I don't know about Miracle on 34th Street, but there was sure a miracle on King George Square on Friday evening. Somehow, in the midst of the most appalling weather, a little window of calm descended on us as we set up for our final BrisStyle market for the year.
Mind you, the day wasn't without its traumas. We had picked up our daughter and granddaughter from the airport and deposited them at their city hotel and were driving home to pack the car with Hot Fudge merchandise, clothes racks, lighting, etc, when the car threw a hissy half way home and had to be towed to the nearest repair shop.
Naturally, there was not a rental car to be found within coo-ee. With a couple of hours to go to set-up time, panic didn't nearly describe it. To cut a long and painful story short, our daughter came to the rescue with a hired car from the city - what an angel.
Even before the BrisStyle stalls were set up, the crowds started to gather.
Then the fun began. Who could not love the roller-skating Christmas Tree decorations? I believe that later in the evening the blue bauble was knocked off its feet and was seen rolling slowly down the square.
In no time the serious shoppers dropped by and so the beautiful evening rolled on. There was one slight hitch when some gusty wind blew in, but it didn't last for long.
The atmosphere was brilliant as happy shoppers mingled with the wandering musicians,
decorations (bauble back on its feet),
and the giant Christmas Angel, who held the children in awe.
My five and a half year old granddaughter strutted her stuff around the markets wearing her Hot Fudge Christmas knot dress, drumming up business. What a trouper. Together with her mother, they did some serious shopping and just about completed their Christmas list, as well as buying the odd adornment for themselves.
So all's well that ends well. We had another two wonderful days with our interstate visitors, but that's another story.