We arrived at 10.58. I know this because we stood in the reception area while the two minute silence was observed for Remembrance Day. This always moves me far more than the ceremony at the cenotaph.
Once we moved through the doors, we turned right and I bought something almost immediately. I found the booth for the Welsh company Calon (http://www.caloncompany.co.uk/). Absolutely beautiful things for sale BUT the must-have for me was this fantastic doggie fabric:
Not sure what I'm going to do with it yet but it was so lovely I couldn't leave it there.
Next up was a tin sign from Live Laugh Love, (http://www.livelaughlove.co.uk/) a very busy stall with lots of lovely things. I just liked the humour of this sign:
Another of their signs balanced things out I think:
I've loved this saying since reading a biography of Edith Piaf years and years ago. I think she had a plaque or a heart brooch or something with this written on, and I thought, Yeah, that's a good thing to believe.
I also bought a little jug with violets painted on. That was put in my lovely new china cupboard and I forgot to photograph it.
Unfortunately, just after we'd had our lunch, the fire alarm went off. People were ignoring it until a security guard came striding through the crowd saying 'This is NOT a drill. Please make your way to the nearest exit'. Well, I don't know how many visitors the building holds, but it was a full but calm crowd that made its way down the staircase and out into the street. I guess we were out there for twenty minutes before being allowed back in. Perhaps the chef had burned the waffles?
We calmed ourselves down at this stall:
Selling Sloe Gin, Sloe Whisky, Sloe Brandy... you get the picture. Tasters!
My last purchase was a quilt from Forever England (http://www.foreverengland.com/). 'Chloe' in green. It should arrive sometime this week. Free delivery. Very excited.
Looking forward to reading other reports of the Fair, and perhaps seeing more photos. Most of the time it was far too crowded to allow photos to be taken.
A very enjoyable trip.