Monday, October 23, 2017

Finders Keepers

The Finders Keepers is a 3 day craft market at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne.
Over 500 stalls were present selling beautiful handmade goods.
There were many wonderful items that took my eye but I didn't need them. I was surprised that the prices were not that expensive and very affordable. 
Ranging from jewelry, pottery, cosmetics, clothing, art, stationary, food, children's items, pet lovers items and so much more.
Emma and I had a lovely afternoon browsing the market along with thousands of others.
Will take note next year to re-visit it.

 In the 19th century, it was fashionable to place grand buildings and exhibition halls in a garden setting. The garden beds of the Exhibition Building were laid out in a "parterre" style in patterns such as scrolls, triangles, wheels and circles.
These beds were removed in the early 20th century and replaced with a more simple style of garden planting. 
 The colossal fountain stands some ten metres high on the south side of the Royal Exhibition Building, outside the Great Hall.
At the central level of the fountain, four youths (representing a young and vibrant colony) dance below symbols of the arts, science, commerce and industry; for example, musical instruments, a telescope, sailing ship, steam engine and globe of the world. 
Above this are images of Victoria's indigenous flora and fauna, and a boy with a clamshell. Holding all of this aloft are four merpeople rising up from the waters of the lower pool. 

 Iris garden beds.

Carlton Gardens pond.

Glorious Azalea.
Collected some beautiful stall advertising cards.


  1. The craft market sounds great. Please advertise it next year. I have just realised that I have never looked closely at the fountain. I will next time I am there. I think I take a lot of things for granted.

  2. Good to hear you had a great day out.

  3. A beautiful day in the Carlton Gardens. Isn't it wonderful that the fountain is flowing now after being dry for so many years.

  4. It is a lovely building. So are those flowers. Pretty

  5. What an attractive place to spend time... if not money.

  6. A wonderful, historic building. I love the painting of the inside of the building when there was a visit by a Royal for an important ceremony.