Christmas 2018

A short post this time, looking back on the past year and forward to the future in 2019! We started the year camping on New Years Eve at Wyanbene Caves, Deua National Park, then sliding down the slippery-slide rocks at Tuross Falls, Wadbilliga National Park.BlogXmas2018post2517-12-31 16.50.54BlogXmas2018post2518-01-01 13.43.41 Summer is Agapanthus time and filled with the deafening noise of cicadas, so I loved this photo of the combination- pure Summer!BlogXmas2018post2518-01-02 08.52.34 We said a temporary goodbye to eldest daughter Jen, back to Berlin and the rugged German Winter,BlogXmas2018post3018-01-03 13.51.24 but welcomed Caroline’s husky puppy, Floki, into the family.BlogXmas20182018-01-21 18.41.36

The long hot days continued into February with swimming at Bithry Inlet,BlogXmas2018post2518-02-14 06.59.27 beautiful roses like William Morris,BlogXmas2018post3018-01-23 14.54.42 and harvest feasts for body and soul!BlogXmas2018post2518-01-31 18.21.06BlogXmas2018post2518-02-06 09.22.08BlogXmas2018post3018-02-10 09.49.15-1In March, we explored Brogo Dam by kayak.BlogXmas2018post4018-03-03 13.01.18-1 The floral extravaganzas continued…,BlogXmas2018post2518-04-03 08.39.26BlogXmas2018post2518-03-11 10.41.43-2 and we had a week’s holiday in Victoria, celebrating my friend’s birthday, viewing the Marimekko exhibition at Bendigo Art GalleryBlogXmas201820%DSCN0487 and visiting many beautiful gardens like The Witches’ Garden and Frogmore Gardens.BlogXmas2018post3018-03-17 17.02.18BlogXmas201820%DSCN0530 April saw the arrival of materials to finally start lining the ceiling of our old shed and evict the possum squatter forever (though he has pushed his way through the gutter wire to squeeze into the cavity between the roof and the new ceiling- all very cosy with the insulation as well!);BlogXmas20182016-01-01 01.00.00-24BlogXmas2018post5018-04-26 08.24.59 the installation of solar panels on the roof, another longheld desire;BlogXmas2018post2518-04-05 15.13.55 a holiday origami workshop with Zoe;BlogXmas20182016-01-01 01.00.00-18 (2) and the creation of a beautiful felt cushion and card for my Mum’s birthday and based on my favourite Pinks, which were just starting to come into flower.BlogXmas2018post3018-04-25 12.10.06 By May, we were well and truly into Autumn and the changing of the guard in the foliage of our borrowed landscape and backdrop to our garden.BlogXmas2018post3018-05-12 10.50.48-1 The Little Corellas briefly returned, as well as huge flocks of very hungry King Parrots grazing on the lawn and feasting on tomatoes, cumquats and anything else they could find!BlogXmas20182016-01-01 01.00.00-48 We visited Picnic Point and Wapengo Lake…BlogXmas2018post2518-05-24 10.02.44BlogXmas20182016-01-01 01.00.00-168 and explored the top end of Brogo Dam.BlogXmas2018post30%Ross mob ph 024BlogXmas20182016-01-01 01.00.00-105We did the big trip north with daughter Caroline to visit my Mum in Brisbane in June, a welcome break from the Winter cold and a wonderful opportunity to view the Winter flowers of Mt Annan (Australian natives) and Mt Tomah (South African and Australian Proteacaea family) Botanical Gardens…

