Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Cabarlah Market

Interestingly, the flea markets here all seem to be on Sunday mornings. The nearby community of Cabarlah recently had one. Among the many things we saw on sale there, we saw chooks (chickens).

And lawn mowers. These are reel mowers. Under the large-ish housing in the front is a reel mounted on a horizontal axis. These are great for mowing a very even uniform lawn for, maybe, bowling.

There were folks selling tools. These above are displayed in a metal fire pan for a blacksmith. The large shadow at the top of the image is from the hand operated blower that forces air through the fire to increase the heat.

There were also collections of hand tools for woodworkers.

Because we are in a community with farmers/stockmen, there are also saddles.

But there were also things not found in similar markets in the US. For example, didgeridoo vendors.

Or the preparation of fresh poffertjes. From Wikipedia:

Poffertjes (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈpɔfərcəs]) are a traditional Dutch batter treat. Resembling small, fluffy pancakes, they are made with yeast and buckwheat flour. Unlike American pancakes, they have a light, spongy texture. Typically, poffertjes are served with powdered sugar and butter, and sometimes syrup or advocaat.

And for those who like a little grease in their diet, there are fried spiral-cut potatoes on a stick. Somewhere between fries and chips. I'm just not entirely sure where exactly, but it's in there.

All-in-all it was a pleasant place, filled, as usual, with very friendly people. E bought a new hat and we got some honey for morning toast.

A couple things to note: the woman above with her potato is wearing shorts and thongs (flip-flops to us northern hemisphere folks). The temperature is in the mid 60's (18-19C) and many trees are still bare. Notice that her child is still dressed for early spring.

So, just to prove that is spring. You can buy citrus fruit trees - orange, lemon, and lime.