Monday, January 21, 2013

Lemonade Stall Success

Hi everyone!! I wanted to report on our Lemonade Stall which we held yesterday to raise money for the Tasmanian Bushfire Appeal. A huge thanks to Laurence for donating French children's clothes to sell on the day - there is still a boys size 5 shirt left if you would like to purchase it (profits to the Bushfire Appeal). Don't forget she is having a sale on the clothes all week. 
Also a big thanks to Leanne for baking the yummy lamingtons, Erica for the beaut gluten free brownies and to Claire for the fabulous cup cakes. Also a big thanks to Esther for lending us her big brolly. With the mercury climbing to 29 degrees, shade was at a premium and something to be addressed should we have any more charity events in our front yard!!
So, how'd it go?
Well, the day started early, and the first job was whipping the cream and finishing the sponge cake.

Next we put signs on Elphin Rd, balloons on the front gate, toys set up on the front lawn for the kids, popped the tables on the front veranda, arranged the fresh flowers, put out the goodies...

.. and even had something should our customers wish to stay a while...lots of people asked me where we got our Deer Colleen lemon print.  You too can be lucky enough to own one - click here to go to her etsy shop!

... and of course started making the lemonade....
A rather slow start to the day had us wondering wonder if we would be eating sponge cake with home made black current jam for breakfast lunch and dinner...

We had some lovely families and new neighbours drop in, mingle for a while then head off to a day at the beach.

Then, all of a sudden it got a little crazy (thanks to Fiona for her wonderful customer service skills)!! Old friends, new friends, grandparents and great grandparents arrived - not to mention a few 'drop ins' who had seen the sign and had come to contribute their bit. One bloke had clearly been to the beer festival the night before and thought a home made lemonade or 4 and a couple of rock cakes would help him with all his woes... The award for our best customers has to go go to Simon W and Sam McQ for being our best customers - the prize is my everlasting friendship and appreciation! They even commented that we weren't charging enough!!!

When our last customers finally left we surveyed the damage...a front veranda COVERED in lemonade (nothing a hose wouldn't fix), two very tired children who, due to multiple rations of lemonade, biscuits and lamingtons looked as though they wouldn't sleep for a week (nothing a few hours on the trampoline wouldn't fix), several kilos of home grown lemons (nothing a day of preserving wouldn't fix) and a rather hot and exhausted sleeping Cairn Terrier (nothing a well placed sprinkler couldn't fix).
Then there was the very heavy money tin.  Too heavy even for our most determined, middle child to carry. We counted it... Amazed we recounted it.... Wow. Yes. We really did raise $247.90. Woooo hooooo yippeeee. Thanks everyone!! Great work and thanks for coming! If you didn't make it and would still like to donate you can do so here!
We had the perfect end to the day with a beautiful dinner at friends Abdul and Safa's - yummy yummy spicy dinner with the most amazing eggplant dish I think I've ever tasted. We even got to take some home and I had the rest for lunch today. Beautiful. We finally rolled the kids into bed at ten pm. If only that equated to a sleep in the next morning....

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