Saturday, August 30, 2014
This weekend the Gympie Muster is on again!! It's been described as the quintessential Aussie event and with the towering gums and leisurely lagoons of beautiful Amamoor Creek State Forest Park near Gympie in Queensland it's the perfect setting for more than 25,000 people who flock to the Optus Gympie Music Muster each year in the last week of August. The Muster attracts fans from all corners of the nation to see the stars and legends (and would be stars!), of Australian country music on the main Muster stage. And there's 13 other on-site venues too, including folk, alt-country, bush poetry, country dance, Talent Search, workshops, international film festival, art auctions, not to mention a full-on Blues program.
A Gympie Apex Club project, the Muster operates under the very professional direction of one of the founding group, Brian Sansom who has been involved in the event since it's inception in 1982.
But the Muster is more than just a spectacular celebration of music - over 50 community groups and 2000 volunteers annually help Apex stage this non-profit community-based festival to raise funds for charities Australia-wide. Since it's inception, the Muster has raised over $10M for charities and the Muster's Rural Aid Appeal annually raises up to $100,000 for it's nominated charity.
Its best described as a huge Country music festival – this year running over 3days of the weekend and having 8 stages continuously playing!!
This year its expected that 50,000 people will attend over the weekend – many camping at the site for the weekend, and many have been camping there for the last 2 weeks to get the best places and because its their holiday and they catch up with friends who also come for the 2 weeks prior.
In 1982, Gympie based country music trio, the Webb Brothers, picked up a Golden Guitar for "Who Put The Roo In The Stew?" at the Tamworth Country Music Festival - a celebration was called for! After enlisting the help of the local Apex Club of Gympie (always ready for a party), a celebratory fund-raiser was held on the Webb's 100-year old property at Thornside. A ball and dinner on the Saturday night was followed by a selection of acts on the Sunday, the Muster's first Main Stage built out of bush timber and borrowed Queensland Rail tarpaulins. The showers were jam tins with holes punched into them, drophole toilets sufficed, drinking water was trucked to the site and patrons could buy a season pass for just $20. Announcers from 4KQ compered the show and SEQ Television produced a special program commemorating the event. All up $9,600 was spent on entertainment (which is about two-percent of today's budget), a couple of thousand people attended and the club generated a surplus of around $12,000 for charity. The first Muster was deemed a roaring success.
After three years, the event had grown significantly. The Club decided that another site was essential - permanent facilities could be established to ensure the ongoing growth of the event. The site chosen was an area of land owned by the Queensland Forestry Department. It was agreed that the site have a multiple use as a State Forest Park which would utilise the Muster's facilities The 1985 Muster was held at Amamoor Creek State Forest Park. From there, the event has continued each year to grow in attendance and in profile. As more and more patrons attended, Muster organisers developed venues, among the first were the infamous Crow Bar, Muster Club and the Talent Search.
In 1993, Australia was suffering the worst drought on record. The Club decided to commit all funds raised to support the national drought appeal. As a result, the Rural Aid Appeal was initiated. The Appeal annually raises funds for a major charity each year through the sale of compilation CDs and a range of specially designed merchandise. Over the years, Rural Aid beneficiaries have included Diabetes Australia, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Leukaemia Foundation, Youth Suicide Prevention, VISE (Volunteers for Isolated Students Education), Transplant Australia and the Melanoma Foundation and recently, isolated communities suffering the long-term effects of drought.
The event has grown each year, with all profits distributed among worthy charities, both locally and nationally. An ever-growing number of community groups are also involved in the staging of the event, and for most, it is their major fundraiser for the year. There is a real sense of community ownership in the Muster with now more than 50 local community groups involved in the event's success.
Since its inception, the Muster has raised more than $14,000,000 dollars for charities Australia-wide.
A good idea of the muster can be seen at youtu.be/ztdAYL1Rh7Y
Since I live "just up the road" we might take a run over there tomorrow - it would make a nice relaxing Sunday afternoon, sitting listening to country music in the middle of the State forest.
I just found out it will cost $120 a head to go in for a day!! Needless to say we won't be going!!
Friday, August 15, 2014
Some of you may know that earlier this year I had a totally blocked bowel
well since then I have had to be very careful what I ate, and was very careful as its not the sort of thing one wants to repeat..
I couldn’t eat raw vegetables except very ripe tomatoes that were peeled and cored. I couldn’t eat much raw fruit – it had to be very soft fruit and peeled I have had to peel and cook vegetables until they were very soft – admittedly we steamed them but even so they would have had a lot of nutrients destroyed. The main fruit I ate were canned puree fruits for kids!! I couldn’t even eat an orange without removing all the membranes round each segment first – a slow and messy job!!
