|Posted by drynosedog on September 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM|
As the title suggests, it has been a good weekend, though I do hope its not strictly the end as I have neither had any supper or beer yet. I have only just got home from the really rather wonderful Sutton Bonington Show, and I can honestly say it's been a brilliant day. The weather this morning started off very autumnal (one of my favourite times of year, as I've probably mentioned before) It was misty, cold, and required a jumper. And for the first time, the car heater went half way round to warm. The mist soon went elsewhere allowing the sun to steal the skyline, and it stayed lovely all day. I had lots of lovely customers, some regulars, some newbies, and had the added bonus of being next to one of my buddies, who makes me chuckle so much I can eat Staffordshire Scotch eggs all week with the calories I burn from laughing. There were no famous people in the marquee this time (unless you count the Greengrass from Heartbeat look-a-likey) and I didn't win the raffle, but I did see John, a fellow stallholder I know who is always so full of compliments for my work, that's it's almost better than a raffle win and a Jarvis sighting put together. Lots of visitors said what a great show it was and I can fully agree, so if you've never been, why not come and see for yourselves next year? You're missing out you know.
Yesterday I was at Whittington, another great show that is a traditional type of affair with events going on throughout the day and a great mix of stalls to spend your wages at (and again, well worth a visit) The weather was slightly more overcast, but still dry, and the customers came in good numbers. There were a lot less marquee spiders at Whiitington than there were today at Sutton Bonington, so packing up was slightly quicker as I wasn't spending ages releasing the spiders from tealight holders. (I think I was last but one out of the marquee today)
My next show is The Great Peak District Fair at The Pavilion Gardens in Buxton, which also hosts The Buxton Beer Festival, and as all you blog readers will know, is a great event as it's local makers, bakers and creators. (Yes, I know, that bit was good wasn't it? Makers, bakers and creators. I'm chuffed with that) It sort of signals the beginning of the aaarrrgggggghhhhhhhh- I've-got-to-work-every-day-for-at-least-14-hours-a-day-til-mid-December season for me, as the next shows after that start to be called 'Christmas' shows, and they start spelling them 'fayre' instead of fair.
On that note, with a stomach-churning realisation that I'm not in the slightest bit prepared for this chaos that will soon be upon me, I'm going now, for a bit of feet-up while I've got chance. And I may also have one of them lovely (vegi) scotch eggs and a beer. Yep, I know how to party. Rock n roll dudes, rock n roll......