Mortlake Fair 2014 ~ we survived a washout!

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Mortlake Fair Saturday 28th June 2014

I must admit our enthusiasm for arriving at the Fair ( Mortlake Fair, London ) when it was due to open at midday was waning seeing the bucket loads of rain coming our way, but in true British style we headed down, slightly late for the opening but full of muster that we would enjoy ourselves.

The rain continued, my youngest kindly protected my camera under his anorak as silly mummy discovered hers was only ‘shower proof’ and that does not stand the test against British rain that is for sure.

The poor stall holders weren’t looking too jolly when we arrived, in fact some seemed to be contemplating leaving.

We all headed to the burger area, intent that there would be warmth and shelter, our thoughts right as we found the band area understandably empty of musicians but full of people sheltering.

Mortlake Fair Burger tent

Mortlake Fair Burger tent

The kids had burgers but the adults (us) decided to try the chinese tent, I must say we were very impressed.

Oh joy the rain tapered off a bit, my 11 yr old having stormed off announcing he was going to enjoy the fair, rain or no rain!!  That’s the spirit.

My husband found a pickle seller and spent rather a long time testing and trying various things, oddly coming back with Damsen Gin which apparently he wasn’t meant to be selling and some odd seaweed??  Really?  Plus a couple of pickle jars, all good fun.

Mortlake Pickle Seller

Mortlake Pickle Seller

I found myself heading towards a honey stall persuaded by my conscience of the fact that bees are in danger which has a huge impact on  us considering the benefits they provide through pollinating and the health benefits from eating the honey they make.  This honey is sourced from a few countries, packaged up under ‘Wild Hives’ and every supplier’s honey is raw and untreated.  There was quite a variety and the taste was either delicate or pungent, both equally lovely and I headed off with two good sized pots for £10.

If you fancy reaping the health benefits of honey why not try this local supplier:

Website:  Wild Hives

Wild Hives Stall at Mortlake Fair

Wild Hives Stall at Mortlake Fair

I have always fancied a traditional grocers in East Sheen, we used to have one down Wandsworth Bridge Road, where I used to live, which was taken over by Dansk Flowers as the supermarkets arrived.  I missed the banter, the freshness and haggling that would go on.

Being the Queen of online shopping I have used Abel and Cole before, so my eyes darted towards some lush looking boxes of vegetables by Riverford Organic farms.

I questioned the cheery stallholder on a comparison, she declared that Abel and Cole do not grow their own vegetables, whereas they do in the Devon Farm.  They also do not charge for delivery.

The produce is picked the day before, packaged up and delivered the next day, so not getting old use by dates, which I am finding increasingly frustrating even with Waitrose.  They also reckon that they supply more per pound spent on their healthy vegetables, so if you fancy some fresh vegetables delivered to your door why not give them a try?  Boxes start from just £10.35

Website:  Riverford Organic Farms

Riverford Organic Farms at Mortlake Fair

Riverford Organic Farms at Mortlake Fair

Being female I am always distracted by sparkly things so my next journey was towards a belly dancers stall, I spotted coined wraps, exotic jewellery but most of all the stall holders radiant smiles and bright Eastern clothing matched by a warm and welcoming personality.  I have tried belly dancing in the past and I must say, wow, it really gets to the parts that other general exercises does not, sounds like a beer commercial doesn’t it?

Anyway Krystina holds bellydance classes but aswell as this is having their Summer show on Sunday 20th July 2014, 5-7pm at St Michael’s Church Hall, Elm Bank Gardens, SW13 ONX.  

Tickets are £6 which includes a free glass of pimms.  If you have ever fancied bellydancing why not pop along, you will get the chance to dance, perform, shop and to support local bellydancers, perhaps treat your other half, most men like to watch a bellydancer don’t they?

If you wish to purchase tickets the email is:  Krystina@bellydanceboutique.co.uk  Tel: 07528 097 153

Krystinas Belly Dance at Mortlake Fair

Krystinas Belly Dance at Mortlake Fair

The boys got distracted by the London Scottish Football Club and couldn’t resist indulging in their competitive spirit in the ball throwing pod that measured speed and impact.  The testosterone was flowing whilst I remained moderately amused and then distracted at the mention of their Summer Holiday Rugby Camps which caters for boys and girls U/6 to /U12 and U13 to /U18.

Arrive 9.30am registration, finish at 3pm

Price £25 per day

Discount of £10 when booking all three days in advance.

If you wish to find out details you can do so by calling 0203 3979 551

London Scottish Football Club at Mortlake Fair

London Scottish Football Club at Mortlake Fair

London Scottish Football Club at Mortlake Fair

London Scottish Football Club at Mortlake Fair

The rain petered on and off, there was plenty more to see, including East Sheen Village who kindly gave me free fairycakes which I must admit were very delicious.

I sneaked in a photo of JD one of the authors behind the website, so we can see the happy face behind the words written on various East Sheen business’s and events.

East Sheen Village stallholder at Mortlake Fair

East Sheen Village stallholder at Mortlake Fair

JD, one author of East Sheen Village, the smiling face behind the words

JD, one author of East Sheen Village, the smiling face behind the words

There was plenty more to see from boars heads being sold, childrens toys, a band striking up a tune finally when the rain allowed, beer tent, bouncy things, hair cutting, facepainting, jewellery and much more.

There was an interesting stall selling jewellery having been made out of genuine certificated artifacts an example of which you will see below:

Genuine certificated artifact jewellery seller at Mortlake Fair

Genuine certificated artifact jewellery seller at Mortlake Fair

Genuine certificated artifact jewellery seller at Mortlake Fair

Genuine certificated artifact jewellery seller at Mortlake Fair

We left before the rain finally drenched participants again but I leave you with a further gallery of the event for you to enjoy!

Thank you for reading ~ Justine x

© Justine @ LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

 

The BNY Boat Race – Sunday 6th April 2014 @ 5.55pm

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The BNY Boat Race is on this Sunday 6th April 2014 @ the slightly earlier time of 5.55pm

 Some History about this fantastic boat race.

The Boat Race was originally founded by Charles Merrivale and Charles Wordworth (newphew of the poet William Wordsworth).

The story starts when two friends from Harrow School, Charles Wordsworth of Christ Church College, Oxford and Charles Merrivale of St Johns, Cambridge, who met during holiday time in Cambridge.  These two friends decided to set up a challenge.

On February 10th 1829 a meeting of the Cambridge University Boat Club requested that Mr Snow from St John’s write forthwith to Mr Staniforth of Christ Chuch stating that the University of Cambridge hereby challenge the University of Oxford to row a match at or near London, this to be held in an eight-oared boat during the East vacation.

Staniforth and Snow not only had been schoolfriends but also boating comrades at Eton.

The first race eventually took place on 10thJune 1829 at Henley on Thames of which Oxford won easily.  Their winning boat can still be seen in the River and Rowing Museum.

Over the next 25 years contests happened sporadically, moving to London for the second race in 1836.

And now?

The Boat Race mapThis year will be the 160 th Boat Race between the crews from the Univeristy of Oxford and Cambridge.  It is one of the oldest sporting events in the world.

There is expected to be another great Race this year, with two very strong squads.  Expect thousands to be watching along the banks between Putney and Mortlake.  It starts at Putney Bridge, finishing at Chiswick Bridge.

To re-iterate, The Race takes place at 5.55pm, Sunday 6th April, preceded by the reserve crew race between Isis and Goldie.  There will be events at the river bank from around 12pm at Bishop’s Park and Furnvall Gardens.

 

© Justine @ LivinginEastSheen.co.uk