I know I’ve not written for a while and have been meaning to for a few weeks but I hadn’t realised until I checked yesterday that it’s actually been about six weeks since I wrote about our weekend in Monza, and the main reason is that we’ve been rushed off our feet making giant mountains of fudge which is never a bad thing! This is the Little Lemon’s first festive season so we’ve jumped in feet first and booked ourselves in for eight markets and a wedding cake, all before the middle of December. Sound crazy? Well, maybe a little bit but it’s been so much fun so far that despite not being able to move for crates of fudge in our house we’re really enjoying ourselves.
We’ve twice had friends round for the evening to help us cut and package fudge in return for dinner, which is an alternative to Tupperware evenings (although now I come to think of it, it’s probably not that different) and we’ve been busy putting together our gift boxes too. This weekend, our Canadian friend Chaps who is on tour in Paris with Cirque de Soleil came to visit us and was not deterred at all by us roping him in to help at Lighting Up The Manor (setting up a state of the art show in a ginormous tent all over the world is nothing compared with setting up the Little Lemon…)
Next weekend we’ll be at the Duck Pond market for Saturday AND Sunday; the last time we did a two-day event there was the Medieval weekend in August which was brilliant, and this time there’ll be Christmas music and mulled wine! Can’t wait. After that we’ll be back at the Little Fox for an evening market (“The Starlight Market” which just sounds lovely and Christmasy) and then another two-dayer at the Duck Pond in mid-December. Phew. Oh, and some dear friends are tying the knot at the end of this month and we’re delighted to be making their cake for them. They’ve chosen beautiful autumnal colours for the wedding – imagine deep reds, burnt oranges, winter berries and leaves and you’ll get an idea – and the decoration of the cake will complement the bride’s bouquet. We’re very excited about it!
We’re so pleased that the Little Lemon has taken off so well, and even the website is starting to garner more attention with online orders coming in and people tweeting us lovely messages about our fudge. So, come mid-December we’ll have a chance to sit down and rest our aching feet, spend time with loved ones and enjoy a few days off, but until then it’s going to be a real whirlwind of a time. A big, Christmasy whirlwind covered in tinsel and baubles, of course.
I’m completely smitten by our dog George and think he’s beautiful but I stole myself away from pictures of him for this challenge and chose to share pictures of the gorgeous baby bunny rabbit I met at the petting zoo at the Duck Pond market. As you can see, it took a few attempts to get him to look at the camera but we got there eventually! Here he is, sitting on my lap and getting used to being papped:
I’ve got lots of habits but trying to think of one which is a good one, and more importantly an interesting one, is bit tricky (I suppose that’s why it’s called the photography ‘challenge’). Taking a picture of me cleaning my teeth or putting everything in the dishwasher once I’ve used it seems very unexciting. So I’ve decided to share a picture of something which I intend to make a habit – sitting in the new hammock we bought today while we were at the Duck Pond market. We had a brilliant day (lovely weather, lovely people and we sold out of everything we’d made), and we treated ourselves to this one from the Well Hung company (see what they did there?). It’s a double hammock which means that Simon and I can lounge in it at the same time, and even George hopped in and had a go…
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