The Secret Garden Market

Ssssshhh...... It's the Secret Garden Market

"Fairies, princes, goblins and toads..... human beings are the ones now traveling this road..."
Wandering through the lush suburbs of Cape Town, on my way to find The Secret Garden Market. A gorgeous Autumn Saturday, a slight breeze, but the sun is warming.

My mind is flooded with thoughts of what The Secret Garden market holds in its magical bubble.

We really do not always appreciate where we live. Driving through the south of Cape Town really is unique. The uniqueness ends when I find traffic.... and a lot of traffic too. It seems The Secret Garden market is a secret the whole town knows about.

The entrance is simple, no fanfare, just a small sign handwritten on a yellow piece of cardboard directing the masses to the "not so" secret market.

But the entrance is worthy of being captured through the lens. A simple white pillared gate opening up to the stone covered pathway surrounded by rich green vegetation.

Around the bend I am greeted by a beautiful old style thatched roofed house with the aroma of freshly ground coffee beans and pizza wafting through, welcoming you in more ways than one.

I needed the toilet, located just there, great timing! Wandering off the pathway here - do you find yourself needing the toilet when you arrive at a new destination? Maybe it is the old animal instinct in us that craves marking our territory or maybe I have a problem...

Back to the world of magic and secrets....

I have walked through a bubble into another world. The organizers have thought through the design of the market carefully - they have placed the food trucks at the start of the journey - good move! Pizza, tacos, a pink cocktail, beer on tap - what better way to start.

The path narrows before opening onto the front lawn dominated by a center piece of landscaping visually advertising the dire drought our beautiful mother city is experiencing. It is a simple circle with intersecting pathways and water wise plants.

Rather fun to watch whether people will stand out from the crowd and venture onto this "sacred" piece of land. There is no sign requesting you not to walk on or through it, yet those that come near it, make a concerted effort not to. It really is quite fascinating.

I just had to take the step out (and leap of faith) and walk through it - it's alright, I never turned into a pumpkin.

The colour and diversity on show was breathtaking - hand made cushions, jewelery, sexist socks, herbal infusions, did I mention food?

Flowing out from the front lawn, and across a hedge of lavender, the space triples in size. A Bedouin tent sets the scene for everything family. A very chilled picnic area, with colourful blankets, random table and chairs and family's galore. Wow, what a feeling, what a festive vibe emanating from all around. Just spot on!

A great thing about some markets is that they think of the kids too. The Secret Garden Market hit the mark. The kids play area was well supervised, colourful, and kept all entertained. I was so tempted to take the shoes off and go jump on the awesome jumping castle, but alas, I kept the big kid in me supervised.

Nature showing off. I am pretty sure somewhere in this magical world there are many fairies, princes, goblins and toads. I will return to find out.

When next the secret is let out, I would highly recommend taking a trip to this magical world, it was well worth it.

This is me...... and this is my story :)

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