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Tropic of Capricorn sign between Sapphire and Rubyvale

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Walked to Sapphire's Sunday market and bought egg and bacon sandwich for breakfast and some fruit and vegetables. Lots of stores selling sapphires and pieces of jewellery, but nothing that I liked. After morning tea we drove upto a place called Armfest where they sold you a bucket of stones and showed you how to sieve and wash the stones before sorting them to pick out (hopefully!) the sapphires. Ian and I both managed to find a few bits and the owner the sorted them into packs of 'cutters' (stones that would cut nicely into stones for a ring), 'sapphires' (stones that would cut into small side stones), zircon and 'show and tell' ( stones not worth much at all!). We both got a smattering in each group- but who knows what we'll ever do with them!

After lunch I went for a swim in local swimming pool which is right next door to where we are camped. We have been well entertained at same time by fellow travellers- Victorians who happen to be Collingwood supporters watching a game when Collingwood were being beaten. Tea tonight was really nice fish and chips from local store across the road from our camp.



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