Sunday, January 25, 2009

Australia made

In honor of Australia Day weekend (FYI: Australia Day, January 26, is sort of Australia's version of the Fourth of July), I offer a selection of pictures of (mostly) handmade, uniquely Australian items from today's Sunday market at the Old Bus Depot in Kingston. Clockwise from top left:

1. Fabrics inspired by traditional Aboriginal art, watched over by eucalyptus-eating friends.
2. Anzac biscuits and Bundy rum and macadamia fudge slice.
3. Bluetongue Premium Lager, named for the indigenous blue-tongued skink. As an aside, I don't think I've ever seen beer and wine available for sale before, by the crate, at a market--this in itself is very Australian.
4. Various dips, including beetroot dip. Australians have an abiding fondness for beets, and they crop up in all sorts of (to a recent arrival) unexpected places. Most commonly on top of hamburgers.

Happy Australia Day!


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