A soft grey day dawned as I loaded my lovely Delilah full of bouquets and sleepily together we wound our way through narrow Devon lanes to the seaside town of Exmouth and its artisan market on The Strand.
Set up by the dynamic Dan Szarowicz, who abandoned the London high lights and organising the brilliant Borough Market, for sunny Devon and twins, Exmouth has landed a creative catch. The lively small market run monthly is the place to be if you want to grab a bouquet fresh off the press from Inky&Grace over the next few months.
Nestling up with the likes of the very talented Willow Photographic Studio of Sidmouth , I nudged buckets and bunches of delightful blooms in place. Dark clouds threatened on occasions but with the steady crowds and last of the summer wine customers we had a ball. Arguing with tissue packing in the wind was a first, but customers were aplenty. One sunny little yellow number went for supper, whilst a enthusiastic American yummy mummy grabbed her favourite bouquet from under my nose saying she just had to have it .... A prosecco moment , with my first customer deliberating over her choice - she gave a loving home to a petite posie as a 'Love from Devon' gift for homecoming after their late holiday. Lovely stories of local dreamy Devon weddings from folk in the town and a chance to catch up with to the effervescent Suzanne , organiser of sophisticated and Boho weddings at Lower Haldron Farm , who we'd run into at the delightful Blue Fizz Events at Exeter Castle Wedding Fair a couple of weeks ago. With only one bouquet coming home we had an amazing and brilliant day even with the cold toes.
We can be found down on The Strand at November's Exmouth Artisan Market as long as we can find the Ugg boots that lurk somewhere at the back of the cupboard.....