If you are planning on visiting around that time and want to avoid the crowds it is a good idea to come the week before the Carnival starts. Of course the home gardens in the competition won't be open at that stage but the many parks with beautiful gardens will be.
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I had the pleasure of meeting Mary at our Mead and Perry Workshop and she was telling me about the Toowoomba Home Produce Swap Group. The group meets on the 1st Saturday of the month from 9-11am at the East Creek Community Centre in Kitchener Street so we went along today to take a look. I spoke to Jo who explained about the group which swaps seeds, fresh produce etc.
More information can be found on their Facebook page which can be found by finding Toowoomba Home Produce Swap in Facebook groups where you ask to join if anyone is interested. I haven't gone over to the dark side and joined Facebook yet but I am sure lots of local readers would know how to do that. From what I could tell this is a terrific group and just up my alley.
There is also a seed bank catalogue which can be downloaded and printed out as well.
I would really like to have a look through this so I just might have to join Facebook to do so.
On the way home from the swap we made a quick visit to the Farmers Market which wasn't as busy as usual probably due to the cold wind that had sprung up after the rain last night. By the way, the market is going to be on both Saturdays of the Carnival - 17th and 24th - and is just across the road from one of our major gardens Queens Park. The Market dates up until December 2017 are on the website if you are visiting at any time.
As I said it is going to be a very busy month and while at the market I picked up a brochure advertising the Craft and Garden Show at Geham which is 20 minutes north of Toowoomba. It sounds interesting and I just might go for a drive out there as it is going to be very busy here in town that weekend. I noticed on the website that Cody Cook, one of the winners of House Rules, will be there on the 17th from 1-3 if that is an incentive for anyone. I must admit I never watched the show as those types of TV shows are too stressful for me :-)
So those are a few of the events that are going to be on this month. Looks like a lot of fun too! Thanks to everyone who made nice comments about the loss of Sally this week. I still miss her as she was so much a part of my daily routine, especially trying to get her to get into her coop at night and I am sure the neighbours wonder why they aren't hearing me yelling 'Get into bed, Sally' every day while they are preparing dinner. Susan mentioned in the comments that she read a blog where something similar happened to a special chicken so I had a look and read the blog post and had a good cry. I am glad I am not the only person to get attached to a chook :-)