BlogXmas2018post2518-06-09 10.09.53 and the camellias of the EG Waterhouse Gardens and Eryldene, the camellia mecca and home of the great man himself.BlogXmas2018post2518-06-11 11.36.55BlogXmas20182016-01-01 01.00.00-134 In the Blue Mountains, we heard the wonderfully haunting strains of a didgeridoo echoing across the valley from Pulpit Rock on our bushwalk in Blackheath.BlogXmas201820%DSCN2422 On our arrival home, Ross started lining the shed ceiling with builder Tony.BlogXmas201820%DSCN1952 July saw lots of activity in the sewing room, making embroidery and crochet rolls, toy mice and rabbits, lady beetle purses and a Mama chook, Henny Penny, with her brood of juggling chickens.BlogXmas2018post2518-07-29 20.51.00BlogXmas2018post2518-07-21 16.41.22BlogXmas2018post2518-08-04 19.00.52 The Winter was bracingly cold, the icy skies filled with snow-laden clouds,BlogXmas2018post2518-07-23 16.53.36 but it didn’t stop Caroline performing at Bodalla Dairy with her biggest fan!2018-07-09 00.30.37 August is hellebore time and the start of the Spring bulbs like these Tête à Tête daffodils.BlogXmas2018post30%IMG_5345BlogXmas2018post25%IMG_5311 A major fire started to the north-east of Bega, its smoke billowing for months with burning back work. BlogXmas2018post25%IMG_5146It was also the month of the eclipse and a blood-red moon.BlogXmas2018post40%IMG_5301 Floki turned into a beautiful hound, who is not afraid to take the odd liberty, but with such a complimentary colour scheme, how could I scold him! He also started Caro off on her career as an animal portraitist. It still blows me away that she used pencils!BlogXmas2018post50%IMG_6046BlogXmas2018post30%IMG_5317 And our Jen returned from Germany to live back in Australia permanently- at least, we hope so! It is so wonderful having her back!

The garden started to wake up in September with hyacinths, grape hyacinths, daffodils, English primroses and Dutch crocus.BlogXmas2018post30%IMG_5645BlogXmas2018post30%IMG_5819BlogXmas201820%DSCN3473 All blooms were later than usual, because of the prolonged drought, and we found this phenomenon replicated in the natural environment, when we introduced Jen to one of our favourite walks from Bittangabee Bay to Hegarty’s Bay, expecting to admire the annual Spring wildflower display, which was non-existent!BlogXmas201820%DSCN3667 It is so lovely to finally have some blooms for flower arranging and decorating Caro’s birthday cake.BlogXmas2018post25%IMG_5685 By October, Spring had well and truly sprung, starting with the Bearded and Dutch Iris, the former flowering for the first time.BlogXmas2018post25%IMG_7818BlogXmas2018post25%IMG_7772 The intersectional and tree peony blooms were also firsts,BlogXmas2018post25%IMG_7797BlogXmas2018post40%IMG_7115 then it was the start of the rose season with Souvenir de la Malmaison in full perfect bloom! How I love this rose, especially when she is behaving!BlogXmas2018post25%IMG_7633 We had a quick trip to Sydney in early October to diagnose Ross’s eye problem- the sight in his left eye had dramatically reduced to 5/30, so we called into Canberra en route to view the Cook and The Pacific exhibition at the National Library and the 60 000 wonderful crocheted and knitted poppies in the lawns of the Australian War Memorial (Honour Their Spirit).IMG_6933 The weather started to warm up in November with a trip to Wonboyn with a visiting friend;BlogXmas201820%DSCN4344 the first blooming of our Shady Lady Waratah;BlogXmas2018post25%IMG_8325 a glut of strawberries;BlogXmas2018post30%IMG_7931 and an explosion of colour in the garden with lavenders, roses and poppies of every description!BlogXmas2018post30%IMG_8508BlogXmas2018post30%IMG_8505BlogXmas2018post25%IMG_8974 I was spoilt for choice with flower arranging!BlogXmas2018post40%IMG_9553BlogXmas2018post30%IMG_8729 In preparation for the shed opening in December, there was a final burst of creative activity with my felt cushions,BlogXmas2018post25%IMG_9747BlogXmas2018post50%IMG_9772 as well as sign writing (Jenny) and publicity for the opening day, which included an open garden tour with Ross and music provided by my two gorgeous girls.BlogXmas2018post25%IMG_9417BlogXmas2018post25%IMG_9441BlogXmas2018post40%IMG_9773IMG_9832 Even the shed roses came to the party: Fritz Nobis on the front beside the side doorBlogXmas2018post40%IMG_9447 and Albertine on the frame on the back wall of the shed.BlogXmas2018post25%IMG_9538BlogXmas2018post30%IMG_9488 And finally, December with the big shed opening on the Candelo Market Sunday, the 2nd December, a wonderful occasion with lots of positive feedback and good will from over 100 visitors.GTOD9695BlogXmas2018post40%IMG_0118BlogXmas2018post40%IMG_0091BlogXmas2018post50%IMG_9988 The shed looked beautiful with lots of wonderful handmade goodies, flowers, Caroline’s cards and Kirsten’s handmade ceramics and calendula soap balls for sale.BlogXmas2018post50%IMG_9983BlogXmas2018post25%IMG_0169BlogXmas2018post25%IMG_9903 - CopyBlogXmas201820%DSCN4568BlogXmas2018post25%IMG_9984 - CopyBlogXmas2018post30%IMG_0184 A tawny frogmouth mum and baby visited the garden for the occasion, while Oliver is a regular fixture.BlogXmas201820%DSCN4580BlogXmas2018post40%IMG_0178 The Little Corellas are also back with their huge raucous flyovers waking us up at 5am each morning.BlogXmas2018post50%IMG_0468IMG_0189 It has been super-busy ever since with a whirlwind visit to the Sydney Eye Hospital for microsurgery to remove numerous eye cancers in his left eye- a legacy of farming days and a salient reminder to all of us to wear sunglasses!

