This year's Beanie Festival runs from Friday 21st June to Monday 24th June and the theme is Beanies From the Heart - A Celebration of Friendship. There will be the usual dazzling display of knitted hats in the Araluen Gallery, plus over 5,000 on sale. Friday night kicks off with the Opening Gala - 6pm to 9pm with music and entertainment, food and drink and the first peek at the exhibition of entries in the Best Beanie Competition. Come along and enjoy the fun, which continues all weekend with workshops, displays, all kinds of craft activities plus mouth-watering cakes and other goodies from the tea shop and cafe. Open every day from 10am to 5pm. Lots of free parking at Araluen Gallery, and just walking distance from Camel Cottage.
On the Queen's Birthday weekend we drove out to Ormiston Gorge, in the West MacDonnell Ranges for a picnic with friends by the water hole. The water didn't look too inviting, although I saw one brave swimmer take the plunge. We walked up to the lookout at the top of the cliff for the stunning view along the massive redstone Gorge. Ormiston is about an hour's drive from Alice Springs, with a great campsite, a little shop and fantastic walks. The Ranger gives regular talks there about the wildlife, the flora and geology of the gorge.
I've lived in Alice Springs for six years now, with my husband and our cat, Olly. We set up our Camel Cottage rental apartment for visitors to the Red Centre, so I hope to give people a flavour of the amazing landscape here and what's going on in this little town.