The venue itself though, was enough to lift the spirits and I just about got through the day...
The fourteenth century Abbey Barn is the centrepiece of the Somerset Rural Life Museum.
Its life spans 7 centuries, but in its long history, it has not been used as a venue for such an event before. Generally today, it is used as a wedding venue or for wassail parties...its not difficult to see why...
As you enter, the first thing that hits you is the scale of the magnificent building and the beautifully crafted roof structure.
I was very lucky to have my pitch at the entrance doors, opposite organiser Elizabeth Baer.
Elsewhere, deeper inside the barn, the stalls were flooded with light from the magical stings of bulbs specially installed for the fair. Someone commented that it looked just like a Paris street market, and with the addition of the beautiful items on sale, it was easy to see why.
I didn't take many photos of the other stalls, as time was limited...I spent much of it catching up with old friends such as Phillipa Bowes, who makes the most wonderful handmade hand bags with antique fabrics and trims.
I'd like to thank all who made a purchase from my stall and gave encouraging words to me about the layout of my stand...I only wish I had been feeling more like my usual self. The symptoms still persist, so I'm hoping the next couple of days away from work will give me the opportunity to shake-off what ever it is that's invaded my system.