Saturday dawned rainy and miserable and by 10am we were wondering if we'd last the whole day. Then the sun came out, Corsham High Street sparkled and people stopped by to ask questions instead of scurrying past to get to their next shopping destination cum shelter.
Loads of people from choir came and said hello and I saw plenty of others from census, creative writing, film club and swimming club days, so it was like a massive reunion as well as me posing as a gardening expert. I'd been a bit nervous about this as some people tend to label you as one simply because you've chosen to blog on the subject, even though it's clear you're working things out as you go along.
I needn't have worried: Tim and I made a great team and having blogged for so long, I found I had a wealth of learning to draw upon. My initial nervousness was soon replaced by enjoyment and I had an absolute blast. There was a steady stream of people rather than a crowd and this meant we had time to talk about lots of different things in addition to the original question. It was a conversation with like minded people of all ages who often approached our stall nervously, but always left with a smile. The six hours simply flew by.
We also met someone from BBC Radio Wiltshire, who asked if she could come to record a couple of pieces from VP Gardens. Errrr my garden's not looking that good at the moment, was my reply. That's OK she said, we'll be on the radio. Well quite, but I'll still be madly tidying things up over the next couple of weeks!
Most frequently asked questions: can I move xxxxx in my garden (substitute plant of your own choice), how to get rid of aphids and when is it going to stop raining? I believe there were more vegetable and fruit growing questions, but Tim might think differently.
Most unusual question: can you successfully grow apple and pear trees in Bangladesh? (sadly not)
Question which stumped us: What's my plant with the white flower? (no plant or photo available and sadly none of the books we had to hand had a plant which matched the description)
Unanticipated activity: Providing plant IDs for the free plants people had picked from the Transcoco stand, or had bought if they didn't join. Sadly we couldn't identify the tomato variety from plants without any fruit!
Judging from the thank you email I received yesterday, the first Corsham Food and Drink Festival won't be the last :D