Wow ….Winter Solstice …..shortest day of the year and it has been brisk down here in Byron Bay …. Last night tonight looking after the very lovable Shiloh .Will be sad to part He’s very sweet . Highlights after so much rain heaven threw us a bone and hurled down a couple of truely gorgeous sparkly sunny days so Shiloh and I hit Belongil Beach and had fun mixing and mingling with locals and visitors . Played on the beach chatted to folks while Shilo sniffed butts and wagged tails with his doggie chums and aft er having a fun time headed for breakfast at The Treehouse
Shiloh and his doggie friends with me at Belongil Beach Byron Bay
I was staying close to the Arts Industry Estate Wow just loved wandering around this treasure trove of hidden gems art galleries,cafes,wellness hubs,op shops,artists cooperatives,fashion design loved the creative and entrepreneurial vibe It felt like everyone was into something . Its a shame the Arts Industry estate is not as well known as the main Byron Town Centre .Thinking of a way they could funnel some of those tourist holiday dollars from the Centre of town to the Arts Industry Estate I suggested to the Solar Train people (which is also under utilized) they could promote the train as a shuttle service especially to the Arts Industry Estate (which they havent done much of) as their only stop is only 5 minutes away from the Estate and both the train trip and a visit to the Estate both constitute experiences unique to Byron Bay which many tourists I’m sure would find a worthwhile day trip to enhance their Byron experience ( if they knew about it) and which would increase business and boost the coffers for both the solar train and the artists and entrepreneurs at the Arts Industry Estate. The promotions and marketing manager who I actually met whilst travelling on the Solar Train was really receptive to my suggestions and I think I might have planted a seed there
At one of the hubs called Habitat I even had a coffee that was a work of Art . Wish I’d taken a pic It was a chai latte with a sprinkling of cinnamon but then interspersed with the cinnamon were dried lavender and rose petals and dried green stuff It looked so pretty a shame to drink it .It made me smile to myself “Only in Byron Bay”
I saw enough of the beautiful beaches this time around to understand why people rave about the Byron Beaches .When the weather is right they really are glorious and unsurpassed in beauty
I found the people pretty chilled and friendly for the most part . I do wonder though about what the future holds for Byron given the price of real estate there.Clearly many people who grew up there or even work there cannot afford to live there but come in from the more affordable locales like Mullumbimby and Lismore ….. and there are clearly plenty of folks in Byron not living the high life but just holding it together to make ends meet . Its a paradox to me the cost of housing there which doesn’t seem sustainable for the wider Byron Bay community especially since the vibe is apparently all about peace love and inclusivity and I’ll be interested to see how it unfolds in the future .
I did spot a couple of quasi celebs I have watched his reality show on Netflix called ‘The Byron Baes’ about these new agey young things who are artists and entrepreneurs and fashion designers and INFLUENCERS 20-30 something year olds Very image driven floating around in their finest linen couteure in white and earthy tones always hugging one another and going to yoga and having green goddess smoothies for breakfast and mouthing new aged platitudes.Some of them are actually really talented and have come to Byron to further their careers but my God when they get to gossipping and politicking amongst themselves it makes you think of The Housewives of New Jersey ‘on steroids’ especially the gay blokes .Its a pretty ruthless scene .Nevermind they’ll work it out with their crystal bowl gatherings and their shamans and therapists and kiss and make up til the next time someone suggests one of the gay influencers got his millions of turkish followers via some sort of AI bot. Anyway I spotted two of these guys who looked really familiar cruising down the street in their fine linen threads looking slightly larger than life .Later I saw them again coming out of The Byron Bay Cookie shop Go figure it wasn’t Aldis .
I managed to get another picture finished for my book When Katie Was Born while I was here in Byron ( testament to the creative vibe perhaps) and I am feeling very proud that despite so much disruption and change and focusing on politics and the bigger Cosmic picture of what is going on on our planet I would be perhaps 2/3rds of the way through the illustrations for my second book When Katie WasBorn I set the goal at the beginning of the year to have it published by Christmas 2022 but then put it aside without realizing I was in fact quietly plugging away at it and have in fact done another five pics this year so far so not so far off course of my original trajectory afterall Here are my latest couple of pics