Melbourne

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Not much outdoor activity; it’s raining  ̶  started this morning and is really quite heavy (Swansea equivalent = ‘perhaps you should take an umbrella, it looks a bit like rain’). Anyway, the good news is that this provided an opportunity to visit the Queen Victoria Market, a large indoor (obviously!) area full of goodies from far (carrots from wildly exotic Holland) and near (several variations on a theme of kangaroo).
There were fish stalls with some rather glum looking Barramundi,

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Butchers with kangaroo fillet,

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Delis with kangaroo salami,

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and some toothsome looking fruit and veg. Not quite as mysterious and striking as I’d hoped (too far south, I suppose) but there were eye-catching scarlet tomatoes;

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and where else but in a city whose wealth was founded on gold, would you expect to find the apples of the Hesperides? These gilded, lambent quinces really stole the show…

quince
Saigon tomorrow.

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