Saturday, 19 September 2015

Village Life


I have lived in the same village for over twenty five years and the things I love most about village life are the whole village events that bring everyone out, helping or joining in. There is a wonderful sense of community and friendship. Today was our annual Harvest Fair and despite the threatening look of those clouds it was a warm and sunny afternoon that brought the crowds out to enjoy the fun.


There were old tractors and vintage cars, displays from police dog handlers and firefighters, tombolas and raffles, sideshows and stalls


There was a fabulous band, a barbeque and a beer tent as well as teas, cakes, ice creams or anything else you might fancy.


And the whole afternoon was rounded off with a traditional tug of war... and if you look very carefully you can see our MP leading the adults in dragging all those children across the mud!

And of course, there was the horticultural show in the village hall. Despite all your well wishes my pretty biscuits did not convince the judges and only came in third place... which would have been quite respectable had there been more than three entries in that class!


But I was not disappointed because I picked up firsts in the fruit cake, bread rolls, fruit scones, cheese scones, jam, chutney and needlework classes which meant I was the overall winner of the homecraft cup.
My old domestic science teacher would never believe it!


When we got home we celebrated with afternoon tea of prize winning scones with prize winning damson jelly...


And I'm now off for an early night because we've got another busy day with afternoon tea tomorrow that promises to be rather special... but I'll tell you all about that next time!

20 comments:

  1. Well I'll happily get rid of those manky third place biscuits, save you filling up your bin with them.... ;)

    Many congratulations on all those prizes, what a star!

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  2. Very many congratulations on your produce win! (It was our village Michaelmas show today and I only managed two bronze and a silver!) it is lovely that village life is carrying on with these traditions, long may it last! Xxx

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  3. Well done on such wonderful wins! You must have a huge village too.

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  4. Third? Surely not, someone must have switched the tickets. Well done on winning the cup and enjoying the day.

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  5. Congratulations - the perfect end to a wonderful day. I grew up in a village and most of the adults in my family had a hand in the village fete. It is so good to know that such events still thrive and are well supported.

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  6. My mouth is still watering from catching up on your last post and I am not surprised you did so well - congratulations! x Jo

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  7. Oh, well done you and that was surely the best way to celebrate your success!

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  8. Congratulations Gina! I love shows like this, sadly there aren't really any around here :(

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  9. Gina, how great to live in a place in which the community still finds time to join in creating such events. I am very impressed.

    If your fabulous biscuits received Third Prize, I demand to see and taste First and Second. Well, even so, clearly you were the winner of the day. Congratulations.

    Prize winning jelly on prize winning scones sounds luxurious to me.

    Thanks for all the photographs of the event. Almost, almost as good as being there. xo

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  10. Yay for doing so well!!! I dispute that certificate for the biscuits though! What did the winners look like if yours were third! I hope they were spectacular, I think you were robbed!!! xx

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  11. So you did, in fact, wipe the board apart from the biscuits? That'll put 'em right for marking down you last year's sponge!

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  12. Congratulations on all your prizes Gina and of course on winning the trophy too....brilliant! :)
    V x

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  13. Wow! Winning so many prizes is amazing.

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  14. Dwell done with wining the cup, can't believe those pretty biscuits only came 3rd! Looks a fab day.

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  15. Blimey - definitely 'Star Baker' then! Congratulations - and your biscuits look beautiful from here!

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  16. Congratulations!! Can't believe those biscuits only got a third! Well done on your cup, that is wonderful. The fruits cake looks absolutely delicious, I just love fruit cake,and am already looking forward to making my Christmas cake! X

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  17. Many congratulations, they all look wonderful. The scones and jelly look particularly tempting and a perfect way to celebrate.
    More exciting Afternoon Tea tales to tell?? Will there be more delicious baking to tempt us? Looking forward to that!

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  18. Congratulations! Those scones look quite delicious and I shall take your tip of a smidgen of baking powder because I have never done well with my scones.

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  19. Wow! Well done on all those firsts. Yes, definitely star baker!

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  20. Well that bodes well for the future! Now "award winning" bakes and cakes!! Congratulations!

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