47th Top Half Folk Festival

A few photos from the 47th Top Half Folk Festival 

The music was fantastic, the kids, well Lulu was great but the other were struggling to get over colds and coughs and like anyone, they did not appreciate the cold, windy weather. I ended up taking Zelda home early. A baby with a wet cough and minus temperatures in a tent do not mix well. We were so thankful for our friends that came with us who are experienced campers. They made it so much more easy for us to handle Zelda while they started the food prep in the morning. Bananas and chocolate cooked in the fire for breaky?! Yes please!

The Top Half Folk Festival is held every two years at Glen Helen Resort You can fly to Alice Springs, hire a camper van, drive out along the beautiful West Macs and take part in 2019! Your camper will be a lot warmer than our tent - guaranteed!

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GIRL IN THE PJS: Alice Springs Telegraph Station Bike Trails
Riding the bike trails at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station
This past week I've felt a little like I have a little like Kate in that book/movie 'I Don't Know How She Does It', racing from one thing to the next feeling like you're only doing it all half right. Has that ever happened to you? Friday Lulu had a 'come as a letter of the Alphabet day' at daycare, which I forgot about. Thank goodness the daycare preempted this and placed a notice out Thursday night, but one night is not enough for this mama to pull together a costume. Luckily Lulu refused to wear anything but her Princess Ana costume. Sometimes a Frozen obsession comes in handy!

The weekend won't present much time to breathe, with Lulu's ballet recital this morning, mother's group catch up Saturday afternoon and heading to Darwin Sunday! At least I won't have to go into the office & I can read a novel on the plane. Here's to a little downtime where ever you can catch it!

Catching my eye on the internet this week....

Meet the Bonds team - the girls behind this awesome design

This week Timber and Steel premiered Fanny Lumsden's new single 'Soapbox' - it's a little bit of sugar on top of your cinnamon donut.

I one did an extremely short course on identification of skeletal remains and so was interested to read that Australia is getting it's own Body Farm

This post on How to Get Smooth Arms had me extremely intrigued as I too have weird bumpy bits on my arms - now to see if the magic formula works before short-sleeve weather hits (which in Alice Springs will most probably be in a weeks time!).

Love the bright colours against the grey ocean in this wedding on Green Wedding Shoes

Happy weekend xx

PS that time I spent Valentine's Day in Darwin with Crocodiles?

Top Half Folk Festival 2015

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Lulu's run bike copped a workout from every kid & a few fights over who's turn it was
We spent the June long weekend at the Top Half Folk Festival at Glen Helen. It was a wonderful weekend, suitable for people of all ages. My parents came with their caravan. Friends came with their 3 kids under 4. Nick's mum was there for the Sunday night. Many of our friend's parents attended. One of the artist's mentioned that his 14 year old son was choosing to spend his gig in the car! A festival for the whole family, should they choose to participate.

The headline act was Fanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers, an awesome folk/country band from Sydney. It may have been overheard on the way out of their Saturday night gig that 'they were great but they weren't real folk'. The whole festival had a bit of a 'changing of the guard' as it has been attended by the same folkies over the last 45 years and they have held close to what they believe true folk is, but as they get older and folk evolves it is time to connect with a younger generation. Though I know nothing about folk, I do think the festival organisers a great job blending traditional folk with contemporary.
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Fanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers




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Glen Helen is 130km west of Alice Springs. You can stay there year round in motel rooms, bunkhouse rooms or at the campground. There is a swimming pool, a waterhole and an award winning restaurant.

The Top Half Folk Festival is on every second year at Glen Helen on the June long weekend. Alternate years you'll find it at Mary River.