This is, I suppose, a local show for me and it means that I get to meet and say hello to lots of old friends, both behind and in front of the stands. The ladies from the Miniatures in the Barn club were there… and busy buying. Valerie bought lovely items by Simply Silver from the Kenyons Miniatures stand, Jackie had some serious tools and lighting from Harlequins, and Yo had mats and fabric from the brilliant Marias Fabrics as well as some tubes for hat stands. Poppy, and a car load of family and friends, was visiting from The Isle Of Wight and a lady from Barton-on-Sea had an impressively long list of things to buy.

I bought a silver chalice from Simply Silver for my Tudor house, plus a set of shelves from Harlequins for a roombox that I dont even have yet. I also bought a plate of gingerbread men from Mini Mixtures which I gave to an elderly lady who was in a state of excitement as she had just bought her first dolls house.. enough said! I also found four pieces of old Lundby and Barton pieces for my Lundby houses from Wendy Hobday. None of these were on any list you understand, but when did that ever matter to any of us!

One of the photographs shown is Jessica holding a lovely pram from Pandoras Box. Much to Jessicas delight and surprise, they gave Jessica the pram as a gift, a treasure to cherish indeed, and a very kind act. They have also been asked to attend and display at Pramtasia in Chatham, Kent , and we were very amused when we spotted that one of their busts on sale looks exactly like Brian of Pandoras Box.

Other exhibitors included Victoria Fasken, with her delightful hand painted dinner and tea services, and Tony Hooper with all the fireplaces and brass door furniture one could ever need. Flowers galore from The Flower Lady, Pan Miniatures, In-Miniature, and K&S Miniatures, who also had minute knitted ducks. Look out for an article on them (and the ducks) next year.


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