It’s the holidays, so you’ll forgive me for not knowing what day of the week it is. Saturday felt like a few days ago, yet this particular Saturday was just over 2 weeks ago. I’m lost in my own time machine of happiness.
Markets are a favourite of mine; for the treasure, food and photo opportunities. I’ll never tire of visiting them, as there is always something different to be found. Two markets I visited this particular Saturday were the Neighbourgoods market in Salt River and the Milnerton market in, well, Milnerton.
I visited the Neighbourgoods market mid-morning, and having not had anything decent to eat yet, headed to EspressoLab for a dose of their prized poison.
Once I’d been sufficiently
kicked in the pants fueled, I headed off to find something to eat. It’s no secret that I use Ocean Jewel Fish as my trusted source of fresh, local & sustainable fish in Cape Town. When it’s tuna season, Julie prepares some of her famous seared tuna, seasoned in secrecy and goodness which provides those of us looking for a light, fresh and healthy option at a market known for it’s decadent food. I asked for salad garnish and helped myself to wasabi dressing.
Doesn’t that look amazing?
I bumped into Lexi Bechet of Ma Mere Maison who was selling her beautiful confectionary, as well as these gorgeous old-school pegs wrapped in twine. I bought the twine not only to wrap gifts in, but also as gifts to give. Great idea, Lexi.
I then headed across to the Milnerton market where I found a man who was selling books for R10 a piece. I picked up three Beatrix Potter novels, two first edition Kathleen Noris‘ published in 1930 and a fifth edition, newly translated Cranes Flying South, inside which I found someone’s old bookmark advertising the 1971 Republiekfees. I parted with R60 for a bagful of books.
At the same stall, I found a selection of old-fashioned cutlery in various states. Some shiny and well-looked after, others almost bayonets of rust. An ornate copper-looking fish fork and matching knife caught my eye, as did a pewter fork. Those too, R10 a pop.
Also claimed, was this prize silver and crystal butter dish. Isn’t it lovely?
On my way home, I picked up some bunting I’d bought online from Skinny LaMinx. Heather Moore’s fabric designs are unique and fresh and I knew the bunting would complete a certain whimsical look I was after in my bathroom.
I used my new twine to secure the bunting to hilty nails that were conveniently already in the wall.
A very rewarding day at the markets, indeed. Perhaps you’ll find yourself inspired to visit your local market in the new year? I hope you do. I also hope that you’ll challenge yourselves personally in 2012. For me, random acts of kindness and a more focused body, mind and spirit count as challenges, not resolutions.
Happy New Year!