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Monday, 13 June 2011

Nice to see you, to see you . . . nice!

Didn't he we do well? (Sorry, I couldn't resist the ref to Sir Brucie :-) and congrats also to Dame Jenni of BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.)

Yes, it was the Pick'n'Mix Makers' Market in Holt on Saturday. The day dawned (cloudy, wet and cold for once!) and I was on the road driving to North Norfolk. By the time I reached Swaffham the rain had disappeared and I pootled along behind a car towing a trailer with a beaten up old banger and some agricultural bit and pieces, unable to overtake – this is Norfolk! I cheered when my escort vehicle turned left to King's Lynn, and I sailed along the Fakenham by-pass and on to Holt – arriving before 8.30am.

Soon the room was a hive of activity, all the stall-holders beavering away setting out their stuff; just time for a couple of snaps before the the doors opened . . .

Here's my stall, right next to the kaleidoscopic
felt fantasy land that is Planet Penny

And directly opposite Daisy Boo's Kitchen.
serving the most scrummy savoury scones
and cakes in 'tea-room corner'.

Pick'n'Mix Makers' Market organiser Lisa (Mrs Bobo Bun her very self) has put together some lovely photos of the full the line up of stalls – pop over to take a look. And you can see Penny's excellent photos here.

Everyone who came through the door was surprised and delighted by the variety and quality of things to buy – some had been enticed along by ladies wearing Trishe Darling's glamorous hats, who patrolled the Market Place and High Street, turning gentlemen's heads!!!

Some people came back twice (after popping home to get their cheque book), one lovely customer returned a third time – thank you :-) It was such a lovely friendly event, some cool music in the background and the chink of crockery from the kitchen – and lots and lots of amazing handmade and vintage things to buy.

I have to admit to buying some things my self . . .

Clockwise from top:
felted lambswool yarn and giant knitting needles
from Fiona of High Fibre;
ceramic buttons from Catherine Daniel;
a necklace of very special beads from Emma of Silverpebble;
and a pretty felt flower brooch from Planet Penny

So, if you're thinking "I wish I'd been to that" – you're in luck, it's happening all over again in November :-) I'll let you know the date just as soon as I know. Make a note on the calendar to have a Christmas shopping day in Holt and take in the Christmas Pick'n'Mix Makers' Market – buy something special and hand-made direct from the maker.



  1. The Holt market sounds fun, glad it went well for you.

  2. A delight to read Celia. Thanks for sharing it. It was great to meet you at last.

    Lisa X

  3. great photos! the 'juicy coloured' sheep look wonderful. glad you had a good time.

  4. It looks like a wonderful craft event. I am sure I would have found loads of things to spend money on.

  5. sounds like a fab day and i may just come along in November :-)

    I love the felt brooch just my kind of thing :-)

  6. Hi Celia - I didn't realise that was you buying those buttons! I shall know next time - and glad I've found your blog, which I intend to follow now.

  7. Your stall looks fab, I saw all the pics on Penny's blog, and the beautiful little books of yours she bought. I'm so sorry to hear about the eggs, I hope at least one comes through for you. Still, I'm sure there's another opportunity? And your garden! Wow! It's BEAUTIFUL! Love Vanessa xxx

  8. Love a good market. They always have such a warm community feel.

  9. Thanks for the mention Celia. Glad you enjoyed the scones. See you on 26th November again!
    Sal @ Daisy Boo's Kitchen xx

  10. Looking forward to seeing you again too - I expect you'll have lots of treats to tempt us!



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