I've fallen for Hobart. It happened almost instantly, as soon as I stepped from the plane last weekend - the clean, fresh air was almost intoxicating, and I was enamoured! As well as a little sightseeing, I of course had the grand debut of Mathilda's Market in the city to look forward to. I had the distinct feeling I was about to have a sterling weekend - 24 hours of balm for the soul! I wanted to do a happy dance, but I was in a public place, and it would have attracted baffled sideways glances.
I've been to Tasmania before, but never have I been accompanied by a guide with such thorough local knowledge! My on-the-ground assistant and Hobart resident, Robyn, helped to organise our first Tassie event - thanks Robyn! (But she could easily forge a second career as a tour guide). Robyn took me to Hobart's heavenly Battery Point, which was the highlight of the weekend for me (apart from the Market, of course). It's an old port and maritime village just south of the CBD. It retains much of the look of 100 years ago - if you love classic architecture and beautiful old, divinely cool and stylish shops, I highly recommend a visit to Battery Point.
Oh, and the food in Hobart is just wonderful! The city has a wealth of great eateries and restaurants to choose from - I even took an assortment of irresistible foodstuffs home to Melbourne with me. I really wish I'd taken my hubby and kids on this trip to Tassie - I'll know better for next time!
Anyway, I'm not here to boost tourist numbers to Tasmania, so I'll get back to Mathilda's! Market
D-Day arrived, the weather was lovely and I headed to the venue, the Hobart Function and Conference Centre, which perches at the end of the Elizabeth Street Pier. I stood next to the building and gazed out over the Derwent (you should SEE the location of this venue! Incredible!), then filled my lungs with that clean air, smiled and headed inside for set up.
9am arrived and so did the crowds, and Hobartians kept arriving right until closing time. It was so heartening to see so many come to support local creators, including Ruby Victoria Letterpress, Notions, What Katy Did Next, Bye Bye Birdie and Sunday's Child.
Here's a few photos I snapped of stalls on the day. (My camera will need to be surgically removed from my hands - I'm still addicted!)
Journals from Isis - these are all hand bound and vintage inspired - just beautiful!
Badges from Isis
The handiwork of Little Snoring
Oh and look! We even had royalty in our midst.
(The Union Jack cushion is from Little Snoring).
A contented little customer's inner artist emerges
There were long queues for the very popular face painter!
It was such a sweetly satisfying and enjoyable event for me to witness taking place - and I dearly hope all our Tassie shoppers felt the same. A big thanks to our Hobart stallholders for creating such unique wares and presenting them with such flair and care. See you again Tasmania - on Saturday 17 July, same time and place! (Oh and there's more pics below!)
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