After "refuelling" (our bodies, not the vehicle!) in Auburn, (see earlier post)
we continued on to the small town of Mintaro, widely known for its slate - the quarry having been founded in the 1850s - and its impact and presence in the town is wonderfully prevalent in walls, roofs and buildings generally.
One of the first buildings we saw was the former Blacksmith's premises, dating back to 1858. We had stopped to admire (and photograph!) the rejuvenated building, whereupon the owner emerged, graciously welcomed us, provided background information on the 5 year restoration project and invited us to view the interior.
The reflection below shows one area of the living space where, among the stones used in the construction of the wall you can plainly see also some of the local slate.
What a charming environment, full of character and history!
. . . and retained in the living room wall is the ring where horses used to be tethered while the blacksmith worked
It was a delightful and totally unexpected treat and we were grateful for her willingness to share this delightful residence with us.
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