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Bellingen, NSW @ Not Quite Nigella

Bellingen, NSW @ Not Quite Nigella.

“Oh look over there! That’s where I made Araluen eat that chilli when I was nine years old!” Mr NQN points out excitedly to me. We’ve just arrived in Bellingen, a town of just over 2,700 people and of Mr NQN’s former homes. It’s a picturesque town with a population a curious mix of hippies (aka Mr NQN’s family) and farmers. It is said that in the 1970′s the hippies moved into town and helped to revitalise the town. Now, decades later, it has evolved to have  some of the best food you can find on the Mid North Coast area.

GREAT GIG GREAT GRAPHICS

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Proudly presented by The Sonic Lab in association with Bellingen Jazz Fest, ‘The Hyde Street Swamp Stomp’ is sure to be a massive night. With a stellar line up of ridiculously amazing musicians, The Crooked Fiddle Band, Flap! and Cope Street Parade, you won’t want to miss this one. It’s all happening at Bellingen Diggers Tavern on Saturday August 20th. Get your tix on www.bellingenjazzfestival.​com.au.

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MARKET DAY AND JAZZ FESTIVAL AUGUST 2010

DSCF0598 In several minds about the Jazz Festival. Jazz and Blues as it is now called. I might give it a second go tomorrow and see what happens. They scored good weather today, combined with Federal Elections and Showground Markets.  The only music I heard on the streets in town was the MOJO BLUESMEN. I like them. They busk on the corner of Hyde and Church from time to time. But – that seemed to be it.

We went on to the Markets and were able to park without any more difficulty than the usual Market Day. We parked in the new YOUTHSPACE  area round the back of the courthouse. The Jasmine is in bloom.

THE JASMINE IS IN BLOOM.

DSCF0580 The jasmine is in bloom and the verandah that overlooks the river is also well underway. Part of YOUTHSPACE  it is. There was QUILTING in the CWA Rooms and ORCHIDS down at the UNITING CHURCH. The OPSHOP was open and everything was half price. 

IT’S the time of year to boogie. The Bellingen Jazz Festival is under way again this year after yesterday’s kick-off with some romantic accordion at Maam Gadyung (Council) Park.

The popular annual musical extravaganza resumes at 10.30am today at the community markets with Glenn Heath and the Deep Purple Sea, while the Bellingen High School Jazz band will entertain crowds at Maam Gadyung 11am.

You’ll also find jazz and blues resonating from the walls of the Bellingen Memorial Hall, the Golf Club and the Federal Hotel from 11am – between the countless venues there’s sure to be something to your liking.

On Sunday, there’s a stellar line-up at the Jazz by the River at Jarrett Park.

http://www.federalhotel.com.au/

http://www.coffscoastadvocate.com.au/story/2010/08/21/boogie-at-Bellingen-Jazz-Festival/ 

 

 

http://www.bellingenjazzfestival.com.au/programs/

SAVE BELLO HOSPITAL RALLY 24 JULY 2010

Today was the day for the SAVE BELINGEN HOSPITAL RALLY at MAAM GADUYING PARK.

I started the day at the growers’ markets. Bellingen struck it lucky with clear skies and warm weather. 

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JO AND JAZZIE AT GROWERS’ MARKET WITH FRIENDS
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LINING UP FOR BREKKIE PETE BUFO
 
   

The Markets are a little small in Mid Winter. We eat and walk and stock up on vegies and fruit. This week we then headed over the bridge and into town for the Hospital Rally.

I am going to paste a goodly amount of images here in case there is someone who would like to see. As I have said before, I am timid when it comes to photography and work with the little Fuji outfit I got for my 60th birthday last year. Not ingredients for   a successful  activist. I am, however, prolific and sneaky so I have snapped a good few shots albeit blurred and I am also quick so they are up on site straight away.

The rally was intentionally held today to match with a project of Ridley Scott’s. That meant there were some fine filmmakers there and some top quality cameramen. I do mean Men. These will be out soon and will show people’s faces rather than their rear views and also include the audio which I had difficulty hearing because the ukelele players sat at a table in MAAM GADUYING Park and played Ukelele  whilst singing Hawaiian songs while the Speakers were on. I do not know why.

Keep your eyes out for those Videos, Images and News items.

Now lets see what we can salvage from the FUJIFILM Camera and what I can recall of the Speakers and events.  Check my photoblog as well in case I have managed to capture something which interests you.

http://sixtyeyes.wordpress.com/

SAVE BELLINGEN HOSPITAL RALLY

24 JULY 2010

 

The SAVE BELLO HOSPITAL balloons were available  for a gold coin donation.

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The Doctors spoke of the need for Mental Health Units as well as our A & E and Maternity. I would be bringing the Children’s Ward back as well and Detox for Drugs and Alcohol.

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The Rally headed up out of the Park and up Hyde Street.  An Armoured  Car led the way and that was impressive. One thing which also impressed me was the cross section of community. Age, Sex, Race, Cultural Inclination were all covered.

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http://sixtyeyes.wordpress.com/ MORE IMAGES OF THE RALLY

JUNE MARKETS AND CRAZY DAY

MARKET ENTRANCE JUNE 2010

Back to the Markets. I haven’t been there for a while. Its a strangely nomadic effect nowadays with the blue and white tents from Bunnings and BFC and such places over almost all the stands. I used to do markets way back – in the 1970s. Balmain, mostly. I recall Bellingen when it was located up town and was very small. Now its LARGE and I found it to be very much intact as far as community atmosphere, local talent and produce, etc.  Izzy was on the Bucket Brigade for the YOUTHSPACE in town. The Bucketers crossed the generations including excellent young people and decent oldies.

