Thursday set up at Hopetoun and the sun was shining, the place looked lovely, all set for a fun and busy weekend.
I didn't have a proper stand, I was set up in the yellow drawing room, note Rembrandt's "picture of an old woman" on the wall in the back.
I did 3 demos per day on Christmas Home Fragrance. The talks went down well and created a good crowd. The crowd helped to add warmth to the room, this was a huge bonus, as I had started the show dressed in my normal show atture of looking quite smart. no way jose, way too cold. Saturday found me in the following fashionista look – thermal vest, wool T shirt, big jersey, sheepskin gilet, leggings under jeans, slipper sox under boots, all that topped off with two scarves and a pair of fingerless gloves, that was for indoors guys!
It felt as if this somewhat disaproving lady was watching down on me. These shenanigans should never be happening in my room! Or maybe she was just cold…..
Saturday, still bright skies but a smattering of snow. Actually at this end (my little corner of the world, top of hill etc) there was lots of snow and it was all very nail biting getting up and down the hill to home. It is at this point that one longs for the old four wheel drive I once had (sorry Buggles) and I worry about my sanity in living on what could pass here for Walton's Mountain.
Now here we are yesterday (Sunday) morning. It took me 2 1/2 hours to get there. The motorway was down to one lane and the journey would normally just take an hour.
Within 40 minutes of taking this photo it was complete white out and we were told to pack up and head on home. We didn't need telling twice.
If I say the journey home was scary I am making something of an understatement. 3 1/2 hours of driving on solid empacted snow on the motorways, one lane traffic, cars littering the sides as they had slid off and couldn't move again. Thank God Idgy didn't come with me on Sunday, it was a white knuckle ride all the way.
All in all 6 hours driving, back to light roaring fire and curl up with White Christmas on the telly and brain in neutral.
Keep warm and safe wherever you are.
Me, well I'll unload the car and change dining room into work space. Fires are lit, thermals are on, best foot forward.