Sunday, 11 August 2013

Post Show Thoughts

 I have posted a few photos of the " show" exhibits before we opened the doors to the public. They sort of give a taste of how old fashioned the event is. Chris took some videos which I will process when I have time and my friend Nigel and new committee member Hannah have taken some "professional" snaps of the day which includes some character shots of the competitors, the vicar's opening speech and the prize giving.
I think we did Sylvia proud, all told. One of her daughters turned up just before we opened the doors and spent an emotional few minutes walking around the exhibits, soaking up memories of Flower Shows Past . It was a quiet, moving moment to watch.
Mr Butler our lead vegetable judge, shed a few tears too. Although a national Exhibit Judge of some standing, he has been involved in our little show for many years now and forged close links with Sylvia during her time as secretary.
" I'll be back next Year" he assured us all tearfully as he left " I promised Sylvia I would"
Another constant in the tradition.

We went to my celebrate my brother in laws birthday last night, and. was  asked what my favourite part of the day was. I could have said many things.....the camaraderie of the show committee, the fun and humour of the silly " novelty veg" entrants, Auntie Glad beaming at the success of her raffle, meeting fellow blogger Jeneane and her daughter who turned up out of the blue, Sandra Cameron getting all emotional over her prize winning beet roots....Terry Malthoff's quiche victory.....the list could have gone on and on
But I think what moved me the most, was the reaction and happiness shown by local character Pippa, who entered several classes at the last minute. she won one of the larger trophies of the show, and the win , which was totally unexpected, tickled her pink......I think that made me feel that the whole slog was worthwhile.
Anyhow..apologies for not replying to comments...I will be busy today and am working a night shift later on....I will be buggered tomorrow









33 comments:

  1. I was going to post mine last night but I can't find my bloody card reader. I'll have another look later!

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  2. I am so pleased it all went off well. I know only too well John that when a leading light of these shows passes on it leaves a sad gap which is very emotional. But she would have been pleased with the way things went i am sure.


    Those runner beans are amazing - ours at present are about two centimetres long.

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  3. A classic village show. Well done.

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  4. What a great community event. It must be hard work to organise, but ever so well worth it.

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  5. Wonderful post John.
    The leading light from our village community center who pioneered the whole thing and built up the youth group, fund raised & worked so very hard retired a while back.
    We are having a volunteers' party soon & she will be thanked.

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  6. Such a lovely thing to do on a Saturday, thanks in no small way to all your hard work. It's very comforting to know that these things still go on in the weird and crazy world we live in today.

    I am just besotted with the plate of three mice, have not stopped giggling yet. I hope that won a nice prize for the creator!

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    1. I stared at this plate for ages before I realised there were mice on it!

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    2. It was Jason's children and they won second place

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  7. Gorgeous photos and recap of the day, Sir John. We all feel as though we were there too ~ or wish we were :)

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  8. I am loving the ambiance of this show, I would have fully enjoyed this event .
    Great photos John, and some super fab paintings on that table too.

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  9. When me lose control, when me on the brink,
    Need to just calm down, me need to stop and think
    Me need control me self, yeah that's the way to live
    And then me functioning, like an executive.
    When me lose control, when me have no doubt
    Me have strategies, that can calm me down
    Me can talk to self, me can stand up straight
    Me can take deep breath, me can self-regulate!

    LOL!

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  10. If I owned a stately home in England, I would employ Mr Butler as my butler just for his name. I hope the last words of your post are purely metaphorical.

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  11. So pleased to hear that Lady Mondegreen and her charming Kitty visited the show.

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  12. it's so exciting... ours is coming up soon and if you think yours is old-fashioned imagine it in a church hut about an 1/8th of the size of yours!

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  13. I wish we had shows like that here. Looks fantastic

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  14. A lovely traditional show. Long may they reign!!!

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  15. So happy for your wonderful day...it all looked lovely! What a great tradition.

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  16. Seeing your lovely displays reminds me, it will soon be fall fair time.

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  17. I'm very impressed with the quality. You've motivated me to see about taking part in our show this month.
    Those green beans look lovely!

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  18. What a wonderful day you had John! Choke full of of memorable moments.

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  19. What nostalgia your post evoked of shows exactly like this in my youth. The runner beans are amazing (can you tell I'm a vegetarian by which exhibits caught my eye, LOL) Thanks for sharing, John. Greetings Jo

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  20. I miss this sort of thing...but get to enjoy them through you.Thanks.
    Jane xxx

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  21. Everything looks so splendid.

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  22. yep, it's that time of year...fairs. ours is just as old fashioned as well as very small. Thursday I carried churn and spinning wheel and demonstrated all day. I churned almost 9 pounds of butter but didn't count the yarn yardage.
    were you on concrete floors, John? I was and it dang near crippled me; took lots of aspirin, beverages and sofa time to get over it.

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  23. Thank you so much for posting all those wonderful pic in this and the last post! So it was second prize again for the quiche? Don't let that Terry get too smug about it!

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  24. How lovely to see so many entries. It sounds like a wonderful day. And well done on everything you have done to make it such a success.

    You all did Sylvia proud.

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  25. Here are my pictures:

    http://s1283.photobucket.com/user/trelawnydflowershow/library/

    :-)

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    1. Thanks Hannah
      Will go and look
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  26. Well done! All looks fantastic.

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  27. It all looks so wonderful. You seem like such an involved member of your community!

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  28. Lots of talent in your community, and that is an understatement. I adore the last picture with the potato mice eating the cheese :)

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  29. It all looks absolutely fantastic. All the hard work--yours and others did made it so: congratulations :-).

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  30. Yay Pippa!!!

    and I must admit, i first thought someone was standing next to me throwing sand into my eyes when i read your words about dear sylvia and her daughter, and then "comrade in flower shows"... must be allergies...

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