Brrr- Autumn is here.

We have been enjoying some gorgeous weather recently, with lovely sunny days, but now Autumn has arrived and there is a definite chill in the air. We have also seen amazing displays of fungi on our daily walks with Eric the dog. I’m sure some of them must be edible but we’re not taking any chances.

Last week we visited “Origin” the Crafts Council annual event, this year relocated to the old Spitalfields Market. It was a huge event, with over 200 makers exhibiting, so there was an awful lot to see. The new location was very lively and there was a good attendance on the first day, so people are obviously willing to travel to get to the event. Some of the stands seemed rather cramped and there was not a great deal of room in the aisles, which would be a problem at the weekends, when hopefully there will be a large attendance. There was the usual mix of disciplines and it does provide a fantastic opportunity to meet the makers and buy or commission really unique pieces. There was, however, one negative point, which seemed to niggle with many people. This was the £5 charge for the catalogue, on top of the £10 admittance charge. Most felt that the catalogue should be included in the ticket price as it is beneficial to the exhibitors and visitors to have a catalogue to take home. Hopefully this will be addressed in the future.

On the home front, we are spending long days sticking labels on envelopes ready to send out our Private View invitations in the next few weeks. Once the envelopes are addressed we then have to stuff them with the invitations and wait for Royal Mail to collect them,so life is full of fun at the moment. Luckily there have been some good films on at our local Kino in Hawkhurst and we are looking forward to seeing Winter’s Bones next week, having enjoyed Tamara Drewe and Certified Copy recently. It is a great small cinema with comfy, roomy seats and you can take your drinks in- all very civilised.

Autumn in the Garden

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