|Pelicans on the water at Cornelian Bay. |
They don't seem to mind the cold.
Being the first Sunday of the month, it was the monthly scooter club ride for our little group T-tag (Tasmania Twist and Go). The temperature was 5 degrees C and there was a heavy fog especially north of our meeting place at Cornelian Bay along the Derwent River. Rain was predicted. As usual only two of us turned up, the two die-hards who will ride in any weather.
We rode out to Salmon Ponds which is a heritage fish farming enterprise from the 1800's. They are known for their heated premises, stunning crepes with banana and chocolate with cream and ice cream and a hot cappuccino. (They have a lot of trout too and the occasional platypus.)
Both of us were a bit tired and the cold, although we dressed for it can be a bit distracting. My mate headed for home and I also thought that direction would be desirable. However I have not been to the tip shop in this rural area in a very long time. I decided to make one more stop.
|Travellin' Penguin heads for the books at the|
New Norfolk Tip shop closing down sale.
It is easy to describe this tip shop. I always feel like Bette Davis walking into it, just need the long cigarette holder instead of a motorbike jacket, look around and say, "What a dump!" It is dusty, dirty, filthy. I sneezed several times as I moved across the cold cement floor to my first stop. First stop was a shopping trolley full of bashed up books. Free books. Had to have a look but didn't think I'd find anything.
I saw a beautiful old hard cover book at the bottom. Reached down and picked up....the cover. Gorgeous, however the cover was all there was, no book. There was nothing else. Nada, Nil, Zero, Bupkis.
Then to the shelves. First I had to go by the guy at the counter,
"Nice bike love. "
My reply, "Yes, I like it, It goes right along."
"Yeah? She go very fast? "
"Yeah, it goes fast enough".
I had to laugh as I went past a few teenage girls going through the bookshelves. Lots of Mills and Boons, books based on very old American 1970's TV shows, and yet another book called, "Rats at War" with a large illustration of rats fighting, carrying little weapons in a field with a barn nearby. I was tempted to buy it and review it for the fun of it but thought, "Nah Love, get outta here."
I laughed as the girls gathered up many of these books excited about the prospect of reading them all. It is always so interesting to see what people love reading. It was fun.
|1956 Pelican Number A 369|
Prices are very cheap at the best of times at this tip shop but turns out today was a 75% off everything Closing Down sale. Evidently this dirty old tip shop has had its day and is yet another victim of the Global Financial Crisis or perhaps the developers want this prime piece of real estate.
I had to laugh when I took my rescued birds to the counter. The same guy who liked my bike so much reached for the books, put them down on the counter and then dragged a large calculator in front of him.
He meticulously opened each book, typed in a number, looked at the next book, typed in another number until he got to the last book. He then punched in a few more decimals, I am assuming the - 75% but the process he used seemed very long. He hit the off switch, looked up and said, "Fifty cents love."
I think the original prices were only 10 or 20 cents to start with. "No worries mate" as I handed over a 50 cent coin and ran the gamut of yet more junk back to the front door to escape into some fresh air.
|The ride home along the Derwent River back to Hobart.|
Looks cold doesn't it ! It was.
Yes I do anthromorphise my books. The photos show you what I saved today for my Australian Penguin "archive" I'm trying to develop here. I feel good. My work is done for the day.
Now off for a hot bath, a cup of coffee and a good book. A newer book, the old Penguins aren't good with water.
If you'd like to see the first published Penguin family books that have been saved and successfully re-homed please scroll down.
|1967 Puffin Number PS 295|
|1964 Puffin Number PS 222|
|1958 Penguin Number 1275|
|1964 Penguin Number 2167|
|1968 Penguin Number 2897|
|1964 Peregrine Number Y 39|
|What a find this was!!|
1949 Puffin Number 40
|1964 Australian Pelican Number AU 8|
|Safely garaged at the end of the day|