that's what my Nan and Pop used to call their weekly drive in the Ford Anglia to "keep the battery ticking over".
Soon we'll be keeping a jar of toffees in the glove box like they used to!
Our first stop was Northam, 96km East of Perth.
(I've written a post about Northam before - you can read it here if you want to...)
My favourite building in Northam (and there are heaps to choose from - whatever design-style you fancy!) is the Iwan Iwanoff designed Public Library and Council building. Constructed between 1971-1974, I bet it had local tongues wagging! It is so unlike anything else in (what appears to be) an archetypal Australian country town. Seriously, the mind boggles!
Here is a photo I took yesterday (I've posted pics before, but they weren't mine) Next time I'm in Northam I'm going to check out the interior.
Roediger Bros was a favourite among post WW2 migrants who settled in the area because it sold European-style meat.
I love its door, signage, tiles, everything about it really.
We also checked out every op-shop in town. I bought a tooled leather bag for three bucks and this Saga snack plate,
designed by Turi Gramstad Oliver for Figgjo Flint, for two. It's missing its cup, but hey?! I think I am going to use it as a soap dish...
Next stop was the town of Kellerberrin. Significant for me because I lived there for a few years when I was a little (very little, ha-ha!) girl. I had my ears pierced in Kellerberrin, went to the local Catholic Primary School there (St Joseph's, Sister Finbar, Grade Two) and was a Kellerberrin Brownie! (a Tintookie. Got to find a photo - I looked like a small and not very attractive boy - due to a bad haircut referred to back then as a shaggy dog! Woof! In 2014 we'd call it a mullet! Nice one Mum!)
Like Northam, Kellerberrin has some beautiful old buildings. Look at the deep recessed doorway in "Succulent Foods" (cakes made from scratch! Best carrot cake ever - worth the drive!)
And what about the beautiful copper framed windows and lead lights on the exterior of the old drapery?!
I still remember the glamorous bouffant-haired, long-lashed mannequins on display in the windows.
(probably from the 50's, but still in use in the 70's and I daresay, beyond...)
The Post Office (like many country post offices) is grand and rather imposing.
Sadly the house we lived in is long-gone, but I'll end with a photo of this classic Mid-century fibro
I wish we could buy something affordable just like this close to Perth! Sigh! Check the patio furniture! Original cushions (a little worse for wear) and all!
(you'll be able to buy this sort of lovely stuff at Concrete Swan when it's up and running...)
Thanks for ploughing your way through another long post. As always I appreciate it x