This is the potted version of my road trip to London for the Country Living fair. Started 5am on Tuesday and it took me til l got over the border into England before l worked out how to get the volume on the SatNav to work. However, 8 hours and two pit stops later the Sat Nav and l are best friends (l'm chatting back to it) and we have reached London. My only regret is that it doesn't sound lie Johnny Depp.
I got together with Jacky as soon as l arrived and it was great to see a friendly face when all the mayhem of the set up was going on. Total madness everywhere, but it all came together in the end and my little garden arch stand just worked as l had hoped it would after all those months of planning.
Staying with Jacky out in Kent meant that l had to get used to the dreaded London cummute. Wow do l take my hat off to you guys who commute to and from work, l just don't know how you do it, all that standing on trains, crowds everywhere and delays all the time. Oh no, give me the country any day of the week.
On Thursday night we drove bac through the streets of London to see the Christmas lights on Regent Street and Oxford Street. I couldn't resist taking a pic of good old Harrods all lit up in her festive finary.
Anyway back to the fair. It is massive, a 3 level affair. I was on the middle (mezzanine floor) right on the balcony rail. A tiny space but nice and bright and airy.
In this photo my stand is on the far left in the middle just beside the Christmas stocking.
The days were very busy, first day (Wednesday) we had the gala evening and were open til 9pm. I had thought this would be really long and dragging, far from it, the time flew by as it was so busy. Home and bed seriously late tho, could l keep up this pace!
Five days later l find that l could keep up the pace (only just!) and l have survived. Above is a picture of Rosy, my little pal from Jacky's house, making it just like a home from home.
Sunday 4pm found me packing up and heading home. 5 days of selling, far too many huge muffins just loaded with calories, great chat with friends, fab to have met so many bloggers (and thanks for looking after the stand for me guys), good sales, worthwhile effort and great memories. Another long (and boy it was so much longer in my tired out state) drive home and it is all over.
Back to my darling Idgy and the animal gang. Now it is Tuesday. Jacky has arrived and we are getting ready to start all over again in Glasgow tomorrow.
Wish us luck……