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Timeout for Art : Goodbye Yungaburra

How time has flown, after 3 months house sitting at Malanda it is now almost time to gather together all our “stuff”, that has spread through the house, and find space to pack it back into Matilda. But before we go I must visit Yungaburra, my favourite village round here, get a hair cut and have a final cup of coffee at “The Whistle Stop”.

I also want to “take timeout for art”. Lisa from “Zeebra Designs and Destinations” is a very talented artist living and creating in Ecuador. She posts a weekly “timeout for art” challenge that inspired me, about 2 months ago, to take up pencil and rubber and begin sketching. It has become a passion and I try to produce a sketch most days. So today I wanted to try to sketch my favourite coffee shop.

My favourite coffee shop

My favourite coffee shop

Then, of course, I had to go inside for a cup of coffee and when we walked in we saw these gorgeous 8 week old puppies that belonged to the owner of the café. Jack just had to take their photos. I would like to pop them in my bag to take back home.

What a cuddly hand-full (photo by Jack)

What a cuddly hand-full (photo by Jack)

What a hand-full of mischief...

What a hand-full of mischief…(photo by Jack)

 

 

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Country monthly market.

With over 150 stalls displaying every thing you could imagine today my favourite village, Yungaburra, was holding its monthly market. It certainly lived up to its reputation as being the best markets on the Tablelands. Only drawback was every one started packing up at mid-day and we had only arrived at 11am so it was a hurried look around. The standard of produce and products was very high. I hope we get another chance to visit these markets before we head home.

Time to have a snack of local sausages

Time to have a snack of local sausages in the shade of the gum tree

 

Proudly diplaying all her own produce

Proudly displaying all her own produce

Colourful display

Colourful display

Bright blue glass

Bright blue glass

Imaginative tea-cosies

Imaginative tea-cosies

 

The eyes have it...

The eyes have it…

 

 

These are just a few photos I managed to take. There was so much to look at.

When the market closed we went over to the local hall to browse around the hundreds of books at the annual book fair. I found two beauties about sketching and art, my passion at the moment. So I came home happy.

This is one very tall lady.

This is one very tall lady. Every one is happy.

 

Outside 2 country and western singers entertained

Outside 2 country and western singers entertained

Hundreds of books to choose from. Can you see the title? It is "Managing your emotions"...

Hundreds of books to choose from. Can you see the title? It is “Managing your emotions”…

 

In the back ground a harpist played relaxing and harmonious melodies.

In the back ground a harpist played relaxing and harmonious melodies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Categories: Atherton Tableland, Australia, photos, Yungaburra, Yungaburra markets | Tags: , , , , | 10 Comments

Lingering look at windows : Another visit to Yungaburra

Yungaburra is not a large village but there is so much to see (click here to see my previous post about this charming village) So it certainly needed another visit.

This time we followed the art trail.

This church has been reborn as an art studio.

This church has been reborn as an art studio.

Art trail

Lead lighting at its best

Lead lighting at its best

I could not resist buying. What a great space to create in.

I could not resist buying. What a great space to create in.

This original church made an ideal studio, it was light and airy and the designs reflected the happy atmosphere. I could not resist buying a cushion cover with the design of a sunflower on it, one of my favourite flowers. When we moved to the next door gallery look what we walked past.

Could not resist showing off this happy sunflower

Could not resist showing off this happy sunflower

Now that is one huge sunflower. It towered above smiling down on me.

The next gallery specialised in wooden furniture. Solid, lovingly carved using all Australian woods, Red Cedar, Silky Oak and many others. The pieces gleamed with many hours of precision work to create that deep shine and lustre.

Studio and gallery of hand crafted wooden furniture

Studio and gallery of hand crafted wooden furniture

pottery trail

Looking out along the road into Yungaburra

Looking out along the road into Yungaburra

Taking a short cut back to the village we came across this old building tucked away behind the pub.

This studio and craft shop was originally the laundry of the Yungaburra hotel built 1920's

This studio and craft shop was originally the laundry of the Yungaburra hotel built 1920’s

Inside this looks like the original glass

Inside this looks like the original glass

Finally on our way home we called into the “Full Circle Studio and Gallery”. After finding galleries and studios in old churches, heritage laundries and imposing two-story buildings this was a purpose-built studio, intimate and full of an amazing diverse range of art work. We spent quite awhile talking to Sue, the multi-talented artist. Of course we could not photograph her art but go to her website www.fullcirclestudio.com.au and see what she has created, it is unique and original.

Built especially for a studio to display the art work

Built especially for a studio to display the art work

Look what I can see through this window

Look what I can see through this window

A relic from farming days

A relic from farming days

This post is inspired by the challenge from Dawn of “the day after” to show off windows we have found on our travels. Visit her post to see more windows bloggers from round the world have found to show us.

