Yay! We have confirmed our place at the Chalfont Crafty Collective’s Autumn Market and Macmillan Coffee Morning at the end of September. I’m not really a baker, so this is a nice way to be involved without being a Mary Berry 🙂 We haven’t done any markets since March, and I’ve really missed them, so it is definitely something to look forward to. The local community of Chalfont St Peter come out and support this ever-growing market every quarter and it has become popular with stall holders too, as the organisers say they are over-subscribed and have a waiting list this time! So it’s even more “yay!” that we got a place.
We have quite a bit of soap in stock as we’ve not been doing any markets over the Summer, but we will will need to make more body butters nearer the time as they have a shorter shelf life.
We will also be on holiday at the end of the Summer, and we are really looking forward to the break :))
Because we are hoping to move house shortly, we aren’t doing any of the Summer festivals that are happening at the moment around the South West Herts, South Bucks, Middlesex area (boo!), which are usually a great business opportunity. As we had a free Saturday today, we decided to check out not one but TWO summer fests to see what they’re like:
First we went to the Feast of St Peteron Chalfont St Peter common, which had lots of stalls, including a craft tent, (where some of our friends from Chalfont Crafty Collective were exhibiting), a performance stage, a petting zoo, heavy horses from the Chiltern Open Air Museum and a fun fair. It has been a sweltering week, but today the weather was a lot cooler, with the threat of showers, but thankfully they pretty much held off. Bought some local Chorleywood honey, which I hope will help keep hayfever at bay…
Then we went to the slightly larger Croxley Revels at Croxley Green, which had a lot more stalls and a big performance area in the middle of the green. Our first ever ‘market home’ Little Fox Market was there, and we caught up briefly with Kathryn of Glowbeads (see some of her work below). The sun started to beat down quite strongly as we were walking around, so we ducked into the shade as soon as we could! Bought some locally made fudge!
I have really dry skin on my face at the moment, and then other times it’s kind of oily. Avocados are all the rage at the moment (irritatingly so), but the upside is that they are available in most grocery shops. When I was a kid, we would stock up when we went to visit relatives in Harlesden, Brixton and Peckham. My nan has them growing in abundance outside her bungalow in Jamaica! They are packed with so much fatty acid goodness!
Here is an easy DIY Avocado face mask which is great if your skin is really dry at the moment, like mine!
Mash a quarter of a ripe avocado into a bowl
Mix in a teaspoon of full fat yoghurt into a paste
Apply to clean skin and leave for 15 minutes
Remove with a warm, wet flannel
Use weekly to maintain soft and smooth skin 🙂
Adapted from Try it! Natural Remedies, Dorling Kindersley, London (2016)
Sadly we won’t see you at the Chalfont Crafty Collective Summer Market on the 3rd of June because we have had to cancel. We’re in the middle of trying (hoping!) to move house, so are kind of in the thick of things at the moment, which is exhausting!