Tag Archives: BELLINGEN CAFES

ON THE BENCH AT HEARTHFIRE.

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The HEARTHFIRE Café in Bellingen is down the lane between the Federal Hotel and Hammond and Wheatley’s Emporium.

It’s a wood fired bakery and cooks top class pies, quiches and breads plus more. It has benches against the wall and they are padded which suited The Baby for her first lunching outs.

FEDERAL HOTEL BELLINGEN

SEROUS BENCHING AT BLACK BEAR.

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Today I was in Bello. Did some shopping and then headed home with the Baby. This is where serious Benching comes in. Church Street is the café precinct ( nouveau termino for 4 cafes in a row) and now features table and chairs and other modern additions but it retains the TABLES and BENCHES that go way back.  Across the road from the cafes are the official chess tables. These are shaded, with chess board inlaid in the table. I’ve never seen a game of chess played on them. They are the HangOut and today the next generation of teenagers was doing some serious Hanging and Glowering. Good to see traditions continuing.

On the Precinct side of the street are the “tables and benches” where Chess is played. In amongst the “tables and chairs”.  In this Pic, the use of the Bench across two populations is shown. The nearest is a reunion between former workmates. One has been busy with a new Baby and the other has been overseas. Beside them is a second bench population engaged in the chess game. ( I noted one of the players a little late. She had moved one café along and was playing at the next bench against a new contender).

Recreation and Reunion.

ON THE BENCH NEAR KOMBU AND ALCHEMY

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I had a couple of good experiences today. I had won a Yoghurt Maker from Kombu, the Bellingen Whole Foods Store and went to pick it up. Out the front is the bench in the photograph. A solid wooden bench. No arms. No back. Pure Bench.

I headed back down Hyde Street, and we picked up a few things in the IGA ( Independent  Grocery Association) Store. I took Baby out the front and sat on the bench while Kati B came through the checkout. The street was busy. Its  holiday time up here. Along came a beautiful smiling young woman. Maggie Q. Editor of BELLBOTTOM. She reached in her bag and there was my copy of Issue no 5. “ Hand delivered “ said she.

That’s what Benches are about.