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:
They start young.
Ring crew members like to dress up for the occasion.
Spectator with sun protection:
Nothing goes to waste – eat the melon, wear the skin.
It wasn’t all wood-chopping at the festival. The Cobra Club of Queensland displayed their sportscars in the main drag.
At the pub on Sunday, more of the local liking for novel headwear:
The band, Fyah Walk:
And an indigenous musician:
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)