And all before 10 .30am ...
I had the butcher coming for his tea tonight, his wife is away on holiday and I didn't want to slave over the Aga all day - well it was Bank Holiday Monday. I nipped along to pick up some steak pies from his sons indoor market stall which was at the Durham Ox in Crayke. Katie, his girlfriend had kindly saved me two.
There is something about the events that the Ibbotsons do that means each and every one of events they organise is always spot on . It is called a Knack, well that is what we call it here in North Yorkshire. In the posh South it may come under the term gift. But whichever, it was spot on .
Knowing the pies were safety saved I had a look around the other stalls. My favourites from Ampleforth Village market were there too. Queen's Flowers and Sophie from Bakehouse in the Barn cakes and tarts. But then there was gin ..our most local distillery -Cooper King ... 42%. Infused with lavender and honey. As I am not over keen on lavender, or honey for that matter, I thought I should try before I bought. 9.45am on a Monday morning, but needs must, as it was to add to my collection of 35+ gins. But this was not the liqueur 22% stuff this was the real Mccoy. Mistake- I would try it neat well as nice as tonic..and sensible too, you dont really get the exact taste. Not a good idea to drink on an empty stomach and as most of you know I rarely drink in any case. As I purchased a bottle and was tempted with more ..at this stage you could have sold me a dozen bottles, How I managed to carry a tray of free range eggs out I do not know ...we have our own hens but I thought the man still had a lot of sell... and well I might need a few more ...and he had come a long way ..and he was very pleasant . All I can say Durham Ox you do the best bacon sandwiches. I safely got my 30 eggs to the car without them getting scrambled ,although I think there was a few who wonder how I managed.