I just want to thank those wonderful fellow Sparkers, friends and team mates who read and gave their opinion on the question I asked in yesterday's blog. Read them a short while ago, had tears in my eyes while doing so, but they were tears of gratitude for having people such as you in my life, telling me what I need to hear, giving their honest opinion when asked. You are all such a blessing in my life.
I finally got some exercise yesterday - walked to the main street for a little shopping, from there to see Dad, and then a few hours later continued on through the park around the lake opposite the nursing home, watched the ducks, past the barbecue and playground areas, and through the open space on the other side where the carnival people are getting ready for tomorrow evening's carnival opening.
This week is the first of two weeks' school holidays, and tourists and regular visitors to our town are starting to arrive. The playground was filled with children having a wonderful time in the lovely sunshine, making new friends, renewing old ones. Our quiet country town really comes alive each Easter, people from all over the world arrive here annually, accommodation is usually booked a year ahead - this is the home of the Stawell Easter Gift, one of the world's most prestigious foot races, which will be held on Tuesday this year.
I walked the rest of the way home, glad I was in the sunshine, getting a little gentle exercise, and feeling again that thrill of excitement at the prospect of our town and the surrounding area really pulling out all the stops to offer entertainment of as wide a variety as possible in order to help persuade those here for the Gift to stay a little longer, help boost our local economy. Last year a few friends and I went to the carnival on the Thursday night - it only runs till the Gift final is run, and the locals generally go on the first night where we don't have to queue for rides, etc. We aren't used to having to line up and wait here in our town, not very often anyway - one of the benefits of living here. Hoping maybe we can take another trip back to our childhood again tomorrow night...
Today I will take that same walk again, and check out the progress that's been made with the carnival preparations, see if any carnival rides have been set up since yesterday. For anyone interested in learning a little more about what brings our town to life each year, or anyone interested in footraces, here is the link to some info on the Stawell Easter Gift -