Competing at Stoke Bliss Agricultural Improvement Society Annual Competitions this year turned out to be surprisingly successful! Successes included -
- Best Foliage Plant 1ST
- Saucer of 4 hens eggs 2nd
- Picture in any medium 2nd
- Agricultural Photography 3rd
- Meadow Hay 3rd
- Jar of Wild Crab Apple & Scilly Mint Jelly Highly commended
- Sporting Photography (GRB) Highly Commended
|Our very own prize winning hay!|
Of course the very best prize was a 3rd in Meadow Hay!!! I bet no one ever guessed that I didn't have a rick full of baled hay and that the truth is I don't even have enough to bale at all! What a buzz! It was noticed that the 2nd prize winner failed to exhibit the correct and stipulated weight of 5 kgs of hay and some of us wondered why this failure to follow competition rules hadn't meant disqualification but hey! (pun intended) I was too thrilled to win a prize at all! Thanks to Maureen who supplied the perfectly sized bag!
The next (and almost as exciting) was a 2nd for the eggs! That really was a nice surprise after all the work put in on chickens! The Begonia which had spent a year under the greenhouse staging scooped a first and although is quite a good specimen it had received no attention whatsoever - unlike the chickens!! Greg has to take credit for the Highly Commended sporting photography shot as I was struggling for any material at all for this category. I was pleased with 2nd in the Picture in any medium as I loved the shot so much. It was a frosty/misty naked oak tree printed on canvas
|Oak tree printed on canvas|
|Greg's 3 Legged Race!|
|Winning Eggs Before..|
|...Winning Eggs after!|
Watching the skill of the older competing ploughmen in the vintage classes is always a joy and we met Keith Willimas who farms in Kings Caple all around the Hehirs boathouse!!! As always after watching the ploughing competitions, it was into the barn for an excellent and hearty roast pork lunch.
|Begonia grown from a cutting|
|Ploughing a straight furrow!|
More ploughing photos can be seen at:
Great result which I can verify to all the doubters.
I also won a prize, mine was a nice bodywarmer and scarf!
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