Saturday 8 November 2014

Busy, busy Benalla Festival

The busy-ness started yesterday with preparations and basic work on the Rotary Club of Benalla float to go in the parade. This morning we started at 9 am to put on the finishing touches. The wind was an unwelcome participant in the parade and we were not able to achieve our plans for the helium balloons. However the 75th Birthday Cake was well received, especially by the children, and Benalla Rotary continued to celebrate with the community.

I rode in the car that pulled the float so I wasn't able to get many photos of the other participants but there were 44 entries so it was a successful parade. This year's theme was 'Regional Harvest - celebrating our local producers'

Hay bale art?

This evening we went to the Book Launch Dinner for Peter Fitzsimons new book ' Gallipoli'. He is a fine story teller and kept the crowd enthralled until the fireworks began. We all went outside to watch the fireworks then returned for question time.

Thursday 6 November 2014

The Indigenous Garden, Benalla

The Benalla Festival continues and today we did a tour of the Indigenous Garden with local indigenous artist and Aboriginal community development worker Chris Thorne.
We have watched the garden develop over the eleven years we have lived in Benalla, and we have heard Chris speak on his life and his culture, but today was the first time we had seen the two together.
Chris is an amazing man with an amazing life story, and his passion for this garden is evident as he wanders through it explaining its significance to his people.

Wednesday 5 November 2014

Tuesday 4 November 2014

Benalla Festival Hay Bale Art

Having been enthusiastic followers of the festivals in Umbria these past months, we decided we should be more active during the Benalla Festival which is running now.

On Sunday we did the Hay Bale Art Touring Trail which involved following a map to visit the entrants in this competition. Some were in town and others were in the rural districts around town, there was an open section and one for the schools. There were 32 entrants and they were all clever. Below are just a few of my favourites.

Benalla Rural City Infrastructure Department - Grader Hay

Comfort Inn - TooMOOla

Broken Creek Primary School - Sheep

Goorambat Football Netball Club - 1

Goorambat Football Netball Club - 2

W. J. Davies, Devenish - Miss Piggy

Anna Little, Devenish - Wise Old Owl

C & O. Hooper, Devenish - Ipsy, Wipsy Spider

Thoona Primary School - Little Red Riding Hood

Moorngag Hall - Celebrating the Community Harvest

Swanpool Store - Hamburger

Swanpool Cinema - Projector

What a fun day we had driving around the beautiful country-side photographing the works of art.