|Tasting the delights of Xmas with my friend Emma|
Relieved to have finally arrived, we all gamely trotted into the exhibition centre to be greeted by the interior of a country house. Oh lovely, we thought, Christmas had gone all Downton this year, only to discover that we had trundled in through the wrong door. This was the Olympia venue for an Art and Antiques show. Spirit of Christmas was around the corner in the 'grand' hall. Reverse and exit. Where was our helpful bus driver now?
|Glass baubles are all the rage|
Two hours later, we stumbled out into bright sunshine, laden with bags and fliers. For the first time in years, I felt that little fizz of Christmas cheer. It's early days, but maybe this year I really will put Ebenezer Scrooge behind me and enter wholeheartedly into the spirit of it all. Those twinkly Christmas lights might just get me through the winter.
Stalls that caught our eye:
A light, lavender-scented moisturiser for the face, body or hands, with ingredients fused together by steam (rather than chemicals). The 2010 winner of Beauty Insiders' Choice.
Atlas and I
Framed vintage maps of any location in the UK with personalised silhouette artwork superimposed on top.
Thornback & Peel
Hand screen-printed products for the home with innovative designs, such as pink jelly and pigeons. Goods include tea towels, napkins, stationary and cushions.
Organic, vintage cheese, along with biscuits and chutney. Yum! I also happen to buy their cheddar from Riverford!
Eclectic silver and gold-plated jewellery set with natural gemstones.
Thank you to Emma for inviting me along! If you missed out on the fair and are looking for some Christmas treats, you could always try my friend Sara's online shop.
FURTHER READINGAnother Night Before Christmas by Carol Ann Duffy
A re-working of the Victorian Christmas classic. In this atmospheric poem, a young girl creeps down the stairs determined to find out if Father Christmas is real...