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  1. A Treasure Trove of Family Delights: Meet The Summer Artisans

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    Between 26th – 28th June, our Summer Artisan Market will bring a treasure trove of artisan delights to Haddon Hall, transforming the grounds into a spectacular family festival with something exciting for everyone. In anticipation, we asked three of our invited artisans, brand new to Haddon Hall events, about their produce, inspiration and hopes for the market. 


    The Pod-Floating Studio 

    Artisan: Kathryn Webley

    Craft: Glass Artist 


    Links: Website / FacebookTwitter / Shop


    What produce will you be selling at the Summer Artisan Market? 

    I make canal inspired fused glass from my floating studio – ‘The Pod’ – a 28’ narrowboat moored on the Chesterfield Canal. I will have a range of sculpture, pictures and wall hangings for sale and all my designs are based upon the nature of the inland waterways.

    What sparked your passion for creating? 

    My passion for glass was sparked by the canals. When I moved onto a narrowboat and observed the nature of the canals, I realised that glass was the perfect medium for representing the waterways. I purchased a kiln and was immediately hooked.

    What are you particularly looking forward to about exhibiting at Haddon Hall?

    I grew up in Derbyshire, so visited Haddon Hall as a child. It is a stunning setting and I’m really excited to be revisiting it and showing how my work is inspired by the local canals and countryside.



    Marina Bauguil

    Artisan: Marina Bauguil

    Craft: Ceramics 


    Links: WebsiteInstagramShop


    What produce will you be selling at the Summer Artisan Market? 

    For the Summer Artisan Market I will be selling a range of ceramic sculptures, bowls, and wall decorations.

    What sparked your passion for creating? 

    When I was a child we lived in Libreville Gabon. My parents one day took us to visit a village of Mbigou stone sculptors. I was absolutely smitten and remember watching them work with the simplest of tools, sitting on the ground, whilst amazing figures would emerge from the stone. I remember thinking at the time – “Wow, I want to do that!”

    What are you particularly looking forward to about exhibiting at Haddon Hall?

    Firstly, the incredible setting. Haddon Hall is a magnificent building with beautiful surroundings and a timeless quality. I visited in April and could imagine how for centuries there may have been artisans selling their wares. So being an exhibitor and holding hands with creators from the Middle Ages is a really exciting idea. I am also, of course, looking forward to meeting lots of present day makers and showing my work in such a wonderful setting and atmosphere.



    The Busy Boxroom

    Artisan: Jan Ward

    Craft: Jeweller


    Links: Website / FacebookInstagramShop


    What produce will you be selling at the Summer Artisan Market? 

    At The Busy Box Room, I design and make precious metal jewellery and fused glass gifts. I specialise in combining sterling silver and gold to create beautiful colour and texture contrasts in my products which include earrings, pendants, rings and bangles. My jewellery is mostly inspired by geometry and architecture displaying a minimalist appearance. Occasionally semi-precious gemstones add a splash of colour to my work.  More recently I have started to include fused glass into my jewellery designs and this has also led me to create larger pieces including wall art.

    What sparked your passion for creating? 

    I was born into it! Having an artist and an architect for parents I was always making something or other. I discovered at Art College in Chesterfield that I had a talent for working with metal and went on to achieve my degree in Sheffield. I rarely design on paper and I love sitting at my workbench with everything in front of me wondering what will come next. I can often have several projects on the go at once as one idea sparks another and then another.

    What are you particularly looking forward to about exhibiting at Haddon Hall?

    I grew up in Derbyshire and having recently returned to live in the area again I’m pleased to be able to showcase my work at local venues. This is the first time that I will have exhibited at Haddon Hall and I’m very excited and lucky to be a part of it all. Having visited previous markets I love the beautiful surroundings and the atmosphere of the venue. The Artisan market has a large number of very talented makers and does not leave you disappointed. 



    Entry to the artisan market is included in admission to the Hall and gardens, or costs £5.50 for those just wishing to attend the event, with children under 16 entering for free.

