Womad 2013

Better late than never!

glimpses of Womadelaide

wowee what a massive fantastic diverse inspirational festival!

i first attended 5 months pregnant with Lily way back when and was blown away with my first exposure to the music of the world and of such high calibre!

this year was a little different with two children and remarkable heat and the popularity of the festival meant huge crowds!

it looks great in photos, but i confess to seriously questioning my/our sanity in the midst of it all…

i only shot from my iPhone so that reflects my energy levels which couldn’t manage lugging camera gear {also the need to stay wet for temperature control…}20130404-091513.jpg

Lily gets wrapped up in Tangle! an excellent elastic jungle in the kids space. As each child entered the arena they are given a ball of elastic to tangle with while the band plays!20130404-091622.jpg

it’s over 40’c but Jesse is energized and playful as ever! rocking out to

Bassekou Kouyate &Ngoni ba

African camel riding rhythms and soaring desert voices from Mali20130404-091557.jpg

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Cedar watches alot of tangle unfurling then enters into the fringes of the fray…20130404-091836.jpg

Mari Boine, Saami shaman soul shaking tear making trance dancing vocal goddess. They have travelled from Norway {-30’c} and are pretty wiped out but humorous about the heat!20130404-091915.jpg

Blank Page was the only performance art I caught, we were all captivated by the skill and energy in this dynamic performance. 6 artists create the images to narration, at completion the audience is wild with applause and then the images are torn off to shock and the next piece begins! an awesome commentary on the history of art and story telling.20130404-091852.jpg

oh that clear blue Adelaide sky! sharp blue in the heat. Beloved puffs of breeze stir the silken flags above my weary eyes…20130404-091417.jpg

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hallelujah for the sprinklers, keeping down the dust and keeping up the smiles and energy!

IMG_1401one food stall offers mustache’s with every meal! we are thoroughly entertained!IMG_1412IMG_1413we are all impressed with the amount of cycling as transport  to the festival and in Adelaide in general.
IMG_1411mm orange almond meal birthday cake for Jesse. this was the most spectacular gift I had for Jesse this year!IMG_1407
IMG_1416another tent of activity Box Wars, saw all manner of things crafted from cardboard boxes. The most popular item today is fans!IMG_1417Good friend Mitchell Brown a rising star in the folk music scene
IMG_1418Lily participates in a Balinese soap carving workshop, the beginnings of a stone carvers training. she is the last child to leave the space and has impressed the balinese artist with her fine skills and deep persistance and concentration.IMG_1419in the kids festival is a set up by the SA museum which includes these familiar geometric mosaic tiles! a happy reunion for Cedar as ours have been in storage for a year now. he also impresses us with his concentration and pattern making.IMG_1420this plywood truck is popular with Cedars age group and the sides are an inspirational vertical garden with fresh herbs and strawberries.

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Womadelaide words
Hot dusty survival til nightfall
Surrender agenda for children’s happiness
Oh so grateful for shade and sprinklers and coconuts
Children’s festival very fun
both ages happy with different play
Inspirational music and incredible talent abounding
Rolling camel riding desert rhythms and harmonies
Nordic shaman wailing trance dance tears
Humorous bluegrass
Gypsy orchestra
And everything in between
Letting go of the program
Keeping cool (temper)
Keeping presence
Keeping connected
Grandparents gift and meeting
late late nights for Jesse while I leave for A house to sleep by and have sleepy watery mornings on green grass
Thank you friends
Monday was my favorite day more mellow less crowds
Jesses birthday in there somewhere
Orange almond meal bliss cake made in the morning with Lily
Squares of dark choc melt over if in the 40′ c heat
Neighbours from bellingen appear at just the right time to join in
Jesse’s parents swing dance over to the cake
Laughter and tears
All so hot and fragile and tired
And after it all Jesse flies to
NZ and I go for recovery with my dear friends Loren Kate (divine singer and beautiful mumsy) and Xavier of the brilliant and Amazing Drumming monkeys
A fun house full of performers
Including the Chipolatas
Ahhh a fun few weeks in Adelaide

