Sunday. The local indoor Rural Market.
It is a market held 4 times a year to support local, independant, rural traders. It's all for sale, everything from Crafts to Chutney... Walking Sticks to sausages... and PaperFish likes to get involved!
I had a smaller stall than usual. I have been concentrating on new web business so i hadn't got such a huge stock to offer...
I also wanted space to set out a table for Children - you remember how it was when you were little? being dragged around places of a weekend with your parents stopping to chat every 5 minutes and you weren't allowed to touch or buy anything....? i hated that: children need fun :)
So i had an extra table and chairs next to me where children were offered the chance to make some exciting bracelets from various beads, buttons and ribbons... it was so much fun (as always!)
The bracelets were great! very imaginative and all quite different.
I was worried stupid about the huge needles we had to thread the felt beads - luckily, no major accidents and the results were worth it.
Sisters getting stuck in...
And my star of the day - Pretty Pollyanna, who managed to make a huge threaded necklace and matching bracelet. She worked so hard on it and talked non-stop the entire time. I barely had a bead left!
Of course, the advantages of helping set up the Market - is i get to choose which stall is next to mine :)
Naturally i chose the local Chocolate Makers (originally from Finland!) Their chocolate is amazing and the couple who run the business are such lovely people. We talked children and the politics of 'formal education'... it was all very continental.... and yummy.
A new lady at the market - it is a shame she has no website because her stained glass creations are just sooo lovely. There was a really high standard of good quality stalls and it was a great atmosphere.
My girl and me bought matching kitten friends and pottery mice for them to chase... (mine is pink, hers is blue)
And the lady with the knitted glories was selling her items for less than the materials used to make them... dolls around £3.50... kittens £1 a piece.....
I know, it DOES make life difficult for those of us trying to make a living from this.... but it is her hobby and her life. Who am i to criticise her pricing? she was colourful and fun to have on board.
Lastly and by no means least-ly (?) i popped The Fudge Man right in front of me...
Pardon?... are you accusing me of spending all my pocket money on handmade chocolates and fudge?... that would be very rude of you and simply quite untrue.
(They had freebie tasters of everything)
It ain't Rock and Roll Folks, but it's my kind of a Sunday.