This weekend is the Smallholders’ Fair at the Royal Welsh Showground. It is one of the highlights of our year, and this year, we were lucky enough to get free tickets, which was a bonus.
It was a lovely sunny day, so we equipped ourselves with sunscreen and provisions, and off we went.
First stop was the poultry, as we wanted to replace our Rhode Island Red who, unfortunately, was killed by a friend’s Jack Russell. We couldn’t just buy one hen – so we bought four: a new Rhodey, but also a Speckledy, a Bluebell and a Light Sussex. They’re a bit shy at the moment, so no pictures yet.
Next came the goats:
And the pigs:
And we watched a bit of pig-judging – the chap in the bowler hat is the judge, and he came all the way from Yorkshire, apparently. Serious business, this.
Then I left Mr SowandSew and the children eating cake while I went to buy plants. I got some herbs, strawberry plants, a few veg plants and some fuschias.
I also looked at some of the plant displays:
I am always amused by the styling of vegetables at shows like this.
So, all in all, a very successful day. I now have a lot of new plants to plant, so this coming week is going to be gardening catch up week.