So you will never guess what – it pissed it down with rain AGAIN this weekend. So much so that on Sunday we actually lit a fire and kept it going well into the night. Do you pity me? Can I have some weather sympathy from all you in the UK who are watching Wimbledon in the glorious sunshine?
Sunday was the day of the Athlone Country Show. I was so so so looking forward to this event, its one of the biggest in the country, it had rides, loads of animals, a food tent and loads of other awesome stuff. From seeing the flyer for it and reading about it on Facebook I basically built it up to be like the fair at the start of the film ‘babe’ or the fair at the end of ‘Charlotte web’. Sadly for the Clevs it was a wash out, we were (once again) not properly kitted out for agricultural happenings.
Anyone reading this that wants to know what to get us for Christmas here are a few ideas – sturdy knee high waterproof boots, warm thick socks, heavy duty rain macs with proper hoods, waterproof hats that stay on your head, a waterproof changing bag!!! Ooorrrrrr alternatively you could use the money you would use to get all that stuff to send us all on a Caribbean Cruise to replenish our Vitamin D levels.
We still had a good time at the show, although my photos are awful because I was in charge of the buggy. Being in charge of the buggy goes a bit like this.
Put buggy up, put baby in buggy, wrestle rain cover onto buggy, push buggy round the field, spend 2 hours trying to get Amelie into the buggy (she wont walk, she wont sit in it, she wants to be carried) and trying to get Maxi out (he loves the buggy). So I was doing that and trying to take photos, and trying to eat some fair food, AND trying to look half decent when the rain that was coming straight in my face had ruined my mascara and stuck my fringe to my head.
This was the poultry marquee. When we own our house we are getting chickens and coming back here and winning us some rosettes. It was so loud in here. The greatest thing about this was that most of the show entrants were under 16, the kids were so able and confident. We actually met a man from Worcester Park while in here (he heard the accent so started a conversation), his 3 sons were showing a rooster, a bantam, and a runner duck. He told us this was the best move he ever made….I’m starting to think the same is true for us.
These fellas were outside. Luis said he felt sorry for them but not sorry enough that he wouldn’t eat Christmas dinner!! Amelie just said ‘wobble wobble’ – I think she meant Gobble Gobble but close enough!!
Note the 2 foot of mud please and unsuitable clothing. The boys enjoyed the tractor and vintage tractor display. Mr Clev and I have put it on our bucket list, before we leave Ireland we have to have a go at tractor driving!!
Ya Man there holding that cow picked up close to one thousand Euros as prize money. A prime bit of beef right there worth nearly 10K! would you believe it? Pretty impressive I think!! I feel like I should add that this photo was taken on super zoom as there is no way I would get this close to a cow in real life!haha!!
This was one of the highlights – petting the baby goat. I think I would like to have a pet goat at some point. They were so cute, and this is a special cross breed of new breed or something so it wasnt smelly at all. Although this woman had the goat living in her house, which is a bit on the odd side.
Another show highlight, this time from the pony show section. This 7 week old foal was competing with his mum in the ‘pony with foal’ category. He was majorly cute!! and he won!! yay!!! I think its because he had good luck pets from the boys!!
After this the heavens well and truley opened and we got dumped on. We made it over to the foodie tent and took shelter. Now, here is the bit about the piggy on a fire. There were no pigs at this country show, as in no category for pig farmers to show off their prize pigs. Naturally the piggys were the only things Amelie wanted to see.
Well just outside the food tent turning round over a great fire was…a piggy!!! Other children would be a bit worried at the sight of what was quite obviously a little pig just roasting away over a fire, but not the beast. She was all for a ‘piggy on the fire’ and then proceeded to polish off 3 sausages, and a bacon roll, even stopping to tell the bloke doing the hog roast that she wanted some of the ‘piggys apple from piggy mouth’. Not stopping there she also had a turn of spinning the roast round while smiling away and saying “wee weee weeeeeee”. Deffo not a vegetarian that one. The whole way home she was telling us about ‘piggy on a fire’ and how at her party she wants ‘piggy on a fire’. A Highlight of the day for Amelie for sure!!!