Considering the village of Brailes is pretty small, they do put on a good country show, so we had to go along this year. The theme was Mardis Gras, and there was a prize for the best dressed wheelbarrow. We didn’t enter (I even forgot about the children’s fancy dress so N wasn’t taking part), but some of the entries were ingenious. My photos didn’t come out, but there was the Batmobile driven by Batman and Robin, and a brilliant tank, complete with a child inside it. Brilliant fun. In the arena there were various activities and displays. We joined in with the Calypso Kids music session. We seemed to be the only ones who didn’t go to their classes…or we’re just rubbish at knowing songs! N as usual, was moaning he was hungry so he chose a cake at the WI refreshments stand. Lemon meringue cupcake chosen, carried carefully outside to a hay bale and then sitting and eating it all. No chance of me getting a taste. We mooched over to see the classic car displays and vintage tractors. N was taken with the steam engines, but you couldn’t get that close to those. Not that it mattered when the vehicles all did a few laps of the ring for everyone to see them properly. I don’t usually go in to the judging tents to see the entries to the veg, cake and flower competitions, but I thought my friend had entered so we went in to have a look. The flowers were beautiful and I did take lots of photos of them. The crafts were lovely, the produce looked good. I had a good look at the photography entries – some made me think that I could enter some of my photos next year. And while the cakes looked good enough to eat, some of the scones weren’t really Great British Bake Off worthy, giving hope to us all. I fancied a Pimms but the bar tent had a huge queue, so we had to make do with another wander round. We watched the people getting wrapped up by snakes in the reptile tent, N checked out the toy lawn mowers that were for sale and watched the karting. I think next year he’ll be old enough to go on the karts so that’ll make for a very happy boy. I did pay for him to have some goes on the bouncy slide. I hoped, after paying, that he would make it up to the top (and want to slide down, given there were other children who then had to be coaxed back down the way they’d climbed up. But no, N was well away his first 3 slides. Then stood at the top to make sure I was there before he came down quite happily. Nice to see him having some courage to come down what looked like a high slide to me!
I thought N would have liked to watch the horse show going on, but he wasn’t keen. A fleeting go on some of the playground equipment in the corner of the field bumping into a few friends and nursery staff, and then it was time to head off. I do love to check out country shows and village fetes, but we’ve not been to many this year. Hopefully there’ll be a few more before the summer’s out. Do you go to local shows? What’s your favourite part?