Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a Hampshire garden. I've been growing veggies since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Some traditional varieties and old favourites as well as new ideas. I share my garden with my allotment assistant Daisy the Labrador. On Twitter as @MatronsVeggies

Sunday, June 21, 2009

A Day at the County Show

Surely one of the highlights of the Summer has to be the County Show! Wherever you are in the world there will be a Summer fete or County fair? This weekend was the Middlesex Show. Let me take you on a whistlestop tour of something quintessentially English...
Here are the lovely ladies from the Hillingdon Allotment and Horticultural Federation.
The South of England Flyball association had some competitions too! For those that don't know, this is a sort of doggy relay race involving tennis balls!
And Matron was able to indulge her passion for riding in helecopters - yes! I'm mad about helecopters. This is what my home town looks like from the air!
The Old Fashioned Pudding Company were there - how many non-English of you out there knows what a 'Spotted Dick' looks like? eh?
There was a wonderful display of vintage cars and tractors.
A very fierce lady tried to force me into joining the Womens Institute!
The local beekeepers association was there too!
And of course, the highlight must be...drumroll.... the South of England Hamster Show!
Is your county fair just as much fun?


At 8:04 PM, Blogger Vaiva said...

Matron, with this spotted thing, you will have same problems, like you had with the tits :D By the way, why most of these "Women institute" ladies come to be so angry?...

At 9:11 PM, Blogger EB said...

Superb, and you saved the best to last!

At 12:21 AM, Blogger Bangchik and Kakdah said...

Looking at the second photograph, for a minute I thought they are saddling the dogs for round of good race,.. but they are not using assigned lanes!!... ~ cheers, Bangchik

At 1:33 AM, Blogger Ribbit said...

I had hamsters as a kid! Highly under rated animals, they are. *grin*

At 2:07 AM, Blogger Dan said...

Looks like a great show, thanks for sharing. I was going to make spotted dick once after seeing Jamie make one. Interesting name for sure!

At 4:29 AM, Anonymous kitsapFG said...

Hamster show?! LOL! That is priceless!

Our county fair is nothing nearly as entertaining as this. Far too commercial to be fun anymore.

Thanks for the walk about tour. Great fun!

At 8:34 AM, Blogger Celia Hart said...

What a grand day out! And how exciting to ride over home in a helecopter :-)

Now, you'll have people doing google searches for that pudding recipe - Ooooh Matron!!!!


At 11:41 AM, Blogger Kath said...

Our local village show is on July 11th - not quite on this scale, and you could fly over the village in seconds and miss it! Still, England in summer is wonderful if a little bizarre at times.

At 7:13 AM, Blogger Kalena Michele said...

County fairs are the best! I can't wait to check out our fair in October. I went last year for the first time and had a blast!

At 1:51 PM, Anonymous Soilman said...

Wow. Trip down memory lane: Spotted Dick was inevitably and straightforwardly rechristened 'Dead Man's Dick' at my school.

This reminded me of the other dessert staple, a bland sponge log topped with dayglo-red jam and dessicated coconut shavings. Known to all as 'toenail pudding'.

At 7:42 AM, Anonymous Liz said...

I love county fairs and agricultural shows - our local one is next weekend and I'm really looking forward to it!

At 2:40 PM, Blogger Carrie said...

Oh lordy, what an amazing fete. We just don't seem to do things like that in Northern Ireland. I am unbelievably jealous. And wow, a tent full of hamsters - joy!!! You are so lucky!!!


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