Winter Lights Festival, Racecourse Road, Ascot, Brisbane

Regular readers will know that each year when Christmas arrives, it takes me by complete surprise. Well, it is so warm…

On Friday I realised that every year when winter arrives, it takes me by complete surprise. Well, it is so warm…

Twilight Market

Friday evening we took ourselves off to what I thought was going to be a twilight market. A good friend of ours, Michelle, has recently started a new business venture with a pal of hers, Leanne, and we wanted to take a look to see the set up. So off we went to Racecourse Road in Ascot, that’s a suburb just a teeny bit north of Brisbane city, to check it out.

Actually, they’ve started two businesses.

First they set up their interior design company called Campbell Wake Interiors.

Then a couple of months ago or so they had another idea and with that, the Boutique Trailer Co…

Boutique Trailer Co (1)… was born.

Jackson and Harris, by the way, are the names of their two trailers that will be hitting the road soon, following complete refurbishment.

So, as well as the interior design, decorating, wedding styling and events that they cater for, they also now sell homewares and household gifts…

Boutique Trailer Co (2)So, if you ever find yourself over at Eagle Farm for the Sunday market, look out for Michelle and Leanne…

Boutique Trailer Co (3)… and say “hi” if you get the chance.

Winter Lights Festival

Anyway, it wasn’t just another twilight market, it was actually an event called the ‘Winter Lights Festival’ and that’s when I thought “Gosh! Is it really winter already?

Yes, it is.

It felt rather strange for me at this event, they were selling mulled wine which always reminds me of Christmas markets although, of course, it’s not Christmas. On Friday night though, it did feel a bit Christmassy, but I also know that when Christmas does arrive, it won’t feel very Christmassy at all.

Sometimes you just can’t win but, hey, I’ll get used to it.

What else was at the fest?

A chalk art workshop, face painting, an animal farm, rock climbing, a treasure hunt, and what they called a “Live Art Battle”. Artists, drawing live, in battle against each other.

They also had a lantern parade…

tall thingsLantern musical instruments…

lantern musicReal music…

music (1)More music…

music (2)And even more music…

music (3)As well as some more music…

music (4)Of course, you can’t have music without dancing, but this event had one very young surprise dancer. Aged about three, this little girl drew a bit of a crowd as she performed on her own with some style to the sounds coming from a mobile disco…

DancingShe got a standing ovation at the end, and not just because there were no chairs. I noticed from the programme notes that at 9 PM there was to be an announcement declaring the ‘winners’. I don’t know what they were to have been the winners of, but my vote goes to this little girl.

A true performer, she had the crowd in the palm of the hand.

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