Sunday, 9 September 2012

Falstone Show 18th August 2012

Okay! I accept I'm just a wee bit behind the times - 3 weeks to be exact (blimey! is that all? seems more like 3 months!) Anyhow, Falstone came and went and a good day was had by all.

The day dawned wet it has to be said, but then why ought it to have been any different to any other day? fortunately it soon passed (the wet stuff, not the day) with the result we were basking in sunshine outside the beer tent in the late afternoon.
 
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Sheep penned, rain drops hanging on the pen rails and hoods up, but not for too long.
 
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The north country cheviots soon mashed the 'show ring' up
 
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with the result that the swaledale cross sheep were judged out of the 'show ring' and shown between the pens, unfortunately the pen they had been standing in was a glaar (muddy mess) which shows by the clart on their fleeces
 
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The judging of the Hexham type blackface champion took place in a cleaner 'show ring', courtesy of the scotch blackies who hadn't messed it up too much, or mebbes it was just drier ground.
 
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The mule ewe lamb competitors weren't quite so lucky
 
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Those hardy souls who turned out without their wellies were in a fine mess!
 
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The sheep judging got through, Champion North Country Cheviot seen here with John Dixon of Chirdon.
 
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North of England Blackface champion went to Selby Robson of Yatesfield.
 
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Swaledale Cross Champion was this tup lamb from Mark Anderson of the Riding
 
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John Dixon again with the mule ewe lamb champion. The only photo missing is of Dave Baxter and the Scotch type blackfaced champion, unfortunately camera shake took over and the resulting fuzz is barely recognizable!
 
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Dog classes followed on from the sheep, collies, terriers, childrens pets and here one of the hound classes.
 
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The industrial tent was stuffed full of 'yummies' - yup! we all know shep likes chocolate and it has to be said I did think this cold sweet looked rather inviting.
 
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Tea cosies looking like sheep - what ever next?
 
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The poor summer conditions saw the vegetable entries being down in numbers but there were still some outstanding entries
 
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even the flowers had managed to hold their heads up high despite the poor weather conditions which they had battled through.

A summary? A cracking good day once again - well done to the committee and supporters for ensuring all went well. Further info will be available at www.falstoneshow.com

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