We made the most of the unexpectedly free morning before the operation to visit Nutcote, the beautiful old home of May Gibbs of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie fame, featured recently in the film, Ladies in Black, set in 1959 Sydney.BlogXmas2018post50%IMG_0449 We are now preparing for Christmas, as well as continuing to open the shed on Sundays. It is such a fun time of year and the blooms reflect it!BlogXmas2018post25%IMG_9876BlogXmas2018post25%IMG_9857 We are also loving the dogwood, dahlias, lilies and alstroemeria at the moment.BlogXmas2018post30%IMG_0054BlogXmas2018post30%IMG_0053BlogXmas2018post40%IMG_0398BlogXmas2018post40%IMG_0396So, plans for the future?!! Having thoroughly enjoyed the whole process, we will continue to open the shed on Sundays, replenishing handmade items as they are sold, as well as fulfilling a few commissions.BlogXmas2018post50%IMG_0448 I will also be holding hand sewing workshops for children every month. Jen painted the sign and flyers for my workshop too.BlogXmas201820%DSCN4562 Ross will be busy in the garden, building a garden shed and a chook house, as well as re-terracing the future lavender bank and…BlogXmas2018post25%IMG_0034maintaining the garden for general enjoyment, garden visitors and my floristry!BlogXmas2018post30%IMG_6641 This increased workload will however necessitate restructuring my time next year and alas, I am sorry to say that I will only be posting once a month, if that, in order to be able to fulfill my work obligations. Time is so precious!BlogXmas2018post30%IMG_7286 I have thoroughly enjoyed writing the blog over the past three years, so the journey is not over- more a temporary respite! I loved this quote from Goethe on a sign on the steep staircase leading up to Nutcote from Kurraba Point in Neutral Bay, Sydney.BlogXmas2018post30%IMG_0445Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and safe Christmas and 2019.

All our Love and Best Wishes, Jane and Ross xxxBlogXmas2018post25%IMG_0519BlogXmas2018post25%IMG_0562

It’s Show Time!

One of the delightful aspects of living in the country is the myriad of small local shows. Unfortunately, we missed the Candelo Show last year, as we had literally only just arrived and were so exhausted after all the unpacking, that we just didn’t have the energy to shower and change to go out and meet all the locals!!! However, because it is our local show and has a great reputation, we were determined to attend this year!

