Monday, 4 July 2011
We were lucky with two glorious days of sunshine for the Bradford on Avon Fair - the flowers came out at last; they were a bit shy the previous weekend for the B.on A. Secret Garden event which allowed visitors to visit 10 or so small gardens hidden away in back streets and alley-ways all around our hilly town. We had a reasonable attendance but could have done with more people as there was a very good spread of interesting stock - particularly vintage clothing and some stunning high fashion clothing from China which did sell very well - look out for Slow Loris stand at our Fair at the American Museum in Britain on Sept.1st. Our vintage clothing and textile exhibitors were Sallie and Jim Ead who organise their own textile fairs and the Needhams who come from deepest Devon, again both will be at Claverton, excellent quality all round and a joy to see. Thanks to all who took part - many making long journeys and putting on a great show which our visitors commented on and greatly enjoyed, as well as Ginny's excellent picnic food topped with some glorious meringues!
Saturday, 2 July 2011
often in denim, but also in every kind of cotton from rough and scratchy to smooth and polished (till it looks like satin). It is a top fashion for the young in London and even conservative middle-aged men are finding it ideal for country wear, working and relaxing - you do not have to own a vineyard to wear dark blue denim. Women love the finer shirts and costume smocks which make ideal cover-ups but these are extremely hard to find, and fetch a high price. French people have special saints days on which they now often turn out in local costume and the finer items disappear quickly from the markets as do coifs, bonnets, fichus, shawls and other accessories.