We had a fantastic time at Castle Howard!
A lovely long weekend, in the grounds of the beautiful house itself (although not on the front lawn as I had hoped here but round the back of the very large lake).
Our plans for a quick tea at the caravan were scuppered when we realised that we had failed to pack either pasta, rice or butter! So off we popped to ‘The Bay Horse Inn’ in Terrington, we had gorgeous food there. They managed to provide food that both our 5 and 3 year old liked by doing half portions of normal food rather than just having a junk food kiddie menu (a personal hatred of mine).
Saturday was the day to look round the grounds and house of Castle Howard, and we had a great time. A picnic in the gardens, augmented by some beautiful pasties from their farm shop and a wander round some of the gardens.
We managed a quick tour of the stunning house, but it would have been great to linger a bit longer and read all the interesting information about the house and family. However, with two small children we were lucky to get round at all! Lily was spread-eagled in the middle of the floor of the saloon at one point…
I had a great day, and met some lovely people such as Maria Silmon who shared my stall, and Gaynor (whose card I didn’t get, sorry!). It was great to catch up with April of Aprilis a fellow etsy artist and blogger whom I met at the Loft Artmix event earlier in the year.
My review of the craft fair – venue, amazing. foot fall, great. sales, poor. I am not sure why, certainly the weather didn’t help. I wasn’t the only one who was disappointed with sales. I chatted to quite a few artists of various types who had been to the last one and made a much healthier return.
I also thought I had booked a full pitch, but it seems I had only booked a half. I think, on reflection, I look rather squeezed in, with not enough space round the jewellery to set it off. Nevermind, we live and learn, I’m new to this market lark!
Alas no pictures of wonderful ‘Yorkshire Lavender’ where we spent a delightful afternoon and were greatly inspired by their planting schemes (it being in hardy Yorkshire like us). The camera was full! So please click on their link instead. We left with various lavender products, such as lavender honey, which I have been trying to get hold of for years.
What did you do for your bank holiday?