I looked at my phone yesterday morning and saw that Harriet Hunter Gatherer was going to be at Compton Marbling Spring Fair in Tisbury, Wiltshire today so I duly wished her a nice day and took the dog for a walk. Whilst walking I worked out the logistics. Tisbury is in Wiltshire which is next door to be Berkshire if I go M4, or just past Hampshire (which is next to Berkshire) if I go M3. Not that far really! The girls are still on hols so I suggested a drive to Wiltshire and an ice cream. They bought it!!!
Getting to Compton Marbling is so easy from Wokingham and as I’m familiar with the route we set off without a backwards glance at the housework and holiday laundry. At one stage we hit a rubbish piece of road outside Hartley Wintney and I did wonder if the car would get there in one piece! Once on the M3 I considered my sanity driving west on a Friday afternoon but the traffic wasn’t that bad and thankfully I took a little detour to avoid going past Stonehenge and saved myself 20 minutes apparently!
We arrived at Compton Marbling and I told the girls we must look for Harriet straightaway and she would be very surprised to see us! She was very taken aback and surprised to see us, it wasn’t like an Eammon Andrews moment but she was very surprised to see me! It was so nice to meet Forage Somerset at last having chatted on social media for ages and Gil Fox.
Clementine’s Shop has a lovely selection of gifts and inspiration, I picked up a few bits and pieces knowing that I would have to return another time!
I like the look of the bamboo socks and at 3 pairs for £12 they’re a bargain!
The stallholders were varied and oh so friendly, I could have spent hours admiring Metal Menagerie‘s wonderful designs!
I did think I would pick up a Pom Pom basket from Forage Somerset
but got sidetracked by the mermaid fins and had to pick up a pair for Laree and one for our friend’s daughter!
It was also nice to meet Black Mountains Smokery who I pass regularly when I am in Wales. I do love pickles and condiments so picked up some crab apple jelly which I will enjoy with my cheese at lunch today.
The girls enjoyed brownies from the cafe, sadly we had to dash back to pick up Mook but we are looking forward to visiting Pythouse another time.
I also tried some chilli oil from Gastro Nicks – wow it had a good punch. Delicious!
It was so lovely to see Harriet again and see the new designs of the Bowlovers as well as the PERSONALISED BOWLOVERS some other stock that I had not seen in the flesh before. The summer herb barbecue lighters are brilliant by the way!
If you are looking for something to do today then why not pop along to Compton Marbling, it’s open until 5pm and I assure you that you will enjoy mooching, browsing, shopping and eating. If you do go then do say I said hello!
It’s well signposted and satnav will take you straight to Lower Lawn Barns, West Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6SG.
Have a jolly day!