There's a grocery store and funeral parlour and apothecary hall and bakeries and restaurants and jewellery shop and a printing shop and a post office and a clothing and drapery store and a saddlery and a sweet shop and a candle factory and a blacksmith and model gold field camps and schools and houses and aaaaahhhh it's amazing. That is what I call dreamy!
|The staff just stop at any random time to play a tune; it's literally like being in a musical.|
|Steak and mushroom pie from the Hope Bakery|
|A finer establishment for those with more fortune on the goldfields to dine in.|
|BICKFORDS. THE BEST SOFT DRINK EVER. AND I HATE SOFT DRINK. AND THE KOLA IS TO DIE FOR. NOT JUST BECAUSE IT IS SPELLED WITH A K.|
|On my last trip two years ago we bought my mum the Household Lore book for Mothers' Day. It's full of handy hints and recipes, writing and quotes, all from the 1850s.|
|There were mouthwatering spreads and preserves, like passion fruit butter and hazelnut honey. I KNOW.|
|Chocolate with honeycomb bits|
|Some kind of oddly named pie that was extremely dense with fruits and spices|
|My cousin and brother getting their old man on in rocking chairs. Note junners on your right.|
|This amazing dress! I tried to slyly move the chair to get a better picture but the mannequin tried to fall over sooo|
|ONE OF THE LOVELIEST BOOKS MY OPTIC NERVES EVER DELIGHTED OVER.|
|An ugly but delicious cottage pie|
|Expensive tarot cards. Well they weren't ridiculously expensive, but enough that my cheapskate self didn't buy them. Shame, I almost wouldn't have felt bad at all.|
I have this one vivid memory of the second day I was there when Sovereign Hill was just opening. All the shops were just opening up, and somewhere a chimney had started smoking and whistling in great billowing breaths, and staff started crawling out of everywhere. And as I walked down the main street as everybody came out they'd be waving and smiling and yelling hello. It felt like a Disney movie.
More specifically, the beginning part of Belle in Beauty and the Beast.