And today - glorious sunshine but freezing cold. Good for the cheese, but not so good to be standing at markets! It's silly hat season (and many layers) as demonstrated by me and her (Jane of Cheesemakers of Canterbury) at Wye Market this morning. Note festive holly decoration ...
Today we had a visit from Paddy the Donkey. He comes to Wye every Xmas market and sells mistletoe for charity. Last year the weather was so bad that his owner could not get out of her property and so he missed the market. Today however, he was in fine form. He is such a gentle creature - he just stands and lets everyone stroke him and children sit on him.
Faversham Mission Brass Band did a sterling job of keeping everyone entertained with their brilliant festive tunes and I have to say that they did sport an excellent selection of silly hats. Obviously, not as silly as my own, but there was some stiff competition there.
And what of the reindeer? Well, that was provided by the Wife of Bath. Not in person, you understand .. the luscious restaurant in Wye. They have a stall on the 3rd Saturday of each month when they sell the most wonderful quiches and cakes and yummy bits and pieces. Today, Robert the chef had obviously been in the festive mood when he was making little chocolate cakes ..
Tomorrow - no markets for me but Jane will be very busy (hopefully) at Whitstable whilst other members of the Cheesemakers of Canterbury team will be at Cliftonville market. Another mad week ahead in the run up to Xmas and then it will all be over for another year!