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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

From paddock to city

The last week or so has been very busy, and this is supposed to be retirement! (smiles) What they say about retirement is correct - you will wonder how you ever had time to work... how true....
From country paddock to city there has been a lot happening to visit and be involved in.

On Friday 11 March we travelled inland (east) into the wheatbelt to the Wagin Woolorama country show. My question is - "how high can you dog jump"? This was the highest jump on Friday - 1.93 metres. The finals were on Saturday, I must look-up and see what the highest jump was.  They keep moving up the boards so the dogs have to jump higher and higher. Some took the easy option and ran around to jump up the side of the ute. They are not silly!

It might be called the Woolorama, but it about more than just sheep. There is something for everyone.
Over 350 commercial exhibitors; over 1000 sheep, cattle, horses and poultry in competition; working sheep dogs; hourly fashion parades; art, photography and crafts in competition; education options; side shows; free entertainment; lifestyle displays; woolhandling and shearing competitions; markets; current and future rural industry products and services; travel products; smoke free environment; indoor and outdoor displays; 20,000 visitors; massive local community effort; family friendly;

Phew! This is a great country show, worth a look at if you are around in March. But it can be very hot, so make sure you bring a hat, sunscreen, and water. 
Please click here for more info on the Woolorama - Wagin Woolorama

Also the Wagin's Historical Village was open for visitors to take a fascinating step back in time. More on that in a later post.  We hadn't visited the village before, and we thoroughly enjoyed reminiscing as we strolled around the houses and shops.  Located in Kitchener Street Wagin, the village is open 7 days a week from 10am to 4pm, and is worth a look if you are passing through Wagin. Please click here for further information - Wagin Historical Village

The previous weekend I went with my eldest son and his two boys to the Busselton Aerofest Air Show organised by the Busselton Aero Club.

There were planes on display from a 1931 Tiger Moth to rescue helicopters and water bombers, to the latest jet fighters, aeronautics and aerobatics handling displays, and a fabulous display of vintage cars.  Please click here for more info about the show - Aerofest 2016

I also attended an International Women's Day morning tea put on by the South West Women's Health and Information Centre, met some lovely ladies, listened to some inspiring women and joined in the singing with Parkinsong (a singing group for those inflicted with Parkinson's Disease). 
If you missed my previous blog post about my take on International Women's Day you can visit at my blog here - Celebrating International Women's Day 
and visit the South West Women's Health and Information Centre here - SWWHIC 

And here is a native hibiscus seen on the side of the road when we returned from Wagin. 

We also went down to the Eaton Foreshore Festival run by Eaton Primary School, and helped cook a fund-raising sausage sizzle with Sol y Sombra at Gibbs Pool at Harvey Dam for the South West Opera Company's Music Spectacular evening. It was a lovely autumn evening, a beautiful setting, good company, perfect weather and a wonderful night of music and entertainment under the stars.  Below you can see the venue and Susie from Sol y Sombra showing her skill with the cape during a performance of one of the songs from Carmen.  
Please go to their Facebook page for more information about the Company - SWOC on Facebook

Last week we had an overnight trip to Perth and went to see Sculpture by the Sea 2016 at Cottesloe Beach. This was the twelfth time this annual exhibition has been held, and this year 77 sculptors  from 18 countries exhibited their pieces. It seems to get bigger every year.  To see more images and find out about Sculpture by the Sea please click here - Sculpture by the Sea

A friend of ours commented - Some very creative ones. Some that made us smile. Some that made us think. Some that made us wonder just what was going through the artists' minds.

The iconic Cottesloe Surf Club and Indiana Tea House. 

 Some of the sculptures were definitely "hands off", but others invited interaction. Like the one you see below - top centre - a pinewood collaborative construction by Rocardo Gomes and Ben Allen with Lise Kassow. What a wonderful place to sit and contemplae while looking at the sea or across rolling paddocks. 

Here is another interactive sculpture for Zilvinas Kempinas made from steel snow poles and bird repellent tape this sculpture interacts with the light and wind.

This book cave by Juliet Lea was attracting a lot of attention as people came in close to read the book titles, whilst one little girl went in and just sat in the cave. 

Perth itself is a mixture of new and old architecture, but more on that in another post.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed this little tour of what has been happening in my corner of the world. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. I will try to visit your blogs in return. Have a wonderful week.

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  1. My goodness but you've had a lot going on! I think I'd have enjoyed every single festival.

  2. Looks like fun times! Hope you enjoyed yourself.
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  3. Jill, I must say, your days are so packed with such fun things to do, Love, love, love sheep! I would hardly know where to begin...from the old cars, airplanes, the books on the beach, to the dogs jumping higher and higher, the single beautiful flower, on and on, just wonderful. You are blessed as we are for being able to see your shares. Hugs~

    1. It was a fabulous country show. I really enjoyed the sheep dog trails and the dog high jump.

  4. What a busy girl you have been having lots of fun.

  5. You have been a very busy lady! I love a good country show. It reminds me of my days when I lived on a farm in Northern Victoria. The sculptures by the sea were also very interesting. We have a similar one here at Currumbin Beach each year called Swell. There's a lot happening over your way!

  6. I can't believe how busy you've been and you still manage to write in depth blog posts with lots of photos. I feel as if I've just sat on my bottom, by comparison! Loved this post as it conveyed a deep connection to your community and your environment, and showed just how much there is to do and see in the South West.

  7. The Cottesloe Beach building is so gorgeous. We lived in Perth for 2 years about 35 years ago but didn't hang out at Cottesloe. We hope to return in the next few years and we will definitely be down there having a look. Sculpture by the sea has some amazing installations.

  8. One of my coworkers retired recently and she quoted the same thing you mentioned at the beginning of this article. She is moving to another state to basically start a new life after retirement. It is so great to know you are keeping yourself busy. Love all the places you are going.

  9. It's a long time since I've been to a country show, but I always love seeing the animals especially when they parade around the ring. One nearly always escapes with it's handlers giving chase! Love your photo of the native hibiscus.

  10. Hi Jill. This post makes me think of the old saying "Variety is the spice of life"! I especially love the sea sculptures. A beach close to where I'm from in Nova Scotia has an annual sand building contest, and I never missed it. Always some great and amazing art to enjoy! Thanks for linking up this week. #TPThursday

  11. WOW Jill! What a rich existence you lead. So many experiences in such a short period of time. Totally love the book cave at Sculpture by the Sea.

  12. What fun to get a glimpse into your retirement hours -- I agree and do wonder how I ever had time to work!


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