The Beatties arrived home safely after the first day at Cotehele. Near Newquay, the snow was almost as deep on our way home as it was on the way out. I guess the day never really got above freezing point.
We had a lovely busy day, giving out hundreds of the bags we'd made beforehand, making almost 30 more on the day and chatting to the very many people who'd turned out to see Cotehele's Christmas garland as in Ivybags' photos. Christian (who's he? see on..) told me that one couple had driven all the way from Wales, with snow all the way as far as north Devon, to come to the Taste of Cornwall Food Fair, and see the garland. There's a great atmosphere with lots of cheerful stallholders in a (heated) marquee accessed off the cosy restaurant we lurk in. By the way, it's really convenient mosbagging in a restaurant - the meal you've ordered can be served at your stall!
(all the restaurant tables were taken).
Dozens of people had morsbags from previous events with them, or in daily use - just the sort of news to gladden morsbaggers' hearts. One bag was one of Offcuts' with a "Supreme sewing machines sponsors...." label. Are you still using those, Offcuts?
There are a few things already on the to-do list for tomorrow -
1) Do some shopping! The fudge lady next door ("Sweet Caroline") is offering 4 bags of fudge for £5 - bargain!!
2) The lady opposite ("Plum Duff and More") sells Christmas puddings that I can vouch for - gorgeous!
3) Do some more shopping! I haven't cruised the marquee next door to find super pate, drinks, bread etc yet!
4) Make another bag with Christian, nephew of the organiser's deputy, who made a bag and loved it today. Here he is finishing off the last bag of the day for me, after we'd discussed exactly how
a sewing machine works. He's a born engineer, like Masterclock, wants to know how everything works, and "sees" how it goes. Genius!
His mum says he's been dismantling and "remantling" his toys since he was a tot. Just like Masterclock!
He's coming back tomorrow to wind all the bobbins for me and make another bag for himself from scratch
this time. Choosing the material, cutting / tearing it up, everything except ironing it!
And here is Ivybags handing over her 1995th bag to the grateful recipient - the lady we've been calling "Mrs Plum Duff" who's been keeping us supplied all day with samples of her absolutely delicious Christmas pudding!
I'm really looking forward to going again tomorrow and doing it all over again. There's a super happy atmosphere and a great turn-out, in spite of the weather.