Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Our Golden mile - OUR Daffodil & arts Festival

IT IS SPRING! (in two days)
& when it is the start of spring this little town in central Victoria Australia celebrates with the Kyneton Daffodil & arts Festival
This year it is the 35th Festival and each year we celebrate with a themed event this year it it
"Its magic ~ Its Kyneton"

This is what the front of our local paper looks like this week and you can feel the excitement in the streets, shop windows are all dressed and friends stop to chat awhile and admire the lovely bunches of daffodils and themed ideas the shops have come up with.
At this time the question is always are you going to be going to?............Ok! I'll see you there!
But today I want to share with you all a very special spot that I drive along every time I go to Kyneton and that is the Golden mile or as it states our avenue of honour.
Most towns in the country side of Australia have an "avenue of honour" were trees where planted for their fallen sons & daughters during the many wars - the trees have all grown huge and many are now either fallen or removed for safety, but our town still, like many others have much to remember and many to honour. So with new trees that are just a few years old and the daffodils that have been there for many years those men and woman are remembered. We are always reminded of just how lucky we are because of those brave people.

The golden mile is stunning and hard to capture in just one photo so please enjoy these photos I took today in a sun filled moment on a lovely spring drive to town..........

This was placed here at the end of the golden mile or avenue of honour and I am so proud of our town for remembering! forever.

The festival is a lot of fun with an Antique fair, old time ball, exhibitions of wonderful crafts, art shows, many open gardens, even a book fair, all the shops have a sidewalk sale, there are festivals of one act plays and even buskers in the streets or a ferret race (how country is that!) but the most important part is community getting together and shaking the hand of an old friend or making a new one - there is the men's breakfast at the church and the country woman's association display with afternoon tea as well (I love that) and so from August 30th until September 9th you just never know what will be around a corner or up the street in this little town I call home.

This is my Wednesday I honour those who came before me and those who will pass this way after I have gone.



Pearl Maple - Mandy Collins said...

Lee Ann, you have a lovely blog here, full of all kinds of wonderful findings.

Alice said...

Sounds like a great time will be had by all. What a lovely addition to the Avenue of Honour, those beautiful daffodils.

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

Sounds like a fun time after a dreary winter. Time to get out and enjoy the weather and the neighbors once again. I love all of those beautiful yellow flowers. That is a great tribute too. We have a row of palm trees here on what they call VICTORY street. It runs all the way to the ATlantic ocean. One palm tree has been planted for every soldier that died in the Civil War. There are thousands. Hope you got your nameplate okay.Sandy

Penless Thoughts said...

On my, what a WONDERFUL tribute. I would love to be able to be there for that festival and see that golden mile.

T*mmy said...

Very nice post! Happy Spring to you!!

Lisa Oceandreamer S. said...

What a joyous festival...I love when things are in the air like - people smiling at one another passing by. Awaiting the change of season. I am by far ready for Fall here in the US, I think I am quite over summer now.
THANK YOU for popping by my was ever so lovely to see you again!! I'll be sure to stop in again!!

PEA said...

Oh LeeAnn, that Golden Mile full of daffodils is just breathtaking! Such a wonderful idea to honour fallen soldiers. The fair sounds like so much fun and I wish I could be there too!!! You are now approaching Spring and we are seeing the approaching signs of Autumn:-) xoxo

leslie said...

Oh it all looks SO pretty! I wish we could skip winter here, but our autumn is usually quite nice. If God has any grace at all (j/k) he'll give us a nice warm Indian summer (do you know what I mean by that cuz it might be a Canajun expression). I think it would be great to spend 6 months here and 6 months there in Australia - to always be in either spring or summer. ;D

Ngaio said...

Happy Spring time Lee Ann ! I really enjoyed my time in your little town afew years ago when I stayed with my cousin and family. They have a beautiful garden also called Matapuna - you may know it.

Jeanette said...

Hi Lee-Ann,Ive seen many Avenue of Honours on out travels but never with the beautiful golden daffodils,
Have a wonderful time at the festival

Val said...

Hi Lee-ann, thanks for the reminder about the daffodil festival. We haven't seen it for a few years, and I actually didn't realise there were other things to do (did you say crafts??) in addition to the wonderful daffodil displays. We'll try to visit soon.

Puss-in-Boots said...

Those daffodils are's like a Golden Mile of sunlight to honour the fallen.

Lovely post, Lee-ann.

Rowan said...

What a lovely way to commemorate those who have suffered and died in war. Hope you enjoy your spring festival, it sounds a lot of fun.

Merle said...

Hi Lee Ann ~~ I love the golden mile of daffodils. And the Festival sounds great and will be a real welcome to Spring. Have a lovely time. Loved the dresser full of wonderful treasures, thanks for sharing them with us.
I remembered that you knew Nathalia well when we first met. It is a very pretty little town, and my mother and my first husband are buried there including many friends & Dr.Harbison and other family.
I lived there for 28 years and raised my 4 kids there. I prefer Shepp for the shops etc now I am older. Take care and I hope your renovations are soon finished. Love, Merle.

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