Saturday, 11 September 2010

WI Flower Show 2010


Today was the day of the 50th Rangeworthy village Women's Institute Flower Show....50 years! That means they started before I was born & some people there remembered the first one back in the 1960's. Not very much has changed except perhaps the fashion styles of the villagers - there are still categories for knitting & needlework, jams & chutneys, fruit cakes & Victoria sponges, carrots & runner beans and much more.

One difference was that this year I was roped in to judge the craft category & it was quite difficult as I had to put aside what I personally liked & had to concentrate on the quality of the work.....so here I am with my "steward" Ffiona discussing the merits of the hand crafted items!




I have included some photos of the exhibits below.


These are my tomatoes which weren't placed...apparently the judge prefers traditional round cherry tomatoes & not these new fangled shapes! My carrot muffins received a respectable second though.




















Finally, a shot of "The Rangeworthy Hill Billies" who turned out in an 80 year old car & drove around the village encouraging locals to come to the show later in the day to admire the exhibits, have tea & cake & watch the prize giving which was presented by BBC news reader Ali Vowles who lives just along the road in the next village.

17 comments:

  1. We don't have a flower show in our town, I don't know why as it's an old, country market town, but I remember the village where I grew up had one every year with a carnival. I used to enter my sewing and embroidery and have certificates for winning. Your lovely photos brought back loads of memories!

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  2. I hope that the lovely arrangement of garden flowers in the first floral pic won something they are stunning! What a surprise, men only cakes! The greyhound is lovely, what some talent in yur village!
    Tracey x

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  3. Aww i love places like these a great colourful moouching ground ;-) Beautiful colourful photo's, what a great day out ;-))

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  4. Bet it was hard to judge, as you said you had to judge the quality. All the exhibits look excellent, pity the the tomato judge was stuck in his ways. I love those knitted teddies.
    Julie xxxxx

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  5. Lovely photo's! Love the greyhound picture...looks like a good day for all.

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  6. Like the "well done" cakes in the Men only cake category! The victoria sponge on the glass cake stand however, looks pretty impressive....
    Julie x

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  7. Thanks for sharing the fun of the fair! I've had a catch up read of some past posts too.

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  8. I don't know when I last saw white eggs........ I just love these shows: ours was last weekend. :O))))

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  9. All the exhibits look great. I especially like the look of that Kentish apple cake.

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  10. Looks like you had a great day!! The "unusual shaped vegetable" category made me laugh, ha!
    Laura xx

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  11. ya got some interesting looking carrots over there in Jolly Old E!

    what a fun task, to get to judge the handcrafted section.

    bettye

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  12. Oh, loved the photos. Wish we had something similar here.

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  13. i cant wait to start at a WI ...lots of fun to be had ;0)....i thought your toms looked picture perfect- think my veg would have been in most 'odd' looking hehe x

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  14. That must have been quite hard to judge everyone, what a task. Only because every persons work looks so good in your pictures, those teddies are sweet and I like the greyhound picture. What a lovely day it must have been. Julie.C

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  15. Love the photos.
    I wish we had something like this near us. Actually I must check to see if we do.

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  16. Wow just look at all that lovely produce and the cakes and jams and... I think I'll have to pop into our WI market this Thursday and see what they have to offer.

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  17. I love these great British institutions. Scrummy cakes and mishapen vegetables.. and now a "Men Only' section..what is the W.I coming to!

    Mx

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