Sunday at South Bank
5 August 12
Brisbane is an excellent city for impressing out-of-town visitors, and South Bank is the family-friendly weekend jewel in its crown. We lucked out by visiting South Bank on the first Sunday of the month — when the Young Designers Markets are held in conjunction with the regular weekend markets.
I came away from the markets with the business cards from only two interesting stall-holders. Lindy Longhurst creates beautiful, intricately-detailed pictures of whimsical women, including a fabulous red-haired mermaid with a patchwork fish-tail. I also was attracted to Gordana’s interesting clothing designs under the label Loose Lemur — they have an edgy, steampunk look. I want to browse both ladies’ websites properly later.
After we had gone up and down all the market rows, buying only two special necklaces — Aisha’s is a row of tiny birds on a scrabble piece, and Brioni’s is her name written on a grain of rice in a vial of water — we explored a little more of the South Bank Parklands.
Despite it being the middle of winter, the day was pleasantly warm, and our girls quickly stripped off to enjoy the water. I managed to stay mostly dry while cheering from the sidelines.
It was interesting being a small family again. One woman commented to Johnny that he must be a proud father of five… When Johnny started protesting, the woman explained that she was joking about the doll Calista was carrying on her front in a sling (four girls + doll = five). Together, Johnny and I laughed at the greater joke, and we accepted the woman’s good humour with grace, not bothering to correct her.
Being out with Johnny reminds me that there are so many opportunities on our doorstep for exciting outings. We’re blessed to be in a country that invests money into public, free recreational areas — they buoy my spirits as I watch the girls play so eagerly. I’ll be seeking out more chances for playing in the local area until we start roaming further afield, so if you know of any good places to go, please let me know!