Tuesday, 30 November 2021

It's beginning to look a lot like . . . Childwickbury!

 


the entrance to Childwickbury stable block, flanked by angels
© Teresa Newham

The last weekend in November means several things: it's the first Sunday in Advent; the Christmas lights are due to be switched on in Harpenden; and it's time to wrap up warm and head for the Childwickbury Christmas Market.  


Christmassy decor in the courtyard
© Teresa Newham

Even the fringes of Storm Arwen hadn't deterred visitors from descending on Childwickbury on the Saturday morning; the fabulous angels were in place, along with the tree, the lights and the Christmas garlands; everything was festive and there was plenty to see.


glass art by Siddy Langley (top) 
and Opal Seabrook (bottom)
© Teresa Newham


First stop was a visit to two glass artists - Harpenden-based Opal Seabrook who was in prime position near the entrance to the stable block with Siddy Langley, from Devon. Their work was attracting a lot of attention, but we did manage a brief chat.


artists and makers making good use of every inch of space in the stables
© Teresa Newham

Throughout the stables, a variety of artists and makers had set up shop, ranging from textiles to jewellery, pottery - and candles from another local maker, Handmade in Harpenden.  Paintings and prints hung from ceilings, cushions were piled high; every nook and cranny was pressed into service.


local producers selling their wares
© Teresa Newham

In what I think was once a cow shed, local producers selling everything from cakes to flavoured oils were doing a roaring trade, with eager customers snapping up bargains; it was like and yet unlike the summer Arts Fair, with spaces being repurposed, although several of the regular exhibitors were showing, including Childwickbury's owner, Christiane Kubrick.


floral wreaths and garlands
© Teresa Newham

I had a splendid, if chilly, morning, dodging the crowded areas and steaming up behind my mask, but it was well worth it - coming home with various purchases, and the distinct feeling that Christmas is well on its way!


visitors by the Christmas tree
© Teresa Newham









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