The state of Victoria is getting a lot of rain this weekend, with some areas predicted to get up to 300mm of rain in three days. It started raining in Tassie on Friday, has continued off and on during Saturday but today it is absolutely bucketing. We’ve had 35 mm since midnight. On Friday, the packing of the car for the market was a disjointed task, done in between downpours of rain.
A couple of houses away from us lives an incorrigible Houdini labradoodle, named Trixie. The neighbourhood is quite familiar with her as she regularly escapes. About a week ago, at 10:30 at night, when I was in bed, I heard something bang loudly into the garage door and rubbish bins. Then I heard somebody at the top of the driveway calling Trixie. I thought to myself, ‘oh, it’s just Trixie escaping again’, and wondered why she would crash into the garage door, then forgot about the incident, until yesterday, and a foul smell. I can piece the story together now… Trixie was chasing a wallaby and it was the wallaby that crashed into the garage door, and then died by the garage and back fence. With 34C degrees the day before, it didn’t smell the nicest. It was bagged up and put in a rubbish bin. I thought to myself, when I was growing up in Vancouver, I would have never thought that one day I would be putting a dead wallaby in a big, black rubbish bag.
It was a bleak start to the market but unlike last week the rain stopped for pack up time and then the storms came while driving home. Despite it raining off and on all day, there many tourists at the market. A lady from Norway purchased an ink platypus original painting. The literal translation of platypus in Norwegian is ‘beaked animal’, just like in German, which I learnt last weekend.
I met a young lady from Quebec, Canada. I mentioned that I can speak a little bit of French because I was born in Belgium. It turned out so was she! She had moved to Quebec, and our family, to Vancouver.
Dairy farmers from Queensland chose several prints, including ‘Hayride’ to hang in the office of their dairy farm. A couple from north of Newcastle, NSW bought a ‘Joyride’ print (emus riding a Ducati). She is writing a children’s book and the story is about an emu! Another motorcycle fan bought a Triumph motorbike print, ‘Bonnie and Me’. She visited the stall last year and purchased ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’. She said she’ll be back next year. It’s so nice having people return and visit. Speaking of return visitors, Morag, originally from Scotland, came by one more time before she heads back to Adelaide and informed me that the ‘Black & White + One’ print was a big hit. While Morag was visiting the stall, she joined in the conversation I was having with a lady who had moved to Australia when she was three years old, has 9 siblings and is celebrating her 45th wedding anniversary. She is Lebanese and married an Australian, which at the time her parents weren’t too happy about it, but obviously was a wonderful decision as they’ve been enjoying many years together.
A young couple from Sydney, but now living in Melbourne, purchased a whale print. He had green eyes like my eldest son. I asked if they were initially blue and then turned green but he said he had no idea. My son’s eyes were very blue and then ended up being a stunning green.
A young lady from United Kingdom told me that her Mum gave her a ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ print. She decided to travel to Australia when she heard from her Mum how wonderful it was. She ended up getting ‘Yellow Poppy Fields’ and some greeting cards.
A family from Brisbane, whose husband played golf in the north of the state, bought an ‘Off to the Races’ print. She is a podiatrist, so I’m not so sure what her verdict would be about the emus’ running footwear.
The Best Seller today is: Scarlet Robins
A thought to ponder: “Art was as much in the activity as in the results. Works of art were not just the finished product, but the thought, the action, the process that created them.” JEAN M. AUEL, The Mammoth Hunters
Wishing you a safe, happy and creative week from the Pjpaintings stall at Salamanca Market