Visiting the Sydney Royal Easter Show 2013

This post is dedicated to all the farmers, primary producers and supporting industries that supply us with our basic need : FOOD.

On Easter Monday, we visited the Sydney Royal Easter Show. I love this spectacular display of the strong agricultural basis of the state. I grow veggies at home and own some chickens, so thinking about all the growing that occurs on the huge commercial scale is just incredible. Australia is an amazing place to be able to produce so much produce and of such high quality.

Up at 6am, caught 7am train to Homebush, dived into the show and got lost amongst the chickens, alpacas, horses and other animals. The male turkeys gave us a display which made us all laugh. They spread their tails, strutted around the cage, lowered their snood, and gave us a “gobble, goobble, gloobbley GOOP” !

My favourite display is always in the Art and Craft Pavilion. Some other favourites that I have not included pictures of include the Giant Food Art displays, the Pig Diving, the Grand Parade, the Dog Shows, the Sheep Shearing. There is so much more to see and do, so the next time I visit, I think I might get a 2 day pass so I actually get to see everything.

Are you looking at me?
Are you looking at me?
Hi I am an alpaca. The sheep are in the next shed.
Hi I am an alpaca. The sheep are in the next shed.
A face only a mother could love.
A face only a mother could love
Amazing! Where's my cup of tea?
Amazing! Where’s my cup of tea?
First Prize winner SREA2013 Wedding Cake. Just Incredible.
First Prize winner SREA2013 Wedding Cake. Just Incredible.
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First Prize Showcase SRES2013
Ferris Wheel Sydney Royal Easter Show 2013
Ferris Wheel Sydney Royal Easter Show 2013
Rides, rides and more rides!
Rides, rides and more rides!
Last stop : kids got home happy.
Last stop : kids got home happy.

Make the most of…….

What did you do today?

Thunderstorms forecast for Sydney today. But since we are here, we decided to make the most of it, storms or not.

We had tickets to see The Gruffalo at the Playhouse in the Sydney Opera House. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, me and the kids. Superb, fun, with lots of audience participation encouraged. Colouring in before and after the show. Gruffalo books, CDs and other items to purchase. Of course!

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Guylain has a chocolaterie at Opera Quays….., we pigged out. The kids ordered fruit with chocolate dip (oh my it’s healthy!) and I was the little piggie and asked for hot chocolate and macarons. I highly recommend the salted caramel. YUMMY 🙂

We managed to navigate the ferry system to get to the Aquarium at Darling Harbour. Several hours spent with salt water, impressive Lego sculptures and various marine animals later, we wearily get back to the car. Thats when the rain finally started, at 7pm, so we tumbled into a warm and cosy Japanese restaurant to eat….. What else? Fish of course.

My favourite animal is the Leafy Seadragon. Why does he look like a plant and not an animal?

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The lady at the touch pool asked all the kids what their favourite animal was, one said the sea cucumbers (she was playing with it in the touch pool at the time), the other the dugong and my youngest, turned around and pointed at me! Haha, well she is seriously cute, but I was not going to be staying at the Aquarium past closing time.

Here is Merlin Himself. Well, ok, he is actually Poseidon or Neptune or Triton, but I had to improvise to introduce the yarn I am using, which also happens to be on sale this month.

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I am knitting with MerLin yarn. This is a collar for a top in the Natural colour. Started this morning on the bus to the ferry and that picture shows my progress at 2pm this afternoon.

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More tomorrow about the silkworm exploits and the hunt for mulberry trees.

 

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