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White Night Ballarat

On Saturday, I headed into Ballarat for the first time in around 20 years. The trip was a lot easier than expected, I just had to make my way into Southern Cross station and jump on the V-Line. My everyday Myki card works for the trip and ended up only costing like $6 (each way). I had never been on a V-Line train and I was impressed. It was super comfortable and quite spacious with fold down tray tables and toilets in every carriage.

White Night Ballarat

It took around an hour and a half to get to Ballarat. We strolled around the streets a little and stopped by an Irish Pub before heading to our Air BnB. I actually got lost and we ended up on a bit of a detour, but I really enjoyed that as I LOVED looking at all the houses. It really is so beautiful there and as someone who loves architecture and interior design, it was a great place to visit, if just for the buildings and houses.

White Night Ballarat

We had dinner booked for 7, but turned up early, you can read about the amazing meal in my last post HERE. By the time we waddled out, it was getting darker and White Night had starting to get going.

White Night Ballarat

At first, the crowds were kind of mellow, but as it got darker, it became very crowded. Walking up Lydiard Street was a tricky time and I found the crowds a little anxiety inducing. That being said, the reason why I decided to go to White Night Ballarat instead of White Night Melbourne was because the crowds in Ballarat would be a lot tamer than Melbourne. Ballarat had an estimated 40,000 whereas Melbourne had close to 600,000. I would love to see the Melbourne one, but it will have to be at a time when my anxiety is much better.

White Night Ballarat

We wandered around rather aimlessly, we didn’t have a plan and just wanted to experience it. I think my favourite thing was the art projected onto the buildings. The colours were so vibrant it would have been easy to watch the changing scenes for hours.

White Night Ballarat

Fibre Lane was AWESOME, you can watch a short video of me walking through it over on my Instagram. It was what I imagine walking through a room full of jellyfish would be like. I kind of want something similar for my home!

White Night Ballarat

Above and below are scenes from ‘More than 1 Nation‘, a projection film about Aboriginal history, the cultural misappropriation from European colonists, the strength and resilience of Aboriginal people and a reminder that Australia is a land of huge culture diversity. It was a breathtaking display, if somewhat harrowing.

White Night Ballarat

The featured image and the image below is of the White Night Messenger. A 5.5m tall puppet that was strolling around the event. Totally fascinating to watch!

I ended up walking around 12km and had a blister on my foot (my favourite boots are dying, noooo). We found a pub and had a drink (Lemon, Lime & Bitters for me) and people watched for awhile. I actually was on the verge of a panic attack, but thankfully managed to calm down before it fully hit. I think we made it back to our Air BnB around 11ish, so not as late as we expected to be out. All in all I really enjoyed the night.

White Night Ballarat

A few extra things. It was really clean, we noticed people going around with bins and cleaning up constantly. We left early the next day and at 6am the streets were clean of any rubbish. They had portable toilets set up at a few places and I was super happy to see that they had disability/wheelchair port-a-loos. There were White Night volunteers around everywhere, and whilst people watching at the pub later in the night, 6 mounted police walked by! I was excited by seeing horses!

Have you been to White Night or an event like it?

Concert! B*Witched, Atomic Kitten, S Club, East 17 & Liberty X!

Yesterday was a big day for me, but a brilliant one and I am so glad I pushed myself to do it all. In the early afternoon I went and visited my psych and then in the evening, my friend Mallory invited me to a concert. Now, that may not seem like much for most people, but it’s a lot for me. I ended up spending just over 4 hours on public transport. Oh, and the temperature reached 38°c.

Concert - Liberty X

The concert was a mishmash of early 2000 British music acts, so basically music I LOVED! In my early teens I loved British pop music and would buy Top of the Pops mags all the time. Of course, you probably know 5ive was my one true music love, but I adored so many artists the UK produced.

Concert - Liberty X

The first act was Liberty X, who I didn’t know much about, but I knew most of the songs once they got into it. It was a really great start with a lot of funky catchy music that had you grooving along. Gosh does that sentence make me sound old! Funky, groovy!

