Well that’s a wrap. The Georgian streets of Bath seldom look so beautiful than at Bath Christmas market with thousands of twinkling fairy lights, chestnuts roasting and mulled wine. It’s impossible not to get into the festive spirit with the smell evocative of years gone by. Mulled wine candle anyone? Hmm. Perhaps not! Thank you so much to everyone that came and supported us. It was lovely to see so many familiar faces; customers who had travelled the length and breadth of the country to come and find us again. Dave’s coaches also did not disappoint, regularly disgorging ladies from the bus – allegedly 35 bottles of Prosecco were consumed on one particular coach, go girls!
We were still serving when the Abbey bells pealed the signal for the end of Bath Christmas market. We left our starry night themed chalet with a mixture of feelings. Later in front of the Aga, M. and I felt quite emotional as we digested not only the excitement of the last three weeks, but also some fine cheese from the Snowdonia cheese company and copious quantities of champagne. As we sat, contented and warm and absolutely knackered, we knew and were extremely grateful for our roadies, the Limelight boys, who were currently and efficiently, packing down the Limelight chalet. It was as much as M. and I could do to raise the energy to raise another glass to our lips, let alone pack boxes and miles of Christmas lights.
It was a huge honour to be awarded first prize by the Mayor of Bath, Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones, for the best-dressed chalet at Bath Christmas Market 2018. Thank you so much to him and to all the judges. I’m seldom lost for words but I was speechless when the judges presented us with a lovely trophy and certificate. As is always the case when these things happen I was not looking my best and much as I pleaded with my hair to behave itself, the damp guaranteed that it didn’t. My son’s expensive Geography trip to Iceland paid dividends, as the gift he brought home, one I’d funded, was a hat, which I hastily clapped on for the photographs. Happily, there was no TV crew to face (unlike last year) and I found my voice for a short interview with BBC Bristol and I like to imagine that the listeners believed that I might even be an elegant woman with perfectly coiffed tresses.
Whilst I have dreamt of a blow dry and a pyjama day, there has been no time for either – bright and early the following day, if a little bleary eyed, we were back at the Aga face to finish the making and be-ribboning gorgeous candles for the Apex Hotel in their signature silver and taupe brand colours. Speaking of lovely hotels, those of you that read this blog regularly, will know that I am a big fan of No.15 Great Pulteney Street, Bath and I was delighted to also make a delivery there this week too. We have also packaged up and sent off scores of candles for orders placed online in the last few weeks – some new customers but also many of our long-standing customers. Thank you all so very much.
The next week will fly by far too quickly, I, like so many women at this time of the year have a list longer than Father Christmas’s beard– I have got one market left to go at GPS Bath and No 2 son’s 16th birthday (this isn’t the year that I am stopping making his annual birthday gingerbread house alongside a birthday cake – small consolation for having a birthday so close to Christmas). But otherwise, I am trying not to sweat the small stuff and remember what the perfect Christmas is ultimately all about – I suspect no one and certainly not our children, will be looking at how spotless the house is or how perfect the decorations, or indeed at the sophistication of the menu. It’s about the love and the laughter and I hope there is much of that this year and for you all. Thank you all so very much again for all your support and wishing you all a very happy and healthy Christmas and New Year…