Woodford Folk Festival!

Trip Start Jul 23, 2008
Trip End Jul 06, 2009

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Alrighty roo...I arrived back in Brisbane, at the airport, the morning of Boxing Day. My destination was Woodford, the folk festival to be specific, my home for the next week.

I grabbed a train then a bus then my friend from work, Naomi, picked me up from Calboulture, the nearest town with a station (so woodford is aboot 2 1/2 hrs from brisbane). It worked oot really well actually.. as i didn't have any camping equipment at all beyond a sleeping bag and a travel mug. It's very difficult to prepare for camping for a week when i was flying in (so couldn't get any food,except for 8 bags of dried soup, and what not) and didn't have a car. So Naomi came to the rescue, she had all the camping gear - mofo tent, chair, mattresses, the world's smallest but efficient stove, pans, tarp, etc...lovely! By the time we got to the festival, there were already very few spots left to pitch a tent but after driving around and determination to find the 'perfect' spot..we did. We were aboot a 10 min walk from the entrance of the festival, on the very edge of the camping with a lovely view of hills, and fields and no neighbours on one side. And our neighbours ended up being great as well, no nosy hoodlums or anything...a few lovely families where the kids liked to come around and amuse us but then would go away as well. It was perfect.

So what is the woodford folk festival? It's a week long music festival but not only music, it's more like a village. It had wee streets, shops, food, workshops, dance lessons, stages, talks, lessons..it was like a community! My job was butt hunter!! (makes mom proud i know) Seriously though, i was a volunteer as a cigarette butt hunter. So i got my $400 festival and camping ticket for free and worked aboot 4 hrs a day. It was a sweet job as horrible as it may sound at first...we were responsible for handing oot disposal ashtrays (to avoid having butts to even pick up), getting people to do surveys and of course to pick up some butts. People's response were mostly positive and it's amazing how many people already had there own disposal ashtray. And of course as I played the role in my butt hunting gear i could wander wherever the music takes me..so if there was a band playing that i wanted to see, i just butt hunted in that area and mingled with the lovely peeps!

The people at this festival were great...very laidback, friendly, openminded, lots of hippies of course..made me feel normal!

So my days consisted of butt hunting, hammock swinging, people watching, watching bands and shows, workshops. I took a pottery class which was fantastic and made 3 bowls/vases (depending on the shape they turned oot) which all in the end got broken in my backpack...pottery is very therapeutic tho, need to get myself a pottery wheel. Then i took an African drumming class and learned the basics of that. What a great to-do list to have - pottery, drumming, listening to live shows, hammock, watching the stars...brillant! I watched quite a bit of Japenese drumming and got hooked on that, as well as some Aussie bands with didgeridoos, some Canadian singers that i had never heard of. One stage, every morning, had local young singer\songwriters that were just amazing. One happened to be our neighbour that played every night at the campsite, playing guitar, singing her own songs..she really was fantastic! I think it's amazing that some teenagers can have that belief and confidence within themselves already and to have found such a passion...it's special!

New Year's day was the last day of the festival and of course the first day of another new year! I had a couple lovely moments to bring in the new year. In the morning during my last butt-hunting shift, i noticed everyone looking up into the sky...so i naturally looked up, to find a halo around the sun in the form of a rainbow - it was mesmerizing, never seen that before! Then for the sunset, went up to the 'hilltop' stage (that i had just discovered the night before) with a gorgeous 360 degree view of the hills, mountains...it started to rain, and thunder and lightning. So i sat in the rain and watched the electrical show (aus has lightning like i have never seen) as the sky turned from light to gray to dark...it was just lovely. So FIRST DAY OF 2009!! YEEHAW! The rest to be determined...
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