A former newspaper journo and editor, Monique Mulligan is the author of My Silly Mum, Fergus the Farting Dragon, and is a publisher with Serenity Press. Visit www.moniquemulligan.com
Community fair's friendly spirit
If you're looking for a fun family day out this weekend, why not check out the Baldivis Country Fair? Set in a small pocket of bush in semi-rural Baldivis, the market has a country feel that's hard to come by in the suburbs. Hot billy tea and damper? You betcha.
Over 37 years, the markets have become a popular community event, attracting about 10,000 people to the one-day event. Rides, showbags, arts and crafts stalls, native plant stalls, food, live entertainment, face-painting, cake decorating competitions, farm animals and more make for a day brimming with activity.
It does get busy, meaning you may have to park and walk, but really, it's only a few minutes. Just remember to pack the hat and sunscreen (and water) - the weather is warming up and there's limited shade on the oval.
I've been a number of times and what stands out is the community atmosphere - friendly, giving and family-oriented. The Fab Four are well past the days of face-painting and rides, but I still get a kick out of seeing the little ones get so excited by what's going on.