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An English Village Fayre ... fun, flowers and sunshine ..

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Last week dealt me a succession of stressful traumas

… and the days were wild, wet and blustery.

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Thankfully, Saturday was a complete contrast …

… a sudden switch … a dazzling day …

… it was good to be alive …

… blue skies … sunshine … feeling fitter … happier

… miraculously, we’d made it to the village Fayre …

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The charity dog show was held on the lower lawns …

… to raise funds for the Pet Blood Bank …

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These cattle were keen spectators …

… every one of them a dog show enthusiast …

… they’d arrived early for a front row view …

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… they’d studied all the dog breeds, and had definite opinions on who should win the Best In Show award …

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Meanwhile, let’s check out the Fayre …

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Oooh … plant stalls …


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Lots of variety, and plenty of colour …

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Which plants would you choose ? …

… and would you like an ice-cream too ?

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Pets’ Corner … Guess the weight …

… hmmm … looks like a chubby one …

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Please meet jovial Josie … the pygmy goat …

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… and children learning the art of Maypole dancing …

… a tangled web we weave ;o)

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Back at the dog show, classes were progressing well …

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‘Pick me … I’ll give you two paws, four paws …’

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A Fayre stall selling sugary sheep and sweet flowers …

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… or would you prefer real flowers ? …

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Something to add interest to your garden …

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… or ESSENTIAL reading for every gardener …

… ‘Tales of the Country Eccentrics’ …

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And in the background … all the while … melodic music …

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… delightful sounds from the Silver Band …

… those teddies were enjoying a tuneful picnic …

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Band percussionist … female owner of the guide dog …

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What’s this big bird looking for ? … eggs ? …

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Here are some eggs … and spoons …

Let’s have a race …

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Or would you prefer a wheel barrow race ?

The Jack Russell Terrier wanted to join in …

… but couldn’t find a partner …

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Most races ended in hilarious disorganised chaos ;o)

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Down on the lower lawns …

… Truffle had the feeling he was being watched ..

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Nope … must have been mistaken …

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The end of a beautiful day in idyllic English countryside …

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We’d competed in three dog show classes …

Waggiest Tail, Fancy Dress and Best Tricks

… and we were lucky to win three first places …

… Yum … that means lots of biscuit prizes !

Thanks for sharing our day at the Fayre …

Happiness and good health to you all …

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Congratulations to you all! Looks like you had a good day out TT :o))

28 May, 2013

 

Lovely, Terra.I so enjoyed your story,and how lucky to have such a great day with the weather..I love these local Fayres,they put so much effort into them..well done to Truffle and Conker for their first prizes..that will keep them fed for a while ! did you buy anything from those lovely stalls ? :o) x

28 May, 2013

 

What a lovely day out. Well done on the 3 first prizes. I would have come away with first prize for plant buying. There was lots to keep everyone entertained by the looks of it, even the cattle....Lol. A lovely blog Tt as always. Thanks for sharing.

28 May, 2013

 

Lovely day out with brilliant pictures:

28 May, 2013

 

Thanks Annie, Sandra, Homebird and Shahida ..

I resisted buying any plants ... very tempting !

28 May, 2013

 

Warm congratulations Team Terra \0/ \0/ \0/

It looked a lovely happy show xxx

28 May, 2013

 

But which plants did you choose to take home with you Tt..and did Conker and Truffle have an ice cream for their efforts?
Nice to see the good old Wheelbarrow race...I thought the 'elf and safety wallets would've banned that by now!!! just in case anyone has too much fun!!!!!
Glad you were lucky with the weather!

28 May, 2013

 

That looked like a lot of fun, the dogs are so cute

28 May, 2013

bjs
Bjs
 

Excellent outing for all three of you.

28 May, 2013

 

A lovely blog. In the small village where I used to live in Rutland...about 2 and a bit miles from Uppingham we used to have what they called the village fete either in june or july...the highlight of the year for us kids...it was always a lot of fun with peg on the line game, guess the weight of a pig, throwing balls at tin cans etc etc...and the Gretton Silver Band playing in the background...happy memories of a good childhood...and long hot summers.

28 May, 2013

 

Thank you Pam ..
Team Terra is well supplied with biscuits xxx

Thanks Paul, Pondlady and Brian ..
my friend enjoyed an ice cream ...
... definitely a surfeit of fun ;o)

Hi Rogi ...
Thank you ...
I have a great love of English villages and fetes ...
... and those Silver Bands add to the pleasure ...
What's the peg-on-the-line game ?

