'd better finish up on what we got up to in May and how I fared with my goals.

The Book I chose was "Balyet" by Patricia Wrightson.  She is the author of  "The Nargun and the Stars", which is one of my favourite books. Her books are aimed at teenagers.  Well, it was an easy read, but I can't say I was that thrilled with it.  Not to worry, I"'m still glad I read it.

I liked the look of the dish on the front cover of the free Coles magazine, "French Style Chicken", so thought I'd give it a whirl.
My version wasn't as photogenic as theirs, but it sure was tasty.  I'll definitely be making it again. It was nice with some crusty bread to mop up the juices.


There wasn't any Fun Day on a Friday, as Mick has been working full time - so much for retirement.  However, we did still have a couple of Fun Days.
The Canowindra Balloon Festival counted as a Saturday Fun Day.

We then had a Sunday Fun Day, driving out to the historic gold mining village of Hill End to catch up with one of Mick's school mates for lunch.  We have been meaning to do this for I don't know how long, so it was good to make it happen.  There is a pie shop out there that serves delicious food, so that was our destination.  No photo, as we were too busy chatting and eating.
The drive is always nice.  We haven't been out that way for a little while and were surprised to see how close the wind turbines in the Crudine Wind Farm are to the road, just difficult to get a photo.  We'll have to go for a drive one day to see them better.  There are lots of turbines.
From Sofala, we took a detour via the long, winding road on our way home.  
There were a couple of pretty creek crossings.  So nice to see everything green and the water courses running nicely.


Yes, this happened too.

The Rylstone Swap Meet was held this year, after their break last year.  We have only been once before and it was a great day out.  

This time we took the van over on the Saturday and had a stall to continue our decluttering. 

Before we set up our stall, we had a wander up the main street of Rylstone.  It is such a popular place for people to visit these days and has some lovely shops to explore.
 As always, lots of selling takes place on the Saturday, before the public come in on the Sunday.  It was funny seeing some of our things being bought by other stall holders, who make a business of it, and then being offered for sale on their stalls at double, or triple the price, and then seeing it still on their stall at the end of the event.  Whereas, we had the money in our pocket and the item out of our house.

As the showground is right in town, we decided to have dinner at one of the local pubs.  They were packed, which is great for their business and we had a delicious meal.
The showground looked really pretty, all lit up, as we returned to the van.

We were so thankful that Mick had installed the diesel heater in the van last year, as the temperature got down to minus 3 degrees C on Sunday morning.  Brrrrr!  We were very lucky in the position we had parked the van, as our stall was facing east and received all the morning sun. It was definitely good luck, rather than good management.  Last time we were there it was very foggy all morning, but this time there was not fog, thank goodness.

We had a very successful day, coming home with quite a bit less than we took with us.

We did come home with a few treasures as well, as you do.  I'll share very soon.


loulee said...

All looking good. Looks like a good swap meet too,

ButterZ said...

I hope you came home with more $ than you spent.

kiwikid said...

Sounds like you are up with your challenges Janice. Great to be able to get away.

Susan said...

I guess if you off load more than you collect you are still in front!

jude's page said...

Sounds like a great combination, market, caravan trip, travel, and food

Fiona said...

Good to get things done.... so Mick is enjoying his retirement??? haha.... it made me laugh that some stall holders bought your things and then tried to sell them for more!