Monday, 18 October 2010

Festival of wooden boats


Heave ho, me hearties! Didn't it blow on Saturday. And the wind was straight off the Antarctic. But the passion she was warm and flowing. And the wind-blasted men and their lanky offspring were full of enthusiasm. An the red wine was aged and mellow, and the fries long and lanky also and dipped in red sauce. Ah, to sit quay-side and watch a gaggle of giddy youth construct flimsy wooden rowboats (for want of a better word). Struggling across the Pyrmont Bridge (which I experienced opening!! in both directions) to the National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour was well worth it.

20 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

You don't really mean they're flimsy, do you, Julie?
I love wooden boats. Fiberglass is so impersonal, and ferro-concrete (which was all the rage in Canada in the 70s) doesn't even seem meant to float, but wood is wonderful, warm and rich.
Beautiful photos. Thank you so much.

Kay, Alberta

Francisca said...

Fine series of photos of a handsome wood boat. I dip my fries in white sauce, à la Belge.

altadenahiker said...

I'm drooling over that gorgeous wood (which might make it warp).

Virginia said...

Oh don' tmake me choose here. I love the hands of course but then those bright fluttery flags and the last one with the ropey things~ :)
V

~Cheryl said...

Terrific series of photos, Julie! Each one is lovely -- as is your write up!

Jannie Funster said...

Oh, I want long lanky fries!!

And a burger!

And a tall ship with a crew to sail her.

Extra-lovely photos.

And a real treat to find your blog by popping over from Brian Miller's.

Whoo-hoo.

Ann said...

I really want to go to this. Must try and find out in advance when it's on.

Woody said...

That first shot is amazing. The experienced hands working that beautiful wood. I also like the shot below it with the rope, the brass, and the wood.

Bill said...

That would have been a sight I would love to have seen.

Kevin said...

I love the shiny stained timber and fittings. Nice post.

Peter said...

Almost blew the dog off the chain - rich photos!

J Bar said...

This is a very interesting festival. The wind certainly made the flags look tops.

diane said...

ALANA ring a bell!

Julie said...

*grin*
I thought I would slip that one in. DIfferent spelling, but heart in the right place.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I just love the top shot ... I can almost feel the smoothness of the timber. Reminds me of that wonderful woodwork shop in Leura where I can't stop myself touching the merchandise.

brattcat said...

Julie, these are magnificent!

anjoe playhouse said...

I like all your photos!
In Denmark we dip the fries in remoulade ;-)

Julie said...

So in Australia, fries are dipped in tomato sauce. In Belgium, fries are dipped in tartare/horseradish. In Denmark, fries are dipped in a type of tartar sauce.

In Australia, too, tartare sauce is popular but more for wheh the fries are consumed together with fish.

The world is, indeed. a fascinating place.

TheChieftess said...

Wonderful photos Julie!!! Love them all!!!

ps...in America it's ketchup (tomato based sauce) or ranch dressing (a mayonaisy sauce with spices) or blue cheese dressing!!! My fav is ketchup!!! But those fries'd better be crispy!!!

laboriousliving said...

I LOVE your photos! Fantastic color:)