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Thomas River Historical Village Photos Market Day 30112014

We were up at 4am ahead of our trip to Thomas River Historical Village for the day. We were excited. We had not been to the Thomas River Historical Village before.

at Thomas River

at Thomas River

Now we had a chance or extra reason to visit the Thomas River Historical Village since we would be selling at a market there. We’d heard from several other market sellers that the annual market at Thomas River Historical Village was not one to miss.

at Thomas River Historical Village

at Thomas River Historical Village

We left home in East London at about 5am on Sunday morning 30 November 2014 and it was already light. We enjoyed the drive up the Macleantown Road towards Stutterheim, almost forced to do so due to my fear of increasing speed enough to overtake a truck in front of us.

on the way to Thomas River

on the way to Thomas River

It is only on very rare occasions that I’ll drive over 100km an hour, and I’m most comfortable driving at about 90km an hour. We settled in at a safe distance behind the truck from when we first caught up to it about half way between our turn off from the main Bonza Bay Road onto the Macleantown Road and Stutterheim. It was only shortly before getting to Stutterheim that a double lane appeared where we could easily overtake it.

Not feeling safe to overtake the truck kept my driving speed at about 80 to 90km, and it gave us a better opportunity to enjoy looking at the countryside as we drove along, but it was still good to speed up a bit shortly ahead of getting to Stutterheim when we were able to pass the truck safely.

between Stutterheim and Thomas River

between Stutterheim and Thomas River

We weren’t that far out of the other side of Stutterheim when I just had to stop for ten minutes and take some photos. There was some mist on the hills in the distance on our left hand side, and I love mist (besides enjoying driving along in the countryside).

side of the road picnic spot stop

side of the road picnic spot stop

We took a few photos and then headed on towards the Thomas River turnoff. Once we’d tuned left at the Thomas River turnoff, we were on dirt road. It was a good dirt road and my little 2000 model chico golf went smoothly along it other than just before the actual Thomas River Historical Village where it rattled along due to a large amount of little ridges in the road. It wasn’t that bad though, and even a little old-fashioned mini car would have been fine along that section.

Thomas River dirt road

Thomas River dirt road – photo taken from Thomas River Historical Village, looking back towards the dirt road we had driven along on our way to Thomas River

And then we were there! Had we blinked we might have missed it. Okay, not quite, but the Thomas River Historical Village is tiny. It didn’t matter that it was tiny, though, and it actually added to the atmosphere of the place. It may have been almost spooky had we been the only ones there, perhaps late at night or on a stormy day.

Old Thomas River Motors

Old Thomas River Motors

at charming Thomas River Historical Village

at charming Thomas River Historical Village

The day was fine, though, sunny, calm and hot, and there were a few people there already. We were still early enough to choose a good spot to set up our market stall.

setting up for market day at Thomas River

setting up for market day at Thomas River

some market stalls at Thomas River

some market stalls at Thomas River

It took us nearly two hours to set our stall up to our satisfaction, and then, since we were only expecting shoppers and browsers a little later, I wandered off to take some photos in the area. I couldn’t come all the way from East London, unsure if we’d ever visit Thomas River Historical Village again, and not take some photos of the place.

I didn’t have to wander too far to see things that I wanted to take photos of; the village is tiny, but has plenty of gorgeous photographic opportunities.

bygones old bottles and bric a brac

bygones old bottles and bric a brac

old glass bottles at Thomas River

old glass bottles at Thomas River

I loved coming across a little wagon of some old glass bottles of course, because I love that sort of thing and because I love sea glass. I imagined that some of the pieces of sea glass we have may have come from bottles like these.

Then it was time to be ready at our stall to assist potential customers who were visiting the restaurant for lunch.

Thomas River restaurant

Thomas River restaurant

We didn’t have a good day of sales, and were grateful that there had not been a stall space fee, leaving only our cost of petrol as a market cost. Our petrol for the trip cost about R180 and we made sales totaling R250. Market profit for the day: R70.

stuff by Beachy at Thomas River market

stuff by Beachy at Thomas River market

Although we were disappointed with our takings for the day, we were at least happy we hadn’t run at a loss, and we’d had a lovely visit to the Thomas River Historical Village.

Thomas River museum of Eastern Cape rock art

Thomas River museum of Eastern Cape rock art

Once the market was over it was early afternoon. After helping Tony pack everything away, and carry it back to the car, I left Tony to pack the car while I wandered off in the opposite direction to earlier to take a few more photos.

old toy cars at Thomas River

old toy cars at Thomas River

old car badges at Thomas River

old car badges at Thomas River

old car books at Thomas River

old car books at Thomas River

old telephone at Thomas River

old telephone at Thomas River

old Thomas River post office

old Thomas River post office

I marveled at the wonderful and impressive collection of little toy cars, car badges, and other old car things, admired an old telephone outside the old post office, and, generally, just enjoyed feeling like I’d gone back in time, but without the worry of how I’d return to the present.

© Copyright Teresa Schultz 2014

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