Wonderful sunshine here again today and not as oppressive as it's been the past couple of days as there is a good breeze blowing. I stripped the beds first thing, and intend to do four lots of washing to get it out and dried before we are back to rain again. I have a loaf in the breadmaker, have put the rubbish out, emptied the compost bin and been down to town for the paper. I also got a walk in early, down on the Groe and fell into conversation with a lovely Irishmen who bred Section A ponies. Now I must make the beds before I forget and it's bedtime and I'm staring at a bare mattress, which has happened before!
On the Sunday at the Fair, I met some really lovely people, and had great conversations and of course, saw old friends. THAT is what keeps me going - meeting like-minded people. One lady bought both the Gwili bowls from me (her husband treated her to the 2nd) and told me she was SO happy to have them, and I was delighted for her. It also boosts my ego to be told by customers and especially by fellow dealers, that I have some lovely stock. I will see where we are in the spring, as Tam and Jon will happily come and help out, but it depends on the state of play with Keith's health. Buying a few bits here and there keeps us both going, even though Keith finds it hard to get to the Fairs now, but we are hopeful he will be a bit perkier for Carmarthen Flea in a couple of weeks' time.
A few photos from Builth Fair for you now. Enjoy.
This chap had come all the way down from Scotland!
I had a lovely chat with the chap who had this gorgeous quilt for sale (£365 or so). His stock in trade was beautiful old Persian rugs. This was double-sided - imagine the work!
Neighbours, stand-wise, who bought a few pieces off me. We had similar tastes.
This stand always has hundreds of bits of china and glass. Oh my goodness, the setting up and putting away - it would drive me MAD! I filmed it through a net curtain they had up, hence the blurring.
As you can see, people have all sorts.
Right, I'd best go and make the beds now. Keith is manouvering with a walking stick today but by 6 ish is really tired and it's still hard work getting him to bed a few hours later.
Here is Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar - one which I found beside the front path the other day and rescued to the Rosebay Willowherb plantation. This afternoon, as I was reading my book, Pippi bought another one in and laid it on the carpet! I promptly rescued that, and as I was coming back down to the yard, she had found another. Well, all rescued and hopefully as she seems to have a soft mouth like a Retriever, they are none the worse for their experience. Shows that the Elephant Hawk Moths have been busy in our garden anyway. The first year we had much less wildlife as the last owners used chemical sprays everywhere. I only remember bees on the Lavender.