Today dawned bright and beautiful. I got up early, while the rest of the house slept and indulged in the stillness of the morning. I didn’t have to work today and because it is a Saturday and it is a rare occurrence to have a Saturday off, today was a magical day.
In my last post I tried to explain, with my limited capacity, the struggle to achieve work/life balance for a business owner. In this post I want to share with you that I have made a concerted effort to take some time off and to do something fun with it.
This day didn’t just happen. I have found that if I want to do something on my day off, I need to plan it. Spontaneity is often defeated by lackadaisicalness. We planned to go to the markets, if we hadn’t then we would have probably ended up doing nothing. So we had a plan. We had to make a delivery first and pick up some yummy relish from the mother in-law and then we were off.
Our destination was the famous Eumundi Markets. We estimated that it had been at least five years since we had been. Considering we were Sunshine Coast locals, this was pretty poor. We decided that since we were going through Nambour, we would take the scenic route through Yandina. Highways are so boring.
It is interesting to travel roads that you haven’t been down for a while and see the changes. I have lived on the Sunshine Coast for nearly twenty-four years and during that time have lived in different suburbs. Places that I used to frequent regularly, now I rarely visit so it is nice to revisit those places and see the changes. Did you know that Yandina has a brand new shopping centre? I didn’t until today.
When we arrived at the markets, parking became our goal. I remember having to get to the markets at some ungodly hour in order to get a park. Parking is a lot more civilised now, they have car parks and everything. You have to pay for the privilege, but I find that the convenience is worth it and the money goes into the local community.
The market has grown exponentially. There seemed to be thousands of them (I don’t actually know how many there are, but there are lots!) Eumundi Markets used to be known for their strict regulations for Market holders – make it, bake it, sew it, grow it – but things have changed. There is still a section of the markets that stick to these rules, but there are other markets that have grown up around the original and they are not so strict. Some of these are great, but unfortunately there are some that just stock cheap imports which, I feel, have no place in a real market.
Overall, the atmosphere is great although very crowded. There is so much to see and taste and experience and not just at the markets. There are some really interesting shops along the main street, notably Berkelouw Books. This place was phenomenal. New alongside second hand alongside antique…a book-lovers heaven.
Another great shop was a Retro and Vintage shop called Retro Spective. They have some amazing pieces and furniture and really reasonably priced. I didn’t get a photo in the shop, but we did buy a little treasure.
We had a delicious, freshly baked chocolate croissant from a gorgeous little french patisserie stall. I think the chef was actually French!
And saw this cute little van that I would love to turn into a coffee van or maybe a muffin van 🙂
We bought some adorable mini Monte Carlo and Melting Moment biscuits that were about the size of a ten cent piece but ate them before getting a photo and also found this set of sugar and creamer that most of our grandparents probably owned.
Our market plans fulfilled we then took a drive to Noosa, well, Tewantin. We were heading for Noosa River, but Gavin got lost and we ended up in Tewantin which wasn’t any big drama. We were enjoying our sunny Saturday adventure and decided to just go with it. Neither of us had ever actually been to Tewantin before, so we wandered down the main street to find some lunch. We ended up at Tewantin Deli were I had a Pumpkin, Spinach & Feta Salad with Grilled Chicken and Avocado. Gavin had a burger, but only ate half.
And on the drive home we saw this cute little shop that I wish I could transport to Mooloolaba and turn into a Vintage Cake Shop
That was our Sunny Saturday Adventure!