Saturday, May 26, 2018

09 Aug

The Show!

This week, all priorities were pushed aside to make way for preparations for the Show, an annual event held the second weekend in August. The Slaley Show is a wonderful event featuring sheep, poultry, ponies, crafts and the inevitable exhibition tent. Last year it was a complete washout, but this year we woke to clear blue skies and after a flurry of last minute preparations we arrived at the showground to ‘bench’ our exhibits in time for the ten o’clock deadline. I had entered a variety of classes, including ‘a trug or basket of vegetables dispalyed for effect’ and ‘ a bowl of sweet peas’ also displayed for in the same manner.

When I proudly arrived with my exhibits it became abundantly clear that I had completely underestimated the competition. I had a last minute tip off to remove the lettuce and cucumber from my trug as they were classed as salad and not veg, which meant a hasty rearangement not entirely to my pleasing. It was a nerveracking 20 mins as I placed all the displays including the lego models ( not exceeding 30 x 30cms with moving parts).
We then returned later in the day on tenderhooks to find out the results of the judging. I was encouraged to find that I had recieved a second for my ‘gentlemans buttonhole’ and a third for my trug. I have to my cost learnt that sweet peas loosely displyed with fronds cannot compete with the show varieties displayed in all their regimental glory. I see this year as a learning experience and now I have a measure of what I am up against I will aim for greater things next year.
I was consoled by the fact that we have had a stream of visitors this week and have fed them, vegatable wise, entirely from the garden – warm chicken salad and new potatoes, stilton and broccoli soup, french beans, courgettes fried in butter and garlic – the list goes on….. The broccoli is continuing to amaze me as are the cauliflowers, about ready for picking. I pulled my first onions this week which are fantastic as are the leeks. All in all a very satisfying week and I leave you to ponder the show catalogue and mark my card for next year.


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