I had the most beautiful, peaceful, inspiring Saturday this weekend, leaving my home nice and early to travel on the train up to Kallista in the Dandenong Ranges. It was mostly an excuse to see Epoche in full springtime blossom. No new season really begins for me until this little pilgrimage is made.
I loved the soft, muted colours in this corner…
and the warmth of little signs like this one, making sure everyone feels welcome and comfortable.
I fell in love with this little farmer gnome in her overalls!
None of my photos is good enough to show how beautifully the honey-like morning sun shines into the spaces, but you can see it a little here I think.
I was excited to hear Charm of Finches playing as I entered and to spy a little basket of their music too!
These little friends sat chatting in the corner of a beautiful wooden cot.
Another go at trying to capture the golden honey light.
And a little more springtime magic.
I didn’t plan it so it was a lovely surprise to find my visit coincided with the beautiful Kallista Community Market.
Anyone who has read Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot will know why I was excited to find a stall selling poffertjes!
I met a lovely couple, Ernie and Christine, who ran this stall of handmade skincare products, Care You Love. They use oils infused with the flowers they grow and they even crafted their beautiful, earthy wooden displays by hand. I bought one of their body butter hearts in a soft felted heart pod. Heavenly.
Apparently ‘the sock lady’ is quite an institution in the market scene but this was my first encounter – rows and rows of baskets of woolly socks in all these glorious colours! I bought more pairs than I care to admit to.
All the while the sound of the kora wove and wafted in and out of the stalls. Magical.
After that I wandered up the road. Blossoms were out everywhere!
I love winter best really and don’t like to see it go, but seeing these little buds opening always cheers me up.
And then I spent an hour or two following one of the trails through the rainforest. I love the way the sun filters through the ferny branches.
No matter how many times I see it, this bright orange lichen always takes me by surprise!
I would like to try and make some of these leaves in felt, with french knots for the little seeds.
More beautiful filtered sunlight.
And now I am ready for spring!