As I write, it’s a positively horrible 40ºC and the whole of Canberra is struggling to find a comfortable place to spend time. Isn’t it strange then, that Autumn is only a few weeks away, heralded by a new bite in the air, a change to the colour of the sky and tonal hints that the trees are changing?
It would be very hard to celebrate Autumn this early, so I’m not going to do that yet. However the next Handmade Market on 23 & 24 March will be a celebration not just of Autumn, but of the season in this beautiful city of ours, which seems to come alive as March begins. So this might be an opportunity to look forward to everything that Canberra will be this Autumn.
Of course, there is the Handmade Market. On 23 & 24 March, we’ll be inviting over 260 Australian designers and producers to show off the fruits of their labours. Seasonal food, colourful homewares, slightly cosier fashion and drinks that celebrate our unique climate will all be available to see, try and buy.
And if there’s ever a time to really explore Canberra, it’s the Autumn. The balloon spectacular, Enlighten and the night noodle markets are on in March, bringing everyone together on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin while the mornings and evenings are still balmy enough to enjoy the outdoors.
There are dozens of spots from which to see Canberra’s deciduous trees at their finest. The courtyards of Parliament House are alive with colour and accessible during the Autumn, with maple, magnolia, birch, linden and dogwood trees all showing off. Throughout the suburbs, there are areas of imported colour such Chinese pistache, American elm and pin oak. Head to ANU, Weston Park, Yarralumla or the Tuggeranong bike paths for a dose of regional colour.
As a market that is part of this city’s landscape, we want to say thank you to Canberra for giving us a home, for being itself and for having a generous population that loves to come together in the Autumn to spend time at its beautiful national buildings and in the great outdoors. Between now and the market, we’ll be focusing on CBR designers and producers and the artisans who are creating products that celebrate our capital. We’ll be indulging in the Autumn colours, sites and scents of this region and dare I say, looking forward to the return of a slightly cooler climate around here.