28 May, 2013

 

It looked like a great day was had by all. Well done Conker and Truffle on your three 1st's!

28 May, 2013

 

Thanks Lijemc and Snoopdog ..
All the dogs at the show had a wonderful time,
and lots of funds raised for the Pet Blood Bank :o)

28 May, 2013

 

Good to see that Conker and Truffle are in top form and doing you proud. It looked a smashing venue for a good day out and nice to see you had decent weather too.

28 May, 2013

 

Hi Stroller ..
The skies were blue and the lawns were like velvet !

28 May, 2013

 

stunning Terra - hope you are well :)))

28 May, 2013

 

Thanks Paul ...
this week is better than last week ! ;o)

28 May, 2013

 

What a great day out all 3 of you had you must be so proud of your dogs :o)

28 May, 2013

 

Looks like you had a wonderful day. I want some of those plants from the plant stalls!lol Congrats to your lovely dogs for doing so well.

28 May, 2013

 

Hi Kidsgran ...
we had a fantastic day !

Thanks Louisa ...
Plant stalls are very tempting, aren't they !
My dogs are delighted to have such a huge supply of biscuits ! Truffle doesn't know about counting the calories ... Lol.. ;o)

28 May, 2013

 

wonderfull blog and day out Terra, so glad your feeling better after some sunshine.
Lots of great plants, think i would have spent a fortune on that stall.
Congrats to the boys on their rosettes, well deserved to and some tasty biscuits to, well done.
great photos Terra, love village fairs :o))) xx

28 May, 2013

 

Hi Sandra ...
thanks ...
... the plants were being sold very quickly ... Lol.

I hope Team Terra won't be eating the biscuits at the same speed.
Lol. :o))) xxx

28 May, 2013

 

lol Terra, i would suspect they would given the chance haha, great seeing conker so well to :o)) xx

28 May, 2013

 

A lovely day out with lots of interesting events taking place and good weather too, like all the plant stalls and the children in the wheelbarrow race! but most of all those two wonderful boys of yours, well done Conker and Truffle, you are a hard act to beat ;0))

28 May, 2013

 

Plant stalls, ice creams, sunshine, and first prizes with biscuits - sounds like a good pick-me-up :o)

28 May, 2013

 

Hello Gem ..
thanks ... yes, the day was exactly the sunshine fun experience we needed to perk up ! :o)

Thanks Carole for such kind comments :o)

28 May, 2013

 

Hi Terra, that looked a wonderful day you all had, congratulations on the ribbons and the bikkies too :-) thanks for sharing your lovely day out.

28 May, 2013

 

Hi Warwick .. Thanks ..
It was a fabulous day ... glad you enjoyed sharing the Fayre with us :o)
... sorry, I don't think Truffle will give you any of his bikkies .. ;o)

28 May, 2013

 

Lol Terra :-))

28 May, 2013

 

he he he am in tucks thankyou terra. Doggies very contented.

28 May, 2013

 

That was a very superior Fayre wasn't it? What a grand setting, and the music makes all the difference to the atmosphere. wonderful plant stalls too - how did you resist? I don't think any of us would have believed it if your boys hadn't carried off the prizes - well done lads.

28 May, 2013

 

Hi TT so pleased you had a fabulous day out and success with Conker and Truffle - didn't doubt that outcome :o)
What a super fete something for everyone, even the cows enjoyed the action - lol at them and sunshine to add to the enjoyment, loved your blog thank you for sharing your day :o)

28 May, 2013

 

I wish the folk in my village we a bit more social!
Good to see Team Terra in the winners enclosure TT! Well done Conker and Truffle!! Do not eat all those biscuits at once!

28 May, 2013

 

Well done,looked a great day

28 May, 2013

 

Thanks for sharing your lovely day with us all.
Conker and Truffle are certainly the most wonderful dogs, and their owner too !

29 May, 2013

 

Thanks Tony, Stera, Avis, Neena, Angie, Denise and Diane ...
The cattle certainly enjoyed the dog show ! Lol.

... and Conker and Truffle send woofs and hugs to you all :o)

29 May, 2013

 

Congratulations Terra. Conker and Truffle look so proud. Great blog too. Love these village fetes.

29 May, 2013

 

Hi Cinders ... thank you ..
yes... these village events are great fun ..
and even better when the sun shines !

