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Changing Seasons…

It is the last day of February. In fact it is the extra day for February as it is Leap Year. (now who shall I propose to???)

This year I am joining Cardinal Guzman’s “changing seasons” challenge. He has 2 versions to choose from.

These are the rules for Version 1 (The Changing Seasons V1):

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery.
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

These are the rules for Version 2 (The Changing Seasons V2):

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month, post one photo (recipe, painting, drawing, whatever) that represents your interpretation of the month.
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!

So I’ll start with version 2….

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February is the hottest month. It is humid with temperatures going into the high 30’s, sometimes reaching 40+. It is the month for sun, sea, surf and going to the beach. Cyclone Winston has created wild seas, perfect for surfers. Look carefully and you can see these beach walkers are looking at that tiny dot riding the waves.

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Version 1

Each month I’ll visit the beach and park around Burleigh Heads to show you some of the things you can see around here. It is the last Sunday of the month and the Art and Craft markets set up along the beach front park.

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Music adds to the ambience and happy atmosphere.

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A variety of food stalls will keep your energy levels up.

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I hope you enjoyed this wander around the markets, these are only a few of the stalls that set up here every month. Did you see anything you would like to buy?

Meanwhile the beaches have been opened again to swimmers, but the life guards are keeping a sharp eye on the few that venture in.

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Check here to see what the conditions were like a few days ago.

Categories: #monthly photo challenge, #the changing seasons v2, Australia, Burleigh Beach, February, markets, photos | Tags: , , , , | 32 Comments

Country monthly market.

With over 150 stalls displaying every thing you could imagine today my favourite village, Yungaburra, was holding its monthly market. It certainly lived up to its reputation as being the best markets on the Tablelands. Only drawback was every one started packing up at mid-day and we had only arrived at 11am so it was a hurried look around. The standard of produce and products was very high. I hope we get another chance to visit these markets before we head home.

Time to have a snack of local sausages

Time to have a snack of local sausages in the shade of the gum tree

 

Proudly diplaying all her own produce

Proudly displaying all her own produce

Colourful display

Colourful display

Bright blue glass

Bright blue glass

Imaginative tea-cosies

Imaginative tea-cosies

 

The eyes have it...

The eyes have it…

 

 

These are just a few photos I managed to take. There was so much to look at.

When the market closed we went over to the local hall to browse around the hundreds of books at the annual book fair. I found two beauties about sketching and art, my passion at the moment. So I came home happy.

This is one very tall lady.

This is one very tall lady. Every one is happy.

 

Outside 2 country and western singers entertained

Outside 2 country and western singers entertained

Hundreds of books to choose from. Can you see the title? It is "Managing your emotions"...

Hundreds of books to choose from. Can you see the title? It is “Managing your emotions”…

 

In the back ground a harpist played relaxing and harmonious melodies.

In the back ground a harpist played relaxing and harmonious melodies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Categories: Atherton Tableland, Australia, photos, Yungaburra, Yungaburra markets | Tags: , , , , | 10 Comments

Cotter Markets in Townsville

A glorious sunny Sunday and Flinders Street, the newly renovated heart of central Townsville, is closed to traffic, and comes alive with the colour and sound of Cotter Markets. This has been an institution in Townsville for more than 20 years and there are more than 70 stalls.

Now I love markets and have been to many of them around Australia and I rate this as one of the best. I had to walk for an hour to get to them as buses do not operate on a Sunday. Of course that meant I also had to walk an hour to get back to our home-of-the-moment. That is market viewing dedication for you… (I could catch a taxi, but that is too easy, and I enjoy wandering along looking at the houses and gardens and scenery)

I love the variety at this market and the very friendly laid-back vibe. It is a photography dream, trying to capture that atmosphere. I ask if it is ok to take individual stall holders and only one said they preferred I didn’t take any photos.

So I ended up with well over 100 photos to cull down to what I considered would show you how I saw,felt, heard and experienced the market.

Not easy….

I have never put so many photos in a post before, so decided that perhaps the best way to show them to you would be with a slide show. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them…

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Categories: Australia, australian travel, markets, Townsville | Tags: , , | 10 Comments

Back track to Darwin

Smith Street Mall fountains Darwin, can you spot Jack?

We are now 200 kilometres along the Barkly Highway, heading east. Last night we booked into Barkly Homestead campground, home of the thousand budgies (click on this link if you would like another look at them). This morning we wake to a pleasant 18deg and clear blue skies. No regrets about the decision when I checked the temperatures at Alice Springs and it was 1 degree overnight, brrrrr….

So we decide it is time for a day off the road and book in for a second night here. For the past 2-3 weeks it has been all go, exploring Darwin, Kakadu, Lichfield and driving long distances over the past few days. Not to mention procrastinating over the decision. I love travelling but every now and again it is time to stop and recharge all our batteries. This is a good shady camp area and the internet connection is 5 bars. So I am going to back-track and show you some photos and my impressions of the places we have been in the Top End.

Starting with Darwin…

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Smith Street Mall Darwin

Twenty years ago we visited Darwin. My memory of back then was a small provincial city, very tropical, lots of palms and hibiscus, laid back, slow-moving. Some things never change it is still tropical but I was disappointed to see most of the palms had been taken away and replaced in Smith Street with metal sculptures that for me did not give a tropical feel. The fountain was fun and children enjoyed running through it. High rise buildings are dotting the horizon and down town area. Darwin is definitely a city on a growth curve. I read that it is very hard to get rental properties and house prices are on the rise, a sure sign of city growth.

Having said that I still enjoyed the atmosphere of Darwin. The free use of buses for old people, we made the most of that facility and toured around the areas looking at the beaches and outer suburbs. I’ve mentioned the world-class museum and art gallery, but another attraction that is a must do is the Mindil Beach sunset markets.

Hi-rise buildings of Darwin behind Mindil Beach

These are every Thursday and the stalls are set along the beach front. They start approx 4-30 and the variety of things to look at and buy is endless, art work, jewellery, clothes of all descriptions, perfumes, potions and creams to cure-all ills, baskets, Aboriginal art work and of course the food stalls. All nationalities are catered for, you can even buy kangaroo meat and crocodile patties, I tried the crocodile but it was very heavily laced with corn so that was the main taste. Buskers add to the atmosphere and by 6-30 the place was crowded.

didgeridoo artist

 

didgeridoo artist

 

Colourful stall holders

 

Aboriginal busker

 

South American musician

 

Cool chick

 

Jack can always get the good-looking girls to pose for him. This is one of Jack’s admirers of his “happy pants”….

 

 

 

 

 

Just one of the many food stalls

El-fresco dining at its best, bring your own chair…

 

The sun never fails to put on a good sunset show

 

Categories: Darwin, Mindil Beach markets, Northern Territory, travel | Tags: , , , , | 8 Comments

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