Yesterday, Saturday was market day in St Andrews. I told you about it, or that I was planning on going. I had never been before, and what a surprise it was. St Andrews is a very small town just out of Melbourne, you get there by travelling North East out of Melbourne, and it is approximately 42 kilometres out. It is almost at the base of Kinglake.
I knew that the market would be more arts and crafts than the Vic Market, but I wasn’t quite prepared for exactly how it was. It was fantastic. The people were so lovely, everyone was up for a chat, and everyone was so friendly. I loved it and I know my girls did. It was exactly how you would like a market like this to be. I suppose I should show some photos.
This man was just there playing his accordion. It was lovely to listen to. I haven’t heard one being played for many years. One of my aunties or uncles had one and played it, I seem to recall when I was a child, but it isn’t something you seeing being played very much any more.
This stall was at the top of the hill, and it had the best food. You can’t see the raspberry Danishes that it had, so you will have to take my word for how good they were. Both my daughters were trying to pinch some because they also like them. I would go back just for them.
This is some of the bread they baked. We got some olive bread, and it was good. It didn’t last long. We took it home and had it with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, very good. I love that combination. I would like to try more of their bread and next time will make sure that I get more.
I have included this image so you can see the setting. It really is in the middle of some bushland, which helps to give it that country feel. It is nice to see a market that isn’t so well defined, where stalls are all over the place in a haphazard way, adds to the artsy feel of the market.
Some people were just sitting around taking it in. It helps that it was a beautiful sprint day. After the cold wet winter we have had, spring fever has hit us a little bit this year. We are all getting out when the weather is nice. It makes a nice change.
As I said earlier the people their were amazing and so friendly. I came across quite a few people that were so nice to talk to. My camera attracted a lot of attention, I really didn’t to ask if I could photos, most people saw the camera and wanted to talk to me about it. It was nice, though I felt a little embarrassed about it. It is a big camera when you put the battery pack on it and the good lens. People automatically think you must be some great photographer, which I don’t think I am yet. Still it did help break the ice and I was made to feel very comfortable taking my photos.
I do want to mention one person, I didn’t get any photos of him or his stall, but he was really nice and I am sorry I didn’t get an image for him. He was in the main hall and my daughter purchased two tie dyed dresses from him. So if you go, please go and say hi, he likes photography as well.
My daughters decided in the end, that it was much better then the Vic Market and they would much prefer to go back there then into the other market. They liked all the arts and crafts stuff at the market. I think that says a lot.
I need to mention something else. I was approached by another blog who wanted to include one of my images on their site. I agreed, so they would like me to mention them, interesting, so I am mentioning the site where you can go and see my image if you like, just go to Digi Photography Biz.
Tomorrow, another tutorial, looking at my still life’s and the black background.