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).
This morning saw me get up before dawn, and head down to South Bank.
Why? For a volunteering shift at the check-in desk for the River Run 100.
By the time I arrived, the sun was just coming up, and some of the runners had already been going for some time.
This event had four races taking place today. Choices of 10, 20, 50 or 100km. All could be run individually, the 50 or 100km races could be done as a relay team.
The course followed parts of the river that I’ve now become quite familiar with from my own training, and is largely flat, and quite pleasant – though I’m guessing a bit lonely in the dark!
For those running the longer races on their own….wow! But then I know first hand that every single person’s target and abilities are their own. For some being able to walk the 10km course would be a massive achievement.
The aim for the 100km race was to finish as close to 3pm as possible, with all team members having to run the last 5km together. Whilst I didn’t stick around to see this, I can imagine the atmosphere that it fostered.
One of the many reasons I like volunteering at events like this…..to see the togetherness, and encouragement thrown at people that have never met, and likely never will do really past that fleeting cheer or high five….but all done willingly in the knowledge that every little bit helps, having allowed ourselves to stand in someone else’s shoes just briefly and provide that empathetic response. A lesson we should all try and adhere to more often maybe, I know I should.
There’s quite a few tall buildings that make up the Brisbane skyline.
This particular one is called “Brisbane Square”, houses the Council’s city library in the bottom few coloured pods that stick out the bottom, and will in the coming months be joined by an even taller building next to it.
A regular sight for me as it sits next to the Victoria bridge. The one I usually cross if heading towards the city, or most other places on the north side of the river.
Looking over the barrier towards the river whilst at the Tenerife festival (a suburb of Brisbane) today, I saw these stones covered in shells (not sure what they are), and they immediately made me think fondly of three things: