Oooh I’ve just had a lovely day at the Country Living Spring Fair with my flower ace friend that is Georgie of Common Farm Flowers. She was giving talks on cut flowers and signing books whilst I was being her wing woman which was huge fun as I got to chat to lots of people. Georgie’s survival guide is well worth reading as is the rest of her blog and of course her book of which there will be copies at her talks on Thursday!
In between talks we had a chance to mingle around and see lots of lovely people as well as meeting new people and there was lots of oohing going on I can tell you!
I approached the Nathalie Bond stand and said “ooooh I follow you and blogged about you in my candle round up“, she asked who I was so I told her and then she oohed. It’s the simple things that make me smile! Georgie treated me to a lip balm for my birthday, there’s lots of flavours but I chose rose.
I have known of The Linen Press for a while but hadn’t actually seen their products in real life …. oh but hello I was very soon smitten! Totally smitten and came away with a green Foxglove jacket. In her blog Georgie mentioned my brogues, which are none other than these from Its got soul. There’s nothing worse than being too hot and uncomfortable when you’re on your feet all day so these shoes are ideal.
One of the new people I met was Rustique who has THE most stunning products, no seriously they are stunning, this chair for example! The work that goes into such beauty must be hours but the end result is utterly amazing!
Another business I had not yet met was Artbox who use recycled leather and their range and colours is a treat! Talking of colours I soon found myself over at the Plooms stand where I admired the weight and colour of the pens before using one. That’s definitely on my list!
Pinny Pockets look great fun, an apron with detachable oven mitts in a variety of colours and designs. How useful!
These Kirigami and Origami pop-up cards literally made us stop in our steps. They are outstanding!
Georgie and I also did some oohing at the amazing Shabby Sheep Crafts – I can guarantee you will too! As much as I wanted everything I was very restrained and picked up a tiny acorn for my late friend’s mother. I really do marvel at anyone who can create anything and it was uncanny that these stunners were infact handcrafted.
I did rather love the badger!
The quilts and cushions from Lisa Watson are exceedingly well made and in a variety of colours and designs, again I marvel at how much time, heart and soul goes into making such treasures.
It’s well known that I have a thing for mugs and the vintage set from Jin Designs made me smile, ok they made me laugh loudly. I enjoy browsing for items for my own home and for gifts in general and had a good long look at what was available from Luca’s Garden, The Stripes Company, The New Eden, Punica and Sarah Field Ceramics where I picked up a dinky bunny with a spotty tail.
There was also a lot of food stands I walked very S L O W L Y past whilst stretching out my hand to try things, oh my gosh the chilli chocolate from Goupie was more than moreish I was almost tempted to don a disguise and head back under the cover of a beard! I might just have cleared the display breads from Dassie and I could have been the one who was hogging the Cotswold Gold Chilli Oil!
It was lovely to see old friends like Eliza Wray, L & S Interiors and to see their new range Olive & Daisy and to finally meet the wonder that is Jane Means who so kindly allowed me to use a photo of her gorgeous dog in my wedding anniversary party planning blog. I couldn’t resist the orange pom pom ribbon that is going to be part of a window display as opposed to adorning a gift!
Oooooooooh! One product that I wanted to bring home and put straight on the wall was the laundry ladder which is the new approach to drying laundry from Julu. Yes. I know you want one too!
All too soon it was time to go home, my commuter days are long gone and I had no desire to be stuck on a train in crush hour so I headed off with my bags aplenty and a happy smile following a lovely day and sauntered onto the train where I read my book in peace before getting home.
Thanks Georgie for a lovely day once again I do so enjoy wing woman duties, hope it goes well tomorrow! And if you are going to this fair or any in the future don’t forget Georgie’s survival guide ….. and I will if I may just add in just 1 little hint which is to suss out where the loos are furthest away from the entrance as the queue will be smaller and you will be happier!
Happy days and I hope you have gained some inspiration from this blog.