We did however manage to visit the Bega Show (or to give its full title : the Far South Coast National Show!) last February, which we thoroughly enjoyed. The Bega showground is in a lovely situation on the edge of town, with the mountains providing a scenic backdrop to the ring events.BlogItsShowtime20%Reszd2015-02-22 09.26.17We started at the top of the hill with the Poultry section, one of my favourites, and the Animal Nursery, always a crowd pleaser!I loved this Light Sussex hen and Indian Runner duck.

BlogItsShowtime20%Reszd2015-02-22 09.35.11BlogItsShowtime20%Reszd2015-02-22 09.34.26Unfortunately, we missed the cattle, but we did see some beautiful Angora goats.BlogItsShowtime20%Reszd2015-02-22 10.29.40BlogItsShowtime20%Reszd2015-02-22 09.27.57I love country shows. They are a wonderful way to involve the entire community and a great opportunity to showcase the local produce and incredible talent in the area. With its wonderful climate and diversity of agricultural produce, Bega is a pretty special place when it comes to food from potatoes, sunflowers and corn to apples and pumpkins! I’ve never seen a fridge full of local cheeses and oysters before!BlogItsShowtime20%Reszd2015-02-22 09.49.29BlogItsShowtime20%Reszd2015-02-22 10.33.45BlogItsShowtime20%Reszd2015-02-22 10.34.00BlogItsShowtime20%Reszd2015-02-22 10.36.50The pumpkins were enormous! The one on the far right of the 3rd photo weighed 156 kg, netting its owner, an NM Watson, first prize!BlogItsShowtime20%Reszd2015-02-22 10.34.30BlogItsShowtime20%Reszd2015-02-22 10.38.26BlogItsShowtime20%Reszd2015-02-22 10.33.30Then there is all the the home-made produce!BlogItsShowtime20%Reszd2015-02-22 10.38.02And the fleece section…BlogItsShowtime20%Reszd2015-02-22 09.54.24

I always love the flower section!BlogItsShowtime20%Reszd2015-02-22 09.49.16BlogItsShowtime20%Reszd2015-02-22 09.51.39BlogItsShowtime20%Reszd2015-02-22 10.27.07The kids had a lot of fun decorating pumpkins and biscuits!BlogItsShowtime20%Reszd2015-02-22 10.34.39BlogItsShowtime20%Reszd2015-02-22 10.34.55BlogItsShowtime20%Reszd2015-02-22 10.36.11As well as enjoying all the sideshows…!BlogItsShowtime20%Reszd2015-02-22 12.24.28BlogItsShowtime20%Reszd2015-02-22 12.24.36There was lots of input by local groups like the SCPA South East Producers and the Seedsavers’ Network, the Bega Valley Weavers, the Wyndham Basketeers and the Far South Coast Bird Club. It was a great show and the organizers deserved a well-earned break at the end of it.BlogItsShowtime20%Reszd2015-02-22 12.13.08

We looked forward to the start of the 2016 show season. Candelo Show, held last weekend on Sunday, 17th January, was one of the first to kick off, beaten only by Pambula Show on the 9th January. Here is the schedule for the rest of the shows for the Far South Coast of NSW, just in case you are visiting the area :

Eurobodalla Show 23-24 January; Nimmitabel Show 6 February; Cobargo Show 13-14 February; Bega Show 19-21 February; Delegate Show 6 March; Dalgety Show 6 March; Bemboka Show 12 March; Cooma Show 14 March and finally Bombala Show 19 March.

And so to this weekend.. the long-awaited 129th Candelo Show! The first Candelo Show was held in the School of Arts building on 21st December 1883 and in 1884, an area of 13.6 acres (5.53 hectares) was officially gazetted as the Candelo Showground.

It is in a lovely situation  on the side of the hill overlooking the arena, with the scenic backdrop of Mt Dromedary in the far distance.BlogItsShowtime20%ReszdIMG_5709I love old show pavilions and all the exhibits. It’s such a great way for showcasing local produce and we were surprised by the size of the display for such a small area.

