Affectionately known as the Twicey Show the Roman Wall Show is always held on the second Saturday in June - the first show of the season. Actually that is a lie, there is the Northumberland County Show held on the bank holiday Monday at the end of May but that is a big show, a commercial show, one with crowds of 20,000 plus people - not Shep's sort of show.
There are classes for all the traditional breeds which are to be found along this stretch of Hadrian's Wall and all these classes are well supported.
the male sheep (known as tups or rams) being judged, again they have strong, heavy horns.
Shep had an enjoyable morning at the Twicey Show, having returned from lambing a month back I have had less days off than the number of fingers on one hand, it was grand to be able to enjoy a leisurely day, catch up on the crack (conversation) and see how every ones sheep were doing, find out how tups had bred and generally catch up on folk - some not seen since the back end sheep sales. I had to leave the judging of the sheep before the absolute overall, that being the best of every breed competing to be the best of the show.
So why did I have to shoot off from the sheep pens? Well, I had taken it into my head to show old Glen. There was a class for the best looking collie and I decided to take the old fella along. He is well past being fit for the show ring by rights but there is no doubt about it he is a bonny (pretty) dog. I felt he and I needed some time together, just the two of us. There is now a pup in residence at Shep's home, he will be taking over Glens role in a year or two, anyhow, doggie politics is getting a tad wearisome so Glen and I would go to the show alone and make a day of it!
I rushed off from watching the sheep being shown and got the old fella out of the car, dismayed to find his face was swelling........ I sought advice from a well respected dog handler who said not to worry about such things, Glen was given a quick brush up which only loosened his winter coat and made him shed hairs on piece - life wasn't looking too good! There were six entries in the class and fortunately we walked around the ring in a direction which hid Glens swollen face
The remainder of the afternoon saw Glen and I sitting quietly whilst watching the Cumberland wrestling
The day came to a close, Twicey Show is over for another year. Glen and I trundled home, weary but happy, both having enjoyed a day off, a spot of socialising and quality time together.
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