Lady Di and London Bridge
Well, Sandstone seems to have two main attractions. London Bridge and Lady Di. London Bridge is the rock formation a few kilometres from town and Lady Di is the pie lady and she is right in town. We were in Sandstone for two nights . On arrival the town was blacked out for some unknown reason. No power in the caravan park and no water. It came on sometime after midnight. The local pub was serving under candle light.
Sandstone is an interesting little place on the edge of the goldfields. There are about 50 residents, 100 fly in fly out mine workers and perhaps 40 people in the caravan park. Now a lot of the caravan park people have longish white beards, craggy features and a limited vocabulary…….they talk about gold prospecting and how many grams they found today but never where. It is quite a booming thing, this gold prospecting. People seem to come on holidays to do it and will come back next year as well. Mostly men, not a lot of women. They also play golf.
Traveled out on the heritage trail around town. The main attraction is London Bridge, the rock formation. This has been a gathering place for townsfolk since the late 1800s and for the aborigines, many generations before. It is not yet falling down but is getting thinner.
The other attraction is Lady Di. She cooks pies on the street corner in one of those Breville pie makers. Supposed to be pretty good pies. She also sells bush dukkha, which is also pretty good. Allthego had some sprinkled on scrambled eggs. Two packets are coming home with us along with some special hot sauce. But back to the pies. Allthego was on the go and had a chat with Lady Di about the pies. A customer was also on hand and said the pies were excellent. They posed for a photo for the blog. She makes the pies each morning and does a good trade, particularly with the fly in fly outs coming on and off shift. She reckons she is known all over Australia.
A more conventional pie can be had in the hotel. But we had schnitzles. They have a fire going in the bar and you can eat there as well. A cosy spot. Chloe, the current bar attendant, is from Norwich in England. She has been in Sandstone for 12 weeks, with another two to go before heading to Perth. Backpacking by her self around Australia, brave girl. Having a great time though chatting to all us nomads.
We have had a fairly quiet time here after a busy of couple of days on the road. Will now be heading towards Mullewa for the wildflowers and the annual Mullewa wild flower and Agricultural shows. Homealone is looking forward to seeing the farm machinery, discussing fertilizers and pest control solutions with product agents.
Until next time.