Sunday, June 15, 2008

A weekend at Exeter Craft Festival

Today is not going to be a blog about the newfies ... in fact I haven't seen them all weekend as they've been banished to boot-camp (aka the most wonderful kennels in Devon, let's run straight into the play area and not even bother to say goodbye to our mum)!

But they wouldn't have enjoyed this weekend at all, as the DevonBears have been at Exeter Craft Festival meeting lots of nice people and selling loads of stuff. We had a great weekend, in the most wonderful surroundings as the stalls were set up on the Cathedral Green. You can't see the stalls on the photo below, but they were just off camera to the left.

The only bad bit of the day was trying to navigate our way around Exeter's one-way system - we could see the Cathedral in the distance, but whichever turning we chose we found ourselves heading back out of town again. Marital disharmony threatened, but more by luck than judgement, we found a very-well hidden side street and suddenly we were there! We quickly set up our stall ....
Not a moment too early as vistors soon started to arrive ...

The junior team member (aka husband) was overcome with fatigue and abandoned his post for a quick cup of tea and newspaper break ...

Then the band began to play...

And he quickly returned to his post... (I wanted pink stripey staff uniform aprons but he refused to wear pink - spoilsport!)

Visitors came from across the globe - some travelling great distances to reach the DevonBears stand ...
Some of our products are off to far-flung places such as Canada, New Zealand and Hong Kong - wow - my bags and aprons are better-travelled than I am!

Two days of fun, sunshine and hard work!! But a great time was had by all - we sold out of some things, and loads of feedback - more bunnies are needed!! A day off today, then collect my furry friends tomorrow (don't suppose Ben will want to come home) and start on the orders.

11 comments:

Crystal Jigsaw said...

You have a lovely blog site here, I love your pictures on your side bar. The photo of Exeter Cathedral is beautiful. I had my picture taken outside there many years ago with my Uncle Tom (now passed). Lovely memories.

Sounds like a great day was had by all.

CJ xx

Pipany said...

I love Exeter Ellie. Dave used to live there so I spent a fair bit of time travelling up and down.
Glad the fair went well and that you sold lots of stuff. I seem to hear only bad things about craft fairs lately so this made a nice change xx

Elizabethd said...

Exeter is lovely, and the craft fair sounds a good place to have been. Glad you did so well.

Cait O'Connor said...

That was a nice tour round the craft fair Ellie. Your stall looks lovely, I am pleased yuo did well.

Inthemud said...

Sounds like a great time. Lovely photos!

One way systems are a real pain.

Preseli Mags said...

I know what you mean about the Exeter one way system! Worth it in the end though. I think your pictures are gorgeous (and the newfies too). I'm glad you had such a good weekend.

DevonLife said...

And the sun shine! Not that was good planning! j x

Fennie said...

Hallo Ellie, Love those Newfies. We had two Newfies, too. Not together, one after the other. A black one and then a Lanseer caled Sampson.

Long time since I've been to Exeter - looks like you're doing a roaring trade.

Blossomcottage said...

It looks like a great fair, a friend of mine started a Country Fair at Sherbourne in Dorset about 12years ago, it was lovely all local things, sights and sounds, but like a lot of these fairs it has gone a bit down the route of imported itemes. Yours looks as if it was really lovely and just my kind of day out.
I just love your site.
Blossom

CAMILLA said...

Hello Ellie,

I love the beautiful pictures to your site.

Glad the day went well Ellie, I adore Craft Fairs.

xx

Nessa said...

Those are some seriously attractive newfs!

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