Country Shows are one of my favourite things. They are just mad enough to charm the pants of you, plus they're a food haven and a crafty treasure trove. I have been attanding and exhibiting at these shows since I was a nipper, it started with making gardens on plates and it's ended up with full scale tablescapes and a vintage tearoom. This year, for the third year, I exhibited at Country Fest and it may seem like an unusual place for a wedding planner to peddle her wares but here's why I do it:
My work is by no means tied to the Lake District and Cumbria but it is my home and I like to stay conected to my roots. These country shows have a personality all of their own that just makes me smile. I met a farmer on Sunday who was leading the terrier racing and dog show, hardly Crufts with categories like 'Dog the judge would most like to take home', but typical of Country Fest. He told me that they didn't have a winner of the terrier race because
'three Bedlington's have caught a sniff and done a runner and they're not sheepdogs Lass, they don't come back when yer call 'em'.
...and other similar stories...
It's so happy
There is nothing else to this, it's just a very happy place to be, plus there are giant kites.
tradition & heritage
Loosed terriers to one side, the shows are all about the real countryside; the people and the land, traditional skills, rural crafts and food provenance. Maypole dancing to meat pies, classic tractors to basket weaving and somewhere amongst all of this, there is me, styling anything in sight.
Here's what it all looked like...
Big thank you's to the talented ladies behind the lenses, to Vintage Revival for hosting both Tebbey & Co & One Lump or Two? and of course to Country Fest for a great weekend. Here's to 2016!