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Eumundi Market is the biggest art and hand craft market in Australia. There are more than six hundred stalls and all stalls are quite unique and lively.
Among them is a beautiful painting stall I want to introduce you to. I would say, if you want to buy a painting to make your room more beautiful, this shop is the best.
It sells the owner’s original hand paintings. All paintings are colorful, beautiful and fascinating.
She draws various sizes of paintings. Depending on the size, it takes approximately three hours to three weeks for her to finish each one.
She started painting about forty years ago. After she had been in some other markets, she started opening her stall in Eumundi ten years ago. She especially loves this market because it’s an artistic market. People who come here look for works of art. Also there are a lot of artist’s stalls. She likes to hold her shop in this atmosphere.
She usually starts setting up her stall two hours before the market. Under the trees, in nice weather, she really enjoys this location.
But when it’s raining, she has to take care of her drawings and protect them from the rain. This is the most difficult thing when she runs this stall.
The happiest moment is when people like her paintings and buy them. When they buy her paintings, people are so happy and look very satisfied. So she feels her paintings make people happy.
You can only get her paintings at the Eumundi Market. It’s so special. If you are interested in her paintings, please visit her facebook “Ko Heart”. On this page, you will see many of her paintings which decorate many houses.
Come to Eumundi Market and find this amazing creative shop!
By Machiko Vanderaar
Richard Goldsworthy is the owner of a music piano stall in Eumundi’s market. He has been working there for almost ten years now, always doing the same routine which starts with taking one hour to set up his stall.
What he likes the most about working here is meeting new people everyday, even if the weather can be a real problem sometimes. He creates music for Solo Piano and spends a lot of time doing it.
He likes to think that his work is tranquil, soothing, melodic and uplifting. To advertise his merchandise, the musician uses a lot of different things like flyers and postcards. But he also has a website and a few accounts on social media, where we can buy his CD at any time.
Working only in Eumundi’s market for now, he thinks that what makes a real difference here is that there are many people coming in. Despite the crowd, he admits that he has regular customers. People even cry while listening to his music, so that proves that he must be good.
BY EMILIE DETHIER
On Wednesday, 16th November 2016 we made a trip with our Lexis Upper Intermediate A class to Eumundi Market. We caught the bus at 8.55am in Noosa Junction with our teacher Olly. There we made some teams and he gave us some instructions.
Our team had to do an interview with a seller from the Market. While we were walking Kim disappeared and we found him in a clothes’ store.
That is how we met Scott, a 55 old Australian who lives in Coolum. He has been working there for 25 years every Wednesday and Saturday with his wife. He also has another store in Caloundra, where he works every Friday. He was very friendly and open-minded and he told us he really likes working at Eumundi Market because he can meet a lot of people and interact with them. He said we were good guys and he enjoyed talking to us.
We had an amazing time there and saw many different and interesting things. We saw a lot of hand-made things, artistic people and all different kinds of international food. We met a lot of warm-hearted people who gave us the opportunity to speak with them.
We hope you enjoy our text a lot.
See you on the next trip!!!!!
E xcellent opportunities to buy special “Aussie” things
U nique atmosphere surrounded by the melody of the didgeridoo
M arvelous smells of international food, spices, leather, candles and flowers
U nbelievable, friendly and warm-hearted sellers
N ice weather with a fresh breeze for browsing the shops
D elicious flavors of pancakes with chocolate and cream
I nspiring place, people and creations
Eumundi Market: Then and Now
The first Eumundi Market took place on Saturday 24th of March in 1979. The whole market included 3 stalls and 8 people went to the market. Originally the market was created for the local artists who wanted to sell their handmade products. The original Eumundi Market was expanded in 2002 to include a Wednesday market. In 2009 the stalls were expanded to more than 600. Today approximately 1.6 million people visit the market each year. One of the first sellers was Christa Barton. She still produces beautiful pottery but she left the market in 2004 and moved to Tasmania. Eumundi rocks!
By Olly’s class
Last week our FCE Classes had a fabulous day out at the Eumundi Markets. Equipped with a task sheet the students ventured out to explore this beautiful outdoor market and interview local stallholders. Back at school they had to write a review! Here is Sandra’s:
Have you ever been to a traditional market? All the FCE classes went yesterday on a fascinating excursion to Eumundi Markets.
