|Donkeys on their way to the beach|
Yesterday we went to the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, to the very beautiful Empress Ballroom.
I took the opportunity to get some photographs. I love this space, but I've only ever been here in the evening before so snapping away hasn't been too successful.
The first surprise was that we had to queue to get in! The final surprise was for the people coming in to see the matinee of Mamma Mia, I don't think they were expecting quite what they saw (the theatre is next to the ballroom). There were also some freebies to be had, mainly edible, *hooray* and lots and lots of literature in the foyer, I was very sorry not to be able to attend London Vegfest at the end of the month, it looks amazing. This was more than made up for by seeing and chatting to the anti-fracking nannas!
The Nannas had been demonstrating for a while at a site in nearby Little Plumpton, they were recently moved on after they were banned from the site. They now sit outside a garden centre next door, how nanna-ish of them!
I was impressed to see some big brands there this time around such as Goody Good Stuff jelly sweets and Koko coconut milk, plus some of the very splendid online retailers such as Wills shoes and I Choose What I use, who had a buy one get one half price on my favourite Weleda sea buckthorn body wash.
As we'd decided to use the cash from the change jar as our budget we had the chance to really treat ourselves. We went for a smelly candle from Harper's Bizarre, some body oil and things from Heavenly Organics (the stallholder very kindly complimented my outfit, something that never happens!) and a lipstick from Bohemian Chic Minerals. The lady from that stand remembered me from Lancaster which was lovely, and later on she approached me to tell me about a secret sale on her website. Delighted! We did manage to get a cake from That Old Chestnut but there were scant pickings as we'd attended a talk about vegan fitness by ex-Everton and Swansea footballer (and now Widnes resident) Neil Robinson and everyone had nipped in while we were busy. We opted for a slice of pistachio and cardamom cake, very good choice.
I went wild at the Green Party stand, as well as all their political stuff they had a dvd, cd and book sale raising money for their election fund. Books were the amazing price of 3 for £1, so I treated myself to these beauties
Bargain! A very good thing to read as I enjoy some hummus chips and jelly peaches.