The beatufiul Tibochina trees were beautiful in Bangalow>

The Tibouchina trees were beautiful in Bangalow.

Hello allRainy weather here at Cabarita has sent Geoff and me indoors for the second time this week. When I say ‘indoors’ I mean indoors to the movies … only because indoors in the caravan would not do for Geoff as he is ‘action man’ and gets claustrophobic; he doesn’t know how to lose himself in books as I can do.

Still, it was great to see another classic movie (it’s Seniors Week here) Cabaret with Liza Minnelli and Michael Yorke. I had forgotten how wonderful this 1970s movie really was, and so, as we sat in the art house theatre with two old ladies, it was like having a private screening for four. With forty seats this IS good.  

Now, speaking of movies, regular readers would be aware that Geoff and I had our photo taken at the movies on Tuesday and published online by the paper “The Daily Mail”. The photo will not be in the printed version until Saturday because The DAILY Mail is only printed on Saturdays … eg weekly!

The old run-down RSL takes you back to a time long gone.

The old run-down RSL takes you back to a time long gone.

“Isn’t this a bit of a contradiction?” I asked Brenda, the manager of the caravan park. It reminded me of the magazine we buy here in Australia called, “The Woman’s Weekly” which comes out MONTHLY. A contradiction? Yes … in both cases. The thing is, the Daily News used to be published daily but rising costs now prohibit this and the same thing happened many years ago to the Women’s Weekly … or should I call it The Woman’s Monthly?

Talking of contradictions, reminds me of a ‘interesting man’ Geoff and I met yesterday at a little old-time town called Bangalow which is about 50 ks drive up in the hills from here. Of later years, it has changed into a trendy little town, probably because it is not far from the famous beach town of Byron Bay where a lot of movie stars from Australia have property so they can hide themselves away from the paparazzi … but I digress!

You see friends, Geoff and I visited Bangalow yesterday and had another grand adventure as only you can have in these parts … meeting locals and hillbillies when you’re not looking at trendy little shops selling ‘million dollar’ dresses, homewares and trinkets. And don’t talk about the myriad of cafe’s located in little nooks and crannies everywhere either!

L to R: Col, Geoff and Ted

L to R: Col, Geoff and Ted

Col ‘the ‘interesting man’ with amazing beard we met at the little run down hall which is the Bangalow RSL (Returned Soldier’s League) and his mate in crime ‘Ted’, had got chatting to us when we popped in to look at their premises and take photos. Fresh from telling us he was a photographer in the Vietnam War, we asked Col to take a photo of us out the front, to which he replied, “Oh, I’m not much good at taking photos!”

Contradictions? You betcha! It seems as if I am meeting them everywhere these last two days. And I’ll throw this story in that Geoff and I were discussing today about my father. He adored cheese and jam (jelly) sandwiches and took them every day for lunch for thirty years, in his work as a builder. One day he shocked the living daylights out of Mum by saying he didn’t want to have cheese and jam sandwiches anymore because he was sick of them!

Surely this was a contradiction to loving cheese and jam sandwiches folks? He retired not long after that. I don’t think he could find any other sandwich filling which pleased him as much and so to save face, he retired! I do jest, but you get the idea don’t you?

Life is full of funny contradictions when it all boils down to it, isn’t it? And so on that note, I will leave you with some photos from the few hours we spent at Bangalow yesterday being totally fascinated.

If you ever get a chance to visit do so, for it will be entertaining, interesting and perhaps just a tad contradictory in its melding of the old and the new … one moment you’re talking to the country women knitting in their gift shop, the next you are in a trendy boutique talking to someone with a ‘plum’ in their mouth.

Contradictions? You betcha!

One of the trendy shops in town.

One of the trendy shops in town.

Door of the pub ajar while the dog waits patiently for his master!

Door of the pub ajar while the dog waits patiently for his master!

Not your normal dogs outside a shop

Geoff got chatting to the Country Women's ladies who were knitting.

We chatted to the Country Women’s ladies who were knitting in their gift shop. Not at all trendy!

Another contradiction: a man wearing pearls!

Another contradiction: a man wearing pearls!

A lady or a model? Outside a shop ... she looked so real.

A lady or a model? Outside a shop … she looked so real.

The Bangalow RSL has a photo of the Queen Mother and not our current Queen. A contradiction perhaps?

Perhaps someone should tell the Bangalow RSL that this photo of the Queen Mother in Pride of Place is outdated; her daughter has been on the throne for 50 years now!

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