Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Sunday Selections #213

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files. 

The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.

Like River I usually run with a theme. This week is no exception - but first things first.

Thank you all so much for your comments and messages of support while I was having a wallow in the pity pool.  I have found my flippers and my snorkel and have pretty much emerged from the murky depths.  The coughing virus and the ear infection I picked up are both mostly gone, but my MS is thriving at the moment (drat it) so I am not walking well and pain is an issue.  However, our Enlighten Festival (which runs for two weeks) started on Friday.  Lots and lots of illuminated buildings down by the lake.  Of course we went.  And this year they have added Night Noodle Markets so we went early - thinking we would have an early dinner and then a wander.

Wrong.  The Night Noodle Markets were incredibly crowded and expensive - and there was nowhere to sit (except on the grass) if you did reach the head of the queue.  Neither of us could face the queues and if I get down to the ground I have huge difficulties getting up again, so we passed. 

Instead we wandered down to the lake to see Voyage - where 300 paper boats formed a fleet.





They were fun early - and after dark were illuminated and became an almost incandescent fleet.





Before dark we trekked up to the National Gallery, planning to start the walk from there when the buildings were illuminated.

The next orb is not part of the Enlighten Festival - but I love it.  I take yet another photo (or six) of it each time I visit the gallery.  The light on it is natural, reflections from the setting sun and clouds...


Needless to say there are many, many more photos (of variable quality) from the night.  I will probably devote a post to them in a few days.  One of the buildings lights failed, and there are some special features which won't happen until next weekend, so we will be back.  And, our balloon festival starts when Enlighten ends.  This balloon tragic will certainly be there to see that as well.

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  1. Those photos are astonishing, I just love the different colors, and I'm so glad to see your back to blogging again.

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    1. Lon Anderson: Thank you. Enlighten is a festival of colour. Magical.

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  2. You're on the mend.....thank goodness eh? Now to get that MS in line again.

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    1. Delores: Definitely thank goodness. And I would prefer MS was at the back of a very long queue.

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  3. Glad you're feeling (slightly) better!!

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    1. fishducky: Much better. Much, much better.

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  4. Oh my...So sorry to hear that you've been ill. I had been wondering how you've been doing, and I'm glad I had the chance to stop by. Being sick is no fun, but at least the cough and ear infection are both behind you. I have a bit of a cough, scratchy throat - not sure if it's a cold or allergies just yet.

    The paper boats are an incredible sight, and even better at night being lit up. I would love to see something like that some day. Too bad that the noodle markets were a bit of a disappointment, though.

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    1. 2justByou: I think the noodle markets were a raving success from the organisers point of view. Lots and lots and lots of attention.
      The paper boats were a joy. I am glad that we saw them before they were lit as well.

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  5. Sorry you couldn't get dinner there, but seeing all those boats lit up at night was amazing.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: The boats were great. So were rather a lot of the other installations.

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  6. My Dear EC, I am very sad to know you've been under the weather and hope things will get better soon. You have a lot on your shoulders. But goodness, what a gift you've given to us in these lovely photos. Those little boats must look amazing when seeing them with your own eyes. Take good care of yourself my dear friend. Sending lots of hugs, Denise xxx

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    1. DeniseinVA: Thank you. I will be fine. And I loved seeing the boats dancing on the water.

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  7. I am so glad that ypour cough and ear infection are getting better. I am going through the bad cold thing right now. No fun. That looks like a fun place to visit. So much to see and do.

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    1. Teresa: The cough virus was a weird one. Not so much as a sniffle, just an instantaneous disgusting cough. Which made my ear hurt with its violence. The cough has (largely) gone, and I hope your cold leaves soon too.
      And Enlighten is an annual treat.

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  8. It's March there already!?
    It's still Feb. here!
    I keep counting the days down until SPRING)))
    Glad to see you are doing better. I've missed you. xxxxx

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    1. My Inner Chick: It is only just March - but March it is. I am hanging out for Autumn - and noticed that some our our spring bulbs are coming through. Too early. Way too early.

