My final tasks were to get the BBQ and bar sorted, for the bar I was a bit late to get a barrel of ale from the Corfe Brewery, but luckily Steve was able to get various bottles for me but I don't think people were complaining about the barrel of Ringwood we had on tap. I obtained a lamb from Julian and a venison from Ashley Barns and took them to Curtis's the butchers in Wareham, who produced the most amazing venison and cranberry sausages and Lamb and Mint burgers which were to die for! I would like to mention that Curtis's were absolutely fantastic, preparing the meat and storing in there cold stores until the day, such a professional and nice bunch of guys. So I was set and nothing could ruin the day apart from the rain!
Not daunted I started the BBQ, heated the mulled wine and Marky started a few tunes. My friend Tony put on a dodgy Santa suit and prepared himself to scare off the punters at the door! A steady flow of guests soon turned into a flow and the BBQ got busy as Dave and my son Jake helped by taking money and shouting orders. I didn't get to chat to many of the stall holders but Lucy went round with the camera taking photo's of everyone. Her sisters had come along as well as her mum who had spent the previous day ensuring the farm campsite toilets were nice and clean, not a pleasant task by all accounts and a particular thank you to her! Hannah, our next door neighbor setup her stall for her first ever show, displaying her sewing skills in the form of bags and other accessories. Her husband, Matt, had ensured the barn was cleared out and a new layer of hay was on the floor to give the place some real atmosphere, this was also essential for the farm alpaca's who moaned all day as they had been rounded up out of their cozy field.
The day was a fantastic success, all our stall holders reported they had done well and we thank every one of them for coming along, they are all listed below. With 200 guests coming through the barn door, we could not have hoped for a better 1st show!.
Lucy Tidbury - Pet portraits, cow themed handpainted gifts.
Sam's Fudge - Fudge! (Lucy's Sister)
Cozy knits'n'bits, (Lucy's Mum) - Hand knitted gifts and flip flops.
Hannah Sew's (Our Neighbour) - Hand made bags, accessories and impressive dress making
Steph Bakes - Delicious cakes and treats (chocolate brownie was Lucys favourite!)
Andrew Child photography - Stunning local landscape photographer and organiser of the Dorset Gallery shows in Wareham (next one is 6th December)
Periwinkle Designs - Driftwood and nautical themed gifts.
SO1O - Original handmade gifts & pieces for the home
Greenfox Floral Art - 'Dorset's wild Florist' ,floral and craft with a love of the coastline treasures.
Rebecca's Kitchen - Homemade chutneys, jams, jellies and other delicious goodies.
Louise Beer Crochet - First time crochet stall holder
Lilly and Grace Candles - luxury hand poured scented candles.
Basket Boutique - Fabulous range of gifts and home ware accessories.
Romanet Wines - Wine tasting events
Bag-See - handmade bags and accessories
Helen Lloyd Rose Cottage - Quality gifts for the home.
Lisa Berkshire Illustrations - Artist/illustrator living and working in Poole, Dorset.
Dave Worth Wood Turner - Blandford based wood turner
Bozley Crafts - Hand made Swarovski Crystals and Swarovski Crystal Pearl jewelry.
Martha DeChazel local artist
Liminal Alchemy - Jewelry · Housewares · Ocean treasures
Dorset Wildlife Trust
Coffee to Go - keeping the stallholders warm with delicious coffee!