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Woodford is a small town in country Queensland and, there really is a green produce store called Grapelands.  The owner is an Elvis Impersonator who sings Elvis songs as you shop for vegetables.

It is a popular stop for Tour buses.  



It makes a heart glad to know there are still, small country towns like Woodford, where homes with large old trees, sit scattered between small shops and local businesses To think the spirit of Elvis exists in a greengrocers’, called, “Grapelands.” ‘Elvis Parsley’ swivelling his hips amongst the carrots and parsnips imitating “Blue Suede Shoes." I select a punnet of strawberries as a smile slips out at the absurdity, of how, some live out their fantasies “Blue blue “…you can do anything I cross the street to check out a “Second-hand” furniture store. It is closed so I cup my hands and peer through the window. A group of old, store mannequins piques my interest, draped in 50’s fashions It seems like a time warp, as there are no opening hours posted on the door. I wonder if the mannequins are an eccentric collection, or, if they were for sale, which one, I would buy, The one, with eyes, demurely cast down, or, the arm-less one, looking enviously past her Back on the street, I inhale sun-warmed earth, as I walk past a garden’s bright picket fence. A shiny black crow flaps up, startled. Suddenly I smell, what the scent of home is like, for someone else. For My Kind of Town Contest Janis Thompson

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Date: 2/18/2017 10:14:00 AM
Such an irrepressible, quaint picture of small town life, Suzanne. Fabulous imagery painted by this poem. Btw... is Queensland a province in Australia or New Zealand? Curious to know. Anywho ... a thoroughly delightful trip of a poem. Love and smiles to you.
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Date: 2/18/2017 11:04:00 AM
Glad you enjoyed it, Freddie: Queensland is a NorthEast State of Australia. Beautiful coastal white sandy beaches. The Great Barrier Reef stretches all along the coast, The hinterland is fertile cattle and agricultural farms. I miss it in many ways but am back living in the USA,
Date: 11/12/2016 1:37:00 PM
so glad to read you again, suZ... what a pleasant, interesting array of images.. a winner for me.. huggs
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