this little piggie went to market(s)

Thank heavens it’s Monday. Jam Tarts did two markets this weekend and all I can say is that I’m ready for some R and R.

The Harfield Carnival was a mixed bag for us – the intermittent downpours and high-force winds didn’t bring anyone any joy, but in the in-between bits it was wonderful: Karen completely sold out her rice-bag pillowcases and shorts, plus one customer sent a mail ordering a further ten. We felt Karen deserved the day off yesterday – so she could stay home and make more. hahaha

Yesterday was the Kirstenbosch Market, always a pleasure to be there! The weather had sorted itself out, and the steady flow of holiday shoppers and tourists was very welcome.

You’ve seen a zillion pics of Jam Tarts’ stuff, so I’m not going to bore you with more.
Here is other stuff: we all fell in love with these meerkats, made from jacaranda wood. Gran bought a whole family of them, I think.

We had a new neighbour, Carolyn from Car-o-Shop, who makes car seat covers at incredibly reasonable prices. Since crocheting a car seat cover is going to take too large a chunk of time, I think I’ll ask her to run something up for Mini-me. I’m thinking lime and shocking pink zebra stripes…

Dear friend Lara came to visit, with three lovely boys in tow. She’s good like that. The boys loved our owl monsters, and Max and Noah took it upon themselves to name any owls who had made it to the market without name tags. On the left in the middle, you can see a little turquoise chap who became “Snowflack”, and I had meant to put him in my basket to take home with me. But alas, I got distracted – and Snowflack got purchased by a complete stranger.

Lara tried on a button bangle and it looked so nice that I gave it to her as an early xmas present.

The only reason she is covering her pretty nose is because she’d just smeared thick white sun protector on her face – the South African sun is a real killer, so take note and take care. Seriously.

Last but not least, here is our amazing mountain in the background. The Kirstenbosch market is held right across the road from the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, and the entire area is – what can I say? – like paradise. Life would be very flat indeed without our Table (no pun intended).

To be continued…

PS. I finally returned the fixed-up stool to my across-the-road neighbour. Seems I had timed it just right because her mom was visiting her at the time, and was overjoyed to see it – she says she remembers her gran sitting on it in the kitchen back in the day. So it belonged to my neighbour’s great grandmother.


19 thoughts on “this little piggie went to market(s)

  1. Lara

    Dear Jill, your owls were SO much fun! We took four home to our house, and Noah had fun playing with them the whole evening. Mine got renamed Miss Hoot, and the tiny one, Owlet. It was Owlet’s birthday, so Noah made party invitations for her, and all her owl friends came, Alexander with a book labelled Greek Mythology under his wing, and Gary with his heart still firmly stuck to his head. After eating cake, the owls played hide and seek all over the lounge, and I had to find them. Owlet giggled every time I came near. Then it was time for her flying lessons, and finally they all perched on top of wine glasses and fell asleep for the night. So much fun to watch my boy playing so happily with toys which do not fight or kill or attack each other — thank you!
    PS Can I order some brothers and sisters for Owlet, for Christmas stockings, please?

    1. Nice piece of work Post author

      You crack me up. Owlets for xmas stockings, no problem. I have my crochet hook out as we speak. I still need to make one for Eli, anyway, but that will have to be a teeny tiny one. I did tell Noah I would.
      I am still sad about Snowflack.

  2. tgonzales

    Hi Jill!

    I’m so glad that your markets went well. Oh my gosh the little meerkats and owls are adorable. Thanks so much for sharing the photos. I hope you have a great week and have time to rest up a little.

    Love and Hugs,


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