Sunday, August 8, 2010

Crystal Castle Mullumbimby NSW

Thursday 6th August 2010 Today we made the trek down to Casino, where we intend to stay from Tuesday 17th. We took the scenic route through Bangalow, Alstonville and into Ballina. We made a quick stop here at Maccas for a cuppa and then progressed on to Lismore then followed the Bruxner Highway into Casino. We arrived at the Casino Village RV Resort at about lunchtime.
The facilities are ideal and there are several drive through sites. Seems to be plenty of available sites which is excellent. We met a lovely couple in a denning bus and had a great conversation and joined then for a cuppa before leaving and travelling on to Kyogle. (I might add that she is a fellow patchworker although a newbie and the resort has craft get-togethers 3 times a week). At Kyogle we stopped for lunch (about 2.00) and had a light meal at the Kyogle Country Cafe which was attached to the info centre. Picturesque countryside greeted us on the whole of the trip. I think this is definitely a lovely part of the country to be in. The area around here is known as the Northern Rivers. We dined at the Rugby League Club for dinner and enjoyed a deliciously cooked meal for $12. Saturday 7th August we drove back up the winding narrow track to Dunoon to buy some Macadamia nuts. They were reasonably priced and lovely and fresh. In fact I roasted some with a little bit of honey and cinnamon and they were delissimo!

 We didn’t realise but Coffee is grown here as well as Macadamias.

 Lots of Orchards if that is what they are called) are abundant in and around Dunoon, as I said earlier it is the Macadamia Capital of Australia.

 Our next destination was the Crystal Castle situated about 7kml from Mullumbimby.

 This is a lovely and peaceful area with lovely walkways and the Buddha and Lotus Pond one of the main attractions.

 They do spiritual readings, Aura photos, massage and have gift shops full of mystical gifts, jewellery, crystals, children’s treasures, books and luscious body products.

We enjoyed a lovely lunch in the cafe and both shared the lentil soup with garlic bread and it was absolutely delicious.

We did the Buddha Walk and admired the different Statues.

 In spontaneous gestures many visitors make coin offerings on the statues.

 These are collected and sent to the Tso Pema Tibetan Kindergarten in North India to help preserve the passing down of Tibetan culture. The Crystal Castle also support many other worthy causes.

 On the way out we decided to do the Rainbow Walk as well. We arrived home to watch the youngsters playing rugby on the field next to the bus. Today will be a rest day as there is a home game on at 1pm between Mullumbimby and Byron Bay. We will cheer on the Mullum players. By the way about my haircut, I think it is a bit too short.

The hairdresser actually asked me if I needed more off. Anymore and I would be bald, I have never had my fringe so short. LOL. Though they say there are only a couple of weeks between a good and bad haircut. LOL.
Talk again soon

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