Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Back home in Outback Queensland

The Mitchell Agricultural Show is an annual event that brings together the entire community.

On this special day people gather together to renew friendships, share in the many and varied agricultural and hobby pursuits – and have fun.

After our five-month absence down south, the show is an opportunity for us to say, "Hello" to our many friends and acquaintances. It always amazes and delights us the number of people we know well enough to share a hug and conversation.

Most people contribute to the show's success by entering various categories. For instance: vegetable produce, cooking, arts and crafts, flower arrangements, photography, sheep and wool judging, poultry of all sizes and types, cattle judging and many horse events. Then there was the wood chop; the side show alley; winery, lavender and nut farm displays; Terry the Juggler and Pirate magician entertaining the crowd (see photos); fireworks and live music. And, of course, there was lots more.

The art section was my chance to participate by entering three of my water colour paintings. I was delighted and humbled to receive two first places and one second place.

We've been back in outback Queensland for one week, after a pleasant and uneventful trip of around 2,200 km from Phillip Island to Mitchell. We are now unpacked and well-settled.  Within days of our arrival a welcome home present appeared unexpectedly in our garden: a magnificent bird of paradise (Strelizia regina). It's a flower I simply must paint!

Another highlight of the first week was our first marimba lesson. We have a lot of catching up to do, but it was great fun and lovely to see all our marimba friends once more --  also

to welcome two new players.

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