Japan, Scotland and Portugal are represented in Devon



You gotta love the attractions at a country fair.  The one I went to this Bank Holiday Monday, just over the border in Devon, had Tano Taiko-Japanese Drummers (who were not Japanese at all); traditional Scottish Dancing (who were presumably not all Scots either); a man who looked like Fleetwood from Fleetwood Mac blowing extremely large bubbles that floated like diamonds all over the ground and burst on a lot of my stock;

Peregrine Falcon, juvenile (Bolsa Chica, 11-08)

Devon Birds of Prey whose peregrine falcon took exception not only to  the  multitude of dogs which, apparently, they cannot distinguish from  coyotes,  but also the Uffculme school banging drums and blowing  whistles and  promptly flew into the nearest tree, refusing to come  down, despite its  owner’s increasingly desperate blandishments, for  half an hour.  One to  add to the list of what not to work with, along  with children and  animals – birds.



But the highlight for me were the Lusitano Dressage Horses – these small bundles of muscular power come from Portugal and can spin on a sixpence. The riders were dressed in full traditional gear, some riding side saddle, and it was a privilege to watch such horsemanship at close quarters.


New home!

Here are some photos of Violet Agnes’ spanking new home in Wellington at The Emporium – an enormous amount of work for the owners and their team so a big up to the Coopers et al.

Not sure I can squash much more into my pitch so please come along and buy something and create some room for me!  The good news is that The Emporium can take card payments so you can fill your boots with all their beautiful products.


































Spring has sprung

Well, it certainly has at Tithe Barn.  Not only is my cherry blossom tree blooming but so is my new stock which is going on sale in the brand new, shiny shopping experience known as The Emporium in Wellington.  Do come along and browse – all these baskets will be there but not Otis, the very fat, very lazy, very wonderful black Labrador who was my birthday present nine years ago.  We are growing old together!


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Balls and a new shopping opportunity

Come along to The Emporium in Wellington, opening on Saturday 25 April, and see how creative we have been with seven polystyrene balls!   It will be well worth the visit I can promise you.  Apart from us and our balls, there are a variety of traders selling at this exciting new venture.  There is plenty of street parking.  For those of you who have lived locally for a while, The Emporium has taken over the old Auction Rooms and completely transformed it.   I defy you to leave empty handed!!balls

Happy Easter to all my customers

I hope the Easter Bunny brings you all the chocolate you can handle – my 22 and 16 year old are insisting on an Easter Egg hunt which is always joy to the ears of our two Labradors.  It adds a certain edge to the occasion when you are competing with them and their superior sense of smell!  This is Bingo in his Easter bonnet!10157305_10152115307284912_3642112631054016303_n

Early Easter Bunny

Violet Agnes is emerging from the winter, blinking into the spring sunshine, to sally forth on her first fair of the year.

It is always fun to review the stock and add new designs to it – there are the old favourites as well as some bright new products for 2015.   And plenty of Easter bonnets.

I am hopeful that I will see some of you at Bicknoller tomorrow to raise money for the NSPCC, always a charity close to our hearts.  We are starting slowly – a coffee morning between 1030-1230 in Bicknoller Village Hall.  Have not sold at a fair since early December so may be a bit rusty at it – forgive me!


Christmas in November

For those of us who peddle our wares around the country, November is very much the Christmas month with many many fairs going on, showcasing the most wonderfully original pieces that you would not find on the High Street nor indeed on that eponymous website.  Violet Agnes did a quick canter through fairs for Cancer Research in Crowcombe, Macmillan in South Molton, Riding for the Disabled in Chardstock, local charities in Dulwich, Help The Child in Wedmore and the Rotary Club in Bampton.  If I never see another dried orange or felt moose head again, it will not be a moment too soon!  But I met some seriously talented and funny people along the way – you know who you are – and kept Violet Agnes afloat for another year – so keep an eye out for events where I can be found in 2015.  Terrifying how fast the years speed by!

Happy Christmas to all my customers – it has been a joy to deal with you – and a very prosperous, healthy New Year.

Anna x




This glorious wreath made of pheasant feathers is my find of Christmas – 

You can buy one of these stunners from Emma Savage on

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If you would mention you saw it here, I would be ever so grateful.

Great village event

The annual Cancer Research Christmas Coffee Morning held in Crowcombe Hall was its usual buzzy self – two hours of frenzied buying and selling then back for drinkie poos and canapes at home.  All in all a good morning’s work though drinking at lunchtime is no longer an option – old age is a terrible thing!  The stall that really caught my eye was Imogen Man’s whose stunning paintings of dogs on gold leaf were really different.


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Back to school!

The last two days found me at Westonbirt School in Gloucestershire selling at the Westonbirt Fair in aid of Macmillan and Home-Start.  What extraordinary surroundings – huge rooms with marble halls and wooden floors – took me right back to my days at the Convent in Shaftesbury!  It was an interesting experience and I would like to point you in the direction of a couple of my fellow stallholders – Lucy Routh art and Mocili jewellery – good company in the vast Library we were put in – here are a few images of the place


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And here were two of my companions for the two nights I stayed over!