When you go away for a few days
A tunnel full of rococo parrot tulips. last year all the tulips were very late in blooming so this year I thought that we would try some in the tunnel to spread the season. Hmmm - great in theory but without automatic shading and cooling they all flowered at top speed while I was down in Yorkshire. Gorgeous; stunning; but a bit of a waste of money.
The Trade Fair in Harrogate was a great success - I managed to double my number of stockists - Snapdragon is now available in 65 stockists in the Uk and a few else where in Europe. As it is only 10 weeks since I properly decided to sell wholesale I am absolutely thrilled with the response.
One of the best things though about the trade show was meeting other makers. I stayed with Ruth, Barbara and John of Sumptousity and was bowled over by their hospitality; I also got to spend time with Sarah of Mogwaii fame and, through her, with Margo Selby (I bought one of her scarves from Top Drawer in January and have worn it almost every day since - go check out her beautiful things) and a whole load of Irish potters (I highlight Adam here as I bought a beautiful plate from him as my treat purchase on the last day & he has a blog) and felt really part of a great group of makers. Sarah will laugh if she reads this as I actually spent quite a bit of time worrying that I hadn't been to art school and that I would be unveiled as a fraud . . .
Anyhow - it is now a beautiful sunny evening and a glass of wine on the deck is beckoning. I just wanted to post a blog in celebration ofactually having a working computer and an internet connection in my workshop (thanks Graham)