Saturday, 9th November, 2013
Now then, I’m a sucker for punishment and the last time I went to the Woden Festival it was certainly a painful experience. That was two years ago and I think I refused to go to last years after my experience at the festival the year before.
Nick had expressed an interest in going this year and after initially trying talking him out of it, I agreed to meet him there at around midday. Unfortunately, I was running late this morning and by the time I had arrived, nick had already seen the error of his ways and left the festival after an hour or vowing never to return again!
To be honest, I was in the same mind set as I toured the usual stalls containing community groups for everything from the Woden Choir to the local scout/guide groups. On the main stage was the local youth bass band and I was just about to walk out, when the compare announced that the ‘Sixty Acts in Sixty Minutes’ was about to begin. What could this be I wondered? So I decided to stick around for the first minutes to see what was going on.
I was glad that I stayed, as it turns out that some local youths had teamed up with some professional circus acts to hone their skills in all sorts of circus acts such as juggling and acrobatics. As the theme suggest, each act had to perform for one minute before they were moved on and the next act came on stage. They varied in age from 5 to 60 and some were better than others, but they all tried their best which was appreciated by the crowd who seemed enthralled by the whole thing. I stayed for the whole hour and all the performers got a standing ovation when they took their bow at the end of the show.
Will I go back next year? Watch this space…
Sunday, 3rd November, 2013
You may remember that one of the guys at work, John, is the proud joint owner of a Winery just outside Canberra, Little Bridge Wines. A few weeks ago he handed me a leaflet advertising a jazz & wine festival in which his vineyard was taking place. Seeing that missed out on touring the regions wineries last time they had one of these, due to my little accident on the mountain bike, I couldn’t resist.
This morning I had kind of made out a route to a couple of wineries in the Murrumbateman area that also had music laid on, then a trip to a chocolate makers that I had spotted of the leaflet, before finally dropping into John’s place on the way back into Canberra. Started off well by setting off at 10:30 for the drive up to Murrumbateman, but then decided it was too early to do any wine tasting at that sort of time, so diverted to the Robyn Rowe Chocolate Factory for a look around, a coffee and of course a few of their excellent chocolates (not cheap mind!).
Then it was off to the first of the wineries on my list. Yarrh Winery was possibly the most distant winery on the leaflet but it has a reputation for having some excellent wines as well as being in a beautiful location, which appealed the photographer in me as I had my camera with me. By the time I arrived it was getting on for lunch and most people who were already seemed to be taking lunch off their set menu whilst enjoying a glass of their wine. Not wanting to be the odd one out, I joined them and whilst we were eating the jazz band arrived and struck up a tune or two.
Unfortunately, time was not on my side and so I had to leave the band playing and set off directly to Little Bridge winery, forsaking any of the other places I wanted to visit today. Luckily, the band were still playing at the Cellar Door and after tasting a couple of their latest wines, I decided to purchase a few bottles of their 2010 Pinot Noir which John said would be even better if they were ‘laid out’ for a year before opening! I took a glass of their fantatic 2008 Shiraz (several bottle of which I’ve got at home) before going outside to watch the band.
All to soon, it was time to head off home, which was a good job as I could have stayed a lot longer listening to the band and drinking wine, which would have been a good idea.
Saturday, 2nd Movember, 2013
Wow, what a day!
At daft O’clock this morning Glenn and I took a two and half hour drive over to the town of Temora, where the bi-annual Warbirds Downunder air show at their Temora Aviation Museum in the town. Those of you who are regular readers of my blog may have noticed that I have been to the Aviation Museum before to visit one of their showcases, but today’s event was a much bigger affair than that and included all of the museums aircraft in the air well as many visiting aircraft around Australia and beyond.
We arrived just after the scheduled start time and what followed was 5 hours of near continuous aircraft in the air, from the very earliest Tiger Moth through many of Australia’s own built aircraft such as the CA-16 Wirraway , CA-13 Boomerang and the CA-27 Sabre as well as many post-war classics such as the Spitfire, Chipmunk, Mustangs, Canberra bombers etc. Not to be overlooked the Royal Australian Air Force had sent up two of their Hawk trainers and two FA-18 Hornets to show what a modern military aeroplane looks like and can do when in the air.
As you can see below I took lots of photographs during the day and rather than describe the day here, I’ll let you navigate through each of the photographs in order to get a flavour of what occurred. So either click the first photograph in the series below to start a slide show of the day or hover your mouse over each photograph to see a description of what it’s all about.