Hello, it’s that time of the week again when I get to tell you more about Lakeside. This just in …. (smiles) I spotted the kind tailor woman receiving a shipment of special fabric that you usually make wedding garb out of so I’m wondering if the smith has gotten up the courage to ask for her hand in marriage?? Well, no doubt there will be a wedding in this town soon–just not sure on the details as of yet.
Okay, continuing down the main street past the bookstore, which is on the same side as the fabric store facing the smith and baker, there is our town security office. Here is where people go to report wrong doings and the people there try and set justice out for the them. It’s a big building which also jails the felons until we decide the fate of the wrong doers. This helps keep our tiny town secure and free from things running amuck.
Past that there is a fine stone building which houses a little restaurant and place to stay called the Honeydew Drop Inn (in your language). Here, fine folk can come to stay if they’re from out of town and also grab a bite to eat and drink. The restaurant/tavern is on the main floor and sometimes performers come and play music and get the crowd going. In the far back, there’s a stairwell that goes up to the second floor where there are rooms for guests to stay in for a night, or for as long as they want, for a charge.
Across the street from that is Harrold’s General Supplies where you can get flour, sugar or just about anything–they have food and tools and other knick-knacks. Harrold runs the place with his five children since he lost his wife a few years back due to an unfortunate accident. He does not like to talk about it much so there’s not much more I can tell you there.
Beyond Harrold’s, there is a farmer’s market where there are stalls of fresh foods that are in season . Most of the time the farmer’s older children, who are out of school, run the stalls, coming in each morning with new produce on their carts to place in the stalls. I’ve noticed that farming families seem to have a lot of children because it takes a lot of hands to run a good farm.
Next to the farmer’s market you’ll find a butcher shop where you can pick up meat or drop off animals to be prepared into food cuts.The butcher also has a tannery way in the back of the building where he takes hides and makes leather from some of the animals. Elves hate to waste anything–especially when a life had to be taken in order to survive–so, to honor that life, we use everything we can from its body.
There is a candle shop called Home & Table next to the Inn which sells lanterns, candles and other magical lighting elements. They also sell pottery here and dishes for your table. It’s a quaint shop, where the owners are always friendly and willing to do custom work for you if needed. Some families like to put their family names or crest on the dishes and the work these folks do is quite a work of art when they are done.
Next to the candle shop, is one of my favorite places which some might guess is a sweets shop! Here, they make amazing things with sugar and flavor them with peppermint, fruit flavorings or whatever incredibly delicious things they can find . You will often see kids milling about outside the sweet shop after school talking to their friends and spending pocket change on a few pieces of candy.
Lakeside is really quite a nice town and an enjoyable place to stay! Until next week stay warm and dry and I will be thinking of you.