Oh what a glorious day it is today – blue sky; sun; a positively balmy 18 degrees. Yeah.
Well cast your mind back to the middle of winter, quite literally, and the picture wasn’t quite so warm. Were we tucked up under a blanket by a roaring fire? Oh no. We decided that we would prefer to spend five freezingly chilly hours under our pals the Empress‘ awning (thanks guys, love ya) touting cook books, cakes and our gorgeous FCFK Hackney wares at the Victoria Park Village Mid Winter Fair. Let’s just say that we now know why Kat Slater sports fingerless gloves on her market stall when it’s winter on ‘stenders.
Even our ever-so-fetching tights AND socks combo couldn’t save our toes.
Buuut, do you know what? It was fun. Vicky Park certainly knows what community is all about and the atmosphere was great. We sold out of cake, made a serious dint in ‘Cookbook Mountain,’ were nearly wiped out of teatowels and forced some rather chilly grown-ups to hang about getting rather more chilly while their children decorated gingerbread with us to take home and hang on their Christmas trees. (They couldn’t complain though, we did have hot mulled cider if they wanted it! Erm, yes please.)
And we raised well over 500 quid which we were pretty chuffed about, as well as generating new referrals and gaining some top new supporters.
Win, win, win.
And after we’d stomped home, even our toes lived to see another day. Phew.