The Manly Craft Markets

The Manly Craft Markets

The Manly Craft Markets

Welcome Summer! Woo hoo! It’s December 1st, reports are over, and the students have all gone home!

We know that can only mean one thing…

It’s time to come out of hibernation!

Not that I have REALLY been hibernation, obviously. I have still been out and about, doing the christmas shopping, making bits and pieces for my class to say goodbye and thank you for a great year. But as for the rest of life, the friends, family and home that I need to survive, well they unfortunately have been a bit neglected the past few weeks – including this blog I am afraid to say!

But all is right with the world, as I am finally able to relax and unwind!

I did take a brief time out from reports a few weekends ago to visit somewhere pretty cool. The Manly Creative Markets are held every Sunday at Little Bayside Park in Manly. The markets are based against the beautiful backdrop of the harbour, with all the sailing boats waiting patiently for their owners to do a spot of shopping before heading out for the day on the water.

Manly Markets

I have quite a few friends who live in the Wynnum/Manly area, so I was no stranger to the beautiful water-side spot. However every time I go there it still gives me a little sigh of delight, even on an overcast day as it was last Sunday.

Manly Harbour

Saturday is usually the markets day in the Stuart Household. However, we made the special trip as Cocker Spaniels Rescue Queensland, who Cheryl volunteers for, was holding a special stall to raise money over Christmas. My parents were also going to meet us there, so I was very much looking forward to it!

Cocker Spaniels Rescue Queensland

I have quite a few friends who live in the Wynnum/Manly area, so I was no stranger to the beautiful water-side spot. However every time I go there it still gives me a little sigh of delight, even on an overcast day as it was last Sunday.

We went and said hello to the CSRQ, grabbed a decent coffee, and trawled the stalls for any interesting knick-knacks. There was an array of eclectic stuff, from clothes, to records, to recycled pallet furniture, and of course lots of jewellery and craft. You can even get your hair cut at ‘Kombi Cuts’! We had hoped to buy some fruit and veg as well, however weren’t too impressed with the one stall of produce that was on offer. We’ll have to head to the Jan Powers Farmer’s Markets instead (it’s held in the same spot!).

Combi Cuts

I was delighted to find some beautiful (and relatively cheap) succulents to purchase.

Sweet Succulents

I bought a dress (couldn’t resist for $19!) and headed across the road to the Barramundi Boys Fish Cafe for a fresh catch. I can only assume the fish was fresh, as it took a whopping hour and a half (yes you read correctly, an hour and a half) for our meals to arrive. I can’t recommend the place for the service at all, however once the food FINALLY turned up, it was quite decent. Maybe we had a bad experience, if you tried it and found it different please let me know!

Fish CafeMy Tasting Platter

 

We headed home after lunch as I was quite worried about having enough time to do my reports after such a long wait. Aside from the hiccup with lunch, I was very happy with the day’s purchases and quality time spent with family.

I definitely recommend an outing on a Sunday if you’re in the market for some cool and quirky Christmas gifts! It’s a first in, best dressed basis for stall holders too, so you’re never quite sure what you’ll find!

And to top it off, I’ve nearly finished my Chrissy shopping and decorating! I can’t wait to show you what I’ve put together this year!


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