Sunday 6 Sep 2015
Our mysterious neighbour finally appeared this morning - a man in his sixties or seventies. We exchanged pleasantries but nothing more.
We are taking the time to stop at the Miles Historical Village as we see it every time we pass this way, but are always heading for somewhere else and reluctant to stop. It has a huge number of exhibits.
You know you are getting old when you visit a museum and find familiar items from your childhood. I remember using hurricane lamps on the farm.
Kerosene refrigerators were still being used in the late 60's in the cabins on North Keppel Island.
Who remembers pounds, shillings and pence? Here's a manual pre-decimal currency adding machine. I used something similar, although a later model, at work in the mid 1960s. The keyboard is interesting with "10" and "11" keys for pence, and a shillings column that only allows values up to 19.
Butcher shops have certainly changed from the days they had sawdust on the floor and wooden chopping blocks.
My mother's uncle had a printing business and I remember a hot metal type-setting machine like this. A bit different to today's computer software page layout systems.
I sat at desks like this in primary school. School Room, Miles Historical Museum
Here are a few other items I found interesting.
We stopped for the night at Mitchell Caravan Park. We did look at a couple of free camping areas - the Weir and Fisherman's Rest - but there were too many people and too few toilets.