Visiting : Ballarat Begonia Festival 2014

**Picture heavy post alert**

Ballarat’s tuberous begonia festival was in March this year. In the glorious (hot) days of summers. For my MIL, it’s a tradition to go there every year. For me, it was my first flower of any kind (I have never been to the Lalbagh flower show. I know, traitor!)

It was a beautiful day. A summer day. But then I repeat myself. It seems like I have forgotten what that means, looking at the grey-misty clouds now. Just enjoy the visuals and I hope it springs the summer back in your mind like it did to me 🙂

There was live music, food, wood works, activities for children, freebies for visitors and free tram rides on some really old trams. We made a picnic out of it and loved the day despite the parking 2 kms away problem! Seriously, what’s with Melbourne parking spaces? The cheaper ones are so faaaaar away and the nearer ones are close to $100 for 5 hours :()

Come in...We am only the start

Come in…We are only the start

 

See what I told you?

See what I told ya?

 

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My MIL…a pretty flower among so many others!

 

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Aich! Another flower too! Modesty anyone?

 

Okay..time for a couple selfie :)

Okay..time for a couple selfie 🙂

 

Our purchase!  Hubby is pointing to a HUGE begonia among others!

Our purchase!
Hubby is pointing to a HUGE begonia among others!

 

Hubby (in his mind) – How can her trip be complete without shopping?

Me – where/what do I shop for?

Purchase! How can any trip be complete without shopping?

A souvenir purchase – a kangaroo by the Ballarat Woodworking Assoiation

Ballarat’s begonia festival also hosted a pine wood working workshop for kids and adults by the Ballarat’s Woodworking Association (I think I got the name right!). Hubby and I peeped into the tent and decided it was for people with kids, but then the usher outside said it was for everyone. We could choose between a bird feeder (we are I am not bird people), book case (maybe not, when we have eReaders) and a tool box. We chose the tool box because I found that easier than the others 🙂 +++ it was a free event! Thumbs up already!

Hammering away!

Hammering away!

 

Hubby to the rescue and detailing!

Hubby to the rescue and detailing!

 

Our proud moment!

Our tool box, isn’t it perfect???

 

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I found a sand pit for the children. What a beautiful thing for the tiny tots to enjoy!

Camel shaped walkers  Entertainment!

Camel shaped walkers 🙂
Entertainment!

We have covered entertainment, handicrafts, play. Now onto some food.

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Sausages roasted on a car bonnet?

 

Indian Tea House A fancy place with cute cushions

Tea House
A fancy place with the cutest cushions to sit

 

I picked the raspberry drink because it’d match my dress. My husband and the shop guy looked askance and gave it to me. Now that I recall, they nodded at each other. Something to the effect – women!

Cooling away in the sun! A pink coloured drink, matches the tee :)

Cooling away in the sun!

And that’s a wrap! Thanks for the patience. If you have a chance, please do go! Its a beautiful day trip.

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