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How was your weekend? mine was a rather busy and exciting one.

Our village was having it’s annual Christmas Market. It is a fabulous day where local businesses and crafters get together to sell their wares. It is a fabulous market that has the most amazing atmosphere and not a tax dodging big business in site!

The Women’s Institute that I belong to had a stall. A large group of us have spent months cooking up jams, chutney’s and marmalades – sewing, stuffing and knitting our little hearts out – and many hours spent baking cookies and other yummies. All in preparation for the Christmas Market.




We made bags, owls, doorstops, aprons, Christmas decorations and much much more.



This is my friend Claire making sure that everything looked lovely


We had to be there at 8:30am. It was a rather cold morning but dry thankfully.



Here are Jane and Lisa ready for action.

I had the task of making the raffle prize. I decided a gingerbread sleigh was the order of the day, filled with yummy chocolates so as to look like Santa’s sack full of pressies for good girls and boys.


It was a fabulous day with there was a buzz in the air and lots of happy smiling faces. Especially the children who came to our stall to decorate a gingerbread or shortbread biscuit for the princely sum of 50p.




We managed to raise lots of money for The Friends Of Marple Memorial Park who are raising money to improve the children’s skate park.

While I was surfing the net today I saw this fabulous sign. After attending a Christmas Market that is exclusively for local businesses this reaffirmed to me the importance of supporting local businesses. I want my children to grow up in a village that is vibrant and full of small businesses and I intend to do what I can to see that happen, no matter how small my contribution is.


Support local businesses

This may be from the USA but it is just a relevant here in the UK


Hope you all have a great week.



















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