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  9. What a wonderful festival EC, the photos of the fleet are just lovely. Having been missing in blogland for some time I didn't realise you had been so unwell, but I'm so pleased to hear you are on the mend, but not pleased that the MS is giving you a run.
    Lovely that you were able to get out and about and bring us some gorgeous images.
    R
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    1. Rose ~ from Oz: The fleet was SUCH a treat. I do love our lake, and I think the fleet just added to it.
      I hope you have been having a wonderful time. And am looking forward to hearing about it (hint, hint).

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: It is a lovely place.

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  11. Those paper boats are amazing. Never saw anything like it before!

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    1. Bookie: I think they were drawn from rather a lot of Asian cultures which float origami boats with candles in them. A modern/high tech variation on the theme. I think I prefer the originals on the romantic front - but loved these too.

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  12. How fascinating! I wonder what kind of paper they were made of and how they controlled the lights. Crowds, queues ~ Canberra loves a celebration huh? Nowhere to sit ~ I wonder if it is one of the tenets of event organisers?

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    1. Carol: I suspect the event organisers thought that chairs would reduce the number of people they could pack in. They had fenced off the noodle market area. One large gate to go in - and a very small one to get out of. With security guards to maintain the flow. Weird. Tacky.
      The lights were good though. Very good.

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  13. Welcome back! It's not a pity pool, it's time for self-care.

    I love these photos. The lit ones at night are my favorite. So cheerful!

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    1. Riot Kitty: It was both. Self care AND a wallow in the pool.

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  14. 'Tis great to have you back, EC. You've been through a frustrating time by the sounds of it, but the light at the end of the tunnel is growing brighter by the minute.

    Never fear, my dear, you wouldn't be alone stuck down there on the grass..if I sat down on the grass I'd be still there battling to get up...we'd make a good pair, you and me. I'd have difficulties getting down, let alone up again! Arthritis is my Achille's Heel...although not in my heels...in my hips.

    Those paper boats are terrific...such a sight.

    Take good care. I hope the week ahead treats you kindly. Cuddles to J and J. :)

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    1. Lee: I can get down (though with NO grace) but getting up is challenging. I have crawled across the lawn so I could pull myself up on the steps.
      A great week to you and your furry overlords too.

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  15. Oh dear. you had it badly. Poor EC.
    The pics are something are first-rate, from the hats on water, oh, wrong and the orb, excellent photos.

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    1. Bob Bushell: Thank you. And you are right (not wrong) those boats do look like hats. Pirate hats.

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  16. Sweet little paper boats and I love the night shots. Beautiful reflections on the orb.

    Hoping the MonSter gives you a break soon. I too am in it's clutches.

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    1. Karen: The MonSter is tireless isn't it? Drat it. I hope both of us get out of its reach soon.

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  17. Ah yes, the 'pity pool'. Know it well ... Perhaps we should meet up there sometime? Have a nice wallow together ...

    So nice to see you had posted this morning, EC :)

    Love the little boats. What a delightful sight.

    Take care xo

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    1. Wendy: I would happily wallow with you. With wine and cheese...
      I hope your writing is going well. Very, very well.

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  18. Aren't the paper boats great. I remember seeing the orb and I liked it. The balloons are to look forward to.

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    1. Andrew: The feature balloon this year is Yoda. I am really looking forward to that. And Enlighten (our version of your White Night) was good (in parts) as well.

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    2. River: Yoda and an Angry Bird. I am really, really looking forward to it.

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  19. Magical fleet in your dreamy photos. Nor do I care to wait in cue or sit on the ground. Once more we agree perfectly, you & I.

    You HAVE been missed - and thought of.

    I appreciate your efforts to entertain and charm us all. Obviously many others have been made glad too.

    We love you!


