Headed over to the 23rd annual Springtime Flora Festival at Mt Penang. I've only ever missed two of these - the first one as we hadn't moved to Kariong and in 1998 as I was in hospital having just given birth to Christopher. This award-winning event is one of the largest and most popular flora events in Australia. There are flora displays and landscaped garden settings as well as displays by associated commercial suppliers of outdoor, garden, lifestyle and home living.
This year it was relocated to a new site at Mt Penang as the existing location has been taken over by the Department of Education and is currently a construction site for the new Kariong Mountains High School which is due to open next year. This I think has caused some significant headaches for the festival planning committee as it effectively has meant that they have had to start over. The new location is not as good as the previous one, nor is the vehicle access. I felt that the number of exhibitors (normally some 300) was down from previous years. It was still enjoyable but I couldn't help but feel that something significant was missing.