The overcooking and peeling needed meant I was losing most of the nutrients in the fruits and vegetables – and honestly didn’t do a lot for the taste either
And the variety of fruits and vegetables I could eat was very limited, thus becoming boring!!
But I missed the raw vegetables and a good variety of vegetables and fruits that I had been used to.
Now don’t get the idea that I am on a Raw Food diet – not by a looooong way – but some fruits and vegetables really are better raw than cooked.
This week I bought a juicer!! What a difference it has made to my eating.
I use it on just about any raw fruit and vegetables – leaving skin on (except citrus) and I use it with the coarse strainer – which means a lot of the pulp is left in the juice – but then I collect the beautifully mushed up pulp and freeze it – and use it in meat loaf, or rissoles, or muffins or tea breads – lots of uses for the pulp!! Never throw anything away!!
And you can add other goodies to the pulp – like chia seed and ground nuts and oats and flax seed!! Wow!! I’m getting quite a healthy menu now!!
So now I am able to again eat raw vegetables, things like raw carrot, celery, cucumber, bell pepper, broccoli, cauliflower etc and apples, oranges, pineapple and pears, etc and know that I am safe eating them because the pulp is so mushed and that I am getting ALL the goodness from not cooking them and not peeling them!!
I thought that maybe other members might be having to limit their choice of fruits and vegetables because of medical problems and thought this might be an answer to someone else.
Of course you don't have to have a medical reason to have a juicer - fruit juice and vegetable juice is great anytime and muffins made using the pulp are especially good anytime - ask my husband who devoured the first batch of 10 in one go, straight from the oven!! LOL!!
EDIT: In reply to the questions - I have a Horum HU 500 - its a slow juicer (though its not that slow) but an easy clean model - they say that the juice from slow juicers retains more nutrients than the juice from centrifugal juicers - but centrifugal juicers are cheaper.
I have found that Horum Australia customer service is second to none in Australia - and my juicer has a 10yr motor guarantee and 2 yr parts guarentee - and parts are available by express.
You can get Horum in USA
And I wasn't paid by Horum for saying that either!! LOL!!
Monday, July 28, 2014
I took this picture yesterday looking almost due East about 10 min from home!! Early as the sun was still not fully up.
Considering its mid-winter - its not a bad sight - the same site that greets us nearly every day!! The sea is warm too!!
Sunday, June 08, 2014
This was in our local paper in honour of a festival commemorating purple for Alzheimer’s Disease. I’m not sure who wrote it – but it struck me as so fitting a reminder for all of us who have to deal with Alzheimer’s or dementia in a relative or friend, or indeed a plea for ourselves at some time maybe !!.
Don’t ask me to remember
Don’t try to make me understand
Let me rest and know you’re with me
Kiss my cheek and hold my hand
I’m confused beyond your concept
I’m sad and sick and lost
All I know is that I need you
To be with me at all cost
Do not lose your patience with me
So not scold or curse or cry
I can’t help the way I am acting
I can’t be different though I try
Just remember that I need you
That the best of me is gone
Please don’t fail to stand beside me
Love me till my life is done.
Friday, June 06, 2014
D Day – 6th June 1944 – the landing of Allied Troops on the beaches of Normandy.
The Normandy landings, codenamed Operation Neptune, were the landing operations on 6 June 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the invasion of German-occupied western Europe, led to the restoration of the French Republic, and contributed to an Allied victory in the war.
The 70th Anniversary is being celebrated today in the presence of several World Leaders
From across the Channel, the Atlantic, the other side of the globe, they are arriving, headed for the Normandy beaches where, 70 years ago, war exacted the ultimate price from their comrades.
Now a dwindling band of brothers, D-day veterans from Britain, America, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, in their late 80s and 90s, will join 17 heads of state for an official commemoration of the biggest seaborne invasion in military history.
President Obama will join French president François Hollande at a service later in the morning at the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mere. US forces bore the brunt of allied casualties on that day. Of the estimated 4,500 who died, some 2,500 were US personnel. Casualty figures on cliff-fringed "Bloody" Omaha, where difficult terrain allowed German machine gun fire to tear into troops, were higher than on any other beach. Bodies piled up in the ensuing carnage. It has been said of Omaha there were two kinds of people staying on the beach - "The dead and those who are about to die". A huge dawn gathering on Omaha beach is planned.
Please take a minute today to remember
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