    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

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    1. Cloudia: Thank you. So much. I am a bit misty-eyed here this morning.

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  20. In the first photo there are five columns of, ahem, ships, and they seem to be launched from that dock. They sail valiantly into the foreground where the little boats break up a little.
    Time passes, there are more illuminated boats, and again they are in formation. I read there are only 300 boats. Do they have wee anchors to keep them from being adrift on the lake?
    I like them best in daytime.
    I have a friend with MS. She calls it MonSter. Diagnosed about 20 years ago. Winters are getting worse and worse for her.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: I assume the boats are anchored. With a little sway so they can travel small distances. A clever idea though. I would like to see them remain after the festival is over (and liked them in the day time myself).
      Winters are ok for me - it is summers where the MonSter thrives. And it has been over twenty years for me now. I have been lucky - but it isn't a walk in the park.

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  21. What a beautiful selection of photos - I love the orb, and the daytime fleet, especially. I do miss living in a big city when I see photos of exhibitions like this.

    It's very good to see you back, EC - I'm looking forward to the balloon festival too!

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    1. Alexia: Enlighten is a fun festival. Canberra is indeed a city, with some of the advantages that city-life brings, but is also a country town. Which I like.

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  22. Welcome back! Love the lighted boats! Night noodle markets? that's a first..too bad that lines were so long

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    1. Sue In Italia/In the Land of Cancer: There were over a hundred people in each queue. Not a happening thing. A good idea - but badly executed. Next year perhaps.

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  23. So pleased to see you here this morning, EC. I've been thinking of you.
    I hope the Enlighten Festival went a little way to shining a light into the dark...

    How beautiful those crisp, white boats look on the blue, blue water.
    And, reflected as they are, they look like paper stars in a sea blue sky.
    Delightful. By day and by night.

    The beautiful gallery sphere is a wonder to see.
    You captured a magenta hued image upon a diamond. It looks surreal and magical.

    Wishing you wellness, dear EC.
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    1. Vicki: Thank you. The gallery orb is a replacement. The original one (which I also loved) was shattered in a storm. This is similar, and so far has survived the weather vagaries.
      The Voyage installation was a highlight of the Enlighten festival for me this year - though there is more to come.

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    1. Wong Ching Wah: Welcome and thank you. My inner child is frequently the healthiest and happiest part of me. I am in favour of play.

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  25. It is good to see your posting and know that you are doing better. You have been missed.

    The pictures are lovely and enchanting. This event looks like something that should not be missed.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: Thank you. We went to Enlighten for the first time last year, but will try and get there every year from now on. At least once.

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  26. Welcome back! You've been missed....
    Night Noodle Markets sound like such a fabulous idea! What a pity a little more thought didn't go into it, like seating and a cheaper option. I don't suppose anything could be done about the queues though, and I wouldn't want to be waiting in them either.
    I love the paper boats, that photo where they are multi-coloured almost looks like jelly baby people walking down a black road.
    I LOVE that Orb.

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    1. River: The Night Noodle Markets were an excellent idea, but not well thought out. Not at all well thought out. I suspect that the food was cold before a lot of people found anywhere to sit, and it didn't come with lids, so there would have been a spill or six too.
      The paper boats were fun, and I too LOVE that orb. It is just outside the entrance to the National Gallery and has soooo much charm.

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  27. I'm sorry, I haven't been to visit in a few days so I've missed your bout with the sads :( Those boats look amazing lit up, I wish I could have seen that!

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    1. Michael D'Agostino: You did come and visit my sad post - for which I thank you.
      And Enlighten was pretty amazing. I am sure you would have had fun.

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    2. Oh, I thought there might have been more that I'd missed :P

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    3. Michael D'Agostino: There will be more from Enlighten going up tomorrow - which is much better than more of my sad and sorry self.