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an alternate first aid kit

Our travelling first aid kit

I have had multiple requests lately to share details of what I stock in our family health care/first aid kit

so below you will find a comprehensive list of many natural products we reach for first

it is often changing as I discover new {or sometimes very old} approaches to health care

wattle blossoms

 

Homeopathic kit

Ainsworths 42 essential remedies (mini kit in a hard case with a comprehensive book)

Essential oils

Preferred organic and Australian where possible, The Oil Garden and Warbotanicals are favorites

{i travel with over 30 essential oils, below are the most oft used, i must get them a lovely case to store them in one day.}

I frequently refer to The Fragrant Pharmacy for guidance on essential oil usage

Lavender

Eaucalyptus

Tea tree

Chamomile

Arnica

Calendula

Peppermint

geranium

Dottera essential oil blends

Therapeutic quality oils so some can be ingested, follow instructions only

On guard {immune boost, preventative}

Breathe {clears congestion, soothes chest complaints, clears the head}

Past tense {de stress, clear the mind, perspective}

Thanks Jane

Small first aid kit from pharmacy

Updated with fabric bandaids

Good tweezers

nail scissors

Non adhesive pads (good for covering wounds, cuts, scrapes, this helps keep them clean when we are outdoors a lot)

Paper tape to seal the pads on

Herb teas

{i currently have a supply from Highland Herbs in Tasmania}

Cold and flu blend {peppermint, yarrow, elderflower, thyme, hyssop. Echinacea, fennel, ginger}

Calm kids blend {nettle, lemon balm , spearmint, alfalfa, chamomile, calendula}

Licorice (coughs)

Herb tincture

Coughs and colds blend

olive leaf extract

echinachea tincture

Balms and ointments

Pawpaw ointment

Calendula ointment

Arnica ointment

Insect repellant (my own)

Burns cream Martin & Pleasance (homeopathic)

Cold sore cream (from Alchemy Bellingen {Hypericum &calendula tinctures, bergamot tea tree and

hypericum ess oils in vitamin e cream})

 

we also use

vitamin c powder with Hesperidin

apple cider vinegar

raw honey

organic garlic

 

Flower essences

Physical, mental and emotional well being

{I have my stock from Living Flower Essences in Western Australia}

Rescue remedy

Accident relief cream (bumps, bruises, aches, sore throat, sore belly) Living Essences 1ltr

Body bliss cream (relaxant, kids massage, anxiety, asthma) Living Essences 1ltr

Serenity for Women spray

Contentment for Men spray

Sneeze Ease spray

Travel ease spray

Harmony and Relaxation spray

WA living flower essences practitioner kit to create our own personalized remedies of these beautiful subtle helpers

 

I often refer to The Guide to Child’s Health if I am presented with a circumstance which is unfamiliar.

 

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wishing you all happiness and good health

always get help on how to use health products from a qualified practitioner you trust

xx

what do you reach for to promote good health?

what would you add to this list?

what magic remedy have you discovered to share with us all?

if I remember anything else I will update this list…

Right now… (Public exposure)

Right now I am nursing a head cold
Flaking out in the shade (37’c)
In a country town park
Wearing my spotted quoll pajamas.
Do you think anyone notices?

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The land around is inland SA and it is
Parched
Bleached
Crisped
Felled
Disheartening
Slurped dry
Dust bathed
Fan forced oven baked

We are amused by this inner town irrigated green carpet and fall into the shade joyfully
Our trusty bucket is quickly filled
trice-wise and some wet relief and giggles are finally found

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It’s been a challenging few days
long driving for poor old Jesse
Very hot
No one is sleeping well.
Oh dear how will I get myself together to enjoy the gift of WOMAD this weekend?
We are traveling fast these days but I will catch you up…
Just as soon as I catch myself up!!
Xx
Ps wet tea towels chilled in the fridge are great coolers on days like today