Concert - Liberty XConcert - East 17

East 17! Oh man, they were SO fun to watch! I remember really loving “House of Love” and “Alright” when I was younger and seeing them perform them was amazing! They pulled out some old school dance moves and totally rocked their whole set!

Concert - East 17

Concert - S Club

S Club was reduced from 3 to 2 last night as sadly Jo was in hospital in New Zealand after being sick and needing an operation. That being said, I actually think they may have been my favourite performance! They included the crowd, with Bradley getting down in the audience to have fans sign along. They really got into their dancing and honestly, their songs are just great fun, dance along songs that make you feel happy!

Concert - Atomic Kitten

Atomic Kitten! Liz has a fear of flying and so was replaced with Liberty X’s Michelle, and if you didn’t know the band, you wouldn’t have picked the difference. The ladies worked together so seamlessly. Kerry was hilarious and had me cracking up numerous times!

Concert - Atomic Kitten

Again, lots of upbeat dancing, with Kerry joking she was getting too old for it, plus she had broken the heel of her shoe on the way in. Their ballads were gorgeous, I got goosebumps when they performed ‘Whole Again’. I’d forgotten how much I loved that song.

Concert - B*Witched

Lastly was B*Witched, who sadly had to rush through their set and not get to talk too much because the venue wanted them out by 10:30. They were down to 3 members as Lindsay couldn’t make the tour. They performed all their hits as well as a few songs I didn’t know from their 2014 album. I was super happy to see them perform my favourite song, Blame it on the Weatherman. I actually have the CD single of it stashed away somewhere!

Concert - B*Witched

So all in all, I had a brilliant night! Though, I tell you what, my foot is killing me today! A huge thank you to Mallory, for letting me tag along and making my inner 16 year old squee in happiness. We had such amazing seats. Sorry for the dodgy photos, I only had my phone.

What act from your teen years would you love to see live?

Anatolian Shepherd Champion Show 2016

It’s that time of year when the Anatolian Shepherd dog show rolls around. This was my 3rd year and 4th show attended & I’m more in love with these dogs than ever. It’s been amazing getting to know the dogs & their owners and to see the community grow.

Melbourne Anatolian Shepherd Specialist Champion Show 2016

There were lots of new dogs this year and many familiar faces. It was interesting to see some of the more recent litters and their temperaments. So many of the younger dogs were so friendly and wanting of attention, be it human or other dogs. I’m not saying the older Anatolians aren’t that way, but I guess they are more set in their way.

Melbourne Anatolian Shepherd Specialist Champion Show 2016

I’ve never really been around younger Anatolians though, and from what I’ve read & know of the breed, they are the years when you really have to shape them into the dog you want them to be. Socialise them heavily if you want them to be a pet, or get them used to animals if they are to be guardians. It was just strange walking past so many dogs who were all “Pat me, pay me attention“.

Melbourne Anatolian Shepherd Specialist Champion Show 2016 Melbourne Anatolian Shepherd Specialist Champion Show 2016

This is the beautiful Zazu, who you may remember that I got to show last year. He’s grown even more and is as handsome as ever. I’m so excited because he’s going to a new home and I just know he’s going to love it there. Sadly this year there has been several tragic losses of some beautiful dogs who are so very much missed.

Melbourne Anatolian Shepherd Specialist Champion Show 2016
Melbourne Anatolian Shepherd Specialist Champion Show 2016

I got to babysit and show Dragon, who I also babysat with Zazu early last year. She is such a gorgeous girl and I admit to having such a soft spot for her. I love that even though I can’t have a dog right now, I still have the opportunity to go to events and form bonds with these amazing dogs.

Melbourne Anatolian Shepherd Specialist Champion Show 2016Melbourne Anatolian Shepherd Specialist Champion Show 2016

To read all my previous posts about my love of Anatolians, check out the tag HERE.

If you could own ANY animal, what would it be?