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SIX SENSES OF SPRING 14

spring 14

THE WORLD IS A SENSORY place. salt takes a peek at items that evoke us to see, hear, smell, taste and touch and we have tossed in an extra just for fun … feel.
 
HEAR
 
 
A young, fearless, garage band out of Athens, Alabama, The Alabama Shakes have stormed onto the authentic rock scene with their debut album ‘Boys & Girls’. Harbouring influences from R&B, blues and early ’70s rock, you could be forgiven for thinking that Janis Joplin and Robert Plant had a love child – the über-talented lead singer/songwriter Brittany Howard. You will feel the instant effects of ‘You Ain’t Alone’ and ‘Heartbreaker’ deep in your chest cavity, while ‘Hold On’ and ‘Goin’ to the Party’ rattle around your mind like sweet musical déja-vu. This is old-school sound made fresh and thrilling.
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SEE 
  
In an unnamed part of Africa, War Witch is a story told by a young mother to her unborn child; a story of violence, merciless cruelty, courage and innocent love. Komona is a 12-year-old village girl forced to become a child soldier. With a Kalashnikov thrust into her hands, she is declared a rebel and abducted deep into the jungle. This is a brave and powerful story of culture, fear and mysticism, told with a delicacy that belies its gritty realism and gives a deep understanding of this ongoing nightmare for children in the heart of Africa. 
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FEEL
 
 
Illustration courtesy of TWIGSEEDS STUDIO, twigseeds.com.au
 
TASTE
 
Give your feathered friends a home with taste with handmade birdhouses and feeders from The Original Eumundi Birdhouse Company. John and Sandra Lewis cleverly manufacture each piece from discarded materials such as old roofing iron, reclaimed hardwood from old houses, farm sheds and furniture so that the only thing new is the screws holding it together! Prices start from $30 and you can only find them at Eumundi Markets (where they’ve been for the last 14 years). Eumundi Markets on the Lower Terrace, 80 Memorial Drive, Eumundi. 5442 7106 or  eumundimarkets.com.au
 
SMELL
 
 
Get a nose for the good life with a luxurious outdoor chair from the Patio-Top Garden Furniture Collection. If you’re anything like us at salt HQ you’ll use any excuse to get outside and soak up those golden rays as the weather heats up, so why not do it in style? Sit back in the stunning (but more importantly comfortable) Sydney daybed, throw on some funky cushions and a colourful throw and voilà, you have a fashion statement right at your back door. The daybed is $2500. Available from Patio-Top Garden Furniture, 37 Gibson Road, Noosaville. 5474 3865 or 
patio-topgarden.com.au
 
TOUCH
 
 
Excite your child’s imagination with an arrangement of fabric wall stickers that make every touch seem magical. The ever-charming creators at Love Mae have given a new lease of life to the game of Play Pretend, creating artful stickers that are bound to kick-start a conversation from the creative kid who cares to think, dream and wonder. Available at Evolve, 5/10 Grebe Street, Peregian Beach. 5448 2077 or evolvembh.com.au