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  1. Well here we are and here we're staying for however long it takes. This is now day 51 not thats it's been much different to day 50 or 45 or any other day for that matter. The good thing, if there is a good thing about the lockdown is all those jobs that I've been meaning to do but never got round to, are now done. Every cupboard, drawer and hidden space is tidy and free from rubbish, the garage is full of stuff to go to the tip, charity shop etc, all bagged and clearly labeled, but it can wait there until whenever, its doing no harm.

    The garden isn't over big but is looking really tidy, ready for my seedlings to plant out, and Clives got the veg garden  looking a treat, thank goodness for rhubarb, I never thought I'd be saying that, but you cant beat a rhubarb crumble. I know how lucky we are to have an open space, I really would be climbing the walls if I didnt. 

    Thursday nights are good, its good to show our appreciation to those who are carrying on and doing their much needed jobs, so to those people whoever you are, thank you. We go out and  wave to our neighbours clap like mad then have a sing along if the guys up the road play their fiddles, its a good feeling of community in these strange times.

    In and and amongst all this I am doing a bit of work, new ideas, new gifts, hopefully we'll be able to start up again soon, but I cant see us doing any shows this year, time will tell.

    Anyway guys you all take care and stay safe

  2. Well that's another show season over. Its not been our best with the van giving up the ghost on our first trip out, then the replacement van having various teething problems. The worst was when on our way home the clutch stopped working. Stuck in fourth gear my super clever hubby managed to negoiate 4 roundabouts and 5 sets of lights without stopping or stalling the blooming thing!!!!!!!!!  What a hero, and as a bonus he managed to fix it the next day.

    On the plus side its really good to catch up with people, other traders we only meet at certain shows and customers too who have become friends over the years. And after years of doing the rounds we know who makes the best fudge and marmalade in Cumbria, and the best bacon butties, thats Blackcombe country fair, our opinion only.

    I guess we just enjoy chatting to folk, about this, that and tother. Its been good to show new lines and see what people think. Its easy to work away in the workshop making things, the hard bit is seeing if customers like them as much as you, and use their hard earned money to purchase an item, then and only then do you know if its ok or not.

    So I'll have to get my thinking cap on, to try to make something new for next year, I have a few ideas, just need to get organised and set to.

    If we met at a show, it was good to chat, if you've not been to any of the shows this year then why not pencil one in for next year, I'm sure you wont be disappointed.