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The Kameruka Pavilion, built in 1907

BlogItsShowtime20%ReszdIMG_5680The weather was perfect and the show was well attended by lots of families.  It’s wonderful seeing all the kids participating!BlogItsShowtime20%ReszdIMG_5684BlogItsShowtime20%ReszdIMG_5682

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A kid of a different kind in the Animal Nursery!

Candelo Show is a lovely little agricultural show in the true sense of the word, as there are no fairground rides, sideshows or show bags, which makes a refreshing change! Instead, there is a Kids Kastle, as well as Hobby Horse races and pony rides and lots of other activities like goat milking, Akubra hat throwing, the dog high jump and a chook washing demonstration.

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Waiting for the High Jump!

There were displays of historic machinery and vintage cars, as well as felting, spinning and woodworking demonstrations. There were a few food outlets for lunch; the famous Wheatley Lane sourdough bread, made just round the corner from our house; our favourite home-made icecream lady from Cobargo, who sells at the local markets; a watermelon shed and a few hopeful politician stands!BlogItsShowtime20%ReszdIMG_5742BlogItsShowtime20%ReszdIMG_5706Entertainment was provided by the Queanbeyan Pipe Band, as well as an Irish folk group and local musicians.BlogItsShowtime20%ReszdIMG_5687BlogItsShowtime20%ReszdIMG_5677BlogItsShowtime20%ReszdIMG_5740We loved watching the ring events, especially the show jumping. There are some very talented local equestrians, some of them very young!BlogItsShowtime20%ReszdIMG_5682 (2)BlogItsShowtime20%ReszdIMG_5708It was a lovely day out and we finally got to see our cows!BlogItsShowtime20%ReszdIMG_5700BlogItsShowtime20%ReszdIMG_5704All inspired by the wonderful produce we had just seen, we returned to our garden to harvest our huge clump of rhubarb for rhubarb and apple crumble that night. It was delicious!!! Till next week…!BlogItsShowtime20%ReszdIMG_5711BlogItsShowtime20%ReszdIMG_5741

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year’s End in Candelo

It is amazing to think that we have been here almost a full year! Candelo is such a beautiful little village, full of history and charm, and we are so happy that we live here! We arrived just after the re-opening of the General Store, which has been a major boost to the life and energy of the town. The first general store opened in the early 1860s and was soon followed by a Post Office (1st and 2nd photos), school and churches, until the town took over the role of Kameruka as the main provider to the local population. The first town blocks were surveyed and sold in 1865.BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-01-22 11.53.04BlogyearEndCandelo20%ReszdIMG_1508St Peter’s Anglican Church was also designed by the Blacket brothers (sons of Edmund, who designed the church at Kameruka- see previous post) and built in 1906.BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-02-03 15.59.25BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-02-03 15.58.54There was also a hospital (1888), a lovely pink Catholic Church (St. Josephs) at the top of the hill (naturally!) and an old convent. The old hospital and convent are now private residences.

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The old hospital
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St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
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The old convent
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The old convent has a beautiful garden

We always enjoy our walk up the opposite hill to our house, as it provides a wonderful birds’ eye view of the village, especially in Winter when all the deciduous trees have lost their leaves. Just about every house in Candelo has a stunning view of the mountains. These photos show the view of the mountains to the north; Candelo in Winter and Summer, looking back to our side of the valley and ‘a horse with a view’!BlogyearEndCandelo20%ReszdIMG_2752BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-09-06 16.33.39BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-11-15 12.40.56BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-11-15 12.47.30In its heyday, Candelo had 3 hotels; 3 blacksmiths- all along Sharpe Street, which is why we are constantly digging up old ironware!; a bakery; 3 butchers; a chemist and its own doctor; a hospital built in 1888;  a tailor, a hardware store; banks; a School of Arts and Literary Institute; a newspaper and 3 general stores. The first newspaper ‘The Candelo & Eden Union’ began publication in May 1882. In the early 1900s, ‘The Candelo Guardian’ also operated for 6 years and eventually, the two newspapers amalgamated into ‘The Southern Record’ and continued until 1938. Here are some more photos of the old buildings, now mostly residences, along Sharpe St on our side of the creek : the old general store, which stood to the right of the blacksmiths; an old beauty salon; Candelo Pub; more old stores on our corner; The Crossing Gallery, reopening in February 2016; my neighbour’s house (2 photos); her walking bridge across the gully between her house and garden; and finally, another rustic wooden bridge across the gully on the other side of the street.BlogyearEndCandelo20%ReszdIMG_3023BlogyearEndCandelo20%ReszdIMG_3025BlogyearEndCandelo20%ReszdIMG_3024BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-04-22 11.38.43BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-04-22 11.38.29BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-01-22 12.17.15BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-04-22 10.52.23BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-10-11 09.21.20BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-04-22 11.39.44We were fortunate to be able to view an album of historic photographs of the village, mostly taken by Robert Hayson :

