After the Spring Fair 2014

What a glorious Saturday we had for the Quaama Spring Fair. The hall and grounds were magically transformed (thanks to our many willing helpers) with flags, paintings and colourful fabric, reminding me of a medieval village. Delicious smells of homemade food and brewed coffee wafted through the air. There were baskets of fresh eggs, jars of honey, seedlings, vegetables, cakes, cordials and lots of happy banter. The many beautifully handcrafted products from local stallholders, including skin care, hand dyed clothing, soaps, embellished woodwork and jewelry provided a feast for the senses. Why not treat yourself to a massage, kinesiology, astrology or tarot reading…. were you there?

Our famous verandah talks began with Roger from the Men’s Shed project and some secret men’s business (just exactly what do those blokes get up to??) and a timely Fire brigade fire safety awareness update. Mmmm – the smooth homemade yoghurt tastings from 4th generation cheesemaker, Geoff Southam and Bev, still has me salivating. An inspiring Tai Chi demonstration calmed the body and mind. Then it was time for the Quaama Creations fashion parade – exquisite clothing and footwear collected from around the globe – featuring local models strutting their stuff in stunning silk, linen and hand beaded designs going at to die for prices. Musically we were treated to a diverse experience from classical to modern including our younger musicians, Zoe & Patrick and Cara. Did I mention the cooking contest winners…. the awesome food available for lunch, the vintage/prestige cars??

The day ended with the auctioning of Pauline Balos’ most beautiful paintings featuring ephemeral faces. Time to pack up…. was it all a dream… so much beautiful community and sharing and food and warmth…. let’s do it all again soon!!

Not to be missed – a Quaama Cheesemaking Course, featuring Geoff Southam, at the Quaama SoA, will be held 13th & 14th December. To enquire or book, contact Carolyn 0411 167 158.

Ruth Haggar

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