Friday, October 14, 2011

A Back-To Weekend in Mitchell, Outback Qld

It's a busy weekend here in Mitchell with a book launch, dinners, markets, auctions and many other reunion-type functions organised. Add to that fierce storms with thunder, lightning and heavy rain and you have the feeling that it's all happening here in the outback.

Mitchell State School first opened in 1876. This weekend, Mitchell State High School celebrates its 50th anniversary with lots of people returning to the home town of their youth to catch up with friends and family. Shops entered into the spirit of the occasion by decorating with balloons and photos of the school and its pupils.

A monster charity auction -- in aid of the Maranoa Retirement Village -- sold an amazing variety of donated items to spirited bidding. I was the successful bidder for two of Elizabeth Gearey's paintings: a horse (her passion) and an outback scene with a bottle tree.

Both works of art will add to the collection we've purchased since moving here five years ago. Our walls are rich with colour, interest and passion.

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