The Bath and West show – 150 years of rural life

waiting goat

It’s no secret that we love country shows. The best shows are the ones where we indulge our dream of having a small holding someday, by leaning against the sheep pens and imagining where our sheep would live. How our pigs would fatten up in the orchard on the fallers. (Although we all thought that they would probably finish their days there too. We may be too soft to be pig farmers.)


lady beekeeper

More realistically, how we would gather honey and spend time in our polytunnels nurturing all the homegrown goodness. I could wear this outfit, right?

cider and honey exhibits

steam powered cider press

cider press

We’d make cider and apple juice. Ah, all the ideas ………..all the dreams.

pygmy goats

pigs and rosettes

Also the best shows are the sort of shows where you come home, not just laden with ideas and leaflets for one day courses, but blocks of stone ready for carving, seed packets for meadows and chicken arks. Okay, the last item is going to be delivered, but I did clutch hold of the receipt.

The Bath and West show is celebrating it’s 150th anniversary. Happy times.  I wonder how many people it has inspired during all those years.

looking the other way

Just one last photo, which I cannot resist including as it makes me smile. Taken in a moment when everyone else, was looking at the sudden excitment at the other end of the show ring. All their expressions are so perfect. They’re all watching two pigs that got away.

6 thoughts on “The Bath and West show – 150 years of rural life

  • Sunday 2 June, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    oh wow! what a wonderful festival!!

    • Monday 3 June, 2013 at 9:33 am

      And the weather was kind to us too. 🙂

  • Sunday 2 June, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    It looks like you had an amazing day

    • Monday 3 June, 2013 at 9:33 am

      So much to see as well, and do. I’ve shown just a small part. We must have walked miles!

  • Wednesday 5 June, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Fabulous! Better than our country fair!! And you came home with goodies… the cherry on top. 🙂

    Blessings, Debbie

    • Wednesday 5 June, 2013 at 11:27 pm

      A good family day out, for sure. 🙂

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