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  28. Oh what fun, much nicer to see those than the night noodle market. Wonderful photographs. How ridiculous not having anywhere to sit. So glad to see you back, dear EC,

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    1. Gillie: Thank you so much. I hope that the organisers make some changes next year.
      It was a fun event anyway, and I suspect a profitable one too.

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  29. my son made plans to take his girlfriend to sydney's night noodle markets earlier in the year. It was to be a romantic date and ended up to be a nightmare. They ate at the pub instead of queuing.

    I hope your monster lets up soon, these things take the edge of the joy in an irritating way sometimes

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    1. kylie: Queuing is one thing, but the lines were chaotic. And very, very long. I had hoped that they would do better next year, but your son's experience in Sydney suggests not. Sigh.
      MS wasn't on my wish list but there are many, many worse incurable diseases about. And I hope that as the weather starts to cool I will get some relief.

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  30. Ducked in briefly and skimmed these.Will have a proper drool later. That final orb is beautiful! Such glories in Canberra almost make up for the idiotic behaviour of our elected leaders.

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    1. dinahmow: Canberra is a LOT more than our elected overlords. Fortunately.

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  31. Good to hear you are back in the world, so to speak, but sorry about your MS flareup, and hope you have some industrial strength painkillers. I love the boats and the gorgeous orb. We've just had Japan Day here, lots of fun with huge drums, beautiful costumes and dances.

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    1. lynners: Japan Day would be a heap of fun. No industrial strength painkillers sadly. I am told they are addictive and they medicos are reluctant (refuse) to prescribe them for long term pain. So I suck it up.
      Isn't the orb a delight?

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  32. The boats and the orb are mesmerizing

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    1. Linda Starr: We liked them - and I am glad to share.

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  33. Wow, love them, what a brill idea! And a lovely thing for you both to see at the moment, glad you're rid of the nasty infections, and I hope your pain recedes soon too dearie. x

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    1. All Consuming: They are fun aren't they? How are you doing? Better? Hugs.

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  34. Your post made me smile this morning. (I hope you can delete your spammer.)

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    1. Grannie Annie: I am glad to give you a smile. The troll is gone. A persistent soul. At least this time he/she didn't attack anyone or spew obscenities.

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  35. Wonderful to have you back but sorry the MS is being a pain for you. You are like me. I would often love to sit on the ground but getting up would be impossible. I think I'd need a crane!!
    Those boats..how beautiful and what a wonderful idea. That orb too is fascinating.
    I too hope you can do something about that spam. Report him or her perhaps? Some people are just so rude.

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    1. Mimsie: I can vaguely remember when getting to the ground and up again was easy. Sigh.
      The troll is gone. He/she is not selling anything so not a spammer.

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  36. Yes, please delete your spammer...
    I'm so glad you're back! Gentle hugs to you. I'd say walking might help loosen up your body...except you already pummeled it with the gardening frenzy. ;)
    Gorgeous photos! What wonderful views - both daylight and night. You have so many fantastic things to see and do around there.

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    1. River Fairchild: Walking DIDN'T loosen the body. Instead it brought whole new avenues of pain. And spasm. Sigh.
      We are lucky and there are a lot of things to see and do. Which we don't take enough advantage of.

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  37. Soosie I am glad you are back....I do hope you feel better soon. And what beautiful shots of the boats and all the lights on the water....

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    1. Donna@LivingFromHappiness: Water is always magic. Or I think so.

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  38. I love the pictures of the paper boats. I'm glad you're feeling better but I'll be much happier once the MS flareup subsides. Your spammer isn't even very original. I had a couple of those myself but I deleted them immediately. Sending you big hugs!! :-)

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    1. DJan: The spammer is not original. Or interesting. He/she often drops in on a Sunday night after I have gone to bed and smears a comment or six across the blog. Now gone.
      Hugs gratefully received and returned.

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  39. Just glad you're back and I love the boat floats especially once illuminated. Scared me when you were gone, like something stable in the universe had gone missing.

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    1. Strayer: I am about as stable as jello, but am back for the moment. I missed the interaction with people half a world away so very much.

