We are having a lovely family weekend – yesterday we went to Bellerive for breakfast at the Farmer’s Market, with bonus fresh veges shopping (less than $20 for a week’s worth of squeaky-fresh veges – yay!), then into town for Jeremy’s hockey sign-up, then north to collect a piece of school uniform which had been left on a coach (thank goodness for small-town networking), then as we came back down towards Hobart we passed MONA which had signs out the front for “Market today”! A quick u-turn and a lucky spot in the car park and we headed in to see what we could find.
MONA is very stylish, and provocative, and cutting edge, and artsy, and boho, and pretty much any other adjective you would think to apply to an art gallery or museum with seriously good cafe and restaurant, high-end library/bookshop, and art works ranging from high-profile to obscene to political to breathtakingly beautiful to antique to scientific to deeply ugly – oh and a hovercraft ferry if you want to travel in haute-camoflage style up the Derwent River.
The market, although very small, was fun – jazz ensembles playing on the big stage, with the signature hot-pink bean bags on the grass in front; a range of beverage options, some baked goods, pizza or grilled food, some activities for the kids, some funky woodwork and jewellery and clothing, massages in one teepee (an oyster exhibit in the other), a domed cubby made out of denim and singlets cut up and layered over a metal framework like some kind of bizarre blue-collar papier-mache, and shade over the benches provided by a hundred or so oyster cages strung up on wires overhead, complete with remnants of weeds and shells…
We had lovely food for lunch (Thai-inspired grilled beef noodle salad – yum), and Craig and I had some Tasmanian-brewed cider, which was my undoing – I dozed off on the way home and slept away the afternoon! The combination of sun and food and cider was too powerful 🙂
Today we are planning to go check out the Sandy Bay Annual Kite Festival – and the weather is gorgeous! We have had some very autumnal days recently, which I was not at all happy about, but this weekend is making up for the cold starts with blue skies and warm sunshine. Also good weather for drying all the weekend washing – must keep an eye on the practicalities!
There has even been a smidgen of knitting happening! Car drives yesterday put some rounds on the leg of second sock for Craig, and tv-viewing put ten rounds on the sleeve of my Same-Same. During the week I am too busy, and then too tired, to sit down with my knitting, so I am not speeding along with anything, but that’s ok – I will get there eventually.
I hope all is warm and sunny with time for family and fun for you this week, dear reader!