Happy Australia Day for yesterday fellow Aussie's! For my international friends, Australia Day is our National holiday and everyone spends it celebrating with family and friends usually over a BBQ and a cold beer. We had a fantastic day despite the weather. It was warm but raining but that didn't stop us after the stinking hot weather we have had over the past week. Saturday was 40 degrees celsius and all my candles melted out on the back deck.
We headed on down to the fisherman's wharf which is where they put on all sorts of festivites every year for us all to celebrate our day.
Most people set up camp there all day with their picnic blankets and eskie's full of nice cold beers and enjoy the music and so on but with the rain it wasn't quite that this year BUT the paper lantern making went ahead as planned.
Every year the kids can go and join in on making a colourful paper lantern along with the professional lantern makers and when it gets dark they have a parade with bongo players and belly dancers joining in. It's really magical. I took some snaps of the lanterns before the parade.
They are amazing!
Here's a giant chicken!
Here are all the little lanterns that the kids made and being looked after by the local lifesavers. Now see the water behind, this is Brisbane water. It surrounds us as we live on a peninsula. When it gets dark they have a group of canoes each one with a star lantern attached and slowly move down toward the wharf lighting up the water with a glow of shining stars. I will show a pic further on in my post.
This boat is brilliant. Woy Woy being a fishing village, this is just so fitting.
Everyone was having a "Whale" of a time looking at this cute guy. The work that has gone into these lanterns is truly inspiring.
Here are some lucky ladies who live directly across from the water getting right into the spirit of the day! Go Girls!!
Now back to the lanterns. I have saved the best for last as these are my favourites.
This beautiful butterfly is soooooooooooooo big you have to see it in real life to really take it in. All the lanterns are made of some type of wax paper and hand painted. They held up beautifully in the wet weather.
And my all time fave which is so significant of our area as we have hundreds of them all over the place and an Island named after them!
The almighty "Pelican"
What a cutie!!
As it became dark it also decided to pour down with rain. The parade went ahead but it was really difficult to get any good shots of them with their lights so I did my best. In the pouring rain under the brolly I snapped away. I am a bit annoyed that the pics are blurred as they were moving rather quickly and I just couldn't set my camera right with all the rain but you will get the picture of how they looked.
Here are all the canoes I mentioned earlier. They were everywhere and in the dark all you could see was all these pretty stars just floating out in the water. Thankfully they came s little closer before heading back so I got a great snap.
We ended the night with a wild fireworks show and by this time the rain had stopped for a while so someone was looking after us. 8-)
I hope you all had a brilliant day. Back to stitching now. Blossom Creek is coming along.......slowly.......but coming aong. I have just a little bit of stitchery to do on the first block and then I can reveal. I am onto the second block so I will be back into it tonight. So until next time...........
Glowing “In Stitches” Natalie
Glowing “In Stitches”