Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The Giant Puppets

The Spring Festival held on the second weekend of October started of with a lantern parade and parade and performance of giant puppets.
The puppets were made of rattan (to give shape) gaffer tape (to hold the rattan) covered with paper and painted.
My granddaughers and I worked on the giant fish on the first of the many working bees, but we were only able to attend that one.
However, I was certainly delighted that our handiwork (thanks to other volunteers) appeared in the parade, and that we were able to see the results of our handiwork.

Spring Festival

I think everyone involved in the Spring Festival should be congratulated. It was very successful and this year no winds to blow the tents away!

I am sorry I missed it but I'm pleased to see photos of the parade and especially the Giant Puppets which "performed" on the Friday night. One that was in the Wynnum Herald, and on the local website was one that my granddaughters and I had worked on. Pretty pleased about that. I must get the photo.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Low tide in Rose Bay

It's not the prettiest sight - but it is part of what Wynnum Manly now is. Each day, four a day we have a tidal change - there are two high tides each day, and two low tides each day.

The water level varies - some low tides are very low, and some high tides are very low, and early each year we have "king tides" where the water really pushes over the walkway and if there are storms at the same time, the roadway will flood. (Doesn't happen very often!)

At low tide it becomes mudflats. If one walks on it - you'll sink to your ankes in mud. Squelchy brown mud. The wormers go out along the flats wearing long rubber boots or waders, and carry a large fork and a bucket and life the clumps of sandy silt to find the worms that are so cherished by fisherfolk.