    Visit for a unique shopping experience, a delight for the senses and the perfect summer day out for the entire family, featuring exquisite artisan creations, gourmet delicacies and creative flow demonstrations / activities. Learn more on our Special Events page, or register your interest on the official Facebook Event

  2. Summer Artisan Market: Meet The Artisans

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    Twice a year, we welcome wonderfully talented traders from the surrounding area to display and sell their exquisite creations at our artisan markets. The first of 2018 will take place between the 27th – 29th of July, including a VIP evening on Thursday 26th, with stalls lining our driveway and scattered across the wild flower meadow.

    In anticipation of the event, we asked some of our invited artisans for an introduction to their craft and what they’re looking forward to the most about showcasing their work at Haddon Hall later this month. Get a taste of what to expect at our Summer Artisan Market from their answers below.



    What do you make and sell? 

    Firetree brings nature to jewellery. Working with fine silver, sterling silver and copper to create pendants, earrings and bracelets.

    What sparked your passion for creating?

    I joined a workshop, made a leaf, and was hooked! I love the idea that my customers will enjoy their Firetree jewellery for years to come.

    What in particular do you like about exhibiting at Haddon Hall?

    Haddon Hall has always been my favourite hall to visit. Firetree is based in Derbyshire so Haddon is the perfect place to showcase my designs and meet so many talented makers at the artisan markets.



    Instagram: thefiretree9216

    Phone: 07903 157 095



    Betty Redbutton

    What do you make and sell? 

    During spring and summer, Betty makes useful yet quirky gifts for all the family, pooches and the household using pretty print fabrics, embroidery and crochet. During autumn and winter, my products change to hand-knitted hats, scarves, gloves and mittens using my own designs and ideas, using rich colours and taking inspiration from the Derbyshire countryside.

    What sparked your passion for creating?

    My grandma, Betty, taught me to knit and sew as a child, which has continued until present day.

    What are you most looking forward to about exhibiting at the Haddon Hall artisan market this year? 

    Earlier this year I created 3 knitting kits using a native sheep, the Blue-faced Leicester. The light weight yarn has been hand-dyed in Derbyshire with the colours being exclusive to Betty Redbutton. I am looking forward to showcasing these kits within Derbyshire at Haddon Hall to see the response they receive.     





    Phone: 07719 086 075




    What do you make and sell? 

    Homeward is an interior and homeware store, exhibiting in the Gardener’s Cottage at the market. At the heart of Homeward is a celebration of craftsmanship, originality and good things well made. Everything we sell is hand made and has a story to tell.

    An ever changing collection of restored and reupholstered antique and vintage chairs. Hand painted one off pieces of vintage furniture using traditional decorative paint effects and gilding. We’ve designed and have made locally in small batches mid century inspired oak stools with upholstered pads using a selection of wonderful, colourful and patterned screen printed fabrics from our favourite British fabric designer/makers such as Thorody and St Judes Fabric.

    We produce one off cushions using gorgeous vintage textiles . Hand thrown rustic tableware from France. Small batch and one off hand thrown stoneware studio pottery inspired by Scandinavian and German ceramics of the 1960s and 1970s from JG Pottery in South London and lots of interesting one off vintage items for the home.

    What sparked your passion for creating?

    I spent 2 decades in London as a specialist paint finishers and gilder in residential interiors. I painted and gilded walls, ceilings, architectural details and furniture. In that job it was all about attention to detail and homing in say on a particular colour or texture from a fabric sample to then go on to create an entirely personal paint finish and colour scheme for my clients home.

    What in particular do you like about exhibiting at Haddon Hall?

    The house and its setting is just beautiful! The house has the most glorious and interesting details from the faded remains of historical faux wood graining in the long gallery to the amazing medieval wood carvings throughout. The Tudor kitchens are pretty amazing too!





    Phone: 07958 564 761




    What do you make and sell? 

    Hickbrew make and sell a range of traditionally brewed real ales in bottles, all themed around the Peak District National Park.

    What sparked your passion for creating?

    I have always loved beers and ales and the traditionalism of the pub. I have brewed on a personal level for nearly twenty years and after ‘retiring’ in 2015, started the Hickbrew Micro Brewery to keep me occupied and to make something that I love.

    What in particular do you like about exhibiting at Haddon Hall?

