Today’s picture shows the cover of the schedule for the Canonbie Flower Show of 2013, perhaps the most eagerly awaited horticultural event of the year so far.
I had to get up early as Sandy was coming to drive me down to put our photographs up at Canonbie Hall. One of our most competitive local photographers had not entered the show this year, due to a disagreement with the organisers over whether it was allowable to print photographs with virtual frames. This meant that there was plenty of space to display the photos and we were soon finished and on our way home again.
The weather was very gloomy and it seemed unlikely that there would be much to see outside the hall on the playing field in the afternoon so we agreed to return quite late to see how we had done.
This gave me plenty of time to stare out of the window at the usual competitive behaviour….
…and admire the cut sweet peas that Mrs Tootlepedal had brought in….
…and to reflect that perhaps we should have put some of our home produce into the show along with the photos.
In truth, the people who enter vegetables in these sorts of shows are wizards of growing and it is no surprise to see carrots two feet long and onions the size of pudding bowls. Our broad and runner beans might have been competitive.
There wasn’t much chance of walking round the garden….
…so I spent some time putting two editions of the newspaper index into the database and doing some constructive resting.
In the afternoon, Mrs Tootlepedal and I went to pick up Sandy and we drove down to Canonbie to see how we had fared. In terms of winning trophies, we were trounced and our friend Linda won all three that were going. Still we both managed to come up with some tickets and I got two firsts and five seconds from my fifteen entries which was a fair return. As always, the judging is idiosyncratic and the picture that I thought was my best (it looked really crisp in print)….
…didn’t get a prize at all and this one….
…got a first in quite a large class in spite of having poor contrast between the action and the background. (It looks better on the computer than in print.)
My raspberry jam deserved nothing and got nothing in a keenly contested class.
If I am going to enter these classes, I must take things more seriously. I like making jam so I think that I might get hold of some good quality fruit next year and have a real go at the jam classes as well as the photos. I could do with thinking a bit more carefully about my photo entries too. It’s no good putting in entries that amuse yourself when you know that the judge won’t like them.
There were plenty of great vegetables and stunning flowers to look at.
The work that goes into producing these blooms to this standard on a specific day regardless of the weather is mind boggling.
There was plenty of chat….
…a nice cup of tea with cakes and then a long wait while many trophies were given out and the raffle was drawn before it was time to take the pictures down and go home.
By the time we got home, the rain had stopped and Mrs Tootlepedal went out to dig up two plants from a bunch of a traditional/heritage main crop potatoes she has grown. The first dig was very disappointing but the second produced a reasonable amount.
I had that one with my mince for tea and it was very tasty.
I was able to catch a couple of perching sparrows before it got too dark.
I also took a picture of the first of some white flowers which are appearing on a couple of hosta plants just as the pink ones on the other plants have gone over.
The garden has taken a bit of a battering from some very heavy showers over the last few days so we are hoping for a spell of better weather to let it recover a bit.
As a footnote, I took a couple of pictures yesterday of two plants which are doing well in spite of the weather and then I forgot to put them in the post so here they are a day late.
I just managed to catch a flying bird in all the gloom.