As if it wasn’t sweet enough, the Old Post Office Tearooms just added a new dimension of interest ….
hmm……here’s a few lines to point you in the right direction…

A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down……

You’ll catch more flies with honey than you will with vinegar…..

A wise woman puts a grain of sugar into everything she says to a man, and takes a grain of salt with everything he says to her.  (Helen Rowland)

Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone.  ~Jim Fiebig

Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of the pieces.  ~Judith Viorst

Frankly, I don’t trust any diet that doesn’t allow sugar .  (Bethenny Frankel)

“You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans. ”
― Ronald Reagan

“Really I don’t like human nature unless all candied over with art”
― Virginia Woolf, The Diary, Vol. 4: 1931-1935     (thanks Virginia, that one seems pretty apt for where the Tearooms is situated)

“Whoever thought a tiny candy bar should be called fun size was a moron.”
― Glenn Beck

(credits to the website  quotegarden.com  and goodreads.com for some of the above quotes, credit to my parents and my own memory for many of the others!)


You’ve no doubt heard these lines before, but they sprang to  mind with the latest evolution of the Old Post Office Tearooms.    Brenda has taken a little of her own history and brought it to light in the tearooms, by opening an old fashioned “lolly shop”.


The idea came about with this beautiful old photograph showing four generations of her family (Brenda is the baby in this image).   Her great-grandmother had a sweet shop back in Ireland, and the original scales from this shop are a treasured possession in Brenda’s own home.   Lovingly polished, they have now taken up pride of place in the new “lolly shop” (or should I say “Lolly Shoppe”) and are put to use weighing out the candy just as they were all those years ago.

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So who remembers all these old fashioned “lollies”?  ….the “Big Charlie” bubble gum sticks…?   Musk sticks?  (or “penny sticks”)…..  or Choo Choo bars?


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Just the sight of these old favourites takes me back to my primary school years….. I can remember the days we bought our lunches in town instead of having sandwiches from home.   Who remembers the old bakery next door to Busselton Primary?   Both are long buried beneath a big shopping centre these days.    We would take 20 cents for our lunch (yes, twenty cents!)    (today, some folk need $20 for their lunch in town!).   And with that 20c we could go to the bakery near the school and buy a meat pie, an apple pie, a soft drink AND still have a cent or two left over to buy lollies.   And for that meagre cent or two, you could get a whole bag full of  lollies like Brenda now sells!   A “five cent mixed bag” was a huge score, more sweets than one kid could eat in an afternoon, even if you did sneak them into your school desk and eat them when the teacher was not looking.

Oh I can still remember my best friend’s mum lecturing us…. “A minute on the lips, a lifetime on the hips” … ha!   well I am not about to confess to you whether she was right or not but I am sure you have done the research for yourself.

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The more I take,

The more I leave behind…

What am I?


For a special young possum named “Goo”

Her trip to WA was nearly through

Chardonnay, shiraz, cheddar and blue

And great company – yes it’s true!!!

Happy holidays

Beautiful spot

We enjoyed your pearcake and coffee

Lovely food, setting and set up!

Thanx (Table #2)


Under water observatory


Under the waves that reflect the red and yellow light,

Only blue remains

Though hints of colours flash

On fish that dart by,

Curious eyes peeking into

The land above

Things that grow

On things that grow

On wood

Gaping mouths that filter

Tiny particles of life,

Currents warm and cold

Bring together friend and foe.

(Sarah Davies 24 april 2013)

To my sweet Valentine

If after all I have no hope

Send me back 8’ of rope!


(now there’s a sense of humour!)

Life is a vivid bouquet of colours

If you choose to use it

Life is like anything…

If you don’t use it

You lose it!

Sweet is the word of the week

As we eat and give Brenda cheek

We’ve tried it all

And can’t decide which is the favourite

So we will have to come back

And try gain to see which

Ones are sweet next week!

(Anne and Carol)



As we sit here by the sea,

We think of something sweet.

A food to share amongst us three,

A lovely sugary treat.


As we ponder this our quest,

Our tummies start to rumble.

What would satisfy us bewst

Something that would crumble?


A little taste of something sweet

Like scones with jam and cream

This is the food we’ll buy and eat

Till bursting at the seams.


A drink we’ll have, to pass the time

Right here on “coffee street”

To while away our day sublime,

And dream of something sweet.

(Jasmin Watkins)


Yep!  Delight is a coffee at Brenda’s unique establishment – with or without company (that happens).

The welcome is always warm and the food out of this world!

Wot a treat!

JE  26/4/13