Well, I was off again last week, with the Living Heritage team, this time to a brand new show down in Kent. I have to admit, I had been dreading the journey, but apart from that it was a fantastic weekend, if somewhat hot! The people were lovely and it was a great show, with happy traders at the end of it, which is always a good sign.
It was a split site, with loads of dog stuff on one side of a long hedge, and everything else on the other, up a hill. As we are gearing up for an extended 'World of Dogs' section at our Wiltshire Show in September I spent a lot of the time in the dog area as I needed some specific pictures - but I also went wandering through the food halls, getting video footage and other bits.
The dog show was a huge success, although it has to be said that the dogs were a little flat in that sun - and so were the owners! At one point I realised that most of our crowd had disappeared, only to turn and find them crammed into the shared of a single tree, watching from a little way off! A paddling pool would have been nice (for the dogs as well as me!) - and it's something we will be taking with us on other shows when the temperature goes above twenty. Not a problem we're used to!!
I enjoy the busyness of the days, with the crowds of people and dogs, everyone enjoying themselves and loads going on. But the evenings are lovely too, when we gather together in the bar tent and relax. Usually we're crammed in and huddled around a heater, but at Kent the sides of the tent were down and we enjoyed the evening sun. There was live music and our two resident acrobatic types practised some balancing against a stunning sky. I discovered strawberry Pimms and all was well with the world.
I also did a very interesting photo shoot in preparation for the food festivals this August - but I think that deserves a blog post of its own - so watch this space!