The Brisbane festival is still in full swing, so we decided to have a scout around the outdoor festival area tonight, that promises food places, musical entertainment and a 3D chalk walk.
And by a chalk walk….it was actually just two locations…where artists have drawn huge chalk images on the ground, which when you stand on the provided little stand and look down through the suggested aperture, you do get a good 3D feel of the image.
I haven’t quite captured that in the photo….but you can get the idea, and see a very good chalk picture.
We sat and enjoyed a bit of the Friday evening vibe with music from the bar whilst enjoying the sunset views over the river.
And after such a strenuous evening (! cough, cough – any excuse!) some sustenance was required….so naturally to the food trucks we go.
And who could resist topped cronuts and donuts like these? (Hint: not me).
We saw an AFL game at the Gabba, and actually got to walk across the turf afterwards.
Then the evening saw us at one of the events of the Brisbane festival: Rise for the Oceans.
I’ll leave it to the official publication to explain that: “Rise for the Oceans brought together a tremendous line-up of great Australians – Bernard Fanning, Tim Winton, William Barton, Katie Noonan, Jessica Watson among them – in a multi-arts celebration of the Great Barrier Reef, the oceans that surround us, and the 50th anniversary of the Australian Marine Conservation Society.”
A mixed bag of songs, music, talks, vidoes and on stage art.
But the photo for the day? This bug was spotted at some point in the day…..but I now can’t remember where! Could have been on the way to parkrun, but could easily have been at any other point. But it doesn’t really matter.
Two things spring to mind…..
1. Is it trying to ‘hide’ on this blue grout?
2. I have no idea what it is, and indeed whether it is something to be wary of.
Today was what is known in the local running calendar as Bridge to Brisbane Day. A 10km event starting at the Gateway bridge, going over it (I’m so glad I didn’t research what that looked like before the day!), before heading towards the City.
So many positives for me to take away…..the fact that the local public transport operators put on free extra services at stupid o clock on a Sunday morning, to get just under 17000 (yes that’s right seventeen thousand!) runners to the start line. A fabulous sight sitting on a train (one every few minutes) in the just after dawn hours and seeing nothing but race numbers attached to the front of every lyra/active wear traveller filling every carriage.
And then, there was the fact that I ran (well didn’t resort to walking anyway) the whole thing without stopping. Yes I have run 10k without stopping before, but not for a long time, and certainly not when the start was up a long hill. And yes I wanted to stop on many occasion, but after ticking off each kilometre marker that thought of….”come on just one more”… kicked in, so when I got to the 7km marker it turned into the ….. “well you can’t stop now”…..thought. Even when at about 9km, another damn hill appeared…. And I stated out loud (much to the surprise and amusement of several strangers running around me at the time)…. “Oh s##t….Right….Come on S!”.
So finish line crossed, T-shirt collected and lots of water drunk, I staggered out into the finish village to check out what was there before heading home (on the free train of course).
My favourite sight……the masses of chopped fruit just ready for the taking. Super refreshing and a nice change to the sugary snack bars usually handed out by some sponsor or other.
Would I do it again? Of course I would….how else can I get the excuse to eat guilt free chocolate/cake 😉
My stats: Finished in a time of 1:14:39, and placed 9885 out of 16784 finishers.
Wednesday’s are market days in Redacliff Square, right next to Brisbane’s central shopping mall. Every week a plethora of tasty delights, like fresh fruit and veg, cakes and breads of many varieties, healthy options, salamis, lemonade, nuts galore, jams and honey, and more to take away with you.
Of course not to mention the large selection of freshly prepared, before your eyes, mouth watering delights to tempt the senses if you venture that way on your way to and from work….or maybe even a lunch break.