DSCF5763Food suited me well. It included a sweet pumpkin pie from Happy Frog and a zucchini slice from Mum’s Baking.  Its so good to be home. I have been up north for a long time and had forgotten in some ways, what it means to be able to eat the foods I love, to see the Bundagen people of HeartTribe play through the day. It was the Baby’s first Market so she scored a hat and a cloth toy of some description. I might not need to touch supermarkets for a long time – once again. 

Lewis was onstage with trumpet. I shall find the Heart Tribe link and paste it here.

http://www.reverbnation.com/hearttribe

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FIRST SUNDAY IN WINTER 2010

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NEW ENERGY FESTIVAL IN BELLINGEN

SATURDAY JUNE 5 2010.

The rain cleared away after trashing Lennox Head which is a little further North. That left Saturday fine albeit muddy for the Energy Festival at the Showgrounds. We had allowed for the parking on Show Day last month but yesterday we didn’t expect cars to be parked way past the Kids House in North Bello. Dowle Street was packed and all the way down to Lavender’s Bridge were cars.

Seems like cabin fever brought the people out and the atmosphere was ‘ festive’. I met a few old friends from first and second wave incomers of the 1970s to this area. We are now looking at the Children of our Children.

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Exhibits at the Energy Festival.

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A couple of years back, I was at a performance of the Drama Group of the Clarence Conservatorium and was very disappointed at the scripting and standard in general. An American play was used with no relevance that I could see to Grafton, or the Community or the young people. It was interspersed with drug jokes and sexual innuendoes and involved the Kids at a very minimal level – simply that of presenting it. I am mentioning it now because of three things I have seen recently which reflected the ingenuity, commitment and social conscience of young people. One was the collaboration of a group of girls with Kell Stoner in writing the SAVE BELLINGEN HOSPITAL song. The next was the acquisition of and  dreams for the new Youth Space in the Middle of Bellingen and the third was the involvement of the Kids in yesterday’s Festival.

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http://www.bellingeneye.com/

Yesterday the EYE Kids hosted a great stall with T-shirts and a musical bike PLUS MORE. Take a look at their website.

http://www.bellingeneye.com/

Urunga School had its edible garden exhibit and the Steiner School served food and products.
Well done, Youth of the Shire. Most impressed, so I am.

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That’s some of the Good Stuff you get when you’re looking at the Children of our Children !

 

MOTHERS’ DAY

I once thought I could avoid the memorable days of the Society and Culture within which I find myself. Many of us who came north to Bello in the early 70s seem to have thought the same way and we were not alone.

As years have passed, I find it suits me better to find my own way into being a part of days like Mothers’ Day. Traditions  develop for reasons – in the same way that ‘ monks know things’.

This Mothers’ Day has several aspects to it for me. Its the first one I have spent in the Valley since my own Mother died in 2001, just before 9/11. It is the first Mothers’ Day for my daughter with her own baby. I am grandmother to 3 little girls and there is a serious illness in one of the closest women to me in my family.

I am taking a quiet M.D. at the Workers’ Cottage and ‘thinking’.

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2 months into unpacking the Motley Collection, I have  some things out ready to be placed. The babuschkas were my mother’s. I have Devonware to celebrate the Sanders’ legacy from Silverton and Tiverton and Kenton. A wee pink baby that was on my own 50th birthday cake. My great grandmother’s vase. Wild  Geese which an I Ching reader in a Nimbin garage promised me and which my sister gave me. I have my GCountry bowl from Ulmarra from the Hegedus Family. A surfboard from Ian of Rainbow Bay and 2 angels.  Kerry from Kyogle gave me the jug and basin set in Murwillumbah. Some of the bits and pieces which make “me”.

 

Buddhist practice includes this notion that we have all been born many times before and that we have all been each other’s mothers and fathers and children. Therefore, we should treat each person we encounter as if they are our beloved. As we inquire into the heart of service, we see a pattern: common to all habits that hinder us in our work is a sense of separateness; and common to all those moments and actions that truly seem to serve is the experience of unity. Einstein wrote about this, and Sogyal Rinpoche quotes it on page 98 of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying:

ZEN HOSPICE PROJECT

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The Showground provides the Autumn Leaves which I don’t often see. Yesterday, the Grounds looked truly ready for the Show Next Week. Caroline Joseph was happy with them.

Breakfast at Growers’ Market is highly recommended- by me.

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GROWERS’ MARKET MAY 7 2010

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Autumn is  sweet this year with blue skied rainless days and warm sunshine.  Today, the fortnightly Growers’ Markets were on and we had a little more experience of it so we arrived early. That was a good idea. We met the North Bello Mob there for breakfast. The Markets are at the Showground which next week will be open for the Actual Show. We had plenty of room to sit and eat. We has a crumble with yoghurt and Izzy was able to gather vegies in his newly purchased basket. Should see us supplied for most of the fortnight. Organic blueberry jam as well and lemon butter for me.

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DOG AND HORSE AT RALEIGH BEFORE MARKET.

 

The Bellingen Growers Market provides locals with fresh, "chemical free" produce without added transport costs. It supports local backyard and commercial growers and producers.

The market provides a meeting place for the exchange of ideas and allows buyers buy fresh goods directly from the growers.

Natural produce is goods that have been grown without human-made chemicals ie. pesticides and fertilisers.

All homemade breads, preserves, cakes & biscuits at the cafe are as natural as possible. The market also includes live poultry for sale (2nd Saturday of the month only).

So support local growers and have a cuppa, enjoy the live music and storytelling for the kids – there’s always something new in season.

 
 

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IZZY AND KATE TAKING THE VEGIES TO THE STARWAGON

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THE SHOWGROUND IS LOOKING PERFECT FOR NEXT WEEK’S SHOW.