Thanks for popping in today.
And thank you twice if you made it along to the Open Day today.
Happy Friday in Crowborough!
Here we see the hall just before 9am.
Adding the finishing touches, tarting and fussing…
An hour later, it was buzzing.
The Team was set to entertain,
and the guests were in high spirits.
Visitors from all over the country!
Even Alex from Hochanda got up at 4.30 am to get to the party.
See Heather hiding behind Jilly?
All the way from Richmond in Yorkshire!
Yep, And she’s volunteered to help tomorrow,
because we did get a bit overwhelmed.
Mind you, not half as overwhelmed as the guys in the café downstairs! They underestimated us crafters massively!
I did warn them that you would be coming for lunch – all of you!
Ah well. Lessons learned.
Tomorrow, they will know what to expect, and next year too.
There’ll be plenty of bread and cake tomorrow, that’s for sure!
And even if I have to run over the road to Waitrose and buy it myself !!!
Thank you for being so gracious about it.
But what a fantastic venue!
It really is brilliant.
I was on large stamps and masks, which was fun.
I took a quick pic of this little leaf before it went to a happy home…
I LOVE that so many creative people come together,
and are so motivated and excited to learn.
My darling Mum and great friend Ken were also there, of course.
And then, towards the end of the day, as things were winding down again, I met this wonderful Mum and daughter,
Mariana and Stefania.
It was quite humbling actually.
After 10 years of living in England,
the family are returning to Romania, because of hubby’s job.
Mariana wanted to meet me, and they drove all the way from Essex today, just so that she could shake my hand and give me a hug before they leave.
Stefania, the daughter, was such a little peach!
Her Mum told me that she loves watching me on telly, and actually chose to miss a school trip today so that she could come to Crowborough. That’s something special, isn’t it?
So now it’s time to get on over to the Spa Hotel and hook up with the team for dinner. No, Sam Crowe, you can’t have a whole lobster! In fact, you can’t even have a half !!
Wind up merchant!
Say slowly after me… f i s h n c h i p s .
And then –
we will do it all again tomorrow.
Did I enjoy myself?
I get my pleasure out of watching people enjoying themselves.
Do you get that?
I know you do.
And on a very, very happy note, Grace got the 100% clear call from the surgeon yesterday. Completely benign.
And Steve’s back at work. Back’s still a bit tender, but at least he’s on the mend.
Love & hugs,