Looking across Candelo Creek from the main street to our neighbour’s blue house and the old storesBlogyearEndCandelo20%ReszdIMG_0592
Dated 1908, this photo shows our neighbour’s house marked ‘Commercial Bank’ and the hill behind. I’m glad the road has improved!BlogyearEndCandelo20%ReszdIMG_0598
Our neighbour’s house, marked as ‘Board of Residence’ in this photoBlogyearEndCandelo20%ReszdIMG_0593
Looking back across the bridge from our side of the creek to William St and the old School of Arts building 1881, which burnt down and was replaced by the Town Hall in 1930.BlogyearEndCandelo20%ReszdIMG_0594
A 1910 postcard of William St with a closeup of DH Clark’s Royal Hotel and the footbridge, which had been washed away. A little cynicism with the Greetings message perhaps?!BlogyearEndCandelo20%ReszdIMG_0597
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William St : a grocery store in the background, the hotel and then a store owned by Mr Collins, where the General Store now standsBlogyearEndCandelo20%ReszdIMG_0600
Abraham Levy started the Candelo General Store in 1879, site unknown, then built in the current location in 1882. A fire destroyed the building in 1903 and a new store in its current form was built on the same site in 1904. It has changed hands many times in its 110 year old history and is now owned and run by the Moffitt Family. It is open for breakfasts, lunches and the odd Friday night dinner, as well as providing very well-priced groceries and garden supplies. We feel so lucky to have such a great store so nearby.BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-03-28 13.21.39BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-03-28 13.21.50BlogyearEndCandelo20%ReszdIMG_2758And we love Barry’s old cars!!! Especially his truck advertising that ‘cosy local wives would fire!!!’BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-01-22 11.58.27BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-03-28 14.28.00BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-11-15 13.06.27BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-10-28 11.10.41Unfortunately,  the advent of the motor car and better roads saw the demise of the town as the predominant shopping venue, but ‘progress’ is often a two-edged sword! Perhaps, it is also the reason that so many historic buildings  are still intact and have not been demolished to make way for modern shopping complexes – horror of horrors!!! Candelo is an urban conservation area and has a  charming atmosphere, which has attracted many artists and musicians to the area. Here are some photos of William St today…

From left down the street  : Town Hall, Eric’s Garage, Leanne’s parlour, the old hotel, the General Store and the Post Office. The bridge is on the right of this photo.BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-02-03 15.54.57Eric’s paraphenalia! Eric is the go-to man if ever there is a problem or you need information.

