Today was our local seed swap and potato day. Who would have thought that there is such a huge variety of spuds to grow! Shops and nurseries stock such a narrow choice and that is why an event like this is so valuable, keeping unusual old heirloom and local varieties of plants in cultivation.
In normal years, when we open the doors at ten, a large crowd has already gathered and they all surge in, many clutching their carefully harvested seed, ready to exchange. How different today, the virus threat kept many away, I think we were down to less than half our usual number.
What a shame, because the stall holders had brought a lot of lovely things.
Although, of course, when the stall holders looked around the room they couldn't resist buying some plants for themselves!
I liked the hive and herbals products.
Lovely beeswax candles!
And their beeswax food wraps are a great idea.
I couldn't resist photographing this jacket because it reminded me of my childhood when these fabric badges were very covetable. I wonder what happened to mine? The owner of the jacket told me that she'd bought it second-hand and hadn't visited any of the places depicted. We had a lovely conversation reminiscing about hotel luggage labels and other things that have disappeared into history. Am I showing my age? Yep, I am.
Thank you to those people who washed their hands, didn't cough and turned up to seed swap and share the pleasures of gardening.