Another market visit with the granddaughters. This time it is into the Byron Bay hinterland to the quirky, quiet little town of Mullumbimby. Known to be the centre of the counter-culture left over from the hippie era of the 60’s and 70’s. Jack made friends with the 2 blokes in the header image who look as though they were left over from that era too.
Wide streets dating back to the early days in the 1800’s when the red cedar trees were like gold and bullock teams dragged them through the town to the mills. The iconic “Middle Pub” dates back to 1904. This beautiful, classic Queenslander-style building would have so many tales to tell.There are just over 3000 locals calling “Mullum” home (as the locals affectionately call it), but this number swells once a month when the market attracts people from far and wide.
The streets all round the market are packed with cars and even before getting to the market enterprising locals have spread their wares along the street leading into the market grounds.Into the market we wander around and browse through a diverse collection of home-made goods, second-hand clothes, books, produce and food stalls
The girls are loving it. They find jewellery, dangly ear rings, fall in love with so much, but they only have a limited budget. So we sit with a coffee and listen to a very good country band while they agonised over what to buy.
It is a very hot day and the girls buy a refreshing drink before we head for home
Today we have brought a picnic with us and find a secluded park to set out our food. Notice the book Jack found? It is a beauty. Jade is wearing the $10 shorts she found. What a bargain, lovely colour and a soft imitation suede.Such a hot day demands a stop at one of the beaches for a swim. There are gorgeous beaches right along this coast. I pull in to Cabarita and Jack and the girls rush off to dive into the ocean. They had to run as the sand was very hot.Can you read the sign. I thought it would be information about the area. I had to laugh when I read it…I’m not a swimmer so I chose this beach as it has a very nice restaurant/coffee shop right on the beach front. I ordered an iced coffee with all the trimmings (even had a cherry on top). That apartment building looked interesting. So I pulled out my sketch book
So ended an interesting day and time well spent with the girls. There are so many markets around this area we will be going to some more soon.
I would link this to Jo’s monday walks, but Jo is taking time out in the Algarve for a few weeks and I’m sure she will be doing lots of walks to tell us about when she gets back, but at the moment her internet connection is non-existant so we will have to wait…