What makes a good party? The people who attend.

The 2012 Tamworth festival, the 40th, won the NSW tourism award for best festival or event in NSW.  It is only great because of the people who support it. There are many, many businesses, organisations, groups and artists who keep coming back each year but let’s face it, they wouldn’t if the people didn’t come to see it.

The people who walk the streets, visit our businesses, go to the shows, camp along the river bank and in sporting fields that keep coming back year after year are the reason the festival is such a success.  Here is my small tribute to them.

They may not all have good dress sense but how would you be if you camped for more than 10 days in a tent? 🙂

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Next up…. the people who make the music.

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A Tamworth January must have. A hat.

Continuing my series of images from the 2013 Tamworth Country Music Festival I think it is right to pay tribute to its must have “fashion” accessory. The hat.

You may have already noticed in my last two posts, Hats, hay, boots and all and Tamworth. It’s all about how you get there, there is hardly an image that doesn’t have one in them. Here is a selection of just a few interesting ones I saw over the festival period.

 

Every second shop sells them.
Every second shop sells them.
A must have for the fashion diva.
A must have for the fashion diva.
Even the cupie dolls have them.
Even the cupie dolls have them.
Nothing like standing out in a crowd. The bloke with the cap seems to find something funny about it.
Nothing like standing out in a crowd. The bloke with the cap seems to find something funny about it.
What do you call a group of hats? A flock? A school? A gaggle? lol.
What do you call a group of hats? A flock? A school? A gaggle? lol.
Once upon a time Indians and cowboys went together like bread and butter. I love the colours in this.
Once upon a time Indians and cowboys went together like bread and butter. I love the colours in this.
On a rural country theme these scarecrow cupie dolls are just too cute. The hat just looks right on them too.
On a rural country theme these scarecrow cupie dolls are just too cute. The hat just looks right on them too.
More hats for sale. Right next to the INXS t-shirts. The festival caters for everyone.
More hats for sale. Right next to the INXS t-shirts. The festival caters for everyone.
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie. Australia Day is January 26 and it almost always falls in the festival. I liked the patriotic head band addition to this visitors Akuba hat.
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie. Australia Day is January 26 and it almost always falls in the festival. I liked the patriotic head band addition to this visitors Akuba hat.

Tamworth. It’s all about how you get there.

This is the special "country music" train that brings fans from... umm.... somewhere.
This is the special “country music” train that brings fans from… umm…. somewhere.

All roads led to Tamworth in January they say and people get here in different ways.  However, when the business district roads are all blocked off how do you get around after that? There are lots of options and here are just a few I saw.

On way to get about the busy street. In a golf buggy.
On way to get about the busy street. In a golf buggy.
Now that's a ute.
Now that’s a ute.
Big with lots of chrome. An impressive hard to miss ride.
Big with lots of chrome. An impressive hard to miss ride.
Here come the fuzz. :-)
Here come the fuzz. 🙂
An interesting read.
An interesting read.
No words required... the signs say it all.
No words required… the signs say it all.
Promotion, promotion, promotion. But it does look good.
Promotion, promotion, promotion. But it does look good.
Birds eye view.
Birds eye view.
Camels? Country music? Of cause there is a connection.
Camels? Country music? Of cause there is a connection.
Even the camels wear hats in Tamworth.
Even the camels wear hats in Tamworth.

Hats, hay, boots and all.

Hello, my name is Jillian and I live in Australia’s Country Music capital, Tamworth.
Yes, it almost feels like a dirty confession to say those words every January because locals are thin on the ground. My town is overtaken by thousands of music fans from across Australia this time of year as the whole place parties for ten days straight.
This annual party has been happening for 41 years now and yes, I’ve been here for almost all of them. It’s suppose to be a celebration of the country gene of music but these days there is a bit of everything if you look in the right places.
I’ve spent my lunch hours over the past week just walking the main street and taking in what is on offer for free. There is a lot and I didn’t get to see it all but I’ve captured some moments I hope you like. When I was taking these shots I had you in mind, you being a person who has never been to Tamworth never lone a festival. My first shot it our main street, Peel Street, the day before the official start of the festival, this is how it usually looks the other 11 months of the year.
I have so many images to share I’m going to try to post  them in groups. This post is all about the street the buskers call the boulevard of dreams because over the festival’s history some big country music stars started right here in Tamworth. You may have heard of one of them who played with a guitar case in front of him for a few years as a kid. He also won a couple of talent quests, the first when he might have been around 8-9 years old. He was a young man when he won the Star Maker competition in Tamworth. He’s name is Keith Urban.
Please remember I took most of these images at lunch time so the crowd numbers were slightly down on the number of people about when the temperature dropped back to the mid 30 degrees.

