a day in the mountains

7 September, 2014 ·

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.

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Springtime beauty!

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I loved the soft, muted colours in this corner…

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and the warmth of little signs like this one, making sure everyone feels welcome and comfortable.

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I fell in love with this little farmer gnome in her overalls!

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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.

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I was excited to hear Charm of Finches playing as I entered and to spy a little basket of their music too!

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These little friends sat chatting in the corner of a beautiful wooden cot.

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Another go at trying to capture the golden honey light.

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And a little more springtime magic.

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I didn’t plan it so it was a lovely surprise to find my visit coincided with the beautiful Kallista Community Market.

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Anyone who has read Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot will know why I was excited to find a stall selling poffertjes!

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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.

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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.

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All the while the sound of the kora wove and wafted in and out of the stalls. Magical.

kallista community market

After that I wandered up the road. Blossoms were out everywhere!

kallista community market

I love winter best really and don’t like to see it go, but seeing these little buds opening always cheers me up.

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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.

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No matter how many times I see it, this bright orange lichen always takes me by surprise!

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I would like to try and make some of these leaves in felt, with french knots for the little seeds.

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More beautiful filtered sunlight.

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And now I am ready for spring!


Comments

  1. Jewels Dear Anna, Wow how absolutely breath taking, thank you so much for sharing this light dazzling journey, I love Epoche, plus every other little step of this xx
    September 8, 2014 at 12:00 am · Reply
  2. jo from the maidenhair tree beautiful!!x
    September 8, 2014 at 12:33 pm ·
  3. Jeanette Wonderful pictures Anna - it all looks splendid. I would love to visit Epoche one day ....... The felt heart pods look so lovely - think I will get in touch and see if I can get one sent.
    September 9, 2014 at 7:17 am · Reply
  4. raya gorgeous lady - what a treat to behold!!! glad your birthday visit was the absolute best!!! and I'm also glad to know and feel blessed by another human who loves winter as much as i do!!! you are a good one to share this life with xxx
    September 9, 2014 at 10:06 am ·
  5. Margaret B. Epoche is one of my favorite shops, too (and I've never even been there!) Thanks for taking us all along on your little sojourn... xo
    September 9, 2014 at 10:18 am · Reply
  6. Lois Wadelton arhhhhh now I just feel like I have had a lovely day out...well I did with out leaving the house...thanks for sharing...spring bliss :)
    September 11, 2014 at 12:42 am ·
  7. gentlestitches Wow! That shop looks it is filled with pure magic. Beautiful pictures of our lovely Victoria in Spring. :-)
    September 20, 2014 at 4:50 pm · Reply
  8. Debra Lovely photos. I love spring.
    September 21, 2014 at 2:15 pm · Reply
  9. JessicaJose' Dear Anna, thankyou for your beautiful blog, everytime i see it it makes me a little happier. it makes me feel grounded and reminds me of beauty. wishing you happiness, jess
    October 28, 2014 at 9:05 am ·
  10. Line Oh,Anna!! What a gorgoeus and utterly inspiring post!! :-) I always feel so inspired after visiting you here! :-) Thank you for that! :-)
    October 30, 2014 at 12:06 pm · Reply
  11. Monica We have just discovered Violet Mackerel at our local library, and it has quickly become Miss Sevens favourite stories! We were looking at Violets website, and decided to find out more about the author, well, to our delight, and surprise, we came across the blog, where you visit our local places! My daughter is very excited that you have visited so close to home, and you have even seen the sock lady! All the more excited to continue with Violets books!
    January 15, 2015 at 8:11 pm ·