April 25, 2015 - 100 years on we commemorate the Anzac Centenary marking 100 years since Australia and New Zealand's involvement in the first world war.
100 school children from over NSW were given the opportunity to travel to Gallipoli for the Anzac dawn service....the "ballot" took place last year and Lilly's school was one of the 25 lucky schools chosen...there was then a lengthy section process...a submission of work followed by panel interview and finally the decision was made...Lilly was going to take part in a life changing event!
Lilly composed a piece of music based on the diary excerpt of a Gallipoli soldier T E Drane, it was a moving tribute and earned her a place on Gallipoli 2015 School Tour.
We cannot wait to hear about all her adventures on her return, the snippets we have heard and photos we have seen indicate that it really has been a "trip of a lifetime" and an emotional and moving experience for all involved.
This group photo was apparently taken by David Koch of Channel 7 "Sunrise" fame when he came across them at one of the memorial sites, he was blown away by them all and quite emotional as he described them singing the national anthem and one of the boys pulling a bugle out of his bag and playing the last post - all unscripted!
Sunset ...Lilly has described the location as "exceptionally beautiful"...I cannot wait to see all her photos.......
On the Eve of Anzac Day sleeping bags were provided to keep the kids warm...I bet it was a long cold night as they eagerly awaited the beautiful dawn service...
We paid our resects by attending the local dawn service then returned home to bake anzac cookies and sit in front of the tele and watch the moving dawn service in Anzac Cove.....
I love the Easter Show, we usually make the effort to go every couple of years and spend the day, I also love that the girls love to join us...still...LOL!
This year Taylor was missing as she was visiting her grandparents up north for a few days (she did however put in her order for a Bertie Beetle show bag...its just not a visit to the show without this iconic show bag!! - still $2). We headed off on Good Friday, we knew it would be busy but it was the only day that worked in with our easter plans so we took a deep breath and went for it! I have to say it wasn't so bad, the weather was not perfect (which may have kept some people away) but we managed to see all the outdoor events we wanted whilst the rain stayed away then headed indoors....
The woodchopping arena is still a "must see"and we were not disappointed, watching the veterans (some over 80)...amazing! Another highlight is always the DISTRICT EXHIBITS on display in the Fresh Food Dome...this year more than 10,000 pieces of fresh fruit, vegetables, grains, pulses, wool and other produce were used to create each exhibit. All of the displays commemorated the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC Gallipoli landing by recognising ANZAC men and women in the artworks this year - they were amazing!
The displays really were quite breathtaking!
Another exhibit worth a visit is the floral displays....some stunning flowers on display and some very worthy winners.
We took advantage of the "Showlink" tickets and used public transport to and from the show...it was fast and easy and no waiting around for a bus...thanks Easter Show 2015 we had a great day...see you in a few years!