Friday, 27 July 2012

The New Forest & Hampshire Show

All Photographic Content is Courtesy of the Devilishly Handsome Benjamin Sanchez

This is another of my annually scheduled and perpetually attended events of course.
Hosted by but also thrown in favour of all rural dwellers and localised bumpkins, the New Forest Show embodies the very essence of what it is to be 'country.'
Under the latter, animals, machinery, delectables and crafts are only a mere handful of varied categories that proudly stand on show...

One of my favourite pieces of machinery.
-If not for the coincidental name then for the sheer luxuriousness of the bodies intoxicating shade of crimson.

Fully aware of just how filthy sheep can be, I can't help but adore the mop like features of these three beasties. They reminded me of an old Jelly Cat pillow that I had when I was little. I've found the exact thing right here. 

The Blacksmiths also like to make an appearance. Traditional from their very manners to their ways of working, my favourite of their skills include the crafting of the most beautiful of sign post and address plaques.


This is one of the most impressive examples of engines and motors that the show has on offer. In a bid to impress, many of the machines have a modern external output to demonstrate ones reliability and worth. The operation behind a working tap for example.

Humphrey the Pig
Piglets made a more than welcome appearance this year, with no less than twenty people swarming their fenced off area at any one time. If I were given the opportunity, Humphrey here would have been coming home with me. 

Among the many tents that stand high across the designated grounds, I always manage to lose myself within the 'antiques' headquarters. Filled with treats and temptations galore, it's the perfect location for those that think of themselves as thrifters. 

Harold the Turkey was one of the more fearsome of creatures, both in size and structure. 
 - Come Christmas time and I don't think he'll be squeezing into our aga any time soon. 

This fluffy chick is the most deceiving of all birds. Yes he may look adorable but in reality he was making every effort imaginable to skydive over my hands and out of my sight. 
- a complete terror I swear. 

There is of course an alternative reason for my consistent attendance throughout the years. The following efforts are to name but a few, all of which evolve around which...

The pop-up pub. Host to oh so many kegs of local bitter that just make is so very, very hard to only choose just one. Ringwood Brewery is always my first choice but they also offer up Pimms and beer on tap. 

Next stop is lunch and I can't resist the Hog Roast baguettes. There's nothing more environmentally appropriate and delicious. 

These girls make the best hot chocolates. Sadly I can only stomach them when it's raining or chilly outside but I would strongly advise for anybody with a sweet tooth to indulge oneself. A two minute luxury that you won't regret.

Strawberries and cream are also a must have for just £1.50 a cup. Between this and the Pimms that's on offer, it really is very much like wimbledon in the 30 degree sunshine. 

I recommend attending the first of the three days, the atmosphere is at its most excitable and there tends to be a lot more of the test and trial freebies, delights and gifts on offer. 

 - One day tickets are £19 on the door but if you book in advance they offer a 20% discount. I'll be sure to let you know in the run up to 2013s already anticipated show. 

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