The Little Lemon, the Little Fox and lots of Duckies

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…)

blue_gift_inst red_gift_inst small_gift_instNext 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!

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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.

Day twenty-four of the 30 day photography challenge – animals

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:

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Day sixteen of the 30 day photography challenge – a good habit

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…

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Day four of the 30 day photography challenge – something green

This weekend was a great but busy one for us – we spent both days at the Duck Pond market in Ruislip as part of the Medieval Festival (there was real jousting and everything).  The weather was perfect, the atmosphere was great and we made some new friends among the stallholders.  We also had several friends and family pop down over the weekend to see us which is always nice :)

Sunday was definitely the busier day and Simon was there with me to help out (and to get us a delicious steak sandwich from the Lomito stall for lunch).  After we’d packed everything away at the the end of the festival and collected George from his nana’s, we grabbed a bottle of wine and headed over to friends for a relaxed evening of food, drink and conversation – a very pleasant way to end a fab weekend…wine_bottle

Day three of the 30 day photography challenge

This one was almost a last-minute pic because I’ve spent the day at the Duck Pond market with the Little Lemon and it was so busy that I hardly sat down all day! (Brilliant, but my back and knees were slightly less enthused).  We’ve been going to the Duck Pond markets since February and we’re really enjoying them, and today was the start of a two-day event which is much bigger than the usual, and one we’ve never done before.  This was also the first one I’ve done on my own (Beloved works on a Saturday) and actually, it was fine (I had a big flask of tea.  What more could you need?)  Towards the end, Ollie and Chris popped in and held the fort for me to take a quick break, and then helped me to pack everything away, along with my mum.  Four pairs of hands and a trolley are much better than one pair of hands and a trolley so I’m very grateful.

Afterwards, I headed round to my mum’s for another cuppa and to collect George, and ended up staying for dinner.  Then I remembered the challenge and thankfully there were clouds!  Of course, that shouldn’t have come as a surprise – good ol’ Blighty is very obliging when it comes to clouds…Clouds