Travel Theme : Meeting Places

A perfect venue for people to meet and enjoy the uniqueness of each others cultures is a Multicultural festival.

People meet to sing

People meet to sing

and joyously dance

and joyously dance

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The beat and rhythm of all the different cultures vibrates through the air.

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Can you feel the rhythm?

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Singing and chanting each group proudly displays their heritage and culture.

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Dressed in colourful national dress each group performs for us.

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Then happily pose for photos

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Other cultures gracefully sway to seductive melodies.

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The tradition of each culture is carried on by the children.

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An appreciative audience enjoy the atmosphere, music and dancing while relaxing in the sunshine.

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The smell of the different cultural foods drifts in the air and the difficulty is deciding which to choose.

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Thank you for spending time with me at this Multicultural Festival.

How many of the cultures did you recognise?

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Ailsa’s travel theme this week is “Meeting Places” and what better place to meet people from all over the world than at a Multicultural Festival.

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Lingering Look at Windows : Back to Bunbury

Bunbury Art Gallery

Bunbury Art Gallery

When visiting new towns and cities one of the first places I look for is the Art Gallery and the town of Bunbury in Western Australia has a first class Gallery. It is in the former Sisters of Mercy convent and has 5 galleries of paintings, sculptures and local crafts to browse around.

Bunbury Art Gallery

Bunbury Art Gallery

I can picture the nuns in their black habits walking through these hallowed passage ways, heads bowed in meditation. The building was originally red brick and in 1987 the nuns left and it became the Art Gallery. Later to be painted this pretty pink.

Here are some more windows I found around Bunbury.

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I like this bright blue but I didn’t make a note of what the building is, I just liked the colour and the window surrounds.

Do you keep meticulous records of all your photos? I am very slap dash with my cataloguing. So now only a few weeks after taking the photos I cannot give you any information on these other windows, but I hope you enjoy looking at them…

Dawn from “The day after” hosts a weekly challenge to find and show interesting windows we have seen.

Maybe you have some to show us.

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Travel Theme : Purple

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Regal, Royal and beautiful, purple is a vibrant colour

Cornflowers

Cornflowers

It can also be dainty and delicate.

Jacaranda

Jacaranda

When the Jacaranda’s are in bloom throughout tropical Queensland it is stunning.

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Purple reigns on Ailsa’s blog, “Where’s my backpack?” check them out.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Containers

Hard to find containers for this Weekly Photo Challenge. It is an unusual theme and not one that I have many photos of. But I have found 3 that I think may fit this challenge.

First a large barrel that has been changed into a planter by cutting holes in the side, filling it with compost, then planting herbs and vegetables into the slanting pipes inserted in the holes in the sides. I thought this was a very good idea.

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Large water tanks are a necessary container to supply water to communities and can be very ordinary, but this one had been turned into a work of art by the young artists of the area.

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Here is a close-up of the clever interpretation of the white horses of the ocean.

Here is a close-up of the clever interpretation of the white horses of the ocean.

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Finally a man container from ancient medieval times.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Relic

Settlers cottage, 1920's relic

Settlers cottage, 1920’s relic

In 1921, Western Australia embarked on a group settlement scheme which saw 6,000 British families migrate to Western Australia to become farmers. The scheme aimed to increase Australia’s population after World War I and decrease the reliance on imported agricultural goods.

Each settlers group was made up of up to 20 families who were placed on 160 acre blocks which they cleared in return for 10 shillings a day. After the land was cleared, families were allocated their own area to farm.

The Department, then called the Workers‟ Homes Board, built houses for many of these settlers farms. The houses were “Type 7‟ timber cottages which consisted of three bedrooms and a kitchen/living area. Most had a rain tank, an out-house toilet and no electricity.

Slowly disintegrating.

Slowly disintegrating.

A sad reminder of happier times, sitting watching the sun set and relaxing after a hard days work.

A sad reminder of happier times, sitting watching the sun set and relaxing after a hard days work.

By 1927, many of the settlers farms had been abandoned due to isolation and financial hardships caused by inadequate government planning and support and lack of reliable transport of their goods to the city.

In 1930, the scheme was dismantled and labelled a “glorious failure‟.

As a result of the failed scheme, the Workers’ Homes Board was faced with the issue of hundreds of relatively new cottages being abandoned across regional Western Australia in areas such as Manjimup, Busselton, Augusta and Denmark.

