Its the village spirit that fills our Ein Bum Pin festival too. The weather had the touch of spring, people where relaxed and smiling - I had a great day and I thought I'd share it with you.
There were colourful stalls selling homemade sweets; fairies on stilts to blow bubbles in the air; families with strollers; lovers holding hands. The people slowly winding around the lagoon to see and share under the shade of the gum trees, with the screech of the Cockatoos in the air.
The traditional mullet throwing competition is a must see. The crowds camp up the landing end to see whose mullet gets closest to the centre between the witches hat. Mullet is a great fish, its high in omega 3 and every part is useful - the Japanese highly value the roe, fisherman use the heads and skeletons for crab pots, so it ends up being a very affordable choice at the fish markets. But don't worry, when it comes to mullet tossing we only use handmade mullet. Pretty aren't they - not the least like the real thing but who cares, I like these better.
There was even some carnival games like the impossible Clown game and this Rubber Ducky game. Look at all those tempting toys....
Speaking of toys, here are some on offer at the stalls (bit of a pun there;)
The teddies were made by some of the crafters from the Sandgate Branch of the Senior Citizens Club. That funny long one in the middle I found out is called a Hugger Mugger a comforter for sleeping. The pink teddy came home with me. I called her Henry, she now lives on the floor under the TV and she freaks out my cat Baby when we move her as a puppet. I also bought a great hand knitted Banana in Pajamas, but I'll post him later when I continue my "Toyz in da House" series.
After all the excitement of the festival it was time to walk down to the bay, pass the picnickers and the overflowing cafes and restaurants and quietly stroll along the waters edge and sit in the sun for a while.
A perfect day.