On Sunday 10th July (one of my rare Sundays off work!) we woke to blue sky’s & sunshine! What would we do today to make the most of this glorious weather? A quick look in the local paper told us that the ‘Bedfordshire County Show’ was taking place this very weekend…& not half an hours drive away!!!
In the Grounds of the stately Shuttleworth College there were all sorts of stalls, activities & shopping marquees. In the main show arena there was a programme of demonstrations taking place & as we arrived it was the hounds from the local hunt being put through their paces! The sun was still shining!!
The first thing Lee & Alex made a bee-line for was the clay pigeon shooting. Lee has had a go at this once before, but Alex never has. It is not usual for Alex to ‘put himself out there’ preferring to blend into the background…he hates being the focus of attention, but in this instance I think he was there before he knew it & he really enjoyed himself!!
As an avid player of X-Box shooting games, but never having fired a ‘real’ gun, he amazed us all by hitting three out of his five clays…not bad for a first attempt! He was thrilled to beat his Dad, who managed to hit one & just clip a second!!! He’s is also very proud of the bruise on his shoulder from the recoil of the gun!!!
Not to be outdone Nathan not only took a turn at the ‘Sniper’ air rifles, but proved to be a natural with a bow…hitting a bull's-eye with his first arrow!!
Maybe there is something to be said for all those hours playing computer games after all?!!!
After all that excitement we stopped for an ice cream & a wander around the stands…
…we met this lovely little guy, scampering around on the end of a leash…
…which he almost slipped out of so the lady from the ‘Ferret Society’ had to grab him quick…great photo opportunity!!
Then we met these guys…they were so aloof!!
Alex & Nathan both reverted to ‘Toddlerdom’ & insisted on having a go at hooking a duck…winning two toy sniper rifles!! They then proceeded to re-enact their successes of their earlier shooting prowess!!
There were several vintage cars doing the rounds of the show…this was my favourite…doesn’t it just show that originally cars were just ‘horseless carriages’ & it took a while for the design of motor vehicles to get away from actual carriages!!
The boys spotted some enormous inflatable slides & headed off to play…
There were twenty two inflatable steps up that steep inflatable ramp!
It took a fair amount of time & energy to get to the top of that steep ramp…& only seconds to slide back down again!!!
They had six goes for their money & at first I thought that seemed a bit mean but believe me…it was enough!!
Alex’s Diabetes always means we need to watch his sugar levels when he exerts himself…& I can safely say that they were both exerted!! So much so that not only Alex had to have a lie down in the shade of a tree & a Glucose drink when they’d done on the slide!!
We decided on some lunch & headed off to the food area…Pat moved a chair into the shade of a tree as the sun was now really fierce…but just look at that sky!!
After eating, Lee & the boys headed off to the ‘Army’ exhibit & assault course while Pat & I went to check out the Craft Tent…as you do!! We had not been in there for five minutes when we heard the unmistakable sound of rain beating down on canvas!!!
A quick phone call let us know that Lee & the boys were sheltering in the Army trailer & would join us as soon as the ‘shower’ had passed by!!
Well…in typical English fashion, that shower didn’t stop for an hour!!! After ten minutes we left the Craft Tent & joined the boys, as somebody (yours truly) had had the foresight to bring an umbrella!!
We all decided to head off back to the car, agreeing that we’d all seen & done what we wanted & that the sky still looked full of rain!!
As we walked past the show arena, the Pony Club were bravely continuing with their demonstration…British stiff upper lip & all that!! Those poor ponies..not to mention the little girls were all soaked to the skin!!
Once home & out of our wet things we settled down to tea, scones & a Victoria sponge sandwich cake…the perfect way to round off an English Sunday outing!!
Thanks for stopping by…I’m almost up to date now…will be back to share week one of Shimelle’s ‘Explore’ class very soon! I hope you’re all having a great weekend! :)