We had a great day on Sunday at the Duck Pond market in Ruislip – fairly decent weather and lots of lovely customers saying marvellous things about our fudge. We’ve finally invested in a giant flask so that we can drink tea throughout the day which is always a good thing.
Things have been quite busy for the Little Lemon over the past couple of weeks and following on from Hyde Bark we’ve had more followers and more internet orders, and more people talking about us which is utterly brilliant. Although we set up the Little Lemon just over a year ago, it wasn’t really until January this year that we really started to focus on things properly (a real balancing act when you’re still doing two full-time jobs) but it’s something we’ve really wanted to do and with the summer hols coming up we’ll have much more time to devote so I’m looking forward to coming up with some new recipes and some new fudge flavours.
We’ve got another couple of markets coming up soon but before that is the British Grand Prix at Silverstone – we’re taking my brother for his 40th birthday and we’re beyond excited! We’ll be heading up on Thursday night and camping there for 4 nights (the closest thing I’ve ever come to a festival…) I hope it doesn’t pour with rain like it did last year ’cause I don’t have any wellies And of course we’ll be cheering on JB and Team McLaren…
We’re feeling shattered but brilliant after our day at the Mayhew’s Hyde Bark yesterday. We decided to have George with us for the whole day in the end and he had a fab time too – as the car was (expertly) jam-packed full of all of our market stall stuff there wasn’t space for all three of us, so George and I went on the tube. This was George’s first time on the Underground and he was brilliant – beautifully behaved and not at all spooked. I also discovered that people are very chatty when you’ve got your dog with you which is really nice and a bit different from travelling in the rush hour!
George travelling on the Central line
Ready to welcome the customers!
Once we got there, George sat patiently by a tree while we set everything up and then we entered him for a couple of the doggy events: Waggiest Tail and Handsomest Male. He didn’t win (he got distracted by a stick and forgot to wag his tail) but had a great time meeting lots of other puppas and chatting to the judges throughout the day.
It’s been quite a while since we’ve been to Hyde Park and we’d forgotten how beautiful (and how big) it is – it’s the perfect setting for a day full of doggies and market stalls. We had a really successful day, with lots of people complimenting us on our fudge which is always great to hear (“The lemon fudge is sensational”; “Amazing lemon fudge”; “Best lemon fudge ever!” all on Twitter – so lovely). We were also filmed as part of a reality show when Caroline Stanbury bought some of our treats which was unexpected but exciting (we had to sign a waiver afterwards, and then have our photographs taken *holding* the waiver).
We met so many really lovely people, and quite a few of our friends came along to support us which always makes a good market day great. And, to top it all, we were surrounded by puppas of all shapes and sizes – a perfect way to spend a Sunday! We got home just in time to watch the Grand Prix (brilliant!) but fell asleep through the end of it (less brilliant). We’re definitely planning to do the event again next year – we hope you’ll come too