Monday, 18 October 2010

35th Annual Celtic Festival, but the garden doesn't wait

This weekend has been one of music and fun,  Celtic style, in Kapunda.  There has been a probelm with the weather in the past,  and so the decision was made to move the timing from late autumn to mid October,  when the weather is reliably warmer and so the whole event could be held outside.
In fact,  we had cold, windy and wet weather.... and I heard someone suggest that we invoice the Farmer's Federation for the rain that the festival provided to finish off the year!   It was a wonderful weekend anyway, and the music was great.
Bands included The BordererS,
 and Sibin....















and The Celtic Music Club .....








.....  and any number of singers, dancers


and warriors with woad-painted faces.


The parade on Sunday afternoon was a typical country, participatory affair and of course, it rained :-)
It was led by the local policemen in their car....
 .... the Town Crier (all the way from Angaston)....
 .... the Elizabeth marching band....
 ... an assortment of local trucks including this wine tanker....
  the CFS and the SES and the local Ambulance....
 ... cars of all descriptions....
 ... the old hearse....
 ... the dog obedience club (I missed the great dane)

... and by the time that the CWA came down the street,  it was raining,  but they were prepared!

The camel man brought his camel and a baby.  If you look carefully,  you'll see a can in the mouth of the camel.  She was drinking a Coca Cola!

The local unicycling juggler.... doesn't everyone have one of those....   as the street became wetter and shinier!
 The fire truck (the same one that brings Father Christmas down the street at the December street party.)
It was a great day, and we did have a good time,  despite the weather...

Once home,  I picked another basket of broad beans (they are producing rapidly now and the garden doesn't wait)  peeled and blanched them and have two bags of beans in the freezer ready for a quick risotto one of these days.
I made bread and pressure cooked some "baked beans" for dinner.

The extra 2 mm of rain has kept everything wet, and there are ominous white patches on some of the zucchinis.  As soon as it's dry out there,  I'll spray them with milk.  I use a 10% spray and it works wonders... more about that later.

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