With The Burrow safely nestled at Shady Acres just out of Ballarat we have experienced a couple of cool nights with warmer days heating up as each day passes.
Arriving here on Sunday after an easy run up from Melbourne we settled in and had a trip into town to determine where the Jazz Convention Activities were.
Monday morning we set off for Daylesford and Hepburn Springs and walked our little legs off in both places stopping for lunch at Wombat Botanical Gardens in Daylesford.
A lovely area which stirred up some early childhood memories of a time spent here one holidays walking and sampling the local spring waters.
After returning to camp we packed some sandwiches and wine and headed for an open air jazz concert in an historic courtyard outside the old police barracks where the police oversaw the miners in the gully below during the time of the gold miner’s revolt and Eureka Stockade. With a spirited crowd we were entertained by several bands for close on 3 hours.
Tuesday was a day to remember. We chose 6 different venues and 11 different bands for a day of music from start to finish. We went from The Sweaty Palms Orchestra to The Hot Sizzlers and on to The Merri Creek Jazz Band, The Barrie Currie Jazz Ensemble and The Ballarat High School Jazz Band. Follow that with Jazz Biz, The Goodwin Gang, Mal and Baz’Sandgroper Four . Next came Bob Whetstone’s Doyen Dixielanders, Bob Paties Hot 5+ and the icing on the cake Perspiration Hall Jazz Band where Dawn got to hear her favourite Aussie clarinet player, Nick Polites and Canberra Jazz acquaintance and trumpeter, Tony Thomas.
We headed back to camp totally jazzed out but with feet still tapping.