The Royal Show opened its doors for the last time this year, after 160 years, a very sad moment.
We trundled along full of hope that we wouldn’t be rained out, which we weren’t and a promise of good times to come, of which there were many.
This post is just a snippet of the fun and laughter that was had.
We started our first day in the sheep pens. Is there anywhere else that you would expect me to start first? No, I thought not. (for the uninitiated I am a knitter, I love wool, I also love lamb to eat, and I very much like sheep)
The Jacob Sheep Society were doing very good work on putting on a wonderful display, it was the best display in all of the sheep pens.
They were spinning, I would have loved to have had just a little turn with a spinning wheel, but I also knew, deep down, that this would be another rabbit hole I would fall into.
and there was also peg weaving, which I was lucky enough to be taught.
there were as you can imagine, lots of sheep, but this particular fellow caught hubby’s eye. He is a Blue Faced Leicester, and he is a complete tart. Just begging for affection he was, Hubby spent some time giving him a chin rub. Whilst we laughed at just how friendly he was, his very proud owner came up for a chat. He had been bought in auction last Autumn and at that point was a law unto himself, which if your looking for a breeding ram, is not a good idea. He is a true testament to his owners patience and stock keeping abilities. We loved him, I could have brought him home.
There was yarn buying, I was lucky enough to buy some hand spun Jacob, which I am quite dreamy about. And I have to say I bought it for a pittance, considering the amount of work that is involved.
along with some gorgeous hand dyed kid mohair from New Forest Mohair, who will be launching her web site to sell her lovely yarn in the next month or so.
There was also Toft Alpaca to buy from, I must admit to buying a lovely colour and amount to make something wonderful. (the knitters amongst us will have to wait for this)
Whilst sitting with friends in the Charolais Society, I was able to photograph one of there favourite bulls. Isn’t he magnificent.
and just a quick snap of me.
a garden pig caught my attention
along with a corn – cow- dolly.
my favourite breed of hen, Buff Orpington (also the Queen Mothers favourite) won first prize.
and a rather pretty duck, I just loved her hat, that caught my attention.
along with runner ducks that always catch out attention. The whippet of the duck world!
The Grand ring had various events, he is riding on three horses!
along with Jinty, thats the girl with the long legs and rather short skirt at the front – who assures me she had chosen big knickers to wear that day, and could barely wait for them to call for volunteers! She is such a part of the Royal Show that it wouldn’t be the Royal Show without her.
and just because she really is very lovely, and its only fair to put a pretty photo of her.
and then there are the boys. (not my boys you understand)
I am very blessed to know a chap who has been honoured enough to receive an OBE who was the president of the Young Farmers, during his career he turned things around and put life back into that organisation some years ago. Well two of those are his sons, of which he is very proud and they are my lamb supplier.
We had good times and towards the end, rather sad times too.
The end of an era.
Just before we left the showground for the very last time.