    Haddon Hall still retains its original form as few changes have been made over the years and this gives it charm and character where you can almost feel the history oozing out of the walls.  Exhibiting here is just a pleasure.


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    Squiggly Sue Designs

    What do you make and sell? 

    I’m the Sue of Squiggly Sue Designs.  I design quirky, colourful paintings and personalised collages.  I love bright, vibrant colours and love using them in my artwork.  Most of my paintings are some sort of mixed media and can be quite abstract.  I particularly like painting trees as I find the play of light and the shadows it creates fascinating.  I am self-taught so I kind of make it up as I go! Some of my designs are scanned and printed as limited edition prints, greetings cards and I’m still working on a series of handmade luxury cushions and homeware.

    What sparked your passion for creating?

    I’ve always enjoyed creating things to make people smile. I made personalised collages (family trees and name frames) as presents for family and friends who encourage me to start selling them.  I was nervous about putting myself ‘out there’ but started the business in 2014 and my confidence and range of work has grown massively since then. It’s a surreal feeling knowing people have bought your work with their hard earned cash and have it hanging on their walls to look at every day.

    What in particular do you like about exhibiting at Haddon Hall?

    I love Haddon Hall.  Both the Tudor house and gardens are simply stunning.  I remember visiting on a school trip as a small child. I feel very privileged to exhibit there and can image in Tudor times perhaps market traders of the time could have been trading their wares in a similar fashion.

    The events are always so well organised and all the staff are friendly and helpful.  The artisans are well chosen with top quality handmade products. The people that come to visit know to expect this level of quality at the event and that is only good news for us artisans.





    Phone: 07933 017 512




    What do you make and sell? 

    I can deal with any kind of interior designing decorations only using best quality materials, making displays for houses, weddings, hotels etc. Some of my makings could possibly include: decoration of seasonal wreaths and lanterns, artificial flower displays, tailored made Liberty scarfs, bundings and hankies, decorated cinnamon bundles, wedding favors etc

    What sparked your passion for creating?

    I always had a passion in styling, more than just putting things together. Working in the past as chief decorator, with chain companies, making their window displays, I used to present them as an image of story or an event. It is really rewarding to combine and match different things, however big or small, transforming a place where you can relax and have fun.

    What in particular do you like about exhibiting at Haddon Hall?

    Haddon Hall gives me the the great feeling of being part of an exquisite window presentation. It is a magnificent, very romantic place where even the humblest thing seems glorious.  Being part of the artisan markets I feel extremely privileged and honored within the walls of a historic place and among really talented artisans. But above all Haddon Hall is about its people. From Lord and Lady Edward, the excellent hosts, to the people who are behind the scenes and work hard to deliver those events in the best possible way. Their remarkable dedication and effort makes us all feel welcomed and looked after.


    Phone:01629 813 721



    Meet these artisans and many more in person between 27th – 29th July, or get advanced access to their stalls at our VIP evening on Thursday 26th.

    Entry to the main event is included in your ticket to the Hall, or costs £5 for those just wishing to visit the market. Tickets for the VIP evening can be bought online here, with proceeds going to the Weston Park Cancer Charity.

  3. Haddon Highlights 2017

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    With our Christmas celebrations over, we bid farewell to another year and welcome 2018, but we couldn’t quite say goodbye without looking back on the many highlights of 2017.

    From our Wedding Fair in April to the festive season, which brought our favourite carols to life, join us in remembering some of our most special events of the year.

    Wedding Fair

    A day that dreams were made of. Our wedding fair took place on April 2nd 2017, with our Elizabethan Long Gallery and Tudor Parlour set up as they would be for a big day.

    Singers and performers serenaded guests as they explored stalls from our favourite wedding merchants, showcasing exquisite floral arrangements, beautiful cakes and bespoke dresses.

    Wedding Brochure

    Jane Eyre

    Between April and June, guests were invited to step inside the world of Jane Eyre in our exclusive promenade performances.

    Audience members followed the cast around Haddon (Thornfield Hall) as they performed a wonderful script by local writer, Gillian Shimwell.