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    3. Strayer: I saw your comment before you removed it. Thank you. And cyber hugs.

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  40. You know I can remember being able to make little paper sailboats like that when I was a kid (back in the day when the streets weren't paved and the pot holes were deep enough to creat a little lake when it rained). I don't think I could do it now, but I sure had a ground swell of memories when I saw yours. Isn't it funny that as simple as they are when they are alone they becaome magnificent when you put them in a group ... and then when you add light and color, Oh my! What a fun post, EC and so good to have you back to perk us up. Sorry you have to have down time ... I do mean "down" time, but it is truly a normal part of life that we all can appreciate even if we prefer to avoid it. Good that you and the SP are out and about enjoying life and sharing it with usagain :)

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. Andrea Priebe: The simple things are HUGE in my world. I love them. And yes, I too made boats like that, and would have loved to be able to illuminate them.

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  41. What a fabulous festival, love the night shots... so sorry about the virus and your MS, life does present challenges to us all, I've been sick for 6 weeks with a cough and I have severe asthma that kicks me to the curb every chance it gets.. missed church again today... hope you feel stronger soon!

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    1. Madge Bloom: I hope your cough and your asthma leave you in peace, and that you too feel stronger soon.

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  42. EC, I am so glad to see you back. And with such beautiful photos. How on EARTH did they get all those paper boats lined up so perfectly?

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    1. jenny_o: I think they must have had anchors of some sort. With some flexibility so they danced in the swell. Clever isn't it? I doubt that bigger boats could have held their line any better.

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  43. Hurrah, happy to see you! I've never seen such a thing as the paper boats. That's pretty cool, indeed!

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    1. mail4rosey: I wish I had the sort of mind that could think of these things. An old favourite made new. And bright and shiny.

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  44. I love all the photos, especially that orb. Can't tell you how glad I am that you're feeling somewhat better. I hope the pain subsides very soon. It's so nice that you're back.

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    1. Myrna R.: Thank you. That orb is a wonderful feature at the entrance to our National Gallery.

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  45. So glad you're feeling a bit better! Love love those paper boat photos.

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    1. ladyfi: We loved them too - and I am very glad that we saw them in daylight as well.

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  46. The lighted boats just reaffirms for me that Australia is a mythical, magical place.

    And I am very happy that you are feeling a little better.

    Pearl

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    1. Pearl: Thank you. Fortunately there is magic everywhere. Rather a lot of it.

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  47. First of all, I'm glad that you are back!!! It's good to read your posts again. I'm sorry about the MS and the pain - we tend to take our health for granted when we're doing fine and forget about people who are not so lucky.

    I first thought how wonderful it is to have those noodle markets, but when I realized that there are crowds and no place to sit my enthusiasm vanished. Darn! How can't they nowhere have to sit?

    The paper boats are beautiful - I would have taken tons of pictures. They remind me of the "river of boats" I saw in the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver years ago and which was my first post as a contributor to Vision and Verb (back in 2010). Perhaps I should post it again on my blog. I love that the paper boats are illuminated after dark - it is truly beautiful. I wish I had seen that myself.

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    1. Carola Bartz: I am so much luckier than rather a lot of people. Yes, there is pain and there is disability but there are still a lot of things I can do. And even more things I can admire and wonder at.
      The paper boats were fun - and I suspect you would have enjoyed the whole Enlighten festival.

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  48. What an extraordinary sight! The crisp white day next to the brilliant blue, it was a gorgeous sight. And how did they color up at night? Lights shining on them? Don't you love creativity in the world? I send you love and caring Soosie. So sorry you hurt sometimes.

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    1. Susie@life-change-compost: I think the lights were an integral part of the boats, but won't guarantee it. I couldn't see anywhere where lights could shine on them anyway. Clever, and I loved them changing colour too.
      Thank you for the love and caring. I do appreciate it.