Peel Street Tamworth one day before the 2013 Country Music Festival.
Peel Street Tamworth one day before the 2013 Country Music Festival.
Fitzroy Street is closed for traffic.
Fitzroy Street is closed for traffic.
All roads might lead to Tamworth in January but that doesn't mean you can drive down them.
All roads might lead to Tamworth in January but that doesn’t mean you can drive down them.
Walking the street.
Walking the street.
Ice cold drinks served  to people walking the hot tar.
Ice cold drinks served to people walking the hot tar.
You haven't done the Tamworth Festival if you haven't walked down the middle of Peel Street.
You haven’t done the Tamworth Festival if you haven’t walked down the middle of Peel Street.
A small army of volunteers look after the visitors during festival time.
A small army of volunteers look after the visitors during festival time.

Tamworth 124400 (c) Jillian Carlon 2013

No... it doesn't mean free beer.
No… it doesn’t mean free beer.

Tamworth 4688 (c) Jillian Carlon 2013

View from the hill - day one.
View from the hill – day one.
Welcome to the festival.
Welcome to the festival.
Tamworth's post office clock  overlooks the festivities.
Tamworth’s post office clock overlooks the festivities.
What Peel Street normally looks like on a weekday.
What Peel Street normally looks like on a weekday.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Sorry to be so late posting my offering for this weeks challenge. I have been waiting all week to get these photos and nature finally decided to work with me tonight.

As you may be aware a large part of Australia has been on fire the past week, and sadly continues to be. Last Saturday night, after a day where the temperature topped at 42.5 deg, a thunderstorm rolled through the region and pretty much set it alight. The closest fire to me was just over 20klm away but it was one of about 10 within a 50 klm radius of town. At the time of writing this all these blazes have been classified “under control” which is good but they aren’t out yet.  What is being called the worse fire in NSW in known history is still burning just over 200klm away from were I live. That is a nice distance considering the size of the blaze and the fact the latest count was around 50 homes and over 100 sheds have been destroyed but more on that later.

My photo offering, that I have been waiting for, is the effect the bushfire smoke has on the setting sun. I hope you understand and appreciate why I waited to capture the way it illuminated the evening sky.

The smoke from the bush fires adds a red glow to the sun.
The smoke from the bush fires adds a red glow to the sun.

The only adjustment I have made to this photo is to add my watermark – honestly. 🙂

Unwanted visitor.

I am officially a lost cause.

I thought of getting the camera before getting the spray to rid myself of this unwanted visitor. I’m not one hundred percent sure what type it is but my best guess is a Huntsman.

Truthfully, even if I did know its name I would not be inviting it inside.

Australia has far too many gross spiders to look out for. I'm hoping this in one of the less venomous types. I hate spiders.
Australia has far too many gross spiders to look out for. I’m hoping this in one of the less venomous types. I hate spiders.

All I was doing was watering the thirsty lawn and honest, I thought the magpies had dug a hole with their beaks to get a grub out.  Next thing I remember is a hairy eight legged monster leaping out of the water. It ran across the grass towards me and reared up on four of its eight legs.

When I stopped running myself did I call for help – no – I called for someone to bring me my camera. What was I thinking?

This has to mean I’m a lost cause, doesn’t it?

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved.

Hello again.

I’m not one to make New Year resolutions as I see breaking promises to yourself is the worse kind of promise to break so this weeks  photo challenge had me stumped. What I would like to offer is some of my older images, from 2010, that I haven’t used before.

These are of a weekend trip I took to Sydney with my eldest sister. Between arriving at Sydney’s domestic airport terminal at 7am on the Saturday and leaving on the 3.30pm flight the following day we crammed in as much as possible. We did the markets, Circular Quay, the monorail, walked up and down the bustling city streets visiting shops and boutiques that attracted our interest and went to a concert on Saturday night. Sunday was just as busy with an early start, more markets and a chance reunion with some fellow concert goers from the previous night. Who would have thought that could happen in such a big city?

On the return flight we both vowed to do it all over again but the next time we would be doing it with our other two sisters but sadly that hasn’t happened as our busy lives and different obligations hasn’t allowed it – yet.

So if I was a resolution making kind of person I would resolve to make our sister weekend happen because these images can not express the exhausting enjoyment of that weekend two years ago and I think I need to experience again and have a photo shoot off with at least one of my wonderful siblings.

I hope you like them.