Dayboro Antiques & Collectables fair

Last Sunday the little country town of Dayboro held its annual Antiques and Collectables fair, so Joel and I convoyed with the family for a great day out; mum and my sister Francesca are never ones to shy away from an opportunity to add to their vast collections of knick-knacks. It was a glorious crisp Autumn day with the bluest of skies, cold enough to even wear a light scarf! Being a huge Winter enthusiast this made me feel my first excited flutterings for the cosy few months of blankets and warm tea.

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Turns out, in typical Queensland winter style, though chilly I was a little over optimistic with the scarf. Oh well, next time!

It was a great day out, market stalls were browsed, book stands perused, fair food was eaten, flowers were sniffed, cakes, chutneys and jams were tasted, all from local food producers and the churches finest home cooks.

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Walking through the first few stalls it was important to remind oneself to not get overexcited and spend everything at once, there was a whole day of treasure hunting ahead! Hoorah!

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Gingerbread to sustain Francesca

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Peas and Carrots Photography’s display was like walking into a Pinterest board! Which is always a lovely feeling!  She specialises in beautiful, cheery family portraits, I love her style.

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There was a blacksmith holding a demonstration and it was so interesting I am not even sure how long we stood there. Humans really have always been so resourceful and creative.

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Must come back and try the food at the town pub at the top of the street, Dayboro is a really pretty township just to have a day out.

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I found some beautiful old Victorian and Edwardian photographs and postcards, I love the idea of giving these lovely ladies a new home. And a  quick nip over the road took us to Bohemian Décor a beautiful store full of antiques and chic vintage homewares.

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With our tummies grumbling we found the food stalls, Joel, always more adventurous tried some local produce and Asian stalls, whereas I, caught up in the flurry of the fair had traditional fair food, hot dog with mustard all topped off with a merry blue snow cone.

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Comfortably full from lunch, we trundled slowly back to the car for a  country drive on the Mount Mee tourist drive (follow Dayboro-Woodford Rd). The winding road took us through grassy fields full of grazing cows, classic Queenslander farmhouses and tall gum trees. We stopped at the Dahmongah Lookout Park – taking in views of the Glass House Mountains and out to sea. There are tables and chairs for a picnic, even a BBQ if you are more prepared. Luckily for us there is also a coffee van, serving locally grown coffee, so we sat munching on our bake sale goodies and warming ourselves against the cold with hot coffee.

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All in all, it was the loveliest day! So very glad the sun shined throughout. I would thoroughly recommend it.

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