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Captain_Dingbat

Brocklesby Country Fair

We arrived about midday and it was already searing hot, but I was well-prepared with my shorts, cool shirt and lots of sun-cream, sunglasses and a hat if I needed it!  

My uncle was showing his MG there, so we had a base to go back to, and then I tootled over to see a cousin who was helping on the clay pigeon 'Have-a-go' shoot. I declined a go though as the last time I tried that I hurt my shoulder really badly, it took weeks for the bruise to go down!

Me, Mother and an auntie had a good browse round the stalls, I bought a bargain riding coat that will be perfect for those wet autumn days, and splashed out on an oil-skin baseball cap (apparently all the way from Aus) I also bought two pretty wooden signs, one says 'Gone to the Stables' and the other was for Pete (who couldn't go because he was working) his said 'Husband and dog missing - Reward for dog!'....which he apprieciated as you can well imagine....!

Didn't manage to spot Claire, but I did see a young girl with an arm in plaster who I guessed might be one her her girls, but didn't wander up and say 'Hey, your mum called Claire?' for fear of being arrested....!

We ate jacket potaoes with tuna and sweetcorn, drank lots of water. Mum and auntie had a shandy and I stuck to diet coke. We had fruit kebabs, and strawberry tarts, and generally nibbled our way round, sampling cheeses and preserves. I guess I put on about a stone in weight yesterday!  

We watched the pig-racing (some people I know have a falconry centre and the pig racing is hilarious!) but I wouldn't watch the stunt bikes....too scary!

We wandered by the horse events and saw the pony club do a ride to music in the main arena, and marvelled at the stunt 'plane, trying to guess whereabouts in the sequence I would have left my stomach...!

There was 4 x 4 off-road driving, archery...infact loads of stuff for the active countryside person. Didn't see any beekeepers though and I had hoped to, but all in all, I had a great day, saw loads of people I know both through horses and other sports, and then we went back to my uncles place (he used to work for The Earl of Yarborough and now still lives on the farm he has lived on for years) and the garden looked fantastic., amazing flowerbeds, teeming with bees and butterflies, which of course was his intention....had a good chat to my cousin (son of uncle on the farm) who had been running the clay pigeon shoot, and he also trains his own gun-dogs, and he wants me to take my reprobate Syd over, (Australian Cattle Dog) as shes pretty good at retrieving, but my son would like to be able to compete with her, so hes gonna see if he can lick her into shape for us....

A fitting end to a great day, got home, bathed and was in bed early! I certainly caught the sun though, thankgoodness for the sun-cream, I would have been a beetroot otherwise!

Sorry, no pics, forgot the camera!
ClaireK

If the girl with the pot had a multi coloured pot (green pink and purple) that was my youngest. I didnt get to see any of the exhibits this year due to supporting my eldest but it seemed to be well attwnded. Only bought an ice-cream as well which is amazing for me as I normally spend loads at these sort of things.

As you said it was roasting, the ambi-copter had to come down for someone who had apparently had a heart attack due to the heat.  I managed to watch the stunt riders from the collecting ring, they were amazing, but that was all i did see.

I had to park the lorry in the car park as the lorry and trailer park was jam packed full. The was loads of cars coming in through the gate up till about 3pm and lots of happy smiling people going home at the end of the day. The way a day out should end in my mind, smiles and ice-creams all round.

Claire
kaz

Very atmospheric write-ups - thank you
These country shows always appear so vibrant, they must take a full year to organise them.
Captain_Dingbat

Yes, it was a multi-coloured pot, claire, must have been her!

Are you going to Revesby? I'm tempted to take one of the horses myself this year...
ClaireK

I might go to Revesby for a look round, doubt if we will be riding as it is the day after the eldest finishes Pony Club camp and she will be so tired!!

Let me know if you decide to go, I havent got a schedule as yet to see what is going on, but will make the attempt in the next couple of days

Claire
bodger

Captain_Dingbat wrote:
Yes, it was a multi-coloured pot, claire, must have been her!

Are you going to Revesby? I'm tempted to take one of the horses myself this year...


If you decide to go    DON'T FORGET THE CAMERA !  

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