River Cottage Spring Food Fair

27/05/2015 § 6 Comments

At the weekend a mini convoy travelled west to Devon, for the River Cottage Spring Fair at RCHQ just outside Lyme Regis.  My estate car was packed to the rafters with my stand and stock, my friend followed with the dogs and our supplies – plus a few cushions that I couldn’t fit in!  I wasn’t sure what to expect but I had no need to worry – it was brilliant!


spot the patchwork quilt stall

spot the patchwork quilt stall

oh yes, that's the patchwork quilt stall

oh yes, that’s the patchwork quilt stall

cushions & quilts & pincushions

cushions & quilts & pincushions

I used those brilliant table covers that look like granny square crochet that I bought a few weeks ago.  I’d even hooked up some yarny cushions and stitched lots of freehand embroidered cushions featuring hens, retro caravans and of course … Flora Puddleduck!  All those quilts that I’d worked so hard to complete last year, for the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market came along and I was really pleased with how it looked.

On Saturday, the weather was amazing – hot, hot sunshine in the afternoon and the Sunday morning sunrise was awesome.

Sunday morning sunrise

Sunday morning sunrise


Sunday was cooler and a bit misty on occasions, but everyone who’d bought a ticket came along and enjoyed the demos, stalls and delights.  People had travelled right across the UK to attend – indeed some people had travelled right across the world to be there.  It was amazing to meet such a great crowd at such a tremendous event.  There’s another fair in August, so keep a look out for tickets.

We fitted in a bit of jaunting on Monday, a welcome day to recover from the fair and visit the Donkey Sanctuary (sadly I’d left my camera behind, so this is a DS photo).  What an amazing place to visit – I’ve never seen so many donkeys and they’re all such characters.  I’d love to rehome a couple in the future – if and when I finally end up in a cottage with a paddock attached!

donkey sanctuary


We had a lovely day touring around the beautiful countryside, little villages and Lyme Regis was quite magical in the evening light …









I loved the fossils on the lamp posts

I loved the fossils on the lamp posts

Were you there at RC?  What did you think of it?

It’s done me good to be away and do a 2-day event – my first and hopefully not my last! After last October, I did wonder whether I’d want to pick up my patchwork again, let alone get out there and organise everything for an event.  It was a challenge and I loved every minute!

What did you get up to at the weekend?  I’ve arrived home to find the first roses in bloom, the foxgloves have grown about a foot and the runner beans have 2 leaves each!  This morning I made another little alpine/succulent garden that I’ll show you next time – prepare for a wander around the garden, with me and Flora!

Adaliza x

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§ 6 Responses to River Cottage Spring Food Fair

  • I have always wanted to go to one of the River Cottage events. Bravo to you for taking a stand and pulling it all together!


  • downbytheseadorset.blogspot,co,uk says:

    So glad you had a brilliant time Adazlia and it was a good break from home too. Your stall looks amazing, you were so lucky with the weather compared with last year too! Do you think you will be at the August event too? The donkey sanctuary is an amazing place to visit and it is wonderful how they have given so many donkeys such a fantastic home with such caring staff and volunteers. Sarah x


  • adaliza says:

    I’m hoping to do the August event – have been looking at b&b in Lyme. Think I’ll leave the collies at home with the boys who should be around then. I’m still buzzing – it was so much fun.


  • adaliza says:

    I’m glad I did it too – I’m being very careful not to take on too much, it’s still early days. There were people there who’d timed their visit from Australia around it – it was truly amazing how far people had travelled. It wasn’t a huge fair, either – very friendly and ‘real’ – a great experience.


  • Nicole says:

    Your stall looks gorgeous and full of lovely things – hope you did wellx


  • adaliza says:

    It was a very good weekend!


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