DREAM A LITTLE – Possibilities are endless

Good morning!

To accomplish great things we must dream as well as act. Anatole France

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A very small town with limited population – economy struggling! young folk all leaving for city jobs.  Someone had a dream.   What do we have?   We have a high hill.  We have acres and acres of pumpkins  (Even difficult climate is perfect for them).

We’ll have a  Pumpkin Festival!  We’ll roll pumpkins down our hill.  We’ll have races! Huh?

School children got involved (They numbered them and decorated them).

Old people, little shops, local farmers all started coming to participate.

Pumpkin soups, pies, scones, new recipes for cakes, jams,  pickles, were made from the smashed pumpkin competitors.

Folks designed logos, made recipe books .  People even dressed like pumpkins.

The Pumpkin Festival was born!

This weekend we drove the two hours west to this small town of Goomeri.

Thousands of people came in tourist buses and overnight campers were parked in every possible place.

  A dream – a reality!.

There was so much laughter – so much fun…..yet! … still in the grip of drought this very tiny town will settle back to normal survival mode of outback simplicity on Monday.

But..  One weekend a year hundreds of numbered decorated pumpkins will roll again down a hill…….such is the power of dreams.

Do you have a dream?   What possibilities?

Something to ponder.

72 Pumpkin Rollers, 29 May 2016 - Copy  some folk dress in pumpkins

70 Dancers at Goomeri Pumpkin Festival, 29 May 2016 - Copy

 Ancient people welcome to their tribal lands with a corroboree some of the visitors

71 Crowds watching Great Australian Pumpkin Roll - Copy

A section of the hill and the crowd.  I simply couldn’t get closer.

The sound of the pumpkins thundering down the hill was quite impressive.  We enjoyed the soup, the pumpkin damper and  all the amazing pumpkin ‘stuff’.

Have a wonderful week wherever you may be!

 

About Faye

I m a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always enjoyed writing even from an early age. My book Beyond the Ashes has been written as a labour of love. All the characters are real to me and their story needed to be told. As a Christian my desire is to write General Fiction stories about real people but Hope and a desire for 'better' will always be part of the journey. I have had several short stories published over the years and moderate success in writing competitions. I realized as I was thinking today (30/01/15) that perhaps I should add here that I have had life experiences of many valley times but also many mountain top experiences. I can understand and be beside anyone who finds their life in tatters because I have 'been' there. Of course as I have got older as well there have been the added sorrows of losing not only older family members but also one by one finding the dearest of friends and the ones of greatest support and care also dying. On the site of rich mountains has been my certainty of the value of marriage and how grateful I am that after loss and sadness I made a happy and long-lasting marriage commitment. The one who was my best friend back then is still my best friend 45 years later. Beyond the Ashes touches upon the POWER of LOVE when folk can forget about their own personal 'feelings' and reach out in LOVE to a desperate and broken person.
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