    “A magical experience. An innovative way to tell the story, with wonderful acting, an atmospheric and beautiful house and moving from room to room with the actors as the story unfolds.”

    Read our blog about why Haddon makes the perfect Thornfield Hall.


    Artisan Markets

    Our Artisan Markets were more popular than ever this year, with the Winter event being the biggest yet.

    Local traders and craftspeople lined the Halls in July and November, selling a vast variety of artisan goods, from food to jewellery, clothing to decorations.



    This year’s Halloween event was a little different. Visitors will sought out marks made to warn off evil spirits in the 900 year old Hall, led by one of our experienced guides.

    Evening tours focused on the apotropaic marks to be found around the Hall, said to have powers to avert evil influences or bad luck, also known as ‘Witches’ marks, with frightening family fun in the day time.


    We certainly had a busy festive season this year, with our Winter Artisan Market, Candlelight Tours and decorations themed around the best Christmas carols around.

    We were thrilled to hear that we were able to contribute so much joy to visitors’ festive celebrations, and hope that each and every one of you had a lovely Christmas.

    We’d like to wish everyone a very happy New Year and would love to hear about your favourite moments from 2017.

    We look forward to welcoming you back to Haddon Hall in 2018.

  4. Time Capsule at Haddon Hall

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    Haddon Hall is forever a place of surprise and astonishment.

    Peter Bown Mark Eaton and Lord Edward - Haddon Hall 19.5.16

    Back in 2006, whilst major repair work was being carried out to the balustrade on Dorothy Vernon’s Steps, a small lead box was uncovered. This mysterious vessel contained a rolled sheet of vellum inscribed with a letter penned in 1909 by John Manners the 9th Duke of Rutland and the Marquess of Granby. This document, signed by the Duke, also contained the signatures of Charles Lindsay (great friend and uncle to the Duke and a historian with interest in the Medieval and Tudor eras) and master stonemason, James Toft.

    Ten years later, as part of a very special restoration tour hosted by Lord Edward Manners and master stonemason, Mark Eaton, this time-capsule was re-positioned and reburied. Containing another piece of vellum, inscribed by Lord Edward, signed by both Mark Eaton and very special guest, Peter Bown, who is the grandson of James Toft; this little piece of history will be left untouched, in anticipation of it being found by a future generations at Haddon Hall.



  5. Timecrashers – Channel 4 at Haddon Hall

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    Back in March, we welcomed the team from Channel 4 to film a new series called ‪#‎Timecrashers‬ – did any of you catch the first episode last night?

    Hosted by Sir Tony Robinson and social historian, Dr Cassie Newland, the show ‘crashes’ ten celebrities into different eras, the first one being Elizabethan. It was great fun having the hall buzzing full of lords and ladies, maids and squires and the rooms being dressed in period style looked amazing. It even smelt like 1588! The celebrities did a marvellous job and worked so hard, and yes, they really did sleep in the hall!

    For those of you that didn’t catch the show, you can view it online here: and for those of you unable to stream British TV (and everybody else too!), here are a few press shots.

    A little sneak peak of next week’s installment, also filmed at the Hall, features a Medieval Joust- tune in to Channel 4 on Sunday at 8pm!

  6. Haddon Hall Workshops

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    This year, why not learn some new skills in the magnificent surroundings of Haddon Hall?

    We have a varied programme to suit everybody. These workshops are very popular, and to ensure that our learners receive the best teaching we like to keep the groups small. Wonderful for a day out with friends, or to buy as a gift for a crafty friend. If you would like to book a space, or for more information,  please call Selina King, Bookings Coordinator on 01629 812855 or visit our website, Lavender at Haddon Hall

    Lavender Workshop Friday 14th August 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

    This August, the very talented Julie Mellor will lead a Lavender Workshop that will teach you to create lavender wands and fans. Using lavender from the Haddon Estate, this day long workshop, set in the beautiful surroundings of the Terraced Gardens (weather permitting). Spaces are very limited, cost £45 per person and are inclusive of materials, refreshments and lunch. BOOK ONLINE HERE 

