On Saturday, we left the car at home and instead took the train to
As we approached
The venue was lovely, old, charming in fact, with lots of nooks and crannies. We were very lucky and were positioned in a little room just beside the main shop. It was so pretty and quite luxurious in comparison to other places we've been. There was an amazing 1930's sideboard and a rather comfy leather couch which I utilised to full effect throughout the day! It was so cold that I didn't venture outside of our space and therefore didn't get any photographs of other stalls, sorry. I did, however, get a few snaps of our things.
|Although we could see through the window, it took me a long time to |
realise that the same couldn't be said for the other side! :o)
The fair itself was very slow with a small footfall compared to normal. It couldn't be helped. It's an established event, brilliantly organised, publicised wonderfully well and in a great location but what you simply can't plan for is the weather. Rain, I find, especially heavy, freezing rain with an added bit of hail never does a good fair make! On the plus side, I got a lot of knitting done and managed to finish the beret I was making in Stylecraft heather to go with one of our jumpers.
Despite low numbers, I sold the dress I'd made in Clydella fabric from the 1940's
Mr Y, on the vintage front, was far more successful. He never sticks around at these things. It's not a place for the girls and anyway,
Up in the Forum, there were a handful of vintage stalls with various books, ephemera and the like. Stacked alongside some Picture Post magazines, he spotted 9 Good Needlework and Knitting magazines dating from the 1930's. They aren't in the best condition, a couple have some water damage on and bizarrely someone has removed all the staples! However, the patterns inside them are simple beautiful. I'm now itching to get started on another 1930's jumper but I shall resist - for now!
One of the other stalls had an eclectic mix of vintage jewellery including 3 of the wartime brooches I collect. Luckily for my purse, I wasn't there to see them or I may have been compelled to buy them all! Mr Y was far more sensible and entrusted the choosing of a brooch to C who, knowing my fondness for the "sticky up ones", as she calls them, chose this pretty blue one.
As if that wasn't enough, he also took a trip to Waterstones book shop where Alex and Peter from Wartime Farm had been book signing. Much to C's disappointment, who has been fascinated by the series, they missed the actual signing, but did manage to pick me up a pre signed copy.
When I watched it, I did sit there having a little grumble now on then, mostly about the clothing! But I really like the trio and had previously enjoyed both the Victorian and Edwardian farm series so stuck with it to the bitter end. The book is really nice; I actually like it a lot, from what I have flicked through anyway. I'll definitely be reading it.