This morning I headed to Hobart to go to the Dolls House and Miniature Fair. It was grey and drizzly; the kind of day where you can’t see the top of Mount Wellington but 11 am Salamanca Market was still fairly busy. It’s winter in Hobart and the locals are used to it and the tourists need their market fix. The stallholders covered their wares with heavy sheets of plastic. Buyers and sellers alike were rugged up in warm jackets and hats and umbrellas were in evidence. If you didn’t have one you could buy one there along with brightly coloured woollen scarves, locally made beanies and thick socks. Coffee stalls were doing a good trade. The cafes and pubs in Salamanca place have awnings and outside heaters so their business was not affected by the bad weather all that much.
I was headed for the Salamanca Arts Centre as the fair was being held in the Long Gallery in the upper part of the building. Downstairs there are little galleries, arty shops, cafes and the Peacock Theatre.
I will be posting about what I saw at the fair on my doll blog later so I’ll just say that I’m in awe of the people who make these tiny things.
After spending an hour at the fair I decided to go to Salamanca Square to get lunch. It was still pretty damp but not so bad that I couldn’t sit outside. There are several cafes and restaurants in the square including one which is also a self service laundry. There are a few shops too selling books, camping and outdoor wear and Socrates,my favourite shop in the square, which sells unusual toys, games and gifts. I had a coffee and a chilli chicken wrap at the Salamanca Bakery and watched three lads who were busking near the fountain. One of them had dreadlocks, the drummer was wearing a Onesie. They were pretty good too.
Finally it was time to go and I headed up Murray Street to meet up with Hubby in our arranged meeting spot. On the way out of the market I saw this.