4 October 12
We visited the Rainbow Centre at Woodford today to participate in a clay-making workshop. Local artist Sue Amirsardari provided the supplies and tutelage to talk the participating children through the steps to making a cute frog.
The Rainbow Centre emits a really nice vibe. Although it is managed by volunteers, it doesn’t seem like any one person feels proprietorial over the facilities. We were immediately made welcome, and the girls found things to do that they liked.
Sue was offering the workshop today to allow school-going kids to participate. It’s still school holidays for children in Queensland.
Once they had finished their frogs, most of the children left the centre. Brioni asked Sue if she could make another one. Sue later said that her favourite moment was when Brioni told her she was putting a coat on her frog as she thought he was cold. “I tried to say ‘Hang on, you can’t thread his arms through that piece of clay — they will fall off!’ but I stopped myself and sat back and watched as she carefully pushed two holes through the clay unfolded his arms and put a coat on him.”
Afterwards, Denise invited us back her house so the kids could play some more. It was lovely to give the kids some more time to get to know each other, and this was the first opportunity I had to spend time getting to know Denise’s husband Andrew.
Woodford is rapidly becoming one of our favourite destinations. The wonderful community mindset, the lovely, creative people and the beautiful countryside is calling us back to visit again very soon!
Thank you to Luisa Ayma who shared her photos with me.