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Friday, July 25, 2014

Street scenes in Warwick's JJJ Festival...

As promised, here are some more photos from our visit to the Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival in Warwick.



We arranged to meet our friends at the Town Hall...

The Warwick Town Hall from the other side of the street...note the palm tree in the foreground dressed in its hula skirt :-)

Warwick State High School band was giving a concert outside the Town Hall

Knitted/crocheted  post covers and crocheted bunting
Up and down the street were trees that had been yarnbombed...


The Ladies Lingerie/Sleepwear shop had decorated the tree in front of the shop, quite cheekily :-) (large photo and bottom right photo in the collage below)


Some more...




This tree was dressed in a jumper of bottle tops...

The next entry was from Knitting Nannas Against Gas...obviously an objection to the practice of 'fracking' to remove natural gas...


 Vandals had damaged this entry...we were told that if it was some local who did the damage, they will be found via CCTV
 Close up of the damage on the left chin...



 This was the charming Red Rooster Entry...those 'chooks' were just so cute!
Most of the shops entered into the fun...



Even the statue of Thomas Joseph Byrnes  12th Premier of Queensland, had been yarnbombed slightly! lol


But wait...there are more yarn bombed trees!!!



One tree was dressed in op shop jumpers...
Above hung lots and lots of odd socks...there was a suggestion that these were socks which had gone missing from washing machines and washing baskets...wink wink!

DH and I only had a day trip to the festival but as you can see, we certainly saw lots of delightful things. (There are a number of excellent craft shops in Warwick as well but I didn't check them out on this visit)
On our way home to Brisbane, we heard on the radio that a traffic problem that had caused morning peak hour chaos near our home was even worse in the late afternoon. So clever DH worked out a way of getting home without going near Alderley and the broken water main. We detoured and went across the river in the Moggill Ferry...


We were one of the last cars on..we had arrived just in time :-)

Glancing upstream...

So then it was a lovely drive through Moggill, Kenmore to Gap Creek Rd and then home. It had been a lovely day.



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Warwick's Jumpers and Jazz festival 2014...The Knitted Kitchen...

I found out about this festival a few years ago but up until now, haven't had the chance to go to have a look. But this year we had an added incentive...a former work colleague and his wife now are living in this town, so we could catch up with D and M, as well as have them as our own personal tour guides.
They said that we MUST see the Knitted Kitchen, so after enjoying some jazz street musicians, and walking around looking at the yarnbombing, a stop for a lovely cup of coffee and homemade scone, we went to the Art Gallery to see this exhibit.


Walking towards the entry to the Art Gallery
I'm not sure whether I let out a squeal of delight when I first caught sight of the display, but I wouldn't be surprised if I did!




 And cameras were not banned like they are in so many galleries...you could not enter the 'kitchen' or touch anything but there was one chair which people were encouraged to sit on to have photos taken...

 The tiled floor was knitted...
D was the Learning Support Teacher at my last school; he's retired now too :-)

Now for a closer look at some of the items...

A box of macaroons beside the old dial phone

The fridge was covered with crocheted doilies...

The 3 level cake tin...so 1950s :-)



Ducks on the wall, the view out of the window in front of the sink unit...

I loved this chair!

There was a little knitted mouse near the kitchen bin...


 A closer look at the table...and that roast chicken...


The back of the kitchen unit...
 A closer look at the ducks!

The kitchen utensils...
 A closer view of the sink...


The dish drainer and the stove top...

For some background information on this art installation I suggest this website...lots of people were involved and the results are amazing! http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2014/07/21/4050199.htm


This knitted sculpture was just near the doorway of the exhibit...
If you live in SE Queensland, it's not too late to have a look at what the Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival has to offer...the festival ends on Sunday (27/07)
Program details here...http://jumpersandjazz.com/
I will write another post about the yarnbombing in the streets, so stay 'tuned' for more clever exhibits!


And it was free too!

Years ago when I worked part time, I used to attend the free lunchtime concerts in the Brisbane City Hall. A little while ago, I realised that I have been retired for 3 years and although I have had time to go to these concerts, I had not been to one!
So I have been checking the program online and have been to 3 in the last month or so...
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles tour of Australia there was a concert by a local Beatles' tribute band, the Beatlegs.
( Excuse the poor quality of the photos...used my phone)
 The MC introduced the concert...

No photos till after the concert...that's the rule!


Here's a photo from the Beatlegs website. A friend told me that her cousin Paul (real name) , plays Paul in the group...he is right handed but plays the bass guitar left handed just like the 'real' Paul.


Another concert I went to, featured a terrific percussion group called Percussimo.


 Then there was the Elton John tribute concert featuring local entertainer, Greg Andrew...another enjoyable concert!



 Greg really did sound like Sir Elton...both in voice and piano playing


Brisbane City Council also sponsors author talks at local libraries...and these talks are also entertaining and free! DH has read and enjoyed 2 books by local author Matthew Condon, so we went along to Ashgrove library one evening to attend his talk. Matthew has been writing books about the 'corruption in high places' involving police and politicians...and he also focusses on the fact that many honest police officers and their families had their careers and lives ruined by the 'bad apples'...his books are allowing them to have a voice.

Matthew's book Jacks and Jokers which is a sequel to Three Crooked Kings

The hour and half went too quickly...he is an extremely interesting man.


So that's just a small part of the free entertainment provided by the Brisbane City Council...now I have a friend who loves the council's GOLD Program...(Growing Old and Living Dangerously)...but would I have time? lol