How quickly the week-end comes round. This week-end is a special one up here in Wensleydale. At one time - before I came on the scene and persuaded the farmer to take a holiday each year- this August Bank Holiday week-end was the highlight of the year for him and for many other farmers. Most were dairy farmers so unable to go off for a few days and leave their 'milkers' so tomorrow was the highlight of the year. 'The Wensleydale Show'. Now the dairy farms are much bigger as the smaller farms have been sold off and bought by farmers and turned into much bigger dairy farms - and even often diversified into other activities. But the show goes on. The feed merchants have their tents (we alwas had our lunch at 'our' feed merchants - Jamesons - a small pork pie, a few tasty sandwiches and a piece of home made cake. And a cup of tea of course. All served at tables in a tent. ) Lovely.
Then there would be all the cattle to look round (and later look again to see which ones had won the various cups). And the sheep - very important up here. And then there was the Produce Tent (every fruit and veg you can think of) and the flowers and eggs. And let's not forget the handicraft tent with all the knitting, sewing, painting, childrens' classes - the list is endless.
In addition there are activities in the ring all afternoon - usually the local hunt does a parade and often heavy horses, so beautiful and yet rarer every year. All that is needed is perfect weather to make it an afternoon enjoyed by all.
I am not mobile enough to go and haven't been for some years, but I shall hear everything over the tannoy because the Show takes place near to my bungalow. The field which will be the Car Park tomorrow is the field just over my garden wall. and the field beyond that is the show field itself. I am hoping for fine weather for them. Good luck to them all - a lot of hard work goes into this day from both the Committee and the Contestants.