Yes, its’ definitely busy at this time of year and I’m feeling the spring vibes. Everything seems to happen at the same time. Once the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers hit our city with the blossoming energy of a million and one delicious flowers, visitors seem to arrive from all corners of the globe to see what our festive region will provide.
With visiting Korean Government delegations, art exhibitions, dance eisteddfods and finalising school exams – even my small platter of activities has me wondering whether it might be beneficial for this region, to share its abundance of activities with other periods of the year when our city appears non-existent.
It would be truly be lovely to visit all the wonderful, award winning gardens; the food and wine festival or the FirstCoat mural event; see every dancer compete for our Sketa Oz trophies at the Brisbane Eisteddfod; have time to exhibit for events such as the Downlands College Annual Art Exhibition or to partake in family events like my son’s 21st birthday or even see Spring Polo played in Queens Park.
Yes – there is just so much happening – not just here, but in every large and small town across our country. The Brisbane Riverfire Festival kicks off around now, as does Comic Con; The Desert Festival in Alice Springs and Crock Camping in Darwin; cycling and car racing events at the Gold and Sunshine coasts; museum and gallery events Australia wide; Fringe Festivals, the Burlesque Festival, Tulip and Footy Festivals; Mango events, Melbourne Southbank Festival, Sydney’s Floriade; the Blessing of the Fleet, the Oyster Festival and even the Perth Fried Chicken Mother Clucka Event! There’s just too much to do and see during spring and I love it!!!
Every man, woman, child and his dog suddenly find travelling wings, to visit a least a couple of events during the school holidays; when families do their best to catch up on sharing ‘the love’.
Yet, wouldn’t it be wonderful, if we could all share ‘that love’ at other times of the year, too? Maybe cities need to revisit the yearly entertainments’ schedule. Spacing things out – might be helpful. Citizens could get out more often and cities would not be competing for the same dollars, at the same point in the year. Purely my opinion of course.
I am sure, well-spaced events would bring families closer together, bond communities and would create a greater sense of attachment to our cities, which would also give families a breather from hearing the adolescent phrase – ‘there’s nothing to do’.
The fact is, there’s so much to do in spring, one needs a holiday - to get over the holiday!
Happy Spring Holidays! 😊
Don’t spend all your pennies at once!
Treasure each and every moment - they are precious diamonds - priceless, irreplaceable and totally unique; never to be replicated and once they’re gone, they’re gone. There will be no shopping for a new one and no cubic zirconia will ever scratch the surface for these beauties. Trust me, there will be thieves lingering, who will selfishly pinch those moments from you - to fill their pot of gold. So guard your treasures well, hide them if you must, tell not a soul, for they will disappear before your very eyes.
Never in a million years, would I expect anyone to question whether or not they are going to pay for something.
Alas, today I have learnt, yet another life lesson - Integrity is not always taught and sadly, it will be our younger generations that will suffer.
Okay... so I’m minding my own business doing the veggie shopping in a particularly, fine fruit shop, in the city. I spot a young mother who races over to grab a single, solitary banana.
Curious as I am, I continue my shopping - keeping an eye on her; me, very interested to know why she might want - just one banana.
The young mother, swiftly bolts around to the other side of the strawberries to meet up with her partner who is now pushing the pram with a young child (given she is aware, I am inadvertently watching her). She hovers about her pram for a good while, pretending to do something. She is getting agitated as I now suspect she is going to flog the banana, so she can feed it to the child.
With my radar ears, I hear the partner say, “you know you’re going to have to pay for that”. She looks annoyed at his comment.
I wander over to the staff on the counter, to get ready to pay for my fruit. Small as it is - I think, no way is she going to get away with this bit of shoplifting for personal gain. I pause, look intentionally at the couple and say, “how about you go first”.
The young mother gives in, gets her purse and angrily pays for the banana. She quickly storms off - grabbing the pram from her partner. I stand at the counter - mouth gapping, totally shocked as to the blatant gall and lack of integrity, some people have today.
Would you have made her pay or would you have looked away? Was I wrong?