Another year and another birthday. I'm starting to feel old as my knees creak before it rains and I now emit the compulsory groan when rising from a chair. To make me feel better, my sisters took me out for a birthday drive up the hinterland. On our way to a vineyard we came across Geordie Lane Antiques and Tea Room. What better way to feel young again than being surrounded by century old antiques!
Geordie Lane is located on the corner of Montville and Benecke Roads in Maleny. Their opening hours vary but you can call ahead on (07) 5499 9222 to see if they're open or visit their website.
The antiques are held in an old house that has been converted but has not lost its natural charm. Susan (also known as Geordie) and Allen are the owners and greeted us warmly as we entered the shop - after receiving a wolf whistle from the frog that sits by the door.
You can browse through the three rooms that house various categories of antiques. The selection ranges from fine china and costume jewellery to children's toys and retro home appliances. I would recommend a good hour of browsing if you want to find all the quirky things.
If antiques aren't your thing, or you're just too scared you'll break something, you can take a seat on the balcony that overlooks the hinterland valley and order some of Geordie's delicious home-made scones. They are served with jam and a very thick and rich cream. There is also coffee and tea to choose from as well as cake and soft drink for those who prefer something sweeter. Scones and tea will cost no more than $12 while browsing the antiques will cost you nothing and is bound to bring great joy and hopefully some great finds.
Geordie Lane has the best scones in the Hinterland, served with homemade jam and whipped Maleny cream. I should know; at great risk to my waistline, I conducted a one-woman scone survey of the range last year and Geordie's shared the winner's podium with Elements of Montville which has a very elegant pumpkin and cinnamon scone.