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Ethical Fashion, Hygge and Bees

What a great night we all had on Friday with the ethical fashion show! We had nearly 100 people attend so it was a sell out event and with some great small businesses supporting, there was something for everyone. The models for the fashion show did an amazing job, despite no proper rehearsals. My thanks go to Sandra Brown, one of our fellow veg bag customers who took up the challenge along with one of our regular shop customers and helped make up the numbers at the last minute. The kitchen has never been so busy – 2 ladies doing hair, one on make up and lots of models awaiting to show off the lovely clothes we had been given. I even got to do a walk alongside my daughter – much to her amazement that I would even consider it at my ripe old age! The oldest we had on the catwalk was 73 and the youngest 15 so a great diverse section of the community. Sadly we were unable to entice any guys to join us. Emma is already planning a follow on event for next year with ethical fashion being the focus once more.

On Friday we said a temporary farewell to Lindsey our chief grower who is doing a 5 week tour of the Far East and Australia and to see her daughter . She has done an amazing job over the past 8 years and so deserves a break to get away from it all.

Over the past 2 weeks I have been learning a little about Hygge – the Danish way to live well. I had never heard of this terminology before until one of our volunteers mentioned it might be a nice idea to do an event with hygge as the focus. Co-incidentally today I received a book on hygge from Becca, our co-founder of Tuppenny Barn for my birthday. It is written by an individual from The Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, an independent think-tank focussing on well being, happiness and quality of life. They work towards improving the quality of life of citizens across the world. Having learnt that the Danes are the happiest people in Europe, but they also are the ones who meet most often with their friends and family and feel the calmest and most peaceful. A workshop in the wings I think!

Adrian and Abi are putting the finishing touches to their introduction to bee workshop this Saturday morning – it looks like it will be an extremely informative workshop. There are just a couple of places remaining if anyone wants to attend.