Monday, July 13, 2009

To Market, To Market, To Buy a Fat Pig...

...Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog,
Home again, home again, jiggety-jog.
To market, to market, to buy a plum bun,
Home again, home again, market is done.


A few weeks ago there was an anklebiter uprising and the weekend before last was declared a market-free zone. To set things back to right, the Mr and I put our conniving, cunning heads together and this weekend we visited two.

Conniving and Cunning Plan Number One
Farmer’s Market at the Collingwood Children’s Farm. My kids love the place, even if the conditions were what I imagine a snowstorm to be minus snow. As well as those chickens with feather foot warmers, we saw a real and generously proportioned pig. Should you wish to buy, his organic cousin comes sausage-shaped.

Conniving and Cunning Plan Number Two
The Great Market Challenge: Part One. Inspired by the nursery rhyme, the first of these (ahem) weekly challenges, is to locate as many pigs as possible. Warthogs and flying pigs permissible. Degree of difficulty: 8.5 (Camberwell Market is a busy, buzzy place and only one of our number exceeds 153cm).

The final tally:



Not bad, don’t you think? Especially given our search was limited to the main thoroughfare and fronts of stalls. The good news is, it turns out Camberwell Market pig farmers are exceedingly generous with their wares. We arrived home again, home again, jiggety-jig, with two piggy donations.

Considering the constant kid monitoring and pig spotting, I owe it to my finely-tuned peripheral vision for treasure unearthing. This 1" x 1.5" card of antique, miniscule (doll?) button-lets:



A similarly sized, intricate objet d’art:



And some nice typography:



End.

27 comments:

Gina said...

This post was quite educational - I had no idea that there was plum-bun-buying in the original nursery rhyme. Well, there you go!
I just love the pig-spotting. Brilliant idea.
I'm also quite obsessed with the type you bought. And that Rosella stamp!!! I'd so love to get some type. Was it from Camberwell Markets? Never been there.
Thus endeth another rambling comment.

Jessi said...

so gorgeous... those stamps are brilliant!

i wish i had have gone to camberwell too, but i think collingwood made me get the sniffles, so i opted to stay inside for the day. how boring! ;)

Christina Lowry said...

Great idea! That is a lot of pigs!

Your finds are all wonderful. Especially the buttonets and the typography. Did they have more?!

:)

Jo James said...

Clever, clever girl, coralling the anklebiters into pig-searchers (and successful ones at that!) Makes me want to take mine out on a similar expedition. Alas, they are less easily persuaded, being dreadfully jaded in their advanced years, so a nursery rhyme is unlikely to be adequate motivation.

Cindy said...

We will have to meet up at the markets one week - with combined broods they will be making way for us. Love the pig collection - buttons divine

daylesford organics said...

And here I was thinking that pigs might be a tad out of fashion with the whole swine flu thing. What fun you made with them. Must admit I was pretty happy to be having a break from doing markets (including Collingwood) when I saw what the weather was doing on the weekend.

Mel said...

Lurve lurve lurve the stamps! (very clever ending too ;)

And well done on the conniving. Isn't it amazing how much brain power has to go into convincing younger folks that things are a good idea?

(p.s those chicken with the fluffy feet freak me out)

Madeline said...

I've gone all this time and never heard the second half of that nursery rhyme! How very cool! And, yippee for a little market conniving.

Anonymous said...

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Classy ending to an elegant post. (Bit like an Olympic-type dive really.) Verrrrrry nice.
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Tinniegirl said...

The feather foot warmer chickens are my absolute favourite. I say Hi to them everyday when I go to the farm cafe to get my morning coffee.

Love the pig game and love all the gorgeous treasure you found. I want to come on an outing with you.

Andrea said...

hello you market woman extraordinaire! and mother extraordinaire! when i manage to tame my two-year-old, I have to remember that cunning pig-spotting manouvre. atm it would have been more like a pig-GRABBING-event...
love your findings and that ending is awesome!
xoxo andrea

GUGAW said...

nice finds! i really need to get me to a market...

katiecrackernuts said...

Oh you're good. Well done - and you scored swines. Excellent.
And thanks for the support with the 12-step book program I seem to have started.

trashalou said...

Oh that Rosella stamp!

Nikki Cardigan said...

As a reader, you entertain me.

As a mother, you inspire me.

Buttons by Lou Lou said...

Oh the lengths we need to go to! Great finds at the camberwell market. I have still never been but really need to get there!

CurlyPops said...

I swear you must have some type of market radar goggles to find such cool stuff!

Hayley Egan said...

You know I once asked the Collingwood Children's farm if they would lend me a goat for my lawn. They said they "Didn't usually lend them..." Ah the nostalgia...

Cath from chunkychooky said...

That market sounds great- i love the stamp

Loz and Dinny said...

Inspired pig huntin' shenanigans... will keep up sleeve for when my small is on to me and the market fetish. I love the rosella stamp - very andy warhol touched by the craftin' ninja

said...

how come i never see any great stamps for sale???

Kylie said...

Fabulous. Really enjoyed this - I have the opposite problem... my girls love going, but of course they want money then to buy things! Maybe I could hatch a cunning plan getting them to count pigs in our house while I sneak off...?! :) K

LADY BEVERLY said...

Very, very clever!
Neat idea - just goes to show what imagination can do.

Enjoy!

Bev

floortje said...

love the treasures you got yourself...my parents just arrived from france and I know they visited a lot of markets so I'm very curious..It's a nice way of recycling. You happy, the seller happy....and mother earth happy ;-)))

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

The baked bean stamp is so useful ! Not too sure why just yet ....but it will come to me soon .Meanwhile I covet it .

elly bee said...

pigs search on a market. we did it once in a museum. son had to find as many dogs (or other animals) at the old Dutch paintings. it worked for an hour....
but it left us enough time to spot some nice art and have a lovely Sunday afternoon!
I will remember this one for the markets I will explore in France in two weeks.

beck said...

How do you do it? Are you super human? Or do you just have xray vision? I am in awe of your market tenacity/vision/patience. I love, love, love your stamps and those buttons...so sweet! xoxo