Thursday, May 16, 2013

Date Day / Mogo

About forty minutes drive to the south of us is Mogo. It's just past Batemans Bay.
The town was established with the discovery of gold in the 1850s in the Cabbage Tree Creek area and, at its peak in the gold rush days, had several hotels and churches, many shops and a public school.

The boom, however,was short lived and Mogo gradually declined to become a sleepy backwater.
In the 1980s the town became home to a small group of artists and craftspeople, some of whom still operate in town today.
Mogo’s architectural heritage has been maintained with shops and dwellings being built to compliment the surviving miners cottages.

These buildings are now galleries and specialty shops offering traditional and modern art, exotic and unusual artifacts, jewellery, home decor, books, ceramics, collectibles and antiques.
And there are also a few cafes.

The surrounding area is home to the Mogo Zoo, the Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens and the Original Gold Rush Colony
The quality of the shops there have tended to wax and wane over the years so we don't visit very often.
This time however we found a great variety including a kitchenware shop that would compare with any in Sydney or Canberra.
The co driver had had a hankering for some hokey pokey ice cream for some time. She believes the best is available at the Mogo Icecreamery.

Hers, of course, is the smaller one. We enjoyed these sitting in the late autumn sunshine and then looked through some of the shops before heading back to 'the Bay' for some groceries and sewing supplies.
This is a great time of year on the south coast of New South Wales. Warm sunny, virtually windless, days after a cold start in the morning followed by cool evenings.
We have started to have a fire at night.
Winter is just around the corner.

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