    Looking at Autumn

    Thursday 1st October 10:30 am – 3:00pm

    This workshop will appeal to those with an interest in nature and wildlife. Join our Head Warden, Jo Walker on an informative visit to the Haddon Estate Parkland seeking the signs of Autumn and the approaching Winter. Enjoy a lunch in the Haddon Hall Restaurant followed by a workshop learning to make wicker bird feeders to help our feathered friends through the winter. Tickets are limited and cost £45 per person. BOOK ONLINE HERE

    Lino Print Making Wednesday 7th October 10:00am – 3:00pm

    If crafting is your thing, join us on the 7th October for a Lino Print Making Workshop. Drawing inspiration from Haddon, you will learn how to design, craft and print your own single colour lino print cards. Perfect timing to create your own unique Christmas cards! Tickets are £45 per person and include materials and lunch. BOOK ONLINE HERE

    Christmas Decoration Workshop

    25th &  26th November 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

    Led by Julie Mellor, this popular one day course will inspire you to create decorations for your home. Learn to make a number of different items including evergreen swags, wreaths and table decorations.  Tickets are £75 per person and include materials, refreshments and a 3 course festive lunch at The Peacock at Rowsley. The same course will run on both the 25th or 26th November. BOOK ONLINE HERE

  7. Samuel Rayner’s Haddon Hall – Revisited

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    Haddon Hall Rayner Revisited July 2015

    Visitors to Haddon in July and August will experience a fascinating exhibition that draws a significant correlation between 21st century photographers and the work of 19th century artists and lithographs. The exhibition, titled ‘Samuel Rayner’s Haddon Hall – Revisited’ looks at the work of Samuel Rayner, artist and author, who in the early part of the 19th century studied intricately the architectural details of Haddon Hall, near Bakewell.

    Derbyshire photographers Ian Daisley and Chris Gilbert, both from the Peak District Photography Gallery, approached Lord and Lady Edward Manners of Haddon Hall about the idea of an exhibition. Chris explains the inspiration behind the work: “Rayner was living and working in the Peak District when he created ‘The Antiquities of Haddon Hall’ and we felt that it was important to reconnect with such an important body of work, bringing Rayner and his family’s work back into the public eye and raising awareness.” Chris continues:   “Rayner was an exquisite draughtsman. We aim to show through modern day photography just how accurate his depiction of Haddon Hall was.

    Visitors to Haddon this summer will see that there is an extraordinary correspondence between Rayner’s hand and eye rendition of the architecture and that achieved by us today, with the camera. The artistic context is the same even if the tools the artists are using are radically different. ” The photographers – five in total – have spent the last few months visiting Haddon and recreating scenes from Rayner’s drawings from the 19th century, setting themselves the challenge of trying to match the sketches as accurately as possible. Rayner’s drawings not only offer incredible detail as to the architecture and immediate landscape of Haddon Hall, but his writings ‘The Antiquities of Haddon Hall’ gave the social context of Haddon, which – at the time of writing in the mid-1830s – was when Haddon Hall was just becoming a popular tourist destination which it remains today, almost 200 years later.

    The exhibition will display around 20 of the 35 sketches Rayner produced of Haddon along with modern photographs of the same sites, and will be on view to the visitors to Haddon Hall through July and August. A preview of the exhibition takes place on 8th July.

    Lady Edward Manners comments: “We owe a lot to Samuel Rayner and his work capturing Haddon in the middle of the 19th century. His sketches are not only of the roofs, rooms and corners of the hall, but are also beautifully detailed diagrams of Haddon’s incredible and ancient architecture – like the Tudor panelling – which help shape how we work with the house and architecture today. Rayner’s book sheds light on how Haddon functioned at the time of writing, as it existed in its semi-dormant state. Samuel Rayner was undoubtedly a dedicated artist and historian and we know visitors will love this exhibition, comparing his work to the modern shots by Ian and Chris and their colleagues.”


    Join us for the launch evening on Wednesday 8th July, tickets are £15 per person and can be booked here. The Rayner exhibition runs at Haddon Hall throughout July and August, from July 11th.  Normal admission rates apply- book online for advance prices. 

  8. A Summer of Music

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    Haddon Hall is the perfect venue for wonderful music. This summer, we have arranged for a wonderful repertoire of artists from the community to perform to our visitors in the Hall and Gardens.

