Last weekend, Ellie attended her second annual Sherwood Forest Faire. We brought her last year, when she was a wee little one, but she didn’t really get to enjoy it very much. She spent most of her time breastfeeding. And she couldn’t walk. Add a super stressed mama with a tumultuous friendship nearing its final stop and, well, I don’t think any of the Nelson-Campbell’s had a good time.
To be honest, I was starting to tire of Sherwood. After last year, I really thought 2013 would be my last year running a booth at the festival. When I started the booth at Sherwood, it was because I wanted a short-term storefront where our fans and friends could stop by, have a place to hang out and we could earn money for charity. A win-win-win. As personality conflicts grew and my personal life became much more busy, the idea of filling up two months worth of weekends was looking more and more grim. Some ingredients are combustible — and no matter what you do to try to stabilize them, they will always be combustible. Believe me, managing a store was never on my ‘to do’ list of life accomplishments. And after 2012, I really thought I was going to throw in the towel.
What a difference a year makes!
The booth has an entirely new energy. It’s positive, collaborative, inviting. It renewed my love of the faire, for sure! And Ellie seems to love it out there. We bought her a new pair of faire shoes from Medieval Moccasins — and let her run around the booth and in front of the booth. She spent a bunch of time next door, as well, with some of her favorite ladies. She danced and yelled. And gave kisses and hugs. And, in general, enjoyed being outside. We put a chair in back so I have a quiet, calm place to breastfeed her, when she asks for food. Ryan took her home for the afternoon each day. Not because she couldn’t handle it, but because he had errands and chores he wanted to tackle (and, honestly, I don’t think Sherwood will ever be his cup of tea).
We put together a little faerie outfit for Ellie for next weekend. And her aunt and uncle will be in tow, so I’m sure she’ll have even more fun!
All in all, Ellie has enjoyed her time at Sherwood. We’ll get some pictures this weekend. I hope I find time to take her to a few of the kid-friendly areas or the faerie tea party even. We shall see. :)