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Yungaburra, strange name, charming village

Some places seem to be a magnet for artistic and creative people. What is it that attracts them? I’m sure you have found these charming havens of beauty. The craft shops are over-flowing with creative nick-nacks, paintings, sculptures, pottery and hand-crafts all made by local artists. Delightful cafes and restaurants use local produce and interesting menus to lure you inside. The streets are lined with large pots of flowers and old trees grace the landscape. Stumbling across them in your travels is what makes memories.

Yungaburra is one such place.

I have very fond memories of previous visits, especially a hair cut I had there 2 years ago at a small hairdressers salon called “Joolz”. Finding a hairdresser when travelling can be a drama, either too expensive or they leave you looking like you have had a pudding basin cut. Jane was a magician with my hair 2 years ago, so feeling shaggy and daggy in the hair department I was so relieved to find her still in business.

Our new home is only a short drive from Yungaburra and I looked forward to rediscovering its unique village atmosphere. I was not disappointed. Coming out after the haircut I felt like a renewed woman and went looking for Jack who had gone walk-about.

I found him at the Red Shed…

The Red Barn

The Red Shed

Stained glass window in the Red Barn

Stained glass window in the Red Shed

Ian Reece has recently taken over the running of this outlet for the art of local people. Though he needs the aid of a motorised wheelchair to get around and is battling Parkinson’s disease he is an inspirational person, passing on his knowledge. The present display is the work of local school children and he plans to have a new exhibition each month. He told us part of his life story, from being a facilitator for children’s art around the country, to working in the circus as the bottom strong man in a pyramid of 4 acrobats. We will be calling in regularly to check out the displays.

Youngaburra

Ummm… drawing of an elderly person, now I wonder, I have 4 weeks before the submission date…

Across from the Red Shed is another artistic outlet “The Art Garage”. Partners Debbie Doidge and Jo-Ellen Bouttell are working on a mural along the side of the building.

It is a work in progress and we will be calling back to see how it comes along. What talented people these two women are. They run art classes and have a range of quality art material for sale.

The Art Garage

The Art Garage

Now this is an idea I am going to copy when I get back home

Now this is an idea I am going to copy when I get back home

 

Debbie and partner Jo run the Art Garage, an inspirational place full of art work

Debbie and partner Jo run the Art Garage, an inspirational place full of art work

Did you notice the beautiful roses and carnations in the vase? There is a rose farm just outside Yungaburra and it is a place I will be calling in to see on another day.

These come from the rose farm just down the road. That I must see another day

These come from the rose farm just down the road. That I must see another day

It must be lunch time I’m feeling hungry. We remember a small café we visited 2 years ago it left a happy memory of the delicious meal we ate there. So we walk past the pub to the Whistle Stop Cafe and find it is still open. We order zucchini slice and salad with a side dish of devilled duck eggs followed by scones and cream and coffee. Yummy…

All the meals and cakes are baked, with love, on the premises and the produce is all local. 5 minutes after we were served the power went off, how lucky we had our lunch, but how frustrating for the owners who had to turn away a number of customers.

It was another memorable meal.

The pub

The pub

Remember this place. Came here 2 years ago for a memorable meal

I remember this place we came here 2 years ago for a memorable meal

refueled and refreshed we explore more of the interesting shops.

Miss Meg’s place  (Meg has more photos on her Facebook page) draws us in with its bright red façade. Many of the items have been created by Meg, local artists and craft people. The clothes are recycled and carefully sourced by Meg. The shop is an Aladdin’s Cave of delight. I peeped into the changing rooms, not your usual stark bare square with a mirror these were spacious, decorated with lace and chandeliers and painted luscious pinks, lavender and purples with a small comfy chair and pictures on the walls.

"I wonder how much longer Mistress will be?"

“I wonder how much longer Mistress will be?”

Meg and Mum. Meg designed and made many of the things  and  most of the quality clothing is recycled

Meg and Mum. Meg designed and made many of the things
and most of the quality clothing is recycled

Further along the street we find the “Book Burra” second-hand book utopia. Aisles of books crammed to the ceiling, interesting artefacts dotted around, lots to look at. We browse around for a while and Jack finds some interesting books about cats and other things he is interested in, $18 for 5 books, what a bargain.

Hundreds of second hand books and interesting artefacts to browse around

Hundreds of second hand books and interesting artefacts to browse around

Most of the buildings are heritage listed and though it is only a population of approx. 1000 people this charming village is a mecca for tourists. We wander on past the butcher shop and pharmacy.

The Pharmacy

The Pharmacy

Even the trees have a skirt of flowers

Even the trees have a skirt of flowers

There is still more to see of this lovely little village but it will have to wait for another day. I have to do grocery shopping at Atherton, 20 kilometre along the road, and a few other things on my to-do list for today. Before going home to see if the cats have missed us.

This is the beauty of house sitting you do not have to cram every thing in to a short time. Instead you can savour the experience and take time to talk to local people.

The local market is on the 4th Saturday of the month and we will definitely pencil this date on the calendar.

What a great life, I don't think they missed us...

What a great life, I don’t think they missed us…

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