DD Hope and I set off for Cranbrook early this morning,
in the rain.
Despite Hope's map reading skills
(no, Hope, the A299 is not the same as the A292
even if they do both have 2's and 9's in them)
we found the pretty bustling little Kentish village
and parked up in the oh-so-rare-nowadays FREE car park.
Whereupon the rain stopped and the sun came out.
The Fair was lovely, full of lovely stuff and lovely people.
I tried to take photos but all you would have seen was
the back of people's heads and I guessed you could do
without that image.
I bought this lovely bunting made out of pretty recycled fabric (for the dining room)
by 'Pretty Goods'
some sweet carded buttons and
some scraps of fabric and fibres
(I have a particular project in mind......).
I also bought this gorgeous shleppy bag, which is really so much nicer than it looks in the photo.
It's a lovely casual dumpster of a bag.
I'll never be able to find anything in it!
Turns out it is made by the mother of one of Hope's Latin class friends.
Small world, huh?!
From the same lady, Suzanne Sharp, Hope treated herself to this lovely bag, which again is so much better in the flesh. Can you see the pretty sparkly vintage brooch on the front?
From another stall, Teeny Tiny House, Hope bought herself these pretty felt flower hairclips.
Teeny Tiny House also had really pretty little
book shelf bunting,
which I thought was very sweet.
Hope found the turtles in a bargain basket and just
HAD to have them (!).
We then had a drink and some
Hope had a cute chocolate loaf shaped cake and
a very strong orange squash.
So strong it brought tears to her eyes.
With my coffee I had a slice of Lemon Crunch cake,
which was so delicious I bought some more to bring
home for the starving men of the house.
Proceeds from these very reasonably priced
refreshments were going to
The Hospice in the Weald.
We then did a charity (thrift) shop trawl and this is what I got.
The wire thing is a lovely bird, but you can't really see that!
And this is Hope's treasure.
She's going to make the candles for a friend who has a birthday coming up soon.
Cranbrook has a wonderful art shop too, stuffed with EVERYTHING,
just like an art shop should be
but rarely is now.
and we spent some time mooching round there -
so much more interesting than Hobbycraft which we had planned on going to on the way home.
So that was our day out.
As Pa says in The Darling Buds of May