It was – 24 degrees with a very chilling wind blowing. Light snow was falling. Yep, just the right sort of day to sit in a well decorated stable selling a book about Antarctic adventures. That was last weekend. Today, just a week later, Lois and I are back here again at the wonderful Spruce Meadows Christmas Marketplace to sell Tide Cracks and Sastrugi from our 144 sq ft booth (ummm, horse stall).It’s a very interesting space to hibernate for a few days. We’ve been doing our Christmas shopping here for several years but this is our first venture into having our very own sales booth. It is an amazing experience and a whole new community, most of whom are selling their own creations — images, child videos, coolers, jewellery, knitted goods and so on.
Spruce Meadows is better known as one of the top three equestrian facilities in the world. By summer the venue explodes into a colorful international arena for all things horse, with competitors coming from around the world. I believe it is one of those must see places in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Last weekend sales covered our booth costs. As well I had a signing session in one of the largest bookstores in western Canada. I can safely report that sales are going well and buyers are keen to read about a time and place of how things used to be done. Antarctica is still that mystical place at the bottom of the world and my travels there appeal to their sense of adventure. Moreover, they express a thrill of meeting a person who has been there.
So, I am a very happy Old Antarctic Explorer.