Driving through the village the other day I was a bit taken aback by a brightly coloured figure lurking in the corner opposite the old pump. I needn’t have worried. It wasn’t going to step out in front of the car as it turned out to be a scarescrow, part of one of the many competitions taking place for the Flower Show on Saturday.
A really proper old fashioned marquee had been put up on the playing field for the flower and produce displays and the village hall was serving steaming cups of tea and homemade cakes.
There were two lady llamas on display, making odd high-pitched mooing noises and turning away from the camera shyly whenever I came near. Apparently they are very good at guarding livestock as they can get quite aggressive if anyone unknown comes along.
Lots of traditional activities, such as hook-a-duck, were going on and most people were either taking part or watching all kinds of races including the adults’ running backwards race, seen just starting below.
There was bric-a-brac at the car boot tables and we all came away with something that suited us for a few pence. In my case, a bulb vase.
I was tempted to buy another verbena plant at the plant stall, thinking maybe third time lucky, but I didn’t. I just don’t think I can grow them here.
My ‘best bit’ – which was something I always made sure to ask my children about whenever they went to anything when they were small – was the produce on show in the marquee.
There were competitions for the most scary vegetable creation, the best vegetable person and the best plant jewellery, which is a brilliant way of getting children to engage with vegetables. Growing them can frankly be a little boring and disappointing if you’re small. Children are so creative and it must have been a lot of fun making the entries. I hope not too many of the mums ended up making them at half past midnight on the night before!
There were also the traditional fruit and vegetable displays. Nothing outstandingly vast, other than a huge cabbage and a giant lettuce. I love the conventions around how things like beetroot and onions are displayed. It’s so very decorative.
It turns out that the entrants do it for the love of taking part. They certainly don’t do it for the prize money, which is very modest!
Mmm, time to go home for tea and some of this…