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Monday, 12 August 2019

Countryfile Live 2019

What excitement!

After a great deal of deliberation I eventually decided to promote and sell my book at the Countryfile Live Show at Blenheim Palace from Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th August.

It was eye-wateringly expensive.

Being a fan of the TV programme Countryfile and thoroughly supporting the emphasis it places on valuing the countryside and the people who live and work on the land I had high expectations of having a unique and rewarding experience at the Countryfile Live Show.  

I assumed my product “Wonderful Walks from Dog-friendly Campsites Throughout the UK” a book of countryside walks would be viewed as compatible with the ethos of the programme and so be an acceptable product for inclusion in the show and would complement the other small country rural business stalls.

I am sorry to report that it was not the experience I had hoped for.

Yes there were lots and lots of people

I would assert at least 50% of the passing crowd did not even register our presence.

That was because we were so far away back from the main pathway it was impossible to engage with the passing throng.  It did not make much difference even when those of us who could moved forward.

It was not all bad.  for the first time ever I sold some of Rita's book and quite a few of my first book in addition to several of my "Walk" book.

Also one of the Countryfile presenters Adam Henson passed by . 
He was  particularly interested in the stall next to mine;
Stainswick Farm. 
It was one of the few farm stalls. 
They grow rapeseed and bottle the oil which they then sell. 
He came to talk to them and photos were taken
If you look carefully you can just see him between the two girls.
(I was a bit slow with my camera).

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