Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Apples and pumpkins..

We took part in an amazing event this weekend at RHS Wisley in Surrey.

The event was a Taste of Autumn, which was a celebration of Autumn and local produce. The event also included a display of competition fruit from the National Fruit show held last week in Kent. I've never seen so many different varieties of apples. Apple tasting and lots of local produce sampling was in full swing all throughout the weekend, even local WI groups were there serving homemade soup and preserves.
The weather was glorious and visitor numbers exceeded all expectations.


...and more apples.

Our stall was just opposite the display garden for the Wisley trials which showed a small shed and vegetable plot, with lots of perfect picked produce. Check out these pumpkins...

The display was so charming, and it even came with a resident robin. He flew in whilst they were setting up on Wednesday and came back everyday. He had definately marked his territory. He also liked to swoop up to the other end of the marque to feast on the berries on the Woody Plants display (much to their annoyance!)

If you look carefully you can just make him out on the shed door.

It was a great family event, with pumpkin carving and Autumn craft activities. Here is a small friend with his fab 'Shrek' pumpkin!

Our stall fitted in well with all our fruit, vegetable and flower designs. We met some lovely customers and made very good sales. We only have three of our shopper bags left in stock now!
The RHS staff are fantastic and were all so helpful. After a week with a sick child, and a school craft fair on Thursday evening, i was extremely tired, but it was such a pleasure to be involved in and i really enjoyed the whole experience. The only sad thing was that we didn't get to meet alice c... we almost did.. but it wasn't to be. Maybe another time.

Here is our stall..

The t.shirts which we designed for Hampton Court with either a strawberry or apple on proved popular. We have apples left in all sizes and strawberries in the large only.
small age 3-4, medium age 5-6 and large age 7-8.
They are a transfer print from taken from our original appliques. They are £5 each .. please email if you would like to buy one. They are not on the website yet but i do hope to add them soon.

This week is half term for us... We have already had a day out with Alice and the boys ending with seeing the film Ratatouille.. great fun. We are also hoping to create some more Autumnal pics and make our Hallowean costumes this week!
I'll leave you with a picture my youngest did after collecting some leaves a few weeks ago... This is for Louise at thisismypatch.

owl, moon and tree.

Have a great week.


Suzie Sews said...

Have a really great, craft filled half term...Look forward to hearing what you get up to...
Suzie Sews

Samantha said...

Hi girls,
your stall looks beautiful. Well done!

P.s. Will get in touch soon for a chat. I haven't forgotten.


Ragged Roses said...

Your stall looks fab. Well done you for getting it all together. It sounds like a wonderful weekend. those apples look gorgeous. We're off to see Ratatouille this afternoon!
Kim x

this is my patch said...

The weather at the weekend must have made the Taste of Autumn event a huge success, I shall bear this in mind for a visit next year. I love all your photos and I really enjoyed reading all about it and well done to you both for making and putting together such a lovely stall. I love the fact that the robin made its territory, if only for a few days around the woody plant display, I can understand the exhibitors being a little annoyed if it was wrecking their display, but I hope they could bring themselves to forgive him, he is rather sweet. I love the leaf picture, I think it is great, if agreeable I would like to paste it into my blog and put a reference to you, would you mind? Louise x

Gigibird said...

Looked like a wonderful day.
How sweet to have a real Robin:)

carolyn said...

Your youngest is going to give Andy Goldsworth a run for his money! Your stall looked wonderful, as always.

A Saucerful Of Secrets said...

Hi there, it looked like a great event, and your stall lovely. Can I ask you where you got the boxes for your lovely dolls? I've been searching for simular shape but not having much luck I'm afraid. Best Wishes from Annie x

the flour loft said...

Hi Annie,
We had the boxes specially made... I will check out the company details when i'm next in the studio and get back to you. Could you email me your email address to ginny@folkydokee.co.uk

farmingfriends said...

What a beautiful leaf picture your youngest is very talented and creative.
Sara from farmingfriends

Jane said...

That leaf picture is truly beautiful - it reminds me of a renaissance manuscript.

caireen said...

that show looks a lot of fun! I love the cheeky robin - he'll be like, where did my new patch go?... and all those apples & pumpkins! have you seen www.bridgesandballoons.com/journal - this pumpkin festival in the USA - it is awesome, really worth a look! sweet autumn days to you - cx

nĂ  said...

hello, i happened upon your blog via vintage pretty. wow, what pretty things you make! i love those shopper bags! and so many apples all in a row ...yum!

Florence said...

Oh, that picture by your youngest is gorgeous and so clever!

Your stall looked wonderful, and as you said, so in keeping with the theme of the whole thing.

I've never seen apples so shiny!


tash said...

You have been busy. Your stalls always look so beautifully presented, though how on earth did you manage not to take at least one of those apples!? I would've pinched one for nibbles - I'm a tad partial to apples ;) hehe

Tracy said...

Your stall is fantastic--what a great show! Happy Days ((HUGS))

French Knots said...

Your stall looks amazing, so many wonderful things. The apples look great arranged like that, a super display.

ally said...

That is the cutest picture! The little one is a little you!

Wild Rose said...

Hi Ginny,

What a lovely post. Your stall looks fantastic and I think that your creations are beautiful.

I love the pumpkin display and the story of the little robin and that picture with the owl and tree is quite charming.

Marie x

Magic Cochin said...

Oh I wish I lived nearer to Wisley! What a gorgeous display of autumn abundance! And you stall looks really cute to - well done!