We particularly wanted to go to take a really close look at the sheep – shows are an ideal way of finding out what you really like in a breed. We looked long and hard at the blue faced Leicesters – as we are tempted to add one or two to our flock, we admired the other breeds, and we chatted happily with owners of Shetlands – the phrase ‘oh he looks nice!’ seems to start many a conversation with fellow shepherds. And we watched some of the judging.
Himself was very taken with the steam engines, and hence we have a picture of that instead of any sheep!
We collected addresses (sheep owners, not traction engines), gathered ideas, talked looms at the guild of spinners and weavers stand (himself will insist on calling them the guild of assassins…), dreamt a lot over wind turbines and reclaimed furniture, and came away foot sore and full of plans.