Tractors were roaring round bringing market stalls onto the streets, local businesses were opening up, hoping for a busy day, and people in hi-vis jackets were everywhere, making sure that visiting stallholders knew where they had to go, that barriers were in place to close off the streets & that all in all everything was ready for a cracking day - and still it was overcast & raining - but were we disheartened?
And in Old Bolsover Yard, things were much the same - well we didn't have any tractors, we didn't have any hi-viz jackets & we didn't have any road closure barriers. But we were opening up, we were hoping for a busy day, and it was overcast & raining!
Slowly, we got things in place - Santa was 'blown-up' well not literally!, but was inflated & tied up so that he didn't blow away, Humpty Dumpty - part of the Scarecrow Festival - was put in his chair, and told to 'sit still in case he fell out!' - doesn't sound the same when you say -
"Humpty Dumpty sat in a Chair,
And fell out!"
It was the day of our Christmas Craft Fayre & our stallholders started to turn up & get set out. The Marquee was put up ready for Creswell Colliery Brass Band later in the day
Sadly, two of our stallholders didn't bother to turn up, or tell us that they weren't coming. But even without them, a good time was had by all.
Here are some photos taken on the day -
The Courtyard Programme planned for every Saturday from April through to August is gradually filling up, and I will write a blog post about that before Christmas.
And then of course, there is the small matter of Christmas - a time of fun & frolics, of eating & drinking, of family & friends, of carols & merriment, and much much more. Don't forget that our Gallery is now open every day from Monday to Saturday 10am to 3pm - full of lots of present ideas. So, why not pay us a visit, and since if you can find that gift for 'Uncle George' or 'Auntie Florrie - who are always so difficult to buy for!!
Me? I'm looking forward to spending Christmas with my family, seeing the look of excitement of the faces of my grandchildren as they open their presents, giving thanks for the last year, hoping for health & happiness in the coming New Year.
And then? - ah yes! helping to clear up the mountain of wrapping paper that took hours of love & care to wrap, but seconds to be ripped off & thrown on the floor!!
But before all of that is another couple of issues of the weekly blog post featuring the life of Old Bolsover Yard.
Until next week then ......