Sharing the joy

We lost the blue skies on Day Three. But that was OK. Our kids were working with kids and adults from Coonabarabran and Baradine for a whole day workshop, ending with a concert with around 100 people in the audience. Some of my students tutored the younger kids. The small towns can’t offer the music programs my students have access to. 

I was still amazed by the green fields on the drive from Baradine to Coonabarabran. 

Main street of Coonabarabran

 

At the tiny Sunday markets (about a dozen stalls) I bought a couple of teapot cosies for our new teapots. Mmm. One only had one hole. 


The sun returned for Day Four. Our accommodation was the site of the old race track. (Sadly another loss of the dying small town syndrome.) The brass players had some fun on the old stand by the finishing post. Horses kept in the paddock in the centre of the old race track were interested in the trumpets. Did they feel the energy ? Remember race calls from earlier generations? 

As a mob they took off. Not in fear. But jubilantly.  


Two students went over to the horses. I thought the horses would run away, as horses do when you want to catch them to ride. The horses must have realised the humans were not carrying bridles; they let the two pat them. Maybe they were bored? Maybe they longed for some contact? A good ride even?

Two concerts for the day – at the small hospital come hospice and the Bowling Club at Baradine. We broke the day up with a walk around “town”, games of lawn bowls and a visit to the National Parks Discovery Centre. So many of the buildings are empty or in need of repair. Many no longer used for their original purpose, as the population declines – the fate of many small rural towns out west. 


I loved the yellow flowers blooming along the verges. 

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9 thoughts on “Sharing the joy

  1. What a great opportunity for those students. Hats off to you for being the only staff member to accompany them. Even with well behaved kids, after 5 days it would be exhausting.
    Loved the video…and my favourite picture is now the tea cosy teapot. Sounds like the sort of thing I would make if only I could knit anything longer than a 10 cm long scarf.

  2. I still can’t believe you were the only staff member on duty. Apart from the effort involved in dealing with every myriad detail, it’s a lot to take on in case there were any health issues or emergencies that left you as the only person responsible. Hopefully they were older kids and not Year 7s subject to all kinds of “issues”!

    I love photos of country houses and buildings! As well as the wide roadways and main streets of country towns. And love the galloping horses 🙂

    • I had a great adventure. Yes, it was tiring being on duty – the emotional pressure of being constantly alert and responsible for other people’s children. But our band director is awesome and did most of the work. The seniors were great.

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