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Closeup of Town HallBlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-02-03 15.54.29Looking down William St from the shade of the old plane treeBlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-02-03 15.55.50The old bank, still with its vault intact, across from the Town HallBlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-02-03 15.54.50BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-04-30 03.12.48Bridge across Candelo Creek to our side. Eden St goes straight up the hill. You can just see our laneway on the right.BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-02-03 16.13.22We have a wonderful organization called the Candelo Arts Society (http://www.candelovillagefestival.org/), which holds great  performances at least once or twice a month in the Town Hall or St. Peter’s Anglican Church, as well as the wonderful Candelo Village Festival every two years. The first one was in 2008. Here are some photos from the 2015 Candelo Village Festival :

From left to right : Scott Cook (Canada); Frank Yamma (Australia); Melanie Horsnell (local) in the foreground, backed by Azadoota.BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-03-28 11.25.13Talented duos, from left to right : Sweet Jean (Victoria); Kate and Ruth (local) and Elegant Aliens (local)BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-03-28 12.45.50Leanne’s Ragtime Parlour. She often opens her front door and plays on market days. It sounds wonderful!BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-03-28 13.20.46BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-03-28 13.20.33We felt very proud of ourselves, erecting this stage on the back of Barry Moffitt’s old truck!BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-03-28 13.23.26Kids’ artwork on the streetBlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-03-28 13.21.02Queen Porter StompBlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-03-28 13.33.54Jordan C Thomas BandBlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-03-28 13.44.11Nighttime marketsBlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-03-28 19.06.21BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-03-28 19.05.56The Tricksters’ Caravan of Wonders : there are some wonderful talented young performers out there!BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-03-28 19.07.21The Festival entrance was flanked by creative bamboo cane structures, covered with greenery and lit from within, to create a magical nighttime atmosphere!BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-03-28 19.07.43Proceeds from the organization are fed back into community projects like the wonderful full length swimming pool. The water laps the edge of the lawn and the view over grazing cattle and green paddocks is sublime! Often, we get it totally to ourselves if we swim in the early afternoon on a week-day.BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-11-15 12.55.02BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-11-15 15.07.41BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-11-15 15.20.37BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-11-15 15.07.57It’s a very active community with lots happening from flamenco to Spanish lessons (1st photo); a Beginner’s Orchestra, where the only rule is that you haven’t played the instrument before!; an active Land Care group; Social Tennis every Friday morning with  Tuesday night comps (2nd photo); a Kindergarten and school (see 5th and 6th photos); a bowls club (7th photo); a police station and fire station; another cafe and deli (Two Blokes’ Food Cafe); a wonderful wood-fired sourdough bakery ‘Wheatley Lane’, just around the corner from us;  a very well-known large market on the 1st Sunday of every month (3rd and 4th photo) and a cute Agricultural Show in January, which has been held since 1883. I will be writing a post about the 2016 Candelo Show in mid-January.

BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-01-22 12.13.51BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-02-03 16.19.00BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-10-30 11.41.55BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-10-30 11.42.08BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-02-03 15.59.51BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-11-15 13.00.18BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-11-15 13.00.07It’s such a beautiful area , backed by the South East Forests National Park and scenic beauty spots like Six Mile Creek, rolling lush green paddocks and dairy farms and a stunningly beautiful coastline, only 20 minutes away. We lie half way between the old agricultural service centre Bega and touristy coastal Merimbula, so have easy access to both. We always enjoy our drives to either town. I will finish with some photos of Candelo Creek and Bega River en route to Bega, then the country drive to Merimbula.

Here  are the photos of the drive to Bega :BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-10-10 12.14.00BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-10-10 12.10.38BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-02-07 08.25.43BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-11-10 15.08.03BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-02-07 08.33.24BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-02-07 08.37.38BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-10-10 12.10.31BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-02-07 08.35.58BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-02-07 11.41.14BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-01-28 16.44.45BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-02-03 16.11.12BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-02-07 08.33.28BlogyearEndCandelo50%ReszdIMG_2530.jpgAnd photos of the drive to Merimbula. I will describe the wonderful Potoroo Palace in more detail in my post on local wildlife venues later in the year.BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-01-28 16.47.01BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-04-10 12.57.10BlogyearEndCandelo20%ReszdIMG_2620BlogyearEndCandelo20%ReszdIMG_2616BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-01-27 12.18.24

We feel so privileged to live in this very special area!BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-04-26 17.12.26BlogyearEndCandelo20%Reszd2015-07-11 16.17.31