Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Country Living Fair

Last Wednesday I went to the Country Living Fair in London (why it's held in London I don't know, surely it should be held in the country!). It's the third year in succession that I've been and I thoroughly enjoy it each time. There is just so much to see (and buy!). There are a lot of the same stands each year and there is a glut of polka dotty, Cath Kidstoney type things (all very nice, don't get me wrong) but it is refreshing to linger at the stands selling different things especially those made by such very talented artists. My neighbour who is a ceramicist had a stand; she specialises in raku and crystalline.

Another friend who is a textile designer and who has her own loom also had a stand. This is one of her scarves which I treated myself to recently; I just love it.

I loved the stand by another textile artist named Charlotte Clowes which can be seen in this photo.

I was exhausted by the end of the day, goodness knows how the exhibitors manage to last the whole five days!


  1. So agree - I have been buying Country Living Magazine for nearly 3 decades - yet why London?

  2. My favourite magazine
    Hampton Court Flower Show always have a large area for them. I agree with you on the too much of a good thing it's nice to see something different.

  3. i was there wednesday!! wish i'd known i would have loved to say hi! i ment to blog asking if anyone was going! x

  4. Always on my list of where to go's, must get round to it one day. Looks a wonderful event and thank you for sharing your photographs :0) Thank you also for your thoughtful comment on my son, am sure he shall be fine, just the build up I guess.


  5. Glad you had a great time Ruth. I'd feel panicky, just like I always do at the Hampton Court Flower Show! I want to get to see everything, and I know I can't. A wallet full of cash would have been a necessity for the day! x

  6. I’ve some how missed two posts! :0( it looks like you had loads of fun! I wish I had gone now.
    I'm off to catch up on your last post.

    I hope all is ok with you? Lou xxx

  7. I didn't go this year but was sorely tempted. It looks amazingly empty in our photos.. did you arrive very early? It was such a crush last time I visited which made if very difficult to see the stands properly.
    Lovely to see it through your eyes this year and something different! I know exactly what you mean by the polka dot parade.
    Michele x

  8. Thank you for your comment, the DH was amazing.. do come along next time, it really is special! Have you seen this http://talesfromtheseagarden.blogspot.com/ sooooo inspiring! Lizzie