Sunday markets have always been a treat for me since i rarely have the chance to go. i had the opportunity yesterday and went to two Canberra favourites;Fyshwick Fresh Food Marketand theOld Bus Depot Markets in Kingston. first up was Fyshwick to get some produce and stock up on supplies such as patis and achara from the Filipino-Asian grocery. after an enjoyable lunch of good ol' fish & chips, went straight to nearby Kingston to check out the local arts & crafts and maybe sample some ethnic food. i instantly spotted a stall selling thesetree fernbonsai which i've never seen nor thought possible before:
some are even arranged as miniature rainforests complete with mossy ground cover and a little hollow bark 'creek'.
(nb: yup, those are real four leaf clovers i found in the garden one rather sedentary Sunday afternoon)
while at the Old Bus Depot, one must also check out the adjoiningThe Burley Griffin Antique Centre where there's always treasure to be had. yesterday was no exception. i got me these antique ivory beads. i love how these ones have a beautiful slightly toasted patina to them showing off their natural grain.
i also got these two hand-hewn and finely carved wooden bowls from Papua New Guinea:
here's a close-up shot showing the detail. the larger one is mahogany, the other is macassar if im not mistaken.
with fruit or just by itself, these make very nice centrepieces for the dining table.
it was such a beautiful day, the kind every Sunday should be year round. i am very pleased =]