Hi there,

Stop the clock! Just got in from having supper with the crew. Hall’s all set ready for Ditton Open Day No. 1. I just have to figure out what I am doing tomorrow! My morning was interesting. Whilst the men – hunter gatherers – loaded the van, it was my job to go foraging for food – #CashnCarry. So I wrote a list of what we will need in order to make about 600 rounds of sandwiches and as many cups of tea, you know, bread, butter, milk, teabags and stuff, and duly shot off to Bookers. I quickly realised that I would need to go round twice – once for the bread, and once for the crisps!

So here we see my first haul…

Back in I went for the next lot… biscuits and crisps. All part of a well balanced diet.

Trouble was, car was full, but….

Still had to find a space for this little lot!

So had to unload the lot and repack it in the carpark. Love that. Especially when you’ve got places to go and people to see – and you’ve got a 6 hour window to set up the hall!

Crisps are such a bulky buy, aren’t they?! Hahaha Front seat too, see?

She pushed and she shoved and she huffed and she puffed, but no no no, not by the hair of her chinny chin chin, could she get the smokey bacon in!

Scheissenhausen, I thought, do I actually have to sit here in Bookers carpark and eat all of these! Because if I do, I’m swapping them for Salt n Vinegar!

All in a day’s work!

You know what they say: where there’s a willy there’s a way! And I eventually cruised off to Ditton, completely engulfed in Walkers Crisps. Haven’t got nearly enough, so will have to run by there tomorrow on the way in! Just tell me what flavour to get, and they haven’t got any Prawn Cocktail!

But how nice it was to be greeted at the Hall by Sam and Heather, who drove down from the North yesterday

Sam Crowe. Always wanted to be a trolly dolly she says…

It is Steve’s birthday today. He was larking about… “Had the chance to go up the Westend to see a show,” he said, “but no! I’m off to Ditton today!” Then he starts shouting GIVE ME A D D GIVE ME AN I I GIVE ME A T T, and so on. Silly arse.

And here we see Martine giving Brother Steve a Happy Birthday cuddle.
I think they were arguing over who was younger….

And Paul must have walked a hundred miles today! No wonder there’s not a gram of fat on him!

But now everything is set to welcome our guests tomorrow and Saturday. And once I have packed my craft stuff tonight and made a little plan, I shall sleep like a lamb for sure.

Safe travels to any of you coming to visit.

Love & Hugs,

Barb xxx

25 thoughts on “#Walkerscrisps

  1. Have a great time and if it was me I’d be getting plain old plain crisps…. They make the best crisp butties!!!
    Love and hugs xxx

  2. Bet all the visitors will have a blast at the open days. Have fun with all your demos and hope the tea and biscuits hold up. Xx

  3. What a day you’ve had. So looking forward to seeing you all. Travelled down most of the way today. Booked in a Hotel about 10 miles away. So hopefully we’ll be bright and early.xxx

  4. Completely plain crisps for me. No flavour no salt. Can’t wait till tomorrow. I need this weekend.. xxx
    Maggie (Silvercrafter).
    P.S. I am going to the snip clinic first to find out why I can’t snip bold stuff. I love the fine stuff but not bold.

  5. Was supposed to be coming … tickets bought …. now my OH has to work. All her SMT at school are off so she can’t be. The joys of being a headteacher. Me I’ll be sat at home 😢ing

  6. Am so very very jealous but health must come first and no way could I sit through let alone drive that far right now. Maybe one day lol!
    You did make me laugh though with the crisps!!!

    I do have one thing I’m loving right now and that’s all because of Sam’s Gelli Youtube videos – I finally cracked that blooming Gelli plate and can do it at last. It took me forever to learn to brayer too if I remember rightly. Well I’m playing with my small Gelli plates and your lovely craft a long stencil and lots of acrylics and loving it too. Give Sam a huge thanks from me – you all will never know how much it means to finally be able to do some things lol! Enjoy your time with your loyal fans xx

  7. Oh Barb, you are funny, but handling all that lot on your own you deserve a medal.
    Happy Birthday to Steve, sounds like a fun guy.
    Have a super weekend at Ditton.
    Hugs 🍒🍒🍒

  8. Oh it’s looking fantastic..wish circumstances would allow me to come down. Have a fabulous couple of days xxxx

  9. So wanted to come but not able to this time but will one day soon. Sound like brookers was hard work phew you did it in end !! Have a fantastic time sound like it’s going to be happy birthday Steve xxx

  10. Your trip to the cash & carry sounds like one of those comedy sketches. Having done many a trip to the cash & carry for Scout activities it never looks so much stacked on the trolley but when you try & get it in the car – well that is a completely different story. In some ways it was a good job you were on your own as your passenger would have to have walked home !! but there again they could have carried that rogue box of crisps. Hope you all have a fabulous 2 days & we will catch up with the goings on when we see Maggie next Thursday at Bromsgrove. Meanwhile my shopping list is growing for Leyburn & the rate the year is going that will soon be here to. x

  11. Looks like my car when I do the shopping for the fishing boat to go to sea for a week!! Have fun at the open days everyone xx

  12. Hi Barb, that really gave me a good giggle this morning. Looks like our car when we go to Costco to stock up on the essentials like washing powder/loo roll etc. Belated happy birthday to Steve, looks like the whole team is getting stuck in.Hope that everyone going enjoys themselves and has a great time. There will be a year when the day job does not interfere and I will get to attend. Safe travels everyone. Bx

  13. Oh I am so jealous! I wish I was coming down and would even eat salt and vinegar crisps, which I hate😂
    I know that everyone will have a great time and it will be worth all the effort and hard work.
    Happy birthday to Steve. Hugs. Annette x

  14. Hope you all have a fabulous time. I so wish I was coming too, maybe one year I will hide in the back of Maggie’s car and surprise everyone!! Wait, what am I saying, hide in Maggie’s car??? Where??? Lol. Laugh lots, sell lots, and above all enjoy time spent with friends. Clarity rocks. Xxxx

  15. I’m coming Saturday. I’m an Open Day Virgin. Never been to one before but I will have an egg sandwich with salt and vinegar crisps and if there is something in the chocolate line even better still. He he. Looking forward to seeing you again

  16. Know how you feel about packing it all in… still filling boxes for the house move here tomorrow! Get the new house keys today (Friday – goodness only knows what time tho’) and hoping to do a couple of car fulls before the big boxes tomorrow. Helpers all lined up here too with tea, coffee, squash and biscuits aplenty! Good luck with the open days….I am sooooooo looking forward to Leyburn in September. xx

  17. Happy Birthday Steve. Xx
    Cheese and Onion for me Barbara, and Sam I’ll have my coffee black no sugar. Thank ladies. Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday for all the fun and learning. Safe journey all and hope the weather is on our side. Xx

  18. Oh you’re so funny Barbara! Actually, your trolleys look a bit like the ones for our hospital radio weekend aways and we were only 14. 😄 Just kidding, not quite as much but certainly felt like we emptied the shelves at that shop. Really looking forward to coming to coming to the Open Day tomorrow. See you then.
    PS: Salt & Vinegar for me please 😉

  19. Well done, great team effort, hope you’re having a marvellous day x
    ps. Ovenbaked Walkers are the best 🙂

  20. Oh my! I didn’t have my reading glasses on and I could see the word GRAB on the 4 boxes piled in the car, I read that as CRAB 🦀 yuk thought I, she eats yukky crisps

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