29 May, 2013

 

Well done Truffle and Conker.... :)))) glad you had a great time at the fayre TT... we were lucky with the weather wernt we...... :0))))

29 May, 2013

 

Hello Holly ..
thanks ... yes ...
... so lucky with the warm sunny day .. :o)))

29 May, 2013

 

Great day out for all by the looks of the photo's, its very amusing seeing the cattle observing all the fun and frolics, well done to Conker and Truffle for earning the lovely rosettes although I suspect the treats are far up on their list of prizes, it was a good weekend for most of us I think as regards the weather, shame it didn't stay around a bit longer but a lot better than last years bank holidays if I remember correctly, lol.....

29 May, 2013

 

Thanks Sue ..
The cattle were extremely friendly .. Lol.
Conker and Truffle are very delighted with their biscuit prizes !

Yes.. it was a gorgeous sunny day ... back to cold and rain again now... but hopefully, next weekend, we'll all enjoy dry and bright weather again ..

29 May, 2013

 

Lovely pictures TT. Everytime anyone asks what is typically English I would reply a village fete. The bands, the parades . Maybe a dog show. On a lovely sunshiny day there is nothing better to cheer you up and make you feel better.

Thanks for posting this lovely blog

29 May, 2013

 

Hello Dorjac .. Thanks so much ..

Yes ... I agree about typically English ...
... a sunny day, and a fete/fayre with bands and games and a dog show ... the epitomy of all that is wonderful about an English village and the surrounding countryside ...
Glad you enjoyed the blog. :o)

29 May, 2013

 

I enjoyed it too and what a wonderful village fayre it was in glorious weather which makes all the difference. There was so much going on and everyone was having such a great time.
It was like an episode of 'Midsummer Murders' but thankfully without a murder!!!
:-)

29 May, 2013

 

Hi Chris .. Thank you ..
It was a glorious, unforgettable day ...

... but I did hear someone say...
... 'I could murder a cup of tea' ... ;o)

29 May, 2013

 

Looks like a grand day out Terra, congratulations to you and of course to the head gardener and assistant :)

29 May, 2013

 

Hi Nick ..
Thanks... how did you know that in the Tricks class we performed a gardening theme routine ? :o)

29 May, 2013

 

Now that I would have loved to have seen Terra, brilliant :)

29 May, 2013

 

It all went well except Conker's lawn mower won't go very straight ... he makes rather a lot of crop circles. ;o)

29 May, 2013

 

sounds like a lovely day out, and three more "firsts" to add you your (or their) collection! how many is that now??

29 May, 2013

 

Hello Fran ...
Thanks ... yes, it was a wonderful, wonderful day ...

We've lost count on the rosettes ...
but Truffle is good at counting the biscuits ;o)

29 May, 2013

 

What a fantastic day....wish I had been there. Love a plant stall. Your first class garden helpers seem to be widening there top dog talents.

29 May, 2013

 

Hello Linda ..
You'd have liked the plant stalls ...
... and the ice creams ..
and the band ... and the dog show !

29 May, 2013

 

And what a grand time you had TT, a perfect day all round, and of course the Boys came up trumps, well done!! super blog as usual......xx

29 May, 2013

 

Thank you Dotty ...
We were so lucky to enjoy so much sunshine ... xxx

30 May, 2013

 

Sounds like you all had a brilliant day out, TT. Village fetes are usually a lovely way to spend a summers day - but I wouldn't have been able to resist the plants or the icecream - I'm addicted to both :)

30 May, 2013

 

Hello Gee
yes, it is a day I'll always remember ...
Millie would have done well in the dog show ...
lots of fun classes such as Best Rescued, and The Dog the Judge would like to Take Home :o)
Useful to have the ice cream van so close to the plant stall ... Lol.

30 May, 2013

 

You didn't say the ice cream van was NEXT to the plant stall! Heaven. :0)

30 May, 2013

 

Hallo all. Further up the blog I mentioned the garden fetes that we used have in the village in Rutland where I grew up, I also mentioned the peg on the line game...terratoonie asked me what this was...so...a clothes line was hung up between two chairs...or 2 post several feet long and about 2 foot high, on the line were loads of clothes pegs....the spring type ones and dolly pegs...the idea of the game was to take off as many pegs as you could off the line...without using the other hand, when this hand was full you then used your other hand to do the same...without dropping any pegs from either hand...just a kids game but at the time it was fun.....btw I´m now going back well over 50 years.