In 1931, the Board began dismantling, removing, re-erecting and enlarging the cottages to sell to workers on leasehold land.

“The purchaser gets the home for about £50 or £60 less than he would if he paid for the erection of a new building, and, in addition, the Group Settlement Branch, which is paid for the cottages by the Workers’ Homes Board, is saved the loss which would ensue if the building was left on an abandoned block,” reported The West Australian, 25th July 1931.

Carroll looking inside

Carroll looking inside

My Margaret River friend Carroll took me for a girl’s day out to have lunch at St. Allards Eco Resort. On the way we stopped to take a closer look at this small part of history slowly disintegrating.

We tried to imagine what it must’ve been like for the English families, many of them with no farming background, as they struggled to adapt to the harsh Australian conditions. A very basic structure for a house, no lining on the walls, no insulation on the tin roof, no electricity, no shop at the end of the street. Most of them simply gave up and walked away. Where did they go? There is no record of that. 

Here's a toast to friendship

Here’s a toast to friendship

We drove on to St. Allard’s Eco Resort for our lunch. Maybe we could also be classed as a couple of relics of times gone by, but, I hasten to add, well-preserved ones. Also very thankful to be living in this day and age. Life has never been as difficult for our generation, and it is with gratitude that I look back on the struggles of the pioneers.

We finished the day with a wander through the beautiful regenerating bush that surrounds the Resort.

Board walk across the wet land area

Board walk across the wet land area

The path winds through the bush

The well-formed path winds through the bush

I finish with a relic of another kind. The mighty forest giant now laid to rest and supplying nutrients and a home for many other creatures of the bush

I finish with a relic of another kind. The mighty forest giant now laid to rest and supplying nutrients and a home for many other creatures of the bush

After a 4 week absence from the “Weekly Photo Challenge” it is a good theme this week for me to show you a relic or two from Western Australia.

 

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A to Z Challenge : V for Violin

Violin and music scores carved from wood

Violin and music scores carved from wood

The story behind the inspiration for this work of art

The story behind the inspiration for this work of art

 

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We discovered this gallery in Tolga, a small, rather insignificant, town on the Atherton Tablelands. But when we walked inside the gallery it was one of those memorable places that is unforgettable. (click here to see more of this amazing craft work)  The crafts and paintings were world-class. The food in the café imaginative and tasty. I saw this sculpture of the violin hanging on the wall and when I read the story that inspired the sculpture it brought tears to my eyes.

The incomparable music of Itzak Perlman

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This is my contribution to Frizz’s “A to Z Challenge

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Split-Second Story

The joy of youth

The joy of youth

A typical Saturday, time to visit the farmers market. The sun is shining and the people meander around checking the selection of fresh produce. Over in the corner a local musician is playing toe-tapping tunes and wrapped up in the joy of the music and the moment these young girls dance.

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Life is full of split-second moments, they are all around us and this week our WP weekly photo challenge is to show one. 

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Lingering Look at Windows : In the Round

I’ve noticed that Geraldton seems to like round windows and I have collected some of them, old and new, for this weeks windows post.

Maybe because Geraldton is beside the Indian Ocean people are reminiscing about boats and the ocean when they design their homes.

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Dawn at “The day after” challenges us to look for windows and it does become a bit of an obsession. Click here to see what others have found. 

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Travel Theme : Metal

 

Pouring the gold into a mould

Pouring the gold into a mould

 

Heating the gold

Heating the gold

It's heavy, don't run off with it Jack

It’s heavy, don’t run off with it Jack

 

This would help pay the bills

This would help pay the bills

“The desire of gold is not for gold

It is for the means of freedom and benefit.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I have joined Ailsa’s search for metals this week and look what I found

The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Read more at T

The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/r/ralphwaldo118865.html#gHKTlpPLEJLkkkv1.99

The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/r/ralphwaldo118865.html#gHKTlpPLEJLkkkv1.99

 

The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/r/ralphwaldo118865.html#gHKTlpPLEJLkkkv1.99

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A to Z Challenge : T for Trees

Trees the mighty guardians of the earth.

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ”
Franklin D. Roosevelt 

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Trot over to Frizztex and see more truly, tremendous “T” tags.

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