Melbourne, Photography, Weekend Wanderings

Weekend Wanderings – Christmas in the Square and 18 Days

The Christmas Festival has most definitely begun in Melbourne and when you go into the city Christmas does seem to be all around us.  I do love it when there is that sense of Christmas, and how it can be, I don’t know how to describe it, almost spiritual maybe, or infectious, where everyone seems happy and wants to share that joy of the occasion.  People seem to be smiling more, or maybe that is just me.  I always smile at people, can’t help it.  It is nice to do, people nearly always smile back.  

The tree lighting ceremony was just over a week ago and today I thought I would show you some of the photos that I took at that.  I was taking photos for the City of Melbourne and all these photos were taken for them.  The images still belong to me, but they were taken for the city and they have exclusive use of them, however, I am allowed to show you here. 

LeanneCole-citysquare-20131129-2253The event was starting at 7pm and you can see from the clock on the Town Hall that it wasn’t long to go.  In the square there were still people setting it all up, see the flouro jackets on the guys.  It was extraordinary to see.  I don’t know why, but I thought it would have been set up days earlier, but it makes sense that most of it went up on the day.  How wonderful does it look.  It is unfortunate that it was such a grey day and rain was threatening to ruin the night.  Luckily no rain, just a few spots towards the end, though it was a cold evening.

festivities-20131129-0003There were some great entertainers there as well. These candy canes drew lots of crowds and so many people wanted to have their photo taken with them.  They were brilliant.  I have more photos of them, but will put them into a gallery at the end.

LeanneCole-citysquare-20131129-0040There was a function for the Starlight Foundation in a nearby place that had a balcony so I could take some photos of people enjoying the concert.  I think they are the Australian Girls Choir.  They were fantastic.  The Salvation Army Band also played and entertained the people.  

LeanneCole-citysquare-20131129-2256The reason everyone was there, was for the lights on the Christmas tree to be lit up.  People had to wait around a couple of hours for that to happen as the city didn’t want to turn them on until it was dark.  Being summer and with daylight savings, that meant it couldn’t be done until 9pm.  I had my flash on my camera for this, but I will go back and take more photos of it with the tripod so you can see how great it really looks.  

I am going to put the rest of the images in a gallery now, and put explanations under them if I can.  How are your Christmas photos coming along, no one has sent me any emails yet, so it is looking like Monday’s post may not happen at this rate.  

On another note, the back still isn’t good, but things are slowly improving, I can sit for short periods, which is great.  I think I will attempt to go in and take more photos this weekend.  I will be okay as long I don’t have to sit for too long, and if my husband comes and carries my bag, we should be all set.  Thank you to everyone for your kind wishes, it has meant a lot.

I would also like to say Vale Nelson Mandela, truly one of the most inspirational people of the 20th century.  


  1. Glad you are mending and pushing on – I know you are in a very different climate (which you are used to) but seeing all the deciduous trees and folks in light clothing seems strange for the holidays. Nice to see your celebrations…enjoy the weekend.

    • Thank you Robert, it is strange, I am sure. We are used to it of course, but I think that is part of the reason why it is hard to get into the Christmas spirit here, it doesn’t seem right.

  2. VeronicaBud says

    So much joy in these photos! All the celebratory happy faces. I felt as I was there :)

  3. sooo many beautiful images for us to enjoy! thank u so image.

    As for the back, remember to plant your weight on your feet when you push down to get up from your seat. This is what they taught me when my bk went out. Also, dont lie sideways with only one knee up. I keep a pillow between my knees, which helps. Heat is good…hot water bottles are my friends. Lidocaine patches numb the area. Capsaicin ointment burns but doesnt last and then relief kicks in. Best of luck, hon! :)

    • Thank you Tonia.
      I am using the heat pack a lot, and I find lying on my back and stomach good, walking is great, but not sitting or standing still. I am finding sitting is getting easier. Thanks for all the advice, I will take it in.

      • I am not sure someone might have already mentioned this. I used both the heat and cold packs alternatively. This method will help exercise the back muscle. Heat relaxes the muscles and cold contracts them. This will speed up the healing process. I am a frequent visitor to the back pain department, it will usually take 3 to 5 days to heal. Best wishes!

