#StormKatie didn't stop us! This weekend we were at Deepdale Spring Market, celebrating 10 years of Deepdale. Even with the diverse weather, it was a brilliant weekend and great to be joined by lots of other fantastic Norfolk companies. It was great to catch up with stallholders and friends who will also be joining us at The Hunny Bell Craft Market on Saturday 9th April including The Dandy Lions, Saltcreake Designs and Candi's Chutneys.
Paul and Jonathan from The Dandy Lions > http://www.dandy-lions.co.uk
Jo Griffin from Saltcreake Designs > https://www.facebook.com/Saltcreake-181675621994049/
Candi from Candi's Chutney > http://candischutney.vpweb.co.uk
Our company caravan has been tucked up all winter, and now as we begin to approach the Spring fairs it is time to get it out and about. We use it as a travelling shop but before we hit the road we felt it needed a fresh lick of paint for the new season. Our first outing with the caravan will be to The Hunny Bell Craft Market on Saturday 9th April at The Hunny Bell in Hunworth. Thankfully the sun came out yesterday which made life easier and we have made a good start on the caravan, it is now time to tackle the floor.
Over the weekend we visited the fantastic Nature exhibition which had been organised by Norfolk By Design. 'Nature' was a exhibition held in the beautiful old barns of Creake Abbey near Burnham Market. It brought together 36 artists and designers who had taken inspiration from the Norfolk landscapes.
It was a great exhibition showing off the work of so many talented Norfolk artists! A few pieces that caught our eye were a striking etching of a Stag's head by Guy Allen, a chest of drawers by Egge Alecsbottir which had a brightly coloured, geometric design all over and a stunning bowl by environmentalist artist Liz McGowan. It was a showcase of some brilliant work of an eclectic mix of Norfolk artists and we really enjoyed seeing it all. We look forward to next years exhibition.
Spring is one of the most special times of the year here on the farm... this morning we have woken up to new life! How gorgeous is this Buff Orpington chick, we are absolutely in LOVE. It was definitely enjoying a cuddle with Lara, we also took a few photos of it with our 'Turquoise Chicken' tea cosy which will soon be on the website. We found it so funny when the chick turned around to look at the tea cosy and we said it was as if it had noticed Mummy behind it!
We are still awaiting the arrival of our first Highland calves, we calve later here as it is still far to muddy in February and March, and as we calve outside and not in barns we need it to be as dry and possible to make life easier for the calves. However, there is still lots to be done as we are starting to train our yearling heifers for agricultural shows, below you can see Donella (Nellie) enjoying being groomed and trying to give Izzi a big kiss.
The sun came out yesterday, maybe Spring is finally on its way... It actually seemed to warmer outside than it was in the studio. It was great as it meant we could start getting all our display furniture ready with a fresh lick of paint. We use all this furniture at fairs and our first fair will be the Delegate Spring Market 25th to28th March > > > www.dalegatemarket.co.uk. Let's hope there is more sun to come.
It was also the perfect day for Monty to be shod and new shoes put on, we do apologise for his appearance, he had obviously been rolling in the morning! Howard did a lovely job on his feet whilst Monty enjoyed the sun on his back.
There is always lots of farm sales going on around Norfolk, and after a childhood of them you get pretty used to traipsing around the usual farm machinery. Always a great source of inspiration though and the sale this Saturday at West Runton was better than usual with so many interesting lots including these beautiful wagons with there intricate paint work and fantastic colours which definitely brightened up the day. The fields were muddy, the rain was pouring and we were all pretty cold but with a cup of tea inside us we managed to hang around for a bit.
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