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12Nov03KalamundaVMarkets (15)

Each month, hubby and I peddle our wares at Kalamunda Village Market.

It has an old-fashion market feel with music from my era (60’s & 70’s) piped around the park by good quality HD speakers and I often find myself grooving to the beat between customers.

Used to be that you could only have a stall if you made everything yourself, locally.  Nowadays they seem to have slackened that rule, more’s the pity…

What really cheers up my day is when the crowds suddenly turn red and purple with the arrival of the ladies from the “Red Hat Society”.

The movement stated in America with Jenny Joseph’s poem, “Warning.” given to Sue Ellen Cooper of California with a red Fedora as a birthday gift.

Now 40,000 PLUS chapter in the US and many in 30 different countries later, members certainly brighten up any market!  Good on them!


Red Hat Society


I don’t have to wait – to get old before

they let me in to their secret society.

Not to wear the red hat – I must wear pink

until I reach that exalted time.  I must be

content to wait, but practice I may, so as

not to shock those close with the changes.

When I finally get to the place where there

is fun after fifty* and I can make up for the

sobriety of my youth.* Here’s my heads-up,

my ‘Warning’ – an ode to non-conformity.*


Frances Macaulay Forde © 2014

*Inspired by ‘Warning’ by Jenny Joseph.


#FrancesMacaulayForde  #RedHatSociety  #POEM:Warning  #JennyJoseph  #RedAndPurple  #SueEllenCooper

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