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Last week I went to the Country Living Fair to look at lots of lovely interior and textiles things.  I had three hours from yo to go and when I got there and looked out across all the stands I thought there was no way I could do it.

There were indeed some very lovely objects there – my favourites being the ceramics, ironware, vintage linens and ceramics, and antiques dealers.

It always gets more interesting once you talk to people and find out about what they do and what their story is. Also the one stand I only found when I came back to collect my forgotten coat – the one I found once I’d packed my camera away – that was the stand that was truly full of treats. That was the guy I bought my beautiful old beeswaxed birch breadboard from.

A month ago I didn’t even really have Country Living Magazine on my radar. But when Yvonne came to visit she left her copy at my place and I realised it’s the magazine for me. We’ve just agreed to renew the lease on our house for another two years so I’m very excited about our plans for the house and garden this summer – and what better place to visit than the lovely people who had taken the time to exhibit at the Spring Fair.

There were some standout designers and makers there: of note were  Linda Bloomfield – ceramics; Alex Pole Ironwork – knives, hooks and fire tools; Caurnie Soap from Scotland – producer of beautiful handmade transluscent soaps with herbs and flowers; Anna Perring – Luna Lighting – lovely porcelain tea light holders; Caroline Zoob – a very carefully curated antique store – just beautiful things; Rosie’s Armoire – lovely fun antique style homewares, textiles and gardenware and Hogben Pottery – very pretty rabbit and robbin mugs and jugs.