The Festivals are coming – especially the Jacaranda festivals!

GLORIOUS COLOUR: JACARANDA AVENUE, GRAFTON, FORMS A CANOPY OF MAUVE

In Australia, including the Grafton District, NSW, of course, everybody has admired the Jacaranda’s 82 years as part of the Grafton festival. In fact, Jacarandas were planted in the 1800s. Hence, the brilliant canopy of a mauve backdrop of the festival city.

FRANK MORRIS

There is a long-standing tradition in many Australian towns and cities of celebrating the local harvest or a blossom-time of flowers with organised festivals.

The various festivals usually have exhibitions, street displays, processions and social and sporting events which attract thousands of tourists from all over Australia. And, of course, the crowning of a “festival queen” is also an integral part of the festivities.

Eighty-two years ago, the first Grafton Jacaranda Festivals was held on October 30, 1935.

“Grafton has that awesome looking Clarence River bisecting the city,” wrote a colleague. “Thousands of Jacarandas and other trees lining its streets and filling its national parks.

“Scores of lovely historic homes, public buildings and numerous old pubs. The ‘capital’ of the Clarence Valley has a beauty and charm that’s worth stopping to sample.”

The event has not only become one of national renown but it is today recognised as Australia’s foremost floral festival.*

CANOPY OF MAUVE

Needless to say, the city is gearing up to celebrate this historic event in grand style. In the early 1800s, Jacarandsa were planted in the Grafton district. In the 1900s, a citizen names Volkers, in the cause of civic pride, planted an avenue of jacaranda trees which is now referred to as Jacaranda Avenue.

“As these trees grew to their full height – up to 15 metres – they embowered the avenue in the spring time with a canopy of mauve and carpeted the roadway with blossoms,” said a spokesperson for the Council.

“At festival time the jacarandas contrast with the colour and greenery of flame, white cedar, fig, pine and flowering gum trees.”

The festival was inaugurated by Mr E.H.Chataway, and it received “whole-hearted support from the community,” said the spokesperson.

A CHART OF NSW’S FESTIVALS AND WHERE ARE THEY FROM

Dahlia, Mittagong; Lasiendra, Wauchope; Orchid’s, Ballina; Wattle Time, Cootamundra; Tuplip, Bowral; Apple Blossom, Batlow; Spring Flowers, Katoomba/Leura; Cherry Blossom, Young; and the Rhododendron, Blackheath.

Picture: Original. The actual Jacaranda plant, in Grafton in the early 1800s, is a shading device on a hot day.


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BEN SANDILANDS, THE AVIATION JOURNALIST, WHO “OOZING PROFESSIONALISM”, DIED OF CANCER LAST MONTH. SANDILANDS ALWAYS ASKED THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS. IN 1973, HE WAS CORRESPONDENT FOR THE ABC; AND FOLLOWING YEAR HE WAS REPORTING FOR ABC FROM LONDON. IN 1979, HE COVERED THE AIR NEW ZEALAND MT EREBUS CRASH. SANDILANDS CAREER LATER ON TOOK HIM TO THE BULLETIN, THE AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW, THE GUARDIAN, TRAVEL WEEK AND AIRCRAFT. HE WAS 74.


WHEN I LAST LOOKED: IS YOUR MEDICINE CUPBOARD BARE OF THOSE PRESCRIPTIONS THAT ARE OUT OF DATE.

DANGER BEWARE: BAD MEDICINE – THE CUPBOARD IS BARE!

The best way to keep out of trouble is don’t take any risks.

FRANK MORRIS

No matter how careful you are around the home or in the garden trying to avoid having an accident, it also pays to be aware of the risks of taking unprescribed medicines or out of date medicine. There are potentially more dangers lurking in the medicine cupboard that you realise.

The best way to keep out of trouble is don’t take any risks.

If you’re unsure about a medicine, your doctor or pharmacist will tell you exactly want you ought to know. To keep you on the right track, here’s some good advice from Department of Health Services:

DON’T take out of date medicines. Always check  the expiry date on the label. These medicines may have no effect; or an entirely unexpected consequence could come later.

FOLLOW the instructions. If you’re confused about the dosage stop there! Ask your doctor or chemist how to take your medicine and what precautions, if any, you need to take.

ALWAYS complete the entire course of the medicine prescribed.

WEBSTER PAK IS THE GO

ASK about possible side effects. Most reactions are not serious. If you do have a serious problem with a medicine, head for your doctor immediately.

BE CAREFUL if you’re taking other medicine. There may not be any danger, but one medicine may cancel out the positive effects of another medication.

DON’T take prescription medicines that are not prescribed for you. And don’t share your medication with somebody else. A definite no-no. Different medicines, say the expert, may affect people in different ways. Only your doctor can give you a medicine which will benefit your symptoms.

DON’T always expect antibiotics for viral infections. Your doctor may not prescribe an antibiotic if you have a common cold or flu. The best prescription may be resting, drinking plenty of fluids and keeping warm. Warning: if you are prescribed an antibiotic, make sure your know how to take it, what the likely side effects may be, and when to stop or review the medicine.

Dina Bowman, a heath consultant and author of The Care Book, said a Webster Pak (or similar device) is popular at the local chemist.

Webster Pak “is a multiple dosage blister package which is filled with your tablets, labelled and sealed by the pharmacist.

To take the tablets you push them out through the foil. You don’t have to worry about making a mistake. Good for people who suffer from arthritis.”

Picture: Modern. Men and ladies – they want their medicine organised!


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