In December 2016, we held our first event at Bernis; a Christmas market for the charity “Aide Nepal Magnoac”. We set-up the stall holders in the courtyard outdoors and it was a beautiful, sunny, blue-sky winter’s day.
So, what exactly was on sale?
There was a focus on handmade, quality gifts including silver and gemstone jewellery, fun wooden signs, handcrafted wooden kitchenware, beautiful handmade soaps, bath and body products and Christmas decorations, cards, gift-wrap and tags.
Being in the Gers countryside, we had to have the famous local produce of course. The everyday fare is a treat so you can just imagine the Christmas fare – local artisans came with their foie gras, tisanes, flour, pasta, breads, beer, charcuterie and honey.
There were also Christmassy songs, shiatsu massages in an upstairs bedroom, a second-hand clothing sale and mulled wine and mince pies.
All in all, it was a super day and we valued sharing Bernis with others – it really comes alive when there are many people and festive occasions to celebrate!
And, what is Aide Nepal doing now?
On the 18th October 2018, Roy Francis, one of the founders of “Aide Nepal Magnoac” and a former soldier and lifelong adventurer, sets off from Kathmandhu to climb Mount Parchemuche in the Everest region of Nepal. Roy hopes to raise £20,000 to rebuild and equip the school at Budhasing which was destroyed during the 2015 earthquakes. You can find out more and donate by looking on their website: https://aidenepalmagnoac.org/