It's not the first time (nor second) that I've used that title. I spent all week getting ready for what I knew was going to be an insanely busy weekend. It involved lots more frantic baking on crutches with frequent rest breaks. There were some rather enticing walnut macaroons...
Trays of ginger cookies, date cookies, chocolate chip cookies, shortbreads and biscotti.
By Friday there was less resting and even more baking...
Although on Saturday I cast aside my apron and donned my textile hat. I'd had a workshop and talk booked for the Colchester branch of the Embroiderer's Guild for absolutely ages. I had to postpone the workshop as a whole day working without a chance to have a lie down felt like a step too far since my accident... As if I can take many steps at all at the moment! But I did agree to do the talk. Stewart drove me and fetched and carried all my stuff. Despite a minor panic after getting lost (no... okay there was major panic and a touch of hysteria on my part) and then getting stuck in traffic we arrived in the nick of time... as in ten minutes before I was due to talk. It was also slightly terrifying to be faced with a proper lecture theatre... It felt very grown up! But all's well that ends well (that's my nod to Shakespeare this weekend) and it went well, everyone seemed to enjoy the talk and I'd even impressed my husband who had never seen me in "performance" mode before. He took loads of photos, but I won't bore you with all twenty six of them!
We came home and fighting off absolute exhaustion I managed another tray of brownies. The reason for this sheer madness... An Artisan Fair in our village today. Something else I had committed to before I fell in the ditch. As it was too good an opportunity to miss to promote the new business locally, I didn't want to do the sensible thing and pull out... sensible... moi?
And despite now feeling almost catatonic, incapable of any intelligent thought, and only able to utter of words of one syllable... I think it was worth it ( I hope you are suitably impressed I am actually writing this!)
I didn't sell any tea cosies or aprons, although I do think they added to the overall "Apricot & Fig" image...but I virtually sold out of cake and biscuits, which was great. It was a lovely day, busy and buzzing with lots of fabulous feedback and several potential orders.
And I promise that next week I will try to take it easy and rest my leg a little more... Except did I mention there is one more special cake to make... Bonkers, I know... bonkers!