Pull up a chair put your reading glasses on and get ready for a photo marathon :-)
It's Show season here in our little patch of North Wales, and after last week's Trelawnyd Flower Show this weekend it was the turn of the Eglwysbach Show. A much bigger and outdoor event that, thank goodness, the sun decided to shine on. It started at 9.30am on Saturday and we were there for 10.15am with our walking boots on ready for a good trek around the show.
There was lots to see, first thing in the morning it was the judging of all the cattle, sheep and horses.
Beasts were all titivated to the nines with their coats all glossy and their tails all bouffanted to maximum puffiness.
There was lots of last minute combing gong on, and lots of beautiful animals.
Here's a friend, Aled from the kennels the dogs go to when we are away, showing his magnificent Bluefaced Leicester Ram, he won best ram and overall Best Reserve in Show with this huge ram ...
... along with lots of other rosettes.
They just know they look good don't they!!
Lovely sheep .....
.... and as a non-meat eater I always think it's a bit unfair to have the lamb burger stall next to the sheep enclosures !!
The Country Market ladies were there selling lots of handmade items, handicrafts and their well loved jams, chutneys and bakery goods.
There were lots of stall selling sundries and lots of charities there raising money for their causes, and after a good browse around them all we went for a spot of lunch.
And I must say it was a pleasant surprise to find a 'choose yourself' salad bar as well as all the usual hotdogs and burgers. A very civilised lunch with a cup of coffee to keep us going.
We had a good chat to the guy with all the gorgeous birds, this is a Little Owl.
... and this a magnificent Eagle Owl.
First prize in the scarecrow competition went to a 'Workman' ....
... and first prize in the cider buying competition went to .... me!!
We watched the doggy obstacle race and then the dog and owner Egg and Spoon race.
I spied a cabbage almost as good as one of mine.
And lots of magnificent vegetables ....
... including these fantastic specimens.
I doubt I could ever grow to this perfection, but then we grow to eat and show for a it of fun, these guys grow to show, and what a fantastic job they do of it.
Lovely Hubby was drawn to the compost as usual, and after handling all the exhibits agreed with the judges on the merits of the one that won First place.
He was also drawn to the cakes ...
... and more cakes ....
.. and maybe some tarts ....
... and of course to the homemade pies.
I had a good look at the jams,
and fell in love with the miniature garden.
The vegetables weren't all serious ....
... and the Lego tractors were very cleverly done.
We ended our day out with a good look at the vintage tractors all parked up on the hill overlooking the showground, and from that viewpoint we could take in the wonderful view of this treasure of a Welsh valley, surrounded as it is on all sides by hills.
Then it was time to wend our way along the country lanes and back to our side of the hill and collapse in a tired heap on the sofa.
I hope you enjoyed your little visit to the show. It's on again next year if you're passing, but first I have to get my entries ready for Llanrwst Show next week, and give the cup a polish ready for handing back.