Yarning from Noosaville # 3

Today dawned a bit overcast so I did a bit of spinning in the unit and then ventured down to the river bank with my knitting again for about three hours. Of course, a caffeine hit is a must on these occasions…

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This was followed by a walk along the Noosa River taking in the sights. Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to Noosaville without spotting a pelican…

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And there’s no excuse for not going out onto the river in a boat as there’s a plethora of boat hire businesses dotted along the river front…

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Now Australia is famous for quite a few ‘big’ things. There’s the Big Pineapple on the Sunshine Coast, the Big (Golden) Gumboot at Tully, the Big Prawn at Ballina, the Big Merino at Goulburn; in fact there’s a website devoted to all of Australia’s ‘big’ things.

And here at Noosaville we have the Big Pelican

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It was built circa 1977 in Noosa Council’s workshop for Rotoract as a float for the Festival of the Waters Parade.

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The Big Pelican participated in many parades but fell into disrepair a number of times and was subsequently relocated around Noosaville and repaired.

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In 2007 agreement with Noosa Council for a permanent location in the foreshore park in front of Pelican Boat Hire was reached. Pelican Boat Hire agreed to complete a full restoration of the structure with a fence and garden. Functionality was fully restored and the Big Pelican is now ready for street parades.

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And if you need to know what’s around you at Noosaville, there’s a great map to assist you…

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Now you won’t get a better combination than a book shop and a coffee shop (unless of course it’s a yarn  shop!)…

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I had a coffee there while I read the paper on Sunday so today I thought I’d visit the book shop. I picked up these three lots of hemp twine of all things! I’ll use these as drive bands on my spinning wheels. Don’t you love all those colours?.

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Now you know when you give a child a present and they spend more time playing with the paper? Well in this case I spent more time admiring the handmade bag the hemp came in.

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It’s a carry bag made from recycled newspaper. Isn’t it just amazing?

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I just Googled ‘how to make a carry bag out of newspaper’ and found quite a few sites. Maybe this could be a project for me….one day.

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Until next time…

Melanie

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