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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Chantelle Bridgman

It is well and truly into December and I don’t know about you but I am very much into the Christmas spirit (although not quite as well into my christmas shopping). Our tree is glistening in the living room, we have a beautiful wreath on the front door and mistletoe in the entrance. What’s not to love about December? From the christmas adverts that make you feel warm inside to the countless wreaths that are presented so beautifully on your neighbours doors to the unwritten rule that you can eat until content. 

Most recently one my favourite December sightings was at our local Christmas market on Magdalen Road seeing a guy leaving the market carrying his just purchased Christmas tree over his shoulder. 

Where my festive feeling began this year…

Despite putting our tree up on November 29th (no judging please - busy schedules to contend with) the festive feeling really began for me on December 1st. Not because it was December or that I got to open the first door on my advent calendar, nor that I could say “it’s Christmas day in x amount of days”. No, none of that, but because it was the evening of the worlds smallest market held at The No 1 Polsloe cafe - @no1polsloecafe .

 Upon arrival at The No 1 Polsloe you could see the inviting warmth of condensation on the windows inside. It was a bitter cold evening and I couldn’t wait to get inside. When opening the door I was greeted by the familiar festive smell of mulled wine. So obviously I headed straight to the bar to be welcomed by the wonderful Becky and very soon I had a warm mulled wine in hand (Becky’s mum did a great job of keeping this flowing). 

Becky made perfect choices when picking her desired stalls.

  •  @woolly_minded had a wonderful selection on knitwear - I adore a good knitted piece. 
  • @theddcompany with the coolest doggy bow ties.
  • @lennieandco selling the cutest kids wear.
  • @soapdazedevon had a lovely selection of mini soaps.
  • @omgidrawedit with his amazingly talented art work and illustrations. He does all of Becky’s in house artwork, menus and posters.

I was immediately drawn to the table of yummy goodies. All of which are refined sugar free, wheat, gluten and dairy free also vegan. Aka guilt free. It took me a while to decide what I wanted which got me chatting to @emmajaulinyoga and found out about Emma Jaulin Yoga and Wellness. (I have since attended one of Emma’s Yoga and Wellness mornings at the Exeter cookery school. It was the perfect way to start a Sunday). 

Next I had my eye on @allthingsprettyflowers mini wreaths. They were all so beautiful, which faced me with a tough choice. I honestly could of taken them all but I had to leave some for the other guests so I picked up two.

Finally I finished at @bedboatmag stall where I met the ambitious and inspiring Hazel - editor of the magazine. I took a look through Issues 1-3 admiring the amazing work they have created so far. I’m super excited for Issue 4! I also picked up a shiny bed boat badge!

When I had successfully completed my round of shopping and my glass was empty I returned to the bar to see ‘granny grog-a-logs’ delightful mince pies and the other guests tucking into the ‘Posh Dawgs’  cooked on the BBQ by Becky’s Dad. My mouth was watering - so I decided to order another wine - tis the season to be jolly and all that! Becky and her sister were prepping for the raffle, which consisted of some very desirable prizes. Everyone dug deep and The No 1 Polsloe Cafe managed to raise over £100 for Save The Children.

Becky, her family and friends and all the stall owners helped to create an incredible start to the festive season. The cafe was busy from beginning to end and had a real christmassy community feel. I’m so pleased to have been a part of such a successful evening. I hear rumours Becky maybe doing another one in the summer. Count me in!

The worlds smallest market was the perfect way to start December. It really is the most wonderful time of year.

Season’s greetings.

CB x