As some of you will know our garden has started to resemble something akin to a popular TV sit com (from the 70’s or was it the 80’s? who knows they all run into one at a certain age!) about a couple doing the self-sufficiency thing in suburbia.
Anyway as my OH was keen to sus out the local vegetable growing competition so we went to our village show on Saturday. It was the usual ‘jam and Jerusalem’ affair with the cake, flower arranging and veg competitions. But just to liven things up a bit they also had a visit from the Red Devils, which was very exciting, considering they dropped into the field extremely close to us, so here’s a couple of amateur shots just to give you an idea.
There were also a couple of bric-a-brac stalls, which of course deserved a closer look, and I found these 2 little beauties. The journal has lovely thick pages with gorgeous little sketches, just perfect for an altered book project, not bad for £1. The scarf is a lovely soft silk, white on one side, great for dying, and a yellow print on the other, a very good 10p’s worth.
The ‘good life’ theme continued in the evening with a birthday BBQ for our DS and his lovely DF, involving lots of home-grown salad, pots, eggs, herbs etc, oh! and home made bread, shame we didn’t have a pig, we could have done the hot dogs too.
On Sunday we went on a jolly to the Weald and Downland Open Air Exhibiton for a rare breed show, and what fun that was. It took me about 2 minutes to spot this fantastic stall at the bottom of the field and guess what? The chicken stand was next door, karma I’d say!!
Well I had to have look didn’t I and here’s the result, the fibres are Marino wool and silk and only £2.50 for each lot, 50g, seemed very reasonable to me.
Of course my OH had to have a trio of birds, i.e. 2 hens and a cockerel, and here he is sprinkling them with talcum powder, the idea being that if you make the new birds smell the same as the older residents they won’t fight. It seems to have worked too.
There was so much to see at the show, not least this lovely little portable loom, I want one!! Only £130.
On that note I have to admit that I succumbed to buying this lovely Jacob’s fleece, the colours are wonderful and it was only £5.0. So off she goes again, I hear you thinking, my neighbour is going to teach me how to spin, and if that doesn’t work I’ll felt it.
But when you get really clever you can do this.
I took a few shots of some of the animals that were being shown, and was particularly smitten with this huge bull, he really was a beauty, and so placid, I spent quite a while stroking his head, behind the barrier of course.
And as for this chap I thought we were about to take one of his mates home!!
The smile of a champion
All together the perfect day, did I forget to mention the oak smoked cheese and ciabatta we had for lunch?