This is my entry for this week's Market Friday challenge organized by @dswigle.
I have previously posted about the markets operating within the Old Butter Factory in Doepel Street, Bellingen in New South Wales, Australia, but this time I will be showcasing the old.......very old machinery used back when the Butter Factory was operational.
If you'd like to view these other blogs, I have included the links at the bottom of this post.
The Old butter factory has been transformed into a unique shopping village which contains a cafe, a variety of shops which include Cargo Lane, Mac's Opals, a Massage Boutique, The Woodcraft Gallery, the Leather Place and the Nexus Gallery which promotes the arts and is the venue for regular exhibitions.
The location of the Old Butter factory is also an ideal setting for weddings and other similar functions. It has been a regional landmark since the early 1900s, and it has become a vibrant retail community. The Old Butter Factory Café is one of the largest cafés in the area and its location makes it a popular place to relax over snacks or a meal especially as is open for 7 days a week. They feature daily specials and it also has a full liquor license. The expansive views taking in the Bellingen golf course add to the friendly country vibe.
Here is a photo of an old milk can. Originally, the site of the Old Butter Factory was the home of many important and historical creations including market leading businesses and of course the production of dairy produce.
I'd love to be able to tell you more about the machinery in the images below but I'd only be guessing. I like the fact that these antique items have been made available to view because it is a vital part of Bellingen's history and people interested in old machinery will no doubt be more familiar with how they once worked.
You have to admire the formation of rust on this large container especially as it makes an artistic contrast to the blue/green paint as it peels off in various places.
This is Cargo Lane (a beautiful retail shop) which is situated on the exact site of the former Butter Factory.
They have retained part of the machinery that was once used in the factory as a feature item.
This silver milk can has received special attention after being placed on top of a concrete base and surrounded by circular paving stones. Don't you just love the adornment of the lichen and plants?
And what do you think about this old rustic letter box? She certainly is unique isn't she?
Two hungry Blue Faced Honey Eaters weren't interested in what was on offer inside the cafe as they seemed to be thoroughly enjoying whatever had been placed in their feed bowl.
The Old Butter factory is well worth a visit if you are in the area.