    Spend one of our Late Night Openings, sipping a glass of champagne on the terrace whilst enjoying the soothing sounds of  The Miller Trio, or while away a Saturday afternoon being serenaded by the Senior Clarinet Ensemble of the Derbyshire Music Centre.

    The performance dates are as below:

    Derbyshire & South Derbyshire Music Centre

    Senior Clarinet Ensemble

    Saturday 20th June

    Performances at 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm in the gardens


    Richard Haslam

    Solo classical guitarist, currently studying at Royal Northern College of Music


    Thursday 25 June  and Thursday 30 July

    Evening performances (gardens or Long Gallery, depending on the weather)

    Dalesmen MV Choir (Long Gallery)


    Saturday 18th July

    Performances at 2:00 pm & 3:15 pm in the Long Gallery

    South East Derbyshire Music Centre

    Senior Recorder Ensemble

    Saturday 18th July

    Performances at 2:40 pm & 4:00 pm in the gardens

    The Miller Trio (violin, cello, keyboard)

    Light classical and popular music

    Thursday 27th August

    Evening performances in the Long Gallery


    (Times, locations and performances are subject to change)


    You can purchase tickets at a discounted price here.

  9. Haddon’s little creatures

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    Haddon Hall, like so many old buildings, is very attractive to creepy crawlies and other little creatures.  We have some amazing examples of spiders living the house.  Head Warden Jo is a spider lover, and is often caught up in a crisis of conscience; does she clear away a cobweb so the house looks lovely for visitors, but renders the spider homeless, or does she leave the spider and web intact and hope the visitors understand?  Janet, the Hall Manager, is a confirmed Arachnophobe and is of the firm belief that there’s only one kind of good spider – and that’s a dead spider!

    Right now, we have a little mouse living in the Guide Room.  He’s a cheeky little blighter, and regularly makes the journey from the Guide Room to the drain cover – often surprising visitors on his way.  Cute though this little mouse is, Melvyn, our wonderful pest control man, will be brought in to “find him a new home”.  We like it when Melvyn visits – he always comes armed with biscuits for the Estate Office staff.  The sceptics among you may think this is a marvellous business plan.  Biscuits = crumbs = vermin = work for Melvyn!  We don’t care.  We like biscuits!

    Visitors can enjoy watching the hundreds of butterflies and bees in our garden.  This year the Cabbage White butterfly is in abundance.  It’s a beautiful sight and wonderful to see the new planting working so well to attract these splendid creatures.  Look up and there’s often Buzzards circling majestically overhead.

    We’ve a couple of swans parading up and down the river right by the bridge.  It’s one of the first things visitors see on their approach to the Hall.  We consider ourselves priviledged to have these stately waterfowl in our grounds.

    Only this morning, a stoat was busy gathering food on the grass by the driveway.   His black tipped tail could been clearly seen as he bobbed along in the grass.

    There’s so much wildlife here.  Next time you visit, take some time to sit quietly and see what comes your way.

  10. You couldn’t make it up!

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    Sometimes, a phone call can really make us smile!  Just taken a phone call from a rather strongly accented gentleman.  He was calling to arrange collection of his Dahlias tomorrow.

    Liz, one of our Guides, and currently temping in the office, politely and efficiently explained that she thought he may have the wrong number.  No.  He said.  He’s been coming here for years to get his Dahlias.  In fact he was our oldest customer!

    Now we all know how wonderful our gardens are at Haddon Hall, but we also know there are absolutely no Dahlias in them.  What could be going on?

    Liz said she would check and make sure and get back to him.  He left his contact details, and we set about consulting the Great God Google.  Searching for “Haddon Dahlias” came up with the following:

    Halls of Heddon – Dahlia Specialists, based in Heddon on the Wall, Newcastle upon Tyne.

    We could see where the confusion arose!  Liz called the chap back and explained who we were, and who he actually wanted, and gave him the correct phone number to call.  We wish him every success with his Dahlias!

    If you too are confused – here’s a link to Halls of Heddon website.

    Just when you think you’ve heard them all.  It quickly becomes apparent that you haven’t!