Monday, 21 November 2011
Trying not to feel exasperated .....
I was recently lucky enough to win a complementary ticket to the Country Living Fair in London which was running the other weekend. The lovely Mary Kilvert sent me the ticket - pop over to her blog and look at the lovely sheep she created !
I was so excited at the prospect of going plus a little nervous at the same time. When I used to work full time I didn't think twice about getting on the train to London for conferences but since having children it isn't something I do. I worked out that Saturday was the best day to go due to train prices, school runs and work (it would cost £40+ if I didn't go during off peak times in the week :-o). I went on Google map and walked down the road from the underground station I would stop at so I knew exactly where I was going to go. I was going to take little Sweetpea and it would have been her first train ride.
Wednesday the tickets arrived and I did think of going on Thursday but school runs put a stop to that idea. As Saturday approached , my gorgeous little Sweetpea decided to go back to waking 3+ times a night for a couple of nights :-( Saturday morning arrived and I was exhausted, having my usual dizzy spells bought on by sleep deprivation (I even become dizzy just sitting still when I have had a few really bad nights) and generally felt terrible with no energy to go to London :-( I was gutted!
To stop me feeling annoyed by the circumstances that had arisen I decided to drive up the road to Blackthorpe Barn (near Bury St Edmunds), I am so glad I did - what a joy that place is ! It was full of local artists showing and selling their creations. Eldest Sweetpea came along with me and we had a lovely time looking at all the gorgeous creations. I had a lovely chat to lots of wonderful creative people and Eldest Sweetpea was given a bookmark from a lovely watercolour artist, Katie Millard, and a felt bead from a lady call Cathy who creates gorgeous things out of felt - it was so sweet of them to give him a piece of their artwork. I even bumped into a lady who had a stall with the most gorgeous silver work (click link to see scrummy buttons wrapped in silver) who lives in our village. I had heard her name mentioned in magazines before but had never put a name to the face so I was surprised and happy to see a familiar face there.
I came home with two lino-print cards created by the artist Penny Bhadresa, she had some lovely prints on show and Eldest Sweetpea really wanted one for his room (one day we will save up for the real thing for him :-)). I also got two other lovely postcards created by Abigail Mill, she created the most exquisite creations out of fabric, silk, lace - the original images look 3D and her use of colours is gorgeous. 3 little ceramic spotty egg cups also launched themselves into my bag, one for each Sweetpea - they are so sweet.
I must still admit to feeling a little annoyed at having missed the Country Living Fair and a little trapped with the life of being a Mum 24/7 but that trip made me feel a whole lot better! Having been ill for a few days has again made me feel that way, I went to work on Sunday just to have a break from the 'madhouse' when really I should have been in bed getting better (but then the Sweetpeas would have joined me in bed and probably had a pillow fight over my head!).
Don't get me wrong, I do love them all dearly but sometimes a little space is nice, oohh how I would love my own little flat somewhere, where I could escape for a few days rest every now and again......... dream on Zoe :-) Mind you then I would probably miss them all too much :-)
Moan over :-) x