The Swap and Share Picnic was utterly marvelous, despite the slightly soggy weather. Everyone who braved the rain enjoyed the many brilliant activities, from cherry “spittoons”…
….and portrait drawing to making glamorous Arnold Circus hats, and clay sculptures.
It wouldn’t be the Swap and Share picnic without some brilliant musical accompaniment to the fun, and this year’s line up was especially good as we had the pick of the acts from the End of the Road festival.
We should also mention the delicious food people had brought to swap and share – lemon drizzle cake, biscuits, ice cream, Rochelle’s BBQ, delicious Rosy Lee tea and St Hilda’s Women’s group’s amazing Pani Puri.
The annual bike ride went ahead despite the inclement weather, and competitors on all shapes and sizes of bikes made a triumphant 46 laps of the circus against the clock.
The Great Balloon Swap the night before the picnic was a magical prelude – lots of people came up on to the circus to take part in turning the bandstand into a massive lantern and to enjoy being up on the circus in the evening.
Thanks to photographers Richard Kearns and Katherine Leedale for these brilliant photographs. For more of Richard’s photos of the picnic see http://www.flickr.com/photos/25930615@N05/5960179741/in/photostream/lightbox/
And Katherine Leedale’s photos of the balloon event are on her blog: http://katherineleedale.blogspot.com/2011/07/megans-balloons.html
You can also see Maria Teresa Gavazzi’s PicNic Portraits at http://www.flickr.com/photos/dalvivo/sets/72157627206167280
All in all it was a fabulous day and thanks to everybody who contributed their time or skills, or who put on their wellies and came along for the fun. We’re already looking forward to next year’s picnic, which we hope will be bigger and better (and brighter!) than ever.