Car Danger, Dawlish and a Scrumptious Cornish (Cream Tea)…

To escape the chaos of house-renting, car-buying and decision-making, I went to see my angels, who I see every 3 months. (You might remember Bath in March and Bournemouth in June) and it was Princess Helen’s turn to host this time, in Dawlish.

I now think that Dawlish is lovely, but my first impression was a bit odd… I got on the train in light, dry weather. I got off in dark, stormy weather, with the sea crashing over the barrier about 3 metres away from the train tracks. I was a bit befuddled! But that was the only bad bit of the weekend. My angels always cheer me up, and we had such a lovely time, eating chips on the beach and cream tea; falling in love with Helen’s cats and her lovely house, and catching up on all of the gossip. Oh, and a teeny bit of shopping (be rude not to).

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There was a small car incident (which I promised I would tell you about in my last post). On our way back from shopping, we nearly all melted in the car when the heaters were blasting out really hot air when on the cold mode. Gem suggested that the engine might be overheating, and I asked Helen about coolant (NEW CAR KNOWLEDGE ALERT). She had never heard of coolant, didn’t know what it did, and was seriously low on the stuff. We double checked with my dad and had a not-so-reassuring chat with a lady in a petrol station, about the time her car radiator blew up on the motorway. Then Helen tried to sort out the problem like a pro. I feel very proud that I read my manual and have a small amount of Car Knowledge to- hopefully- keep Yohan the Yaris out of trouble. We’ll see. *note* It was actually a problem with the heater and Helen had to pay lots of money, but at least we tried.

Anyway, I was sad to leave the angels and Dawlish, but we’ll be meeting up again in January/ February so I’ll let you know about our latest adventures then.

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Love,

Sami x

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Leo, Part 4 (Sunday)

On Sunday, it was even more difficult to get up!! We’d had a great party time the night before, and on Sunday morning it was tipping it down with rain! Groan…

We got set up by about 9.30, and had some more tea from the ladies next door with our breakfast. I must admit, I was flagging on the Sunday, and feeling really fed up. The weekend had gone really well, but I was so tired and damp! Laura really kept me going on the Sunday, and I don’t know what I would have done without her!

The tent took air at one point on the Sunday, and my friends came to the rescue but holding the gazebo down!! We had to ask people to go in through the side at one point as we couldn’t open the front- things to improve next year!

ImageWe packed up early on the Sunday, as the weather was so bad- I could see stock getting ruined, and people were sheltering in the arena rather than walking around, or heading home early to dry off. Shame it ended in such a damp way, but we still sold quite a lot, and I smashed my target for the weekend, so it was all good in the end!

Hope you enjoyed my story!!

Please comment away with your own festival memories, or come and say hi on my Facebook page.

Love,

Sami x

4 Days to Go…

Hello everyone.

Hope you all had lovely weekeneds, whatever you were doing! I chilled out a lot with The Boy, watched TV, ate nice food and went to Bristol on Saturday for Harbour Festival. It was PACKED! There were so many people in the city centre, there to watch bands, eat nice food and shop.

We went and met my friends from work, had some lunch and chilled for a bit, then me and The Boy went off to do some shopping. The plan was to meet my friends again later to watch a band called Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo (cos they’re awesome), but unfortunately, the weather put a stop to our plans.

It tipped it down.

It was that ‘out of nowhere’ rain, which strikes when you are in flip flops and a hat that you later find out is 90% made of paper. So, we squished and waded our way back to the train station, got home, tucked up in our PJs and ordered a chinese takeaway. Shame we missed a lot of the festival, but the snuggly night in was nice.

I didn’t blog yesterday as I didn’t finish making stuff til stoooopidly late, but it generally involved cutting out a whole load of bow shapes and getting started on making my bow necklaces, which I finished today, along with the headbands:

ImageI also had a bit of a spray painting adventure this morning…

I checked the forecast, saw that it was going to rain, and decided to get the spray painting done straight away (after my shreddies and tea), as it needed to be done outside. I was quite chuffed with myself that I got everything sprayed with a first coat of paint, and some of my stall decorations completely done:

Image(Quite excited about hanging these from the roof of my gazebo!)

And I did it all before it started to rain! So I felt smug, scrubbed myself with nail polish remover, which i’m sure was REALLY good for my skin, then had a shower to get (most of) the paint off. I went out later to check the boxes, and…

DISASTER!

The shed had flooded in the ridiculous rain, and my boxes were all sitting in a centimeter of water. Oops…

I stood there for a while saying “No. No. No.” like this would make it actually stop happening, then I grabbed all of the boxes and propped them up so they were off the floor. I’m hoping that they dry out overnight and will be ok to use still. We’ll see.(Obviously, I will keep you up to date on these Extremely Important Events as I know that you will be waiting with baited breath.)

On a side note… I have now made 3 papier mache buttons. Don’t ask.

Love,

Sami x