31 May, 2013

 

Thanks Rogi ..
That sounds like a game which would still be fun today ..
I had not heard of peg-on-the-line before you mentioned it ..
..thanks for explaining ! :o)

31 May, 2013

 

I'm pleased you had an enjoyable day and won some prizes as well :o)

31 May, 2013

 

Hello Hywel ..
thanks .. a fabulous day ..
... and Truffle is still counting the biscuits ...

31 May, 2013

 

Good ... I'm glad to hear it :o)

31 May, 2013

 

Your blog reminded me of watching Midsomer Murders TT, just the setting of the show of course.....quintissential english summer fayre. Lovely. I do love to hear a brass band too. Great pics.

3 Jun, 2013

 

Our village fete took place yesterday, quite a contrast to yours. We had to enter the car park through the exit because some plonker had blocked the entrance with their parked car, managed to queue for a cheeseburger before the heavens opened, mad dash for the beer tent for a glass the wash it down with, then we dodged other drowned rats while scanning the other stalls, quick purchase at the book stall before sheltering in the bric-a-brac tent. There we spent quite some time reminiscing as we spotted items not seen since our youth, while the puddles grew larger making the ground more and more squelchy. One final purchase, a large flowerpot saucer for 50p, before darting for the car. Couldn't believe there wasn't a plant stall, what is the horticultural society doing? I fear the takings this year will be well down, plans to update the village hall deferred for another year :-(

16 Jun, 2013

 

Such a shame Xela when the weather goes nasty on the big day. So much arranging and organising needed. Strange though we probably recall the events that went pearshaped better than the ones that were idyllic. We went to a lovely event some time back and it was wrecked at one point by a really scary man with Terretts syndrome, who went right off his trolley, and eventually had to be publicly subdued by his carers, after reasoning failed. It was an unnerving experience, as there were lots of children, as steam trains were involved. Some of them were really scared.

16 Jun, 2013

 

Fêtes, fayres, dog shows and similar events are all at the mercy of the weather ... and they rely on no person or group of people spoiling things for others ..

I went to this same fayre and dog show a few years ago and it rained non-stop, but we carried on regardless !

Such a lot of work is done in preparation for these days, and it is a pity when much needed funds are not as great as expected ...

We were so very lucky this year with the warm sunshine :o)

16 Jun, 2013

 

So true, the change in our weather patterns has caused much heartache and disapppointment across the country in recent years, taking the edge off many outdoor events and depleting both funds raised and the number of volunteers willing to help. For many years my husband and I served on our local fete committee, it was hard work but very rewarding..... we were lucky to have the weather on our side then.
I fear I may have given the wrong impression, we enjoyed this year's fete despite the rain but felt so sorry for the fete team. Earlier in the week I dropped off some books for the bookstall lady, she was staggered by the number of donations this year and was worried about the effect the Kindle may be having on such stalls. Her's was huge, a veritable treasure trove but few punters this year.

17 Jun, 2013

 

Hi again Xela ..
yes.. you were able to enjoy the fête despite the bad weather ..

The main preparations for these events is usually done by just one, two or three people ... lots of hard work .. and if those few are no longer able to carry on, sometimes the events just disappear off the calendar.

Luckily the fayre in my blog has been taken over by a new enthusiastic committee, so there's lots of optimism for the future.

17 Jun, 2013

 

We went through a village near Sawbridgeworth yesterday. There was a lovely, well attended village fete with lots of people visiting. The parking was wonderfully informal and off road too. Lots of variety with stalls and activities. Over the road a big modern band stage set up to entice younger people, in full voice. I hopped out for a quick look round. Came back with a couple of well grown perlargoniums for 50p! How good is that.

17 Jun, 2013

 

And to think...all the areas in cities were once villages.
What have we done?
Excellent blog, Terra!

5 Aug, 2013

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this blog showing good oldfashioned fun, thanks for putting it on Terra. Fantastic plant stall too, I wouldn't have come away empty handed. Congratulations to all three of you on your prizes too. I don't get on here as much as I used to, so trying to catch up :-)

5 Aug, 2013

 

Such a good blog I could easily have been there myself! Love these wonderful village shows :o)))

10 Oct, 2013

 

Thanks everyone .. we enjoyed the day very much...
traditional fun :o)

Sorry I'm late catching up with comments ..
I wasn't able to be on GoY so much during August/Sept.

11 Oct, 2013

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