As I pulled back the curtains at 6.30am on Sunday I was met with howling winds and driving rain which is not the best start to a show day! As is usual for me the night before a show, I only managed about four hours sleep, so on first inspection it was evident that no amount of cosmetic assistance was likely to make me look bright eyed and bushy tailed. Poor Stuart had even less sleep than me - he had been awake working from about 4.00am because as a Management Accountant, my London show had fallen on entirely the wrong day for him as 'month end' figures still have to be submitted come what may. Fortunately for me though, it meant that by the time I hauled myself out of bed, he had already packed up the car and put the kettle on to boil ... where would I be without him eh?!
Peeping out from behind my show stand!
We set off at half seven and at that time of the morning, the traffic is quiet so the drive to Kensington only took about an hour and a half. Unfortunately I was feeling a little under the weather that morning, so on arrival Stuart sent me inside and unloaded the car himself. We set up the stand, gave the bears a quick brush before settling them in place and then waited for the doors to open. Despite the dreadful weather, there was a significant queue building outside the Town Hall well before opening time - bear collectors are a hardy bunch! The rest of the day was a whirr ... there were so many eager collectors determined to secure their favourite bears!!! I was delighted to catch up with old friends and meet new ones too and the day raced past ... it was 3pm before I even managed to grab a mouthful of sandwich.
I'm still pretty tired as I had to catch up with a stack of admin yesterday, not to mention buying the weeks' groceries because I didn't have time at the weekend, so I've promised myself a quiet afternoon ...
I think I've earned it!