Wednesday saw an early start for me, van packed and ready for the Avington Brocante organised by Chloe. Ali Hocking had very kindly asked me if I would like to stay with her in her beautiful home as she doesn't live too far away and then we could set up for the fair on the Wednesday so it wouldn't be too stressful on the Thursday as the fair opened at 9.30am. We set up in 29 degree heat and then travelled back to her home where her lovely Mum and Dad had been holding the fort. We enjoyed a gorgeous dinner of roast chicken, new potatoes, salad with avocado all washed down with Bollinger and followed by strawberries and cream...perfect! We sat out in her garden until 9.00pm in the most glorious weather. Thursday dawned promising to be another hot one which indeed it turned out to be.
The doors opened promptly at 9.30am. Ali, her Mum and myself were in the main entrance opposite one another. It was actually the coolest part of this glorious house so we were lucky not to suffer in the heat.
Some of Ali's gorgeous goodies as we were setting up.
The lovely lady who stood next to me, her stand was full of the most beautiful samplers and folk art. Her friend was helping her and we spent a lot of the day howling with laughter.
A view of the main entrance.
One of the beautiful outside stands setting up. My apologies for not having more pictures of the completed stands but we were so busy.
The front of the gorgeous house. I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Ruth from Oh so Vintage, we managed to have a good natter and she made a couple of purchases from me. Lizzie and Jack had the most fabulous stand and I did make a couple of purchases from them, one being a linen chemise which are quite hard to find in a large size. Kate Forman the textile designer (my favourite) also came although I didn't meet her. It really was the most spectacular day and the weather just added to the enjoyment. A big thank you to Chloe for all her hard work, and also her son who was a real trooper helping everyone unload the heavier items. Her Mum in Law also kept us fortified with the most yummy home made cakes and mugs of tea on the Wednesday, she really is the most wonderful cook.
I'm just in the throes of getting ready for the V&H in Chipping Sodbury tomorrow so hopefully see you there. Have a great weekend.