people’s choice award

Visitors to our 2013 event were invited to vote for their favourite power pole wrap, and did so with enthusiasm.

After votes were counted at the end of day 2, the results were extremely close, with only 1 vote between each of the top 3 choices.

And the winner is (drum roll please) – Kelly Farrell of St Marys!

Here is the wrap she created:

Appropriate subject too, since Mt. Elephant is a prominent local landmark!

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2013 awards

What a great 1st day we had for Wrapped in St Marys!

Radio interview with Chris Whisbey on ABC Statewide at 7.12 am, yarnbombing at 8 am, and power poles wrapped by 9 am.

The rest of the day was full of activity, with the market in the town hall, exhibitions at Gone Rustic, St Marys Childcare and the Community Hall.  There was a great ‘buzz’ as people strolled around admiring the street art and taking advantage of all the activities on offer, such as an exhibition of  batik panels by St Marys Highschool Students:

Fifty people attended the awards presentation at 4 pm.  Event co-ordinator Rita Summers welcomed everyone and expressed thanks to all the sponsors and participants.  Afternoon tea with locally made pizza and cream sponge cakes, as well as hot sausage rolls, party pies and mini spring rolls, warmed and fuelled everyone before votes were taken on the connected textile art display.  Janet Drummond, co-ordinator of the St Marys School Association Op Shop, presented certificates and vouchers to the winners (Rita and Ros).

Then GET president Peter Troode spoke briefly before handing over to Vice-President Wendy Fowler, who presented the awards with assistance from Break O’Day mayor, Sarah Schmerl.

The winners for 2013 are:

Group, junior categorySt Marys Childcare (certificate + $150)

Group, adultSt Marys School Association Op Shop (certificate + $150)

Connected, theme, 2ndKelly Farrell (certificate and $150)

Connect, theme, 1stJudy Duckett (certificate and $250)

Open, textile artStitchedupmama (certificate and $300)

Congratulations to all the winners and to all the entrants!  The standard was very high, and the judges had a difficult task in deciding on who should receive the awards.  An executive decision was made to offer a 2nd prize this year in the theme category because of this dilemma.  Rather a nice position to be in!

dramatic skies

here in oz it’s still winter, but a hint of spring is in the air

these photos were taken within about 15 minutes at around 4 pm one afternoon this week

in this one, i tried to capture the quality of light filtering through the branches of a large gum tree

the sky was amazing, with the sunlight and the clouds interracting and changing all the time

[photos – rita summers]

winter afternoon

such a beautiful day today … frost this morning, then sunshine and just a hint of spring in the air

visited our block after work this afternoon, and couldn’t resist taking these photos of a wonderful gum tree not far from where our house will be built

photo 1 (that’s mt elephant in the background) –

photo 2 (the cattle are on the neighbouring property) –

photo 3 –

[photographs are copyright to rita summers 2012]

photo competition

there’s still time to take some beautiful photo/s of the ‘valleys of adventure’ area and WIN

the theme is:

SEASONS IN THE VALLEYS

here’s an example to inspire you – frosty morning by janet drummond:

click here to find out more

or download an entry form below:

GET – Photo Competition 2012 Entry Form

unique flora

just to show you what ‘the bush’ is like around st marys – here’s a photo of some wildflowers in the bush section of our block of land near mt elephant –

there are also a lot of banksia trees growing there, which look quite strange to anyone used to the vegetation in the northern hemisphere (myself included) –

next time i go out there i’ll take some more photos, as spring is just around the corner

who knows what will be growing there next …

st marys rivulet

this section of st marys rivulet runs parallel to the main street;  it flows behind the public library and various other buildings in a loop between two bridges

this photo shows the river in idyllic and peaceful mood, but after heavy rains it can become a raging torrent