On Friday I walked into town along back streets. Many beautiful buildings that were built about 100 years ago. I am not going to comment on every photo, rather I hope that these photos give you an impression of Crystal Brook.
I talked to a woman getting the newspaper from the front lawn. She mentioned that a lot of the houses were built by a builder from Port Pirie who was an excellent stone mason. The local stone used is an excellent building material and houses last well without much upkeep.
The Royal Hotel is the other hotel in town. The leaves of the tree you see on the top right of the photo are the leaves of a peppercorn tree. Peppercorn trees were planted along the middle of the main street and make a nice display. We first saw them in Ariah Park in New South Wales and have seen them now in many towns.
This building is the first two storey building in Crystal Brook. It was first built as a shop only and the second storey was added later when the owner decided to live on the premises. It was a bakery for some years and has two unique underground ovens in the cellar of the building. From 1911 to 1972 it was a lolly shop.
The weather improved later in the day but by the end of the day it looked like rain again. All the same a fire was started, we took a glass of wine and our chairs over to the fire and talked to others in the group. Unfortunately it started to drizzle again. Lesley had an umbrella so we huddled under it for a while. But the rain set in and we retreated to the caravan. It rained quite heavily during the night.