23 AUGUST 2011 : ESTAP: The condition or a time of having developed flowers: The azaleas were in full flower.

THE ROSES THAT MY BROTHER AND SISTER GAVE ME FOR MY 60th BIRTHDAY IN OCTOBER 2009.

FROM BENEFIELD’S ROSE FARM

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3. The condition or a time of having developed flowers: e.g.The azaleas were in full flower.

Azaleas have had significance in Bellingen. Years back we had a festival here and it was known as the Azalea Festival. We had it in Springtime and Floats went down the street. I am agitating lightly for the return of the Azalea Festival. I think that even some of the Incomer Nouveaus might enjoy it. WE had Azalea Princesses and marching bands. Bellingen has become a little remote from the simple magic of the Festival.  Murwillumbah , up North, has reactivated its Sugar and Banana Festival. Time to bring back the Azalea Festival to the Main Street of Bello. I think I have only one photo of azaleas amongst my collection and that was a bush in Ulmarra. I don’t actually like them much because they are unperfumed but they look good en masse. I have NO pics of the Festival and haven’t as yet been able to locate one online. Best put an azalea pic up anyways. It won’t be mine but there might be someone who isn’t familiar with them. I don’t know how Bellingen’s azaleas are looking this year. We are Soooo waterlogged and I don’t think that’s going to bring them to full flower.  One of my early memories of Bellingen is of jasmine in the springtime. I was camped in a tent by the Tropical Island in the middle of the river, reading Lord of the Rings by lamplight and the perfume brought a magic into my life that wasn’t part of my Belmore World in Sydney.

Now for an image of an azalea.

http://www.davidsonsnurseries.com.au/historyculture1.html

Aha ! Thanks to Pip Wilson once more. http://wilsonsalmanac.blogspot.com/2009/09/bellingen-community-fest-lost-to.html

FROM 2009 WILSON’S BLOGMANAC

Bellingen is called, or used to be called, the Azalea Town and all the flowers are coming out in full bloom around town. Our climate and slightly acidic but fertile soil are perfect for azaleas, that queen of flowers. Sadly, the Azalea Festival isn’t held any more, with its parade of colourful floats in the main street and a plethora of community activities. This tradition, held each year around September 15, encouraged fun and community participation at no charge, and the town looked fantastic as almost everyone had azaleas in their gardens, with the show of whites, pinks and reds a feast for the eye.
Sadly, it has recently gone, and the only festivals now are specifically genre music ones, commercial ventures charging very high entry fees. The next such festival is in October, and entry for an adult is an incredible $230 (for three days), beyond the pockets of all but the well-heeled. The owners of the festival require visitors to wear wristbands — shades of authoritarianism, unnecessary and very unaustralian.
I would love to see the not-for-profit Azalea Festival reinstated, and from what I can gather, so would many other Bellingenites. Not a festival that focuses on one or more types of music at high prices, but one that celebrates the community and a wide variety of aspects of culture and arts, designed for community, and pride in community, not for private profit.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellingen,_New_South_Wales

CONFESSIONS OF A SERIAL BATHER

http://www.bellingen.nsw.gov.au/files/21603/File/Church_Street_Upgrade_Active_-_01.pdf

http://www.nambuccaheadsrotaryclub.com.au/about/history

http://www.bellingengolfclub.com.au/Newsletter/pdf/12aug11.pdf

in GOOGLE BOOKS

http://www.bellingenplaybacktheatre.asn.au/archives.htm

AND FROM THE SCRIPTURE UNION IN 2010.

September 2010
Once again thank you for your great letters it is so great to know we all belong to such a
wonderful organization of members worldwide.  We had Back to Church Sunday today
but not many were able to come due to other things happening like rowing in the river
each week as they go in the races for Breast Cancer, most people in the boat have been
able to survive, do they have these boat races over there?  Others had to go to other
towns to baby sit their grandchildren, but nevertheless we had a good service.
Our minister the Reverend Stephen Davis is just back from his 10 week long service
leave and holidays.  He’s 6ft 3in tall and rides a motor bike, his wife Leeola also rode a
bike but just before their holidays they sold both their cars and bikes and bought a bike
with a side car and a utility to pull their caravan for their holidays.  We had a very busy
day in Bellingen on the 21st August.  We have had a Jazz Festival in Bellingen for the
last 20 years, over this weekend 20th, 21st and 22nd where we get thousands coming.  
Years ago we used to have some of the performers staying but not the last few years.   
As I might have told you before we have markets in the Park every 3rd weekend with
up to 250 stalls there with all kinds of things.  This year was also Federal Elections
where it has only just been sorted out.  Also we had a stall in the grounds as the
elections were held in our hall, we did very well at that, it was hard to get anywhere
that day. For many years the Rotary Club held a garden competition the Azalea Festival
this week, and after a wet winter and a dry August the Azaleas all around town are
absolutely outstanding.

http://www.parishofaberavon.org/downloads/January2011%20-.pdf

http://earthrisediaries.blogspot.com/

A FLORAL RAMBLING OF MY OWN

A WEE YAAN

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Another wet day here. Leo is soaked. Me and Leo are doing one of our looking at  each other mornings but in an half hour, I am going to Bellingen to meet the Girls at the Black Bear Café for cake. Celebrating one niece’s birthday and the other one landing a public servant job.

In the meantime, I shall take a floral ramble through my pics. The one on the left is a BIRD OF PARADISE from the ILNAM WINERY up on the TWEED RIVER at CAROOL. 2009.

 

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Another 2009 shot from ILNAM WINERY. There is not a flower in sight except for the SKIRT. That is the NANA skirt. Beloved of my grandchildren. Its one of my rare colourful garments and its FLORAL. The kids love it. That’s GEORDIE LEACH and me having ice cream cake . I always kind of liked Geordie. He has the element of the gentleman to him.

 

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Up there on the Tweed, I lived on the hilltop of Blambil and tropical flowers bloomed. I like hibiscus. And frangipani.

There seem to be very few photos of flowers in my albums. I might have to use some of the MOB’s Pics and my sister’s.

 

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The Girl Guide’s Hall in Currumbin ( just over the border into Queensland) was painted vividly. There’s a bird of paradise amongst the local animals.

I am so hungry for VIVIDNESS. Its so grey and so damp and so cool – and I long to wear flowers in my hair again and wrap up in sarongs.

BACK FROM BREKKIE IN BELLINGEN.

READY TO RAMBLE THROUGH MORE FLOWER PICTURES.

 
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The daisies aren’t my shot. They’re from Kati B and IMM and taken out the back of Bello.

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Years back, a young woman embroidered this tapestry for me. We parted ways and she has gone to live in Kyogle.  Nonetheless it’s a fine memory.

 

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A vase of roses in my cottage in Bilambil.

Joanne on her mobile phone near my roses.

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I tend to have floral bedding . Roses, once again. In 2006, the 1 in 1000 year storm hit Bilambil and washed down the retaining wall behind the Cottage and flooded my bedroom. The Floral Bedding did very little to help in that situation but I don’t blame the flowers for that.

More daisies. This time from Nicci’s garden in Murwillumbah.

 

A LITTLE FURTHER NORTH EACH YEAR

I thought that’s what I would. I was up there on the Border for a few years and now I am a little further South once more. We will see what happens next. Bare feet and brown skin and salt in the hair.

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