Sunday, 24 April 2016

Bonkers!

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!

20 comments:

  1. Yes. You. Are. Bonkers.x But well done.

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  2. Bonkers indeed. It sounds like a hectic weekend for someone not hindered by crutches, I can't even begin to imagine how you did it with crutches. Bonkers. xx

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  3. Congratulations! It makes me feel exhausted just think about it. Definitely bonkers, but lovely with it. X

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  4. Nutty! But diligent and just too good. It's important for our nearest and dearest to see us in action every now and then - after all it's "only" embroidery and a bit of cooking, how hard can it be?! ;) Hopefully there was a large G&T with your name on it when you got home today.

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  5. Oh yes, Gina, way bonkers...but very impressive, too!

    What fabulous baked items you've shown us. I will have to imagine all the textures and flavors. Your table at the fete is so pretty, and surely demonstrated your brand very well. I can imagine your doing lots of baking for spring/summer weddings, various tea parties, garden parties, and so forth

    How wonderful for your husband to be able to see you do your workshop and talk, and to be able to help you get there and get set up.

    Bravo on all counts. I cannot get over how wonderfully you bake! xo

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  6. Yes, bonkers! I am though wildly impressed by the quantity of baking, on crutches and then giving a talk and then going to the sale and then doing a blog post, that is to much!! I definitely think you need to take a very well deserved rest!!! xx

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  7. someone has gone home, with your apron pictured in their mind, and next time you display it, they will buy.
    They have a different sort of magic to the edibles.

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  8. So glad your cake sale went well, although hardly surprising but yes I do think you need to rest this week!
    V x

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  9. Bonkers? Yes I suppose so, but I can't imagine you not doing what you had committed to. All that baking was most impressive. Hope you have managed a rest now.

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  10. That is quite an achievement (understatement). I really think Stewart should tie you to a chair for the whole of next week! Congratulations on getting through everything and making a success of it all.

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  11. Wow amazing ...and on crutches too! I'm glad it all went so well.

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  12. Wonderful, glad you had a successful weekend despite the crutches. :-)

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  13. Hang on, hang on, hang on.... I'm playing catch up here obviously because when did you fall in a ditch? How badly are you injured ? Were you under the influence of drink or just rushing along in the fast lane of life as usual? I think I am busy - too busy to blog or catch up it seems - but you take the biscuit .... or should that be BAKE the biscuit. Please don't deny that you are Superwoman. I know a star when I see one.

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  14. ... and I should have added, get better soon xx

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  15. You were right to call it bonkers! WOW, how busy are you despite not being really up to it. I take my hat off to you, but please rest now?!?!

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  16. Woooooow! What an incredible lady you are - and how talented. I am exhausted just reading what you have achieved, and to think you did it all on crutches. Bonkers maybe but how great is that. I am glad you sold all yoour baking and I am sure the stitching will sell in the end as well.

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  17. I hope your leg is healing in the middle of all this chaos LOL! Your table looks wonderful -- I'll bet it was hard to resist!!!

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  18. You said it! But well done anyway and do please have a rest now?

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  19. Oh, all those bakes look amazing (walnuts, ginger, dates, chocolate, what's not to love?). Have to ask, though, how do you manage to balance on one leg whilst producing it all?

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  20. Your stall looks beautiful - and so do you in your fancy frock! You don't even look dead on your feet (foot/crutch) in the picture. Well done and now take it easy! xx

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