Even by her own high standards Ali excelled last Saturday in creating such a busy successful day; the third Toddington August fair was brilliant. The weather did nothing to help as we unloaded and packed up in heavy rain and those who brought their own marquees battled against torrential downpours to keep their stock intact. But then that's the nature of the bank holiday and this year even the queen couldn't stop her parade being rained on.
I spent far too long setting up (and chatting to lovely Jo next door) and had too short a time to whizz round the other stalls before being kept busy all day.
Took these photos of the very tempting stalls in the main marquee
Jo had her usual lovely selection of mannequins, corsetry and pretty fabrics
Not entirely sure why but I completely forgot to photograph my own stall! I had even been buying in colour combinations with the stall in mind and had a pink and a blue section. Sadly no photos of the French cups which sold immediately or the flight of tool maker's drawers but below is a selection of items which will be on sale at my next open house in September
The kitchen is filled with the aniseed scent of this fennel picked at the roadside on Saturday; container is a classic white dairy jug
This is a great pharmacist's pestle and mortar, very heavy as the pestle is made of iron
Gorgeous non matching pair of child's French boots, ( did he have to wear other's cast offs?) which the dealer described rather poetically as Van Goghian
I like these piles of French books although can't imagine attempting to read them
I was very pleased to buy more of 2 of my favourite French fabrics; the lovely soft Vichy check and the small blue check which I have never discovered a name for.
Have made up some of the Vichy into shades..both pink and blue
Another favourite is this soft beige and red linen ticking which gives such a warm glow when lit.
Hope you'll come along to my autumn open house..often much better weather than in summer..email for details or for any info about the items for sale