It was a gloriously sunny and warm late Summer/early Autumn day on Saturday. As I drove over to Cheadle to find the Maker’s Market I noticed that some of the leaves are starting to change colour. Always one of my favourite times of the year.

I’d gone to find one of the regular traders at the market. We’re doing some work in the garden this winter and I’m having a shed. Part will be to do stuff with plants in but it’s going to be a workspace for me as well with some home comforts out in the garden. I’m deciding which Farrow and Ball paint to use inside. Elephant’s Breath? Setting Plaster? Cooking Apple Green? Arsenic! Where the shed is going in the plan depends how far out wifi extends across the garden. We will see.

The Cheadle Maker’s Market was in full swing and busy on such a nice day with the locals out in force enjoying their Saturday.

I found my guy. I met him at the Chorlton Maker’s Market a while ago and liked what he did with wood. He makes one off, bespoke garden furniture. I’ve ordered a potting table for my shed. Some new staging for the greenhouse, a new garden bench. Here’s his pitch with his well set out van. You can see him on the right sitting down working on some wood.

And I’ve got him thinking about an Auricula Theatre. If you don’t know what one is here are a few examples. We’ll have one as well. He’d heard of them but had never considered them. He could add the idea to his offerings. Some can be rather grand but I’m going for a simpler option. 

I was really pleased to find another stall holder there as well. She makes cool caps and things. I saw her at the Spinningfields’ Maker’s Market earlier in the year and liked her work. The caps look, and feel, like leather but are actually made from cork! She was right by my wood guy.

I bought a Post Boy Cap. The colour is quite striking. I’ll be needing a new scarf to go with it. It will look good with my long cashmere/wool coat on trips out over the winter months. I’ll be all ‘Peaky Blinders’ this winter. I wondered if I could carry it of, but, if I say so myself, at a jaunty angle it looked good. Brooklyn Beckham was seen in one a while back out with his dad. 

I bought some delicious bread from this stall. We ate it with cheese for supper on Saturday evening.

And I liked this stall called Ox Eye Daisy. The two young people do the plants and his mother makes the wooden things. I’ll have to find them again for when the shed is up and needs more decoration.

I bought these wooden plaques. They will look good in my shed.

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