A wooden possum sitting above one of the shops.
Yesterday we stayed around the van doing cleaning and washing while the ute was being serviced at Nissan in Springwood. Barry also had a dental appointment for a toothache. He was lucky that it was only an infection that needs antibiotics and not a root canal!
So now it's time to move on again. Neither Barry nor I were in the right frame of mind to spend another day at this site for $43 to go into Brisbane. The city really held no appeal so we decided to continue north.
The journey was uneventful until we got to what we had thought was our destination, Landsborough Scout Camp. We’d tried ringing to book a site but had no luck. This hadn’t worried us as Wikicamps comments had indicated that they rarely answered the phone or replied to messages. Unfortunately, was a sign outside the gate saying “No Vacancies”, which we thought strange as we could see only a few caravans and lots of spaces under the trees of a lovely woodland area. We walked in to check it out and met a lady who said there was a very large scout camp coming for 4 days and
This Bilby hiding in a log was on the side of another shop.
the whole place would be taken up. We were told to try Maleny Showgrounds, which was also inexpensive.
We found the showgrounds in Wikicamps and gave them a call – no problem – just come – it’s $15 per night. Great! It was rather more inland than we’d intended to go but that was OK.
We set off and were soon climbing, and climbing, and then steeply climbing for one kilometre, shortly followed by steeply climbing for two kilometres. The ute just kept chugging along at a steady pace and didn’t even get into the overheated range on the temperature gauge – thank goodness! The scenery was amazing, although Barry was too busy negotiating all the twists and turns to have time to notice. We found the Showgrounds and a suitable place to park the vehicle. The only problem was that the power box was rather far from the site. Luckily, the gentleman in the next van, Bill, came out to say hello and offered us the use of an extension cord. We gratefully accepted and set the van up. Now we’ll need to buy ourselves one as we don’t know how long he will be staying,
This possum was over the Telstra Phone Shop. He is holding a mobile phone to his ear!
and it’s a good thing to carry as it’s bound to happen again. We then dropped an envelope with the money for three days and a check-in form into the box outside the office, as requested.
It wasn’t dark yet, so we went to check out Maleny. It is a pretty town with lots of galleries that were closed (I’ll have a look tomorrow) and an antique shop that was still open. It had a wonderful and varied selection of kick-knacks, collectables, jewellery and some furniture, all in excellent condition. This was a real antique shop, not a junk shop as so many are. Unfortunately, the owners knew the value of what they were selling so there were no bargains to be had. Great to look at though.
As we walked down Maple Street, the main road through the town, we noticed a carved wooden possum holding a mobile phone sitting on the corner of the roof of the Telstra Shop. Further along, we spotted a rooster on another roof. After that I enjoyed looking up at each shop roof to see if they had one. It was getting too dark to take photos so I’ll do that
Of course, this dragon is my favourite wooden sculpture. He's above a cafe.
tomorrow when we return. Such fun!
Near the end of the street we saw a couple coming out of a bakery eating delicious smelling pies. We were feeling peckish so decided to have part of our dinner early. Barry had a steak and pepper one and I had a Thai Chicken roll, very filling and as good as it smelt. Only a small dinner for me tonight.
As we headed back to the car I spotted some small sweet pineapples in the fruit and veg shop for $1! Inside they also had cheap small tomatoes, I got 6 for 90 cents, and a bunch of asparagus for $2.50. What bargains!
Back at the showground, six Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos flew over us, squawking, as we emptied the ute. We could also hear some Kookaburras laughing nearby. This is the nicest showground we’ve been in. It even has lush green grass everywhere!
We had a light meal of scrambled egg on toast and then finished it with a fruit salad made with some of the pineapple (which was
very sweet), a few left-over strawberries and a ripe banana. It was lovely.
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