Here's the pitch we had at the Henham Steam Rally. We had 4 gazebos all tied together to make one long arts arcade. I took the opportunity to learn how to put up my new pop-up gazebo on my own as I won't always have friends with me to help.
We all had fun camping together over the weekend, however sales weren't as good as we'd hoped - people are all worried about the credit crunch and are not buying as much as they used to. Every arts/crafts person we spoke to said their takings were just a fraction of what they had been in previous years. Luckily, we'd decided to treat this as a weekend away and any takings were a bonus.
There was lots to see and do at the rally though, so we weren't wanting for entertainment. On the Saturday evening we went to the funfair, where they had many vintage rides and attractions. It was a real trip down memory lane for me, with the old fashioned penny arcade reminding me of my childhood. There was a fantastic steam carousel which I'd have enjoyed a ride on if I were younger!
This is the Artists' Boulevard, where I trade most Sundays. As you can see, on a nice day it's very pleasant, with lots of passers by to chat to. On the left of the picture you can see some of my friends and fellow exhibitors: Pete, Dominic and Graham.
Further to my last blog entry, my friend Sue's funeral was last week. Dad and I attended.
Since then, I've hardly had time to draw breath, as I and my friends are preparing for the Grand Henham Steam Rally this weekend. Yesterday I was trading at a craft fair until 3pm, then after I got home at 4pm I had lots of glazing to do and a firing to put on. I didn't get to bed until 2am, and even then I was up again at 4am to turn the kiln up.
I just hope it'll all be worth it and that we have a good weekend, selling lots of stuff!