Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Home again ~~ been a great week away

Our week away to NSW to attend the State Antique Bottles and Collectables Show was great. We started off with a couple of days in Sydney visiting our darling grand daughter, our son and his partner. Always a good start to a holiday.  They are all well, and have lots of exciting things going on in their lives.

Then we were off to Penrith for the State Show, where the whole venue was packed with exhibitors and swap and sellers, with a wide variety of goods for sale. I only took a few photos, but I did rather like this tin

and I loved this 1930s Filing cabinet, with a little pull out shelf on the side to rest your files on while working at the cabinet
but I resisted all temptations, and did not add anything to my collections.

Vic and I entered 15 items from our collection in the Inkwell Category and took out first prize.  I was very pleased for him, especially as we had quite strong competition from a few other collectors.  There are rules as to what you can show, and how many items, judging is on rarity, variety, information, etc.  All competition entries are placed on tables around the hall and must stay in place for the two days the Show is open to the public.
The large bottle in the center is the Show Prize, not an ink bottle!

Then the weekend was over and it was time to drive home again.
On the way we stopped off for a coffee at Gundagai and I discovered The Niagara Cafe !  Established in 1902, and visited by Prime Minister Curtin in 1942, this large cafe has the original booth style tables and a wonderful long counter with black and gold decoration. I took a few photos to show you all

Amazing !

So, now I' ll try to catch up with some blog reading, and emails and get all the laundry finished and get back into the swing of things at home.
I do love a trip away, but also love to be home again.  2044 km driven in my new VW Golf, and I'm pretty happy with it too.


  1. I've really missed you Lyndel, so glad you had a nice time with your kiddos and success at the show too.
    That gold and black counter is beautiful, thanks so much for taking a pic and showing us...and I love the name Niagara Cafe. It must have been so exotic and fancy for its time.
    Glad your VW behaved itself too x

  2. You have definitely been missed! Congrats on your win at the show. I'm happy you enjoyed your holiday. That cafe looks so cool! Welcome back.

    E :)

  3. Well done Vic!!! What fun to see all those places.

  4. Welcome back Lyndel, good to see you and a lovely time and yes we have missed you much!

  5. Ooh looks like a big fair, damn you didn't take more pics for me. Sounds like you had a lovely trip!

  6. Glad you are back, and that everything went so well - car included! Congrats. on your 1st prize too. It's years since we've been through Gundagai, but next time we are up that way, I'll tell Ken to stop over and have a look at that cafe - what a great place!
    Catch up soon, once you and Vic are settled back home ;-)

  7. Glad you were able to pop into the Niagara. Did you also visit the Anglicare Op Shop?

  8. Yes, I did visit the Anglicare Op Shop and bought 2 or 3 knitting pattern books!!


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