      • One other person did mention that, I haven’t tried it, I don’t have cold pack, might have to see if I can get one. Though I think the damage might be a nerve, it is making my thigh rather weird to touch, and that is where most of the pain is. Thank you for the advice, I think I will have to try it.

  4. Leanne, so sorry to hear about your back! I must have missed a few posts. I hope you are all right. I will send Prayers your way. I live in chronic pain due to my back, and, Luv, I wouldn’t wish that scenario on anyone!

    These photos are wonderful. Your talent… words. Just gorgeous. Thank you from the bottom of my Heart for what you do.

    BIG (((HUGS))),

    • It is getting better Amy, thank you. That is terrible, I couldn’t imagine living with that sort of pain, what I have now is bad enough.
      Thank you so much, glad you enjoyed the photos.

  5. What fun photos! I especially like those candy canes, I have to say. They look so happy! Perhaps next year they’ll be joined by gingerbread people.

    Also, I’m glad to hear your back is feeling a bit better. I hurt mine quite badly in the spring and finally rigged a way to use my laptop while on my back. No editing without my external monitor, but at least I could read and correspond. Best wishes for a continued recovery!

    • That would be fun if gingerbread men joined them.
      I am having similar issues editing photos, but I am slowly getting there. I am able to sit for short periods, so hopefully it won’t be long that I can get back to normal. It is rather annoying.
      Thank you Jen.

  6. You have to love a candycane with a butt, right? I would like to say that I like seeing these not only for the composition (love the guy standing between two candy canes) but for what it tells me about moving around. I feel like you’re not staying in the same place, you’re moving around and not being lazy. Great! I know, sounds a little silly to mention something like that, but there are times when I don’t feel like picking up and moving. :)

  7. Love your gallery Leanne ! And what you say about smiling is so true :-)
    Good to hear the back is on the mend albeit slowly -I can imagine apart from the pain it will have been extremely frustrating for someone as active as yourself .
    Funny but having mentioned about gaudy Christmas decorations earlier in the week … I’ve not seen a great deal about Lol . Must try harder ;-)

    • Thank you Poppytump, glad you feel the same way about smiling.
      It is so frustrating, though I did go into the city yesterday to take photos, and it was great. I am fine to walk around, and it was so nice to be moving like that.
      Yes, please find some, no one is sending me anything, so at this rate I won’t have a post for Monday. ;)

  8. Very festive post, Leanne., and it is good to move around but take your breaks in between. Sending you more healing hugs xo

    • Thank you Francina, I am taking breaks and being as careful as I can, thank you for the hugs, I love hugs.

  9. Tiffany Seide says

    Thank you for capturing such a beautiful celebration and sharing – I’m hoping to get some great photos to email you from Las Vegas!! A lot of the city’s decorations are officially “up” as of yesterday so I’m getting prepared to shoot!

    • That would be wonderful Tiffany, would love to see what Las Vegas looks like at Christmas, I can’t imagine. Thank you.

  10. Beautiful photos, Leanne!

    I’m glad your back is improving.

    If I can get my hubby to drive me to Squaw Valley in the snow today, I should be able to get some Christmas photos. I’m sure they have a tree there. But there is a foot and a half of snow and it’s better if he drives down Alpine Meadows Road, not me!


    • Thank you Nia.
      Yes, it is getting better, I went into the city yesterday and got some great shots. Our first and only sunny day for a while.
      That would be great, please hubby, drive Nia to Squaw Valley! Thanks Nia, I look forward to seeing some photos that I can use on my blog.
      Hugs back

  11. A time for recalling events past and present, especially the reconciliation hearings. We still have Desmond Tutu with us, a man I admire very much.

  12. Such cheery photos! I was wandering around Bourke Street Mall today and it was so packed – probably about 500 plus people lining up down the entire block to see the Myer Christmas windows! Like you, I smiled at everyone :)

    • Thank you Mabel, I can’t believe how busy the city has been, there are so many people around, it is great of course, though not great when you are trying to get certain shots and there are people everyone, haha. I went in last night and there were people everywhere as well, not as many as Saturday, but I was impressed with how many people were there late Sunday night. I wonder if we smiled at one another. :)

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  14. Party time *smile – great joy and playful gallery. Still feels a bit strange that its so green … and Christmas.

    • I can definitely understand why it would seem strange Viveka, though it is something I am very used to, Christmas in summer is quite different. Thank you.

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