Bowral Tulip Time Festival 2014

BowralTulipFestival-2014-11.jpgSo I visited beautiful Bowral over the weekend and attended the annual Tulip Time Festival at Corbett Gardens. This year celebrates its 54th Festival and this year’s theme was ‘yellow’ and ‘a colouful life.’

Bowral is so beautiful in the spring, I just love seeing green everywhere! The sun is out, the birds are chirping and the bees are zzzing.

BowralTulipFestival-2014-23We hit up Corbett Gardens where we’re met by the biggest dog we’ve ever seen…quite obviously it’s actually a fake guide dog. The area was set up so visitors can pop on a blind fold and get an idea of what it’s like to be visually impaired.

Did you know that you shouldn’t pat or distract guide dogs when they are out and about? Distracting a guide dog in harness puts the handler’s safety at risk!

BowralTulipFestival-2014-22The flowers are celebrating 100 years of Corbett Gardens

BowralTulipFestival-2014-21Tulips are everywhere – even on the pavement

BowralTulipFestival-2014-19 BowralTulipFestival-2014-17A single red tulip amongst the yellow tulip sea

BowralTulipFestival-2014-20Happy Birthday Corbett Gardens. You look great for 100!

BowralTulipFestival-2014-18Since we got the festival quite early in the morning, many of the shaded flowers still had water jewels on them

BowralTulipFestival-2014-24 BowralTulipFestival-2014-15I thought this was the most unusual tulip of the day – they appear to be really furry on all the petal edges…

BowralTulipFestival-2014-14 BowralTulipFestival-2014-16 BowralTulipFestival-2014-13 BowralTulipFestival-2014-12.jpg BowralTulipFestival-2014-11.jpg BowralTulipFestival-2014-10jpgIt was definitely tulip overload, so we decided to check out the street market behind the festival where I found this nifty store – Miss Bowerbird Vintage. With a gorgeous blue caravan and vintage knick-knacks, I just couldn’t resist…

BowralTulipFestival-2014-9Can you go inside the caravan? Of course you can. Inside there is a menagerie mix of vintage and new crafty items that are so fabulous including terrariums, handmade fairy lights and some unique paper cards.

BowralTulipFestival-2014-8Look at the pretty birdies. At first I thought it was a prop, but nope, it was real!

BowralTulipFestival-2014-3I wanted to get myself a red and yellow tulip in a pot for $10 and when I came back to it, it was gone! Oh well, you snooze you lose.

BowralTulipFestival-2014-4We took a stroll by the photography exhibition and voted for our favourite image of the day. I also had a squiz at the book sale, I scored two small books for $2 – bargain! I also bought two copper goblets for $1 each.

BowralTulipFestival-2014-5Craft and Church go together in Bowral. A beautiful display of handmade quilts are draped over the church pews. It was look but don’t touch as these lovely crafts are on lone from their talented owners.

BowralTulipFestival-2014-7 BowralTulipFestival-2014-6 Isn’t this Japanese inspired quilt just gorgeous?!

BowralTulipFestival-2014-2 An impromptu stop for lunch at the fine Biota Dining in Bowral. We enjoyed the tasting menu and boy was it a amazing slice of modern Australian cuisine.

To start, a piece of smoked trout served on a impressive salt rock and a corneal of butter served on a stone with some freshly baked rolls served in a fur pocket.

BowralTulipFestival-2014-1On the way out from our enormous lunch, we spotted this huge iberico ham. Taking a short stroll out the door, there is a qaunint fireplace and a sitting area which leads to a tranquil porch that overlooks a peaceful pond. I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to end a day out.

Did you get to visit the Tulip festival this year? What was your fave bit?

Love,

Festival Girl

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