I am home and recovering from a huge week at the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair. I travelled up with my eldest daughter Amy, who kindly took a week off work to help out on my stall. We left on Monday morning, the sun was shining brightly at (however high a plane flies), but with such thick cloud it was not so sunny underneath.
It seemed we were no longer in the air and the hostess was offering us soft drink and Pringles, Im not sure how it all worked but apparently we had earned a $10 voucher. By the time we had eaten the Pringles and drank the drink, this was the sight we were greeted with.
After settling into our room we ventured out to find the Exhibition Building and to check if the pallet of goods had arrived. All was good, except two trestle tables were missing from the stall.
Works out I had not read my contract properly, and no tables were provided. What an adventure the next twenty hours would be. I ended up catching trains and buses (both in the wrong direction to start with and in pouring rain with no coat or umbrella) to Bunnings at Alexandria and then waiting for 1.5 hours for a taxi. While waiting impatiently I watched the filming of a television segment for 'The Lounge Room' ...if you see a lady hiding behind two trestle tables at the front door that will be me. And while I was doing all this, Amy was climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge also in pouring rain. When the thunder and lighting came, she quickly had to descend to a bunker room. Luckily the storm passed and they were able to re climb and reach the summit, so apart from a slight drenching all was not too bad.
The stall came together really quickly, and was looking great with The Sarah Wistar Quilt, Auntie Tess and Old Courthouse all on show ready for opening day. Forgive these very dark photos's the lighting was not great.
I had a fabulous week. I got to meet lots and lots of my mail order customers, fellow bloggers and members of Facebook groups I am in. And it was lovely to have a visit from Linda on Friday. Amy took up Linda's offer of afternoon release and caught a train and bus to Bondi for the afternoon
It was wonderful to finally meet Chookyblue, we have been blogging buddies for many years. Chooky invited me to join her for drinks after the show and I got to meet her lovely friends too, including Sandy from Shiralee Stitches and Janice who has a lovely blog Jannimary which I will now follow too.
A lovely lady called Judith called by my stall. She was working on The Dutch Heritage Fabric stall. After a few minutes of talking, I work out that it was Judith from Juud's Quilts, another blog I have also followed for many years. It was a very funny moment when the penny dropped. One minute a complete stranger, the next second a well known friend.
The days past way too quickly. Each night I would walk down this pier at Darling Harbour to get back to my room. It was a pity I was so tired and my feet so sore, I did not stop and enjoy the moment.
When the fair ended on Sunday evening it was time to pack up. The pallet a lot lighter for the return journey, even with my two new trestle tables.
We had an afternoon flight on Monday, so we took the chance to do a little sight seeing in the morning. We decided to catch a ferry over to Manly Beach
We returned back to Circular Quay, and went to explore The Rocks area. There was a massive cruise ship in dock, we soon discovered that it was boarding day. Hundreds and hundreds of excited people where milling around, with more arriving each minute, just like bees to the honey pot. It was lovely to sit and watch the people arriving, all excited and in great spirits. It was a great atmosphere.
We made our way back to the airport and boarded our plane. Once again the Pringles and drinks were on offer, Im still baffled how that worked out, but again when the Pringles were eaten and drinks drank the plane was starting the descent. We were home in time for a late tea.
It really was a fabulous week, thanks NSW for making us feel so welcome.