Top10 of 2013 – #7 Shows

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Top 10 Instagrams of 2013: #7 Shows

By Rowena Mynott

As 2013 starts to wind down its a good time to reflect on the year that has just passed and the year that is to come. I have obviously been in a reflective mood recently as last month I decided to start a monthly ‘Taking Stock‘ routine: pausing life for a few moments to realise what you are happy and thankful for right in that very moment. Right now as I sit here and look through my images from 2013, I embrace the good and the sad, the ups and the downs and the growth that has taken place. This year has focused on family: Visits and holidays with family from overseas early in the year, my grans passing mid year and these days realising my son is no longer a toddler but is growing into the most incredible child I could ask for.

72&Rising is also growing and developing. I left the magazine format behind and embraced the world of blogging. Thank you to all those that embraced that change with me. It was a difficult decision to make as I loved the old product, but for me right now this is where we need to be. Who knows what the future holds but in 2014 you can certainly expect some exciting things happening here as this process of writing, taking pictures and posting on a regular basis becomes more fluid. I’m re-defining 72 and I look forward to hearing from you about what you would like me to focus on a little more.  There will be plenty of the old: travel and photography but also some new … Let me know.

So as a way to reflect on 2013 I decided to give you a little glimpse into my life and share some of our Top 10 family highlights as seen from my Instagram.  If you would like to follow along, I will be posting one each morning for the next 10 days. Today is Shows.

Shows

One way to get out and about in your local area is to check out some local shows. Its been a busy year for shows here, from the traditional country shows that take place every year to some new and interesting shows such as the Prawn Festival. These gems are some of what make living a rural coastal life interesting!

Our local country shows are great. Very traditional with WI tea and scones, cattle judging competitions and show jumping, craft stalls, food stalls and fairground rides.

It was our first time at the Living Earth festival this year – a fantastic little (but incredibly popular) festival based around sustainability and held in local community gardens. Tasty locally produced food, organic plants for sale, impressive costumes and educational talks.

The Prawn Festival was a new one on the list this year, not just for us but the first time it had been held. Despite a huge storm hitting towards the end of the day, the crowds descended on the shoreline to see the usual animal presentations, craft and food stalls but also some unique events such as prawn shelling competitions and prawn tossing competitions.

Given that we love the ocean as much as we do (and we have secret plans to buy a boat one day), it is tradition in our house to visit our local boat show every year and salivate over all the sailboats. It’s a fun family day out, especially when you encounter some unexpected moments like batman flying through the air on a jetpack, but we always try and head there early as the crowds are pretty intense by the time lunchtime roles around. This year my husband and son discovered another boat show – similar set up but with less crowds so they were happy.

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A beautiful contestant in the Bangalow show
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Live music at the Mullumbimby Living Earth Festival
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Prawn tossing competition in the inaugural Ballina Prawn Festival
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Mr 3 tests out a yacht at the Gold Coast Marine Expo
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Local produce at the Bangalow Show
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Flying man at the Gold Coast Boat Show
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Batman flies in for a visit at the Gold Coast Boat Show

Do you and your family visit any shows throughout the year? Which are your favourite?

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