POMONAL - Spring's in the air, though with the recent cold spell, some don't believe it!
The days are getting longer and people are starting to smile in anticipation. The rainfall's been great and the bush and many of our gardens are lighting up with colour and perfumes already.
This coming Sunday, why not come to Pomonal Hall, to the friendly Pomonal Village Market, where you'll find a breathtaking display of plants, fresh produce and other goods to enjoy.
It would be a superb day for a trip into the Grampians, which we take so much for granted. Team this with a visit to our interesting, friendly little market, where there will be lots of treasures.
There are oodles and oodles of secondhand books, antique china and glass, LP records, CDs and tapes; delicious slices, biscuits, nut loaves and sweets; fresh fruit and vegetables; hundreds of plants of all kinds, like alluring natives including banksias, grevilleas and proteas, cottage garden plants, succulents, herbs and heritage seeds.
You will also find handspun English Leicester yarn, fleece and garments; gorgeous handmade costume jewellery; scarves, handbags, purses, belts; hand-made cards and brilliant sun-catchers.
Add to this lots of pre-loved items like tablecloths, quilts, and crochet; naturally perfumed soaps; locally grown bunches of native flowers; sheepskin products; pre-loved and new clothes; baby-wear; lucky dips, and much, much more.
You might meet up with friends too, as you wander amongst the tables laden with goodies. The hall fundraising sausage sizzle is on too, just outside the hall so why not enjoy a tasty sausage as you explore.
Sam Simons is the youngest, newest stall-holder amongst us. Eighteen-year-old Sam is rapidly developing his artistic talents with bold charcoal drawings of people, with a number of them, famous folk.
He'll also take commissions so if you'd like your portrait or perhaps a loved pet's portrait done, or something else dear to you, come and say hello to Sam.
As well, you can have a light, inexpensive lunch in the hall, which won't cost an arm and a leg.
You can catch up with friends or relatives over a cuppa too and if the weather's nippy, the fire will be going. What better way to spend one of the last days of winter 2013, than out in the fresh, sweet air?
The Pomonal Market is open from 10am to 3pm.