What do the following have in common...
...a ruined Abbey, a craft fair and my favourite brunch? Yes, it's the annual Creake Abbey Summer Craft Fair. Set in most picturesque surroundings between some lovely shops converted from old stables, this annual event is a real treat. There was some real talent on show from the craftspeople, and although not a big fair, there was a wide selection of goodies to choose from.
As M and I are restoring our summerhouse, dear friend B helped me choose some fun items to decorate the inside which is being themed on a beach hut. A blip of the finished building will follow...in due course (when we've actually finished it!).
We had a fab day, wandering about in glorious sunshine and chatting to the stall-holders. We are so very lucky to have so many artisans living in this area and most of the goods were at very reasonable prices too.
There is also a great cafe there, I indulged in sourdough toast, topped with mashed avocado, wonderful bacon and two perfectly poached eggs...delicious. I've been good all week, so reckoned I could treat myself today.
The flint-walled ruins of this Augustinian abbey church tells a sad story of monastic disaster. After a devastating 15th-century fire, it was drastically reduced in size, with arches and windows blocked. Then plague struck, the last abbot died alone, and in 1506 the abbey closed.