Thursday, 28 July 2011

Prize vegetables


It warms my heart to know that there are still people in this land who can be bothered to grow and tend their potatoes, beetroot, onions, carrots or cabbages in the fond hope that they might be able to produce and exhibit three perfect specimens!  This was the horticultural tent at Bingley Show.  A wonderful antidote to the madness of phone hacking, drink and drug-ruined celebs and the mindless violence we've seen on our news screens lately.  (Though who knows what plotting and skulduggery goes on behind the scenes before a local show....)

14 comments:

  1. This reminds me of the days when my grandmother exhibited the best of her veg at local shows. This picture has the signature of summer written all over it.

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  2. Remember in "Midsummer mysteries", there's a story where people kill for a flowers exhibit! :)
    You're right, simple things are thhe best balm against all what we see on tv...

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  3. How beautiful and peaceful, all these vegitables and moo-cows and geese and smart dog!!
    Love this photo, with this old 'English Monsieur' with his rain coat and hat on!!

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  4. Please tell me they had a category for the weirdest veg... or the veg that looks most like its grower. I LOVE those!

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  5. My potato pot seems to be doing well but I fear it will not be able to match these specimens. Last year I managed to get half a dozen pea-sized potatoes - perhaps there will be a special category at the Halifax Show for disasters.

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  6. I agree. We need some simplicity in these complicated and maddening times.

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  7. There are lots of people leading simple and peaceful lives but they don't make the news. Photos like this are the only antidote to the great madness.

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  8. And a fine group of veggies they have produced! I love these country fairs.

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  9. Lucky for you the tablecloth was black. Or did you make it so?

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  10. Oh, you certainly have had some depressing weeks news-wise, haven't you? Ugh.

    I would love to browse those tables and look at the perfect veggies! I can see they are perfect and beautiful!

    As for Alan, maybe he grew some kind of new miniature potatoes! hahaha.

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  11. Sure P.G. Wodehouse must have somewhere written about vegetable skullduggery at an Agricultural Show. I know he wrote of dirty business at a pig show.

    Wonderful picture!

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  12. AH! the simple life is attractive.

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  13. What a wonderfully long table display of nature's bounty! I LOVE it! ~Lili

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  14. Amen to all that, Jenny! We've been in the throes of a house move, and it's grueling work, but one of the nice things about our new home is that it sits on a 1000m2 lot and I was just mentioning to our gardener that maybe now we can plot a little vegetable patch. It's the only kind of plotting I like...

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