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  49. Oh hon, I'm sorry about your recent germ attack, and your MS acting up.

    I'm glad you found a bright light, though. 300 of them, in fact. That's a very neat thing. I'm impressed by the photos - must've been fun being there.

    Sending positive, healing thoughts.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: There were lots and lots and lots of bright lights. It was hot, it was tiring, it was painful - and I wouldn't have missed it.
      Positive healing thoughts are always welcome.

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  50. That looks like it was so much fun. We never have anything awesome like that in our town. We get creepy Dickens village people. Really what were they thinking?

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    1. Sonya Ann: Creepy Dickens village people? More information please. We do get some lovely exhibits and festivals. Which I relish.

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  51. So glad you are better - I have missed you! But I quite understand the need to take a break.

    What a gorgeous thing - that paper boat fleet. Especially when lighted - lovely that someone thought of doing that!

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    1. Lynn: It feels good to be back. I missed my friends in the blogosphere. Lots.

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  52. I'm so happy you're back with us! And I don't have words to describe how much i love the flotilla of paper boats. They look like floating stars.

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    1. Carol Kilgore: Thank you. I loved the boats in the day and at night. And was amazed watching them change colour and dance in the dark. Floating stars is a wonderful simile.

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  53. Dear Sue, as I return to reading blogs after being away more than three months, I am sorry to discover that you have been ill with various maladies and that your spirits dipped low.

    I so understand as I have had to fight the conductor to get off the pity train that I boarded back in November. Of course, I myself am conductor and passenger and engineer as well as both journey and destination and finally I was able to accept that these days of illness would pass. But I do not have a chronic condition as you do and that makes everything so much harder for you.

    Right now it's my spirit that needs a dust off as I struggle with talking the talk about writing but not walking the walk. Peace.

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    1. Dee: Thank you. I will be fine. Really I will. We are all entitled to a paddle in the pity pool - it only becomes a problem when we settle in it for a good wallow.
      I hope that you are able to write again soon. It seems to me to be integral to who you are.

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  54. I popped in to see how you're going and am rapt that you're back on board and hope you are feeling on top of the world. The boats, and especially the orb are exquisite, thank you for sharing.

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    1. Kim: I think that orb is a hidden treasure. As I said, I stop to admire it, and often take photos each and every time we go to the Art Gallery. At the moment MS still has the upper hand - but it won't triumph forever.

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  55. The only thing prettier than these photos is the way in which you are able to put words on a page. The only place I have ever seen paper boats like these was in a picture book about the little monkey Curious George! How lovely that the real thing actually exists!

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    1. Susan F.: Other people's imagination and creativity always amazes me. And delights me. Yay for illuminated paper boats.

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  56. Oh I'm sorry I didn't know you have been ill, as I have been too. I hope you are improving now?

    I love the little boats in the water. How cool!

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    1. LL Cool Joe: I still have a way to go, but am certainly better than I was. How about you? And yes, the fleet of boats was a joy.

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  57. Oh how happy I am that the lovely Susan of every moment posted a link to you here today. This is just so magical. I am delighted to read that you are feeling better and that you were able to experience this joyful and enlightening (sorry!) flotilla.

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    1. Kelly Mckenzie: Welcome and thank you. Loved your pun - and enlighten was marvellous. Really, really marvellous.

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  58. I missed this post somehow! I am glad you are feeling better, but sorry that your MS is acting up. I love that you got to see that miniature boat fleet. I have never seen anything like that and at night the colors were so cool! Sorry the food part didn't work out- but glad you had fun anyway. I think that orb is so cool! Thanks for sharing. Hope you are having a great week!
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~ Jess: Thank you. The week is busy, but survivable. And Enlighten was a treat.

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  59. I love the paper boat floats ..... ;) remembered childhood days

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    1. Qzoke Wordpress Tips and Tricks: Welcome and thank you. It seems a lot of us remember paper boats - and remember them with a smile.

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