Today was a beautiful sunny and very warm Canterbury day – perfect weather for the annual Culverden Christmas Country Fete.
The Fete has become somewhat of a tradition for many Cantabrians – a great day out of shopping, food and entertainment. Culverden is a lovely little country town in the Hurunui district and about an hour’s drive north of Christchurch. It’s well worth a visit just for the town as it has some lovely eateries and cute shops.
There was some delicious food for sale for lunch and to take home. My lunch (above) was a whitebait pattie sandwich and a glass of Pimms (which it appears to be compulsory to drink when at the Fete). It was a thoroughly pleasant day out and I came home with a lot of goodies.
I loved these chickens! But one problem with the Fete is that if you go with a fixed budget, you can blow it before you have seen everything. So I didn’t come home with any chickens.
I did however still have enough cash to indulge in one of these amazing and delicious lemon-infused lemon cup cakes from Toni Hannah of The Traditional Cupcake Company.
This antique styled jewellery (a blend of old and new) is created by Bellamente Vintage Jewellery – who had a stall at Riccarton House today, as part of the artisan market. The jewellery is hand-made by my talented friend Macushla.
You can find out more at the official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bellamentevintage
I went along to the Sunday Artisan Market at Riccarton House this morning – and as it was St Patrick’s Day they had an Irish theme with dancers and a few people getting into the spirit of the day with green coloured clothing.
You can learn more about the market at http://www.christchurchfarmersmarket.co.nz
Another very well attended Shabby Chic market. A friend of mine went along for the first time ever and she was gripped with market fever. I talked her out of buying a musical windmill, but talked her into buying the beautiful black and white dress (pictured) that she loves. I was given the pink mustache by the lady that sells them. Apparently it’s a fashionable thing. It does rather go with the $3 pink hat I also bought at the market.
I love markets of any kind – but especially markets with shiny things and pretty stuff like clothes, bags and shoes. So when I heard that Anisa Victoria Loves Vintage was having a market at the Book Fridge Gap Filler site (corner of Kilmore Street and Barbadoes Street) I had to check it out.
As you can see, lots of girlie things for sale.
Vintage and vintage-style dresses for sale.
It was a hot day!
Checking out the books too…