On Saturday BFG and I went to the Irene Village market, which is held twice a month in the grounds of Jan Smuts House near Pretoria. We heard you have to get there early before the good stuff is sold out, so we arrived at about 9.00am - very cold and frosty, and there was already a queue to buy the enormous fresh farm eggs.
Everyone was wrapped up warmly to begin with, but layers were discarded as the sun rose. I took all my sketching stuff, but the market was so sprawling and busy, and so much to look at, I'm afraid I did these later at home, from my digital pics... next time I will take a folding chair and find a place to park myself. There were so many real characters to people-watch...
like Elsie in her huge homemade hat selling the fluffy cotton rugs that she and her workers weave on her smallholding, where she says the owls warn her if there are any intruders on the prowl - they stop their constant grinding, chattering and hooting and become very quiet!
These musicians were selling their bamboo pipe-organs (is that what they're called?) and making a joyful noise. There was also a string quartet in the tea-garden, camel rides for kids, antiques, arts & crafts - and the corrugated iron house of General Smuts which was very moving in it's restored simplicity and historical significance.