Hello! Lovely to see you! Here you will find random posts about living a creative life in country Australia. I am an illustrator. I create, take photos, faff, collect, teach. Watercolour, collage, colour, cheese, travel and dreaming are my faves. And Turkish delight. And cushions. And gardening. And op-shops...

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

BELLS MILK BAR: BROKEN HILL BEAUTY


BELLS MILK BAR: BROKEN HILL BEAUTY
Funky, Retro, Vintage... 
in the Desert

When you plan a trip out to the outback of NSW Australia, you expect mulga, saltbush, wide horizons, huge blue skies, red earth , flies,kangaroos, roadkill, trucks,hordes of grey nomads...and many kilometres of straight roads. 

When you plan a trip to Broken Hill, you expect art galleries (oh yeah... Pro hart), slag heaps, mining memorabilia and tributes, wide streets named for minerals (Bromide St. Galena St., Talc St. etc...). What I did not expect was the glorious nostalgic little bit of fabulousness that was in South Broken Hill.

A Milk Bar, that apparently is a total local institution.Synonymous with growing up  there...part of the fabric and nostalgia for a booming , busy buzzing Broken Hill of the past. 

It is Bell's...Bells' Milk Bar.BELLS MILK BAR (link!)
A total blast from the past, as the cliche goes. 

Laminex tables,chequered floors, a jukebox, dial phones,kitsch wall art, shake flavours, the menu,the decor...it is just total retro.

 There is even a little exhibition out the back, of important milk bar's in Australian history.And not just the 50's and 60's is here.My kids went a wee bit wild for the old 1980's sit down video game...Frogger, Pacman, Galaxia etc...oh my...be still my beating childhood heart!What a trip.

But modern marvel...it also has free WI-FI!!!Oh lordy, was this a treat!

I love retro but give me wi-fi!



For more on Bells...google them, or link on these sites...

Bells Facebook page   have a look!


BELLS on you tube!  making a shake the Bell's way!