Yesterday passed in a bit of a blur, due in no small part to having to get up at 5.30am which really is the middle of the night.
So was Worthing worth it?
I'm pleased to say that it was, thanks in no small part to a very lovely group of miniature club members on a day trip to the fair from the Isle of Wight, who fell in love with several of our key pieces and kept coming back for more. I always feel a special warm glow when keen collectors recognise and appreciate the painstaking attention to detail with which we strive to imbue our miniatures, and they were a really super group of ladies.
So lovely were they that we felt no hesitation in offering to organise a bespoke workshop for them next year, hopefully as part of our 'working holiday mini tours' of various regions of the UK. Having never been to the Isle of Wight before, I'm really looking forward to it!
As Worthing was only my second fair as an exhibitor this year, it was also wonderful to meet and chat to so many of our past students and customers, many of whom I haven't seen for several years. Made me quite feel quite emotional and nostalgic........
I even had the opportunity to wander round the hall and chat with several fellow AIM exhibitors...it was good to put faces to names!
So all in all, an excellent and lucrative day, which made the subsequent overwhelming exhaustion completely worth it.
Thankfully, the fair finished at the sensible and civilised time of 4pm, so we were able to pack down, load the car and depart the venue in daylight...just.
After an uneventful journey we arrived home at 6pm to a rabble-rousing welcome by small dog who jumped up and down like a small furry maniac for a full 15 minutes until we were forced to listen to her breathless monologue on what she'd been up to all day, guarding the house and having to forgo her naps in order to remain alert.
The cherry on the icing on the top of the cake presented itself when I checked emails during the course of the evening, to find a flurry of excellent orders, further boosting our feelings of financial felicitation, and a good end to a hard working but profitable day.
In stark contrast, today will be a day of gentle pottering, leavened with a modicum of displacement activity.
Workwise, I have to sort through all our stock boxes and check what we need to create for Kensington in two weeks time.
Plus the whole of the ground floor of the house looks like it's been ransacked, so some low-key tidying is definitely in order.
Aside from that, I'm taking the day off in order to recharge my batteries.
Not unlike a certain small canine of my acquaintance......