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Monday, October 28, 2013


Floriade has come and gone for another year here in Australia
Floriade is Australia’s biggest celebration of spring. This iconic Canberra event, which is now in its 26th year, runs for 30 days over the months of September and October.

The tulips are the attraction here for most people
but when going with JoJo it is the Australia Fair Street Organ and it's Boss.......Rick!

“Australia Fair” is a Belgium built travelling Concert Organ. It was built in the workshops of Verbeeck’s Organ Works (Est 1884) in Antwerp and is the only travelling Concert Organ in Australia. It has entertained at all levels from local functions to “Yarralumla” – the residence of the Governor General of Australia.
The organ has the equivalent sound of a 20-piece band and operates on air pressure generated by a bellows and regulated by a reservoir. 

Jo's Hero Rick

Some of the 'books' played

After Rick comes the Ferris Wheel
above is a pic from the Ferris Wheel in action

All the while we meander through luscious beds of Tulips.....

Amongst them was this sign......there must've been a competition or something on

I had never heard of remote control candles before until Anita from Castles Crowns and Cottages told me about them so I had to have them!

They change colours too with the flick of the remote!!!

After we were finished there.........and had gone back to Rick 3 times we headed off back into the Canberra Centre shops and saw these beautiful models only I likened them to Faeries!

A great day out and always lovely to catch up with Rick again and watch JoJo's absolute joy with him and the Australia Fair Organ and the Ferris Wheel!


Susan said...

I'll definitely get to Floriade one day......the flowers look amazing.

Anonymous said...

What beautiful pics Dzintra,thankyou for sharing..xx

Cheryll said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip to Canberra... :)

ria vogelzang said...

What a great day!!
And (ofcourse...) I LOVE tulips....!

Love, Ria.

Rachaeldaisy said...

Thank you for taking us to Floriade!! So many tulips in beautiful colours! I bet Rick knows JoJo and you by now, it's great to have things like the Australia Fair to look forward to seeing each year. Love those big fairies too!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


I just got up and now getting ready to go to work, but WHAT A DISPLAY of colors! I love how we can share our sides of the world that are in contrast! And you got the candles! YEAH!!!! Aren't they fun? They provide safe light and ours are on a timer, so they go on at dinner and turn off themselves before bedtime. They're fun!

Well my dear, I must run off...back later to email! Anita

Bev C said...

Hello Dzintra,

I just love the first photo of the pink tulips. Great to see that Jojo got to meet Rick again, a great photo of them both. The fairies are lovely, I can just imagine one of them at the bottom of the garden. Your new candles are a great idea. One of my girls was given a candle that changes colours as it burns, it is amazing to watch.
Have a lovely week.

Liene said...

Just beautiful Dzintra! Looks like you've plenty of sunshine on your side of the world, but just in case, here's a little bit more :)

Fairy Floss Stitches said...

I must put it on my list! I could be a Rick fan too!! Xx

Fiona said...

just gorgeous... all of it...

Nat Palaskas said...

Floriade was on for quite awhile did it? We were there on the first day seemed like months ago now. Can't believed those tulips are still amazing. What fun! Hugs Nat

Anne M said...

I might have to meet up with you next year Dzintra. I've always wanted to go to Floriade, in fact it was one of Mum's dreams to go too. I should go in her memory. Be a good chance to catch up with you too.

Anne xx

Palomasea said...

I LOVE seeing and reading about your days out at Floriade! I can imagine the joy for JoJo...that organ is truly amazing. What fun!
And yes, those mannequins are quite lovely....
Your candles are beautiful, the shells too...leave it to Anita to discover "magical" candles for us! :)
Thank you for sharing the beauty, dear friend....
- Irina

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