Browsing the market you can find exotic fruit and vegetables, artisan goods such as statues and dreamcatchers, beautiful hand-made clothes and many more amazing crafted products. The market takes place twice a week in the mornings in a picturesque small town in the hinterland of Noosa.
One stall in particular caught my attention because an old man was selling beautiful crafted animal statues made from marble dust and white cement. He has been producing these for 28 years and still loves everything about it. He really enjoys meeting a huge variety of different people every week – and being in fresh air while selling his products.
This market is really worth visiting because of all the unique characters and fascinating arts and crafts. It is all about the motto “Make it, bake it, sew it, grow it”! It is just amazing!
A great day out with an authentic task and excellent results! Can learning English get any better than this???
Today Sheryl’s Intermediate had some visitors. The students wanted to find out more about what life is like outside of Australia and our students wanted to know more about what life is like in Australia so they both put together some interview questions and spent the morning discussing life and living. Below is the Lexis student’s feedback about the morning. Hope you enjoy them as much as they enjoyed the visit.
Today some high school students visited us at Lexis and we learned a lot from each other. Two of the students want to be a pilot like me. I was really happy to meet them because it’s a good thing to learn new things about another culture. We shared information about our favourite food, our hobbies and our life goals.
This morning we had a different English lesson to normal. Some real Australian Students from a high school visited us and we spoke about the differences between the Australian lifestyle and life in other countries. For me specifically between Australia and Czech Republic. I think that life here is not so different when we compared the two because we have a similar culture. The difference is that people in Australia are happier, more polite and friendlier than in Czech. Everyday people can go to the beach to surf, relax and enjoy the sun. In Czech we don’t have this chance because we don’t have the sea. Today’s lesson was really good and interesting – we enjoyed it.
Svenja & Corina
We liked the easy and open conversation. They were very friendly and lovely. It’s very interesting to know about their plans for the future. There are so many different things between Australia and Switzerland. For example, they have never seen the snow in the mountains. They have the beach and everyday they must drive a long way to go to there. The lifestyle is also very different. It was so nice to meet them all.
Juan & Mana
In Australia all school students can use PC’s. The shops close very early. School goes from 8:30-3:00. They have the beautiful sea and their seasons are opposite to in Japan. In Japan school goes from 7:30 to about 5:00 and we have cleaning time. We get a school lunch and eat a lot of rice and raw fish. We don’t have koala bears and usually live in apartments while many people in Australia live in houses.
Teppei & Jan
Today Noosa District High School students came to our class. We interviewed each other about our countries, interests, food etc. The conversation was very funny because they are very nice students from the school. Many of the students haven’t travelled out of Australia yet and a lot of the students want to visit the USA. They all look happy and relaxed. A lot of students want to study engineering and one girl wants to be a police woman. Through these conversations, we learned more about life and the people in Australia and we really enjoyed these conversations with the students.
Bruno, Mattheus & Oriol
Today students from Noosa District High School joined us in our class. They interviewed us about our countries and other things. For us it was interesting to ask what they think that we are doing here and also what they know about our culture. One of the most surprising things was that many teenagers in Australia haven’t travelled to foreign countries. This is surprising for European and South American people because it’s normal to travel to neighbouring or nearby countries. It was also a surprise to find out that they like playing soccer and they love the soccer cultures of Brazil and Spain.
I have taught over 8 FCE groups since working at Lexis Noosa and felt the need to commemorate the students that sat their FCE exam in August 2016.
Cambridge classes at Lexis have traditionally been European based, with students predominantly being from Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Italy, France and Belgium. However this June FCE class was unusual because there were mainly students from Korea and Japan and then only two Swiss. Furthermore, the class didn’t run for 12 weeks – as other courses usually do – but only 10 weeks.
As usual, we worked hard on all skill areas but especially speaking and listening. The students asked for so many extra listening tests that I ran out of them! We also did a speaking practice every afternoon to strengthen their speaking confidence by overcoming pronunciation shortcomings and openly expressing opinions. Thankfully all that hard work paid off with an excellent pass success rate. One student got 189/190 in Use of English, which is virtually unheard of.
Not all classes are created equal. This class certainly lived up to that saying – they were superior in so many ways – they absorbed everything they were given and were appreciative of the journey of learning! Their commitment to excellence was inspirational!