Yesterday I went to a place called Tucabia, a tiny hamlet about 25 minutes east of Grafton. They have a market there once a month so I thought I would have a look. It is held on a private property and there were only 6 stalls there, one selling cakes (I bought a Hummingbird Cake and a Date loaf), one selling veges and fruit and three others selling bric-a-brac and books, etc.
There is a lovely picnic area and they were cooking the usual sausages, eggs and bacon sandwiches. I had one and sat at a table with two other people where we had a great conversation about travelling.
On the same property is a private museum which consists of about 20 small old-looking buildings that contain old stuff, like meat safes, old tractors - anything from old Australia. As it was only $2 I had a wander through. A very pretty setting and lots of interesting stuff to look at.
After that I went back to the highway where there is a small place called Ulmarra. I went to the pub which is right on the river and had coffee and cake. There was a family of monitor lizards there that came out to look at the people. The setting was idyllic, right on the river, beautiful views.
On the main street there are several crafty-type places, an op shop, a fantastic antiques shop and a book shop that must have had a million books. The crafty shops and the op shop were not open, it being Sunday.
Then back to Grafton. It was a great morning's outing.
The people for whom I am house sitting are now coming back tomorrow (Tuesday)/early Wednesday (they were coming back next week but managed to get a passage on the boat from Tasmania this week)so I will be leaving Grafton on Wednesday but haven't yet decided where to.
I'll let you know when I do!
love to all