Warwick turned out to be one of the best days of our year so far. Lovely event. Hill Close Gardens is an area next to Warwick racecourse and in Victorian times it was divided into a number of gardens and allotments and used by local business owners as weekend retreats from living 'over the shop'. There are currently about 4 acres of these allotments left divided into about 18 gardens (I think! but that number may actually be greater) some of which are grass gardens, some with varying degrees of vegetation and others as allotments. A lot of them have lovely brick built summerhouses. There is a great visitor centre and its not very expensive entance fee either.
It was a great sunny day, there were only half a dozen stalls or so but hundreds of people! The christmas wreaths, garlands and dangles were popular and the newly launched christmas tree decorations were really popular. Some lines sold out on the day and a sign that the festive season is fast approaching.
The candles were well received, so much so that we had to put in a new order. We had the last weekend off so I went to Wales for a short break and on the way there called in at the social project that manufacures them to pick up the order. Had an interesting few minutes looking round the manufacturing plant in a small market town seeing how the candles are hand made and meeting some of the employees who have learning and physical disabilities. Great to feel that whilst running our own business we are also supporting this worthwhile project.
Whilst down in Pembrokeshire I also did some driftwood collecting and after the recent storms there was lots of interesting pieces in the cove below our cottage. Whilst gathering the wood I also found a small beacon cast into the sea as part of an arts project by the Cillrialaig Arts Centre in Kerry, Ireland. Apparently a number were cast into the sea in September in the hope that they would end up on the east coast of America. Apparently this is the second one found in Pembrokeshire in the last few days! Collected lots of driftwood and have started drying it so we can produce some new mirrors and dangles, and possibly other decorations, over the winter to put on our stall and website in 2013.
This weekend sees Halloween events. On Friday evening we are at the Witches Cauldron event at Badsey Village Hall, Worcs between 7pm and 10pm. Despite the late finish we will be up at the crack of dawn on Saturday to return to Severnside, Bewdley for the pumpkin day event under the gazebo by the River Severn. Forecast is for a cold but sunny day so it will be on with the thermals and hopefully lots of sales to keep us busy.
We are also booking up our final events of the year so keep an eye on our calendar page to check out where we will be.