Last weekend, after visiting Ballina, Ron and I tootled north to Brunswick Heads to join friends for a weekend of wood-chops, wine and music (+ the beach of course!).
Every January, Bruns hosts the Fish and Chips Festival: a terrific four days of blokes and sheilas whacking blocks of wood with axes (and saws) – and there’s fishing too. Our mates volunteer – clearing up chips from the arena (ring crew) and selling merchandise (shirts, caps, stubby holders) and raffle tickets. This happens during school holidays, so the town is full of visitors and the place is buzzing.
This is wood-chopping in action:
Brad Delosa on the right is an international champion
They start young.
This little cove is 7
Ring crew members like to dress up for the occasion.
Nice legs fella!
Spectator with sun protection:
Flippers have so many uses!
Nothing goes to waste – eat the melon, wear the skin.
Does he have an unfair advantage with that cooling headgear?
It wasn’t all wood-chopping at the festival. The Cobra Club of Queensland displayed their sportscars in the main drag.
American-engined British sportscars
At the pub on Sunday, more of the local liking for novel headwear:
This bloke can dance wearing his hydration equipment
The band, Fyah Walk:
Footwear is optional
And an indigenous musician:
Now THAT’S a didgeridoo!
sheilas = women
cove = bloke
didgeridoo = Australian Aboriginal musical instrument
stubby holder = container for keeping a small bottle of beer (stubby) cool
main drag = main street (drivers are sometimes known to ‘drag’ one another off – race – on the main drag in Aussie towns)