Everywhere you look in our town right now, your eyes are met with a sea of shimmering purple flowers. The jacaranda trees are in full bloom again, as they are this time each year.
There are hundreds upon hundreds of these South American trees planted all through our town, some oner 100 years old and quite large.
Our town is home to the Jacaranda Festival, the oldest family floral festival in Australia, spread over about two weeks, culminating in Jacaranda Thursday (today) when all the local schools close and many businesses open only half a day. The main streets are closed to traffic and become home to open-air markets, street entertainment, rides and general good fun.
This morning we stumbled upon a fun photo shoot of the Jacaranda Official Party, including the newly crowned Queen, Princess, Matron of Honour and contestants who were involved in fundraising and promoting this annual festival.
We headed home about 9am, before the busy crowds and heat of the day set in. The children had each bought some sweets, I cam home with some lovely French Earl Grey Tea for my husband and two new plants for me.
The jacarandas never cease to amaze me with their sudden burst of purple beauty and subtle sweet summery scent. Last year I photographed some of our other jacaranda lined streets (for there are so many), check here if you would like to enjoy some more glorious purple!
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