This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.

1998 Travels April 18

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We used the alarm to get ourselves out of bed at 7.30am.

It is Eumundi Market morning, and we wanted to get there not too long after they started. Eumundi is a village some 20kms away, with street stall markets on Saturday mornings, promoted as a major event in these parts. Markets are still a bit of a novelty for us, too. Eumundi has a number of historic buildings and the stalls are centred around the former railway station.

It was quite a large market display. Many of the stalls were similar to others we have seen, but there were a few “different” ones. For example, a stall selling wall hanging plaques made from varying tones and textures of brass and copper, mostly of native birds and animals. They were big – up to a metre across – selling for hundreds of dollars, with one over a thousand. Real craftsmanship.

Saw some good value cotton clothing, but resisted purchase. But I could not resist buying a little green plaster frog, to be a mascot for the van – it cost $6 and will sit on the ledge above the bed.

What we did buy was bananas, pineapples, macadamias, custard apples; the prices seemed quite cheap.

The markets were crowded and busy. We were not able to park very close, so had to limit our purchases to what we could comfortably carry – probably a good thing!

When we’d had enough of the market and felt we’d looked at most stalls, went driving. Continued down the highway, then across to Mooloolaba, then followed the coast back to Noosa. That southern part of the Sunshine Coast resembles a mini Gold Coast, it appears, compared to the area around Noosa which has a more rural atmosphere.

Stopped at Noosaville for some groceries, meat and the paper.

Had lunch back at the van – crumpets, followed by our first ever taste of custard apple – yum. It is, however, a fruit that tastes much nicer than it looks!

After lunch, John busied himself making fishing sinkers. He’d brought moulds with him, and lead. I had to sacrifice one of the old saucepans from Truck, that I use on campfires, for melting the lead. It was a DYI challenge for John, that occupied considerable time. I wasn’t prepared to have the lead melting happening on the van stove, so he had to unpack the camping stove from back of Truck, and hook that up to one of the camping gas bottles.

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It works!

I read the papers, embroidered.

For tea, made guacamole, using the last of the avocadoes bought from the Tweed roadside stall; they have kept well. That was served with bought corn chips and followed by sausage rolls I made – again utilizing the van’s oven.

It has been a mostly fine day, for a change. I was pleased that we got to go to the markets, given their promotion as a local feature for tourists. Worth seeing once, and worth revisiting for fresh produce at great prices. We drove 130 kms today.

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