There were a number of new faces at our usual B&B ‘rendezvous’ not far from Builth Wells. A member of the Welsh Assembly was attending this year and the evening meals provided a useful opportunity to learn more about Welsh devolution. We also had a pig farmer and his wife staying with us! This was not just any pig farmer but an expert in his field and he had been invited to the Show to judge the various classes of pigs in the main ring competitions.
My only personal experience of judging pigs has been limited to the quality of the crackling on a good Sunday roast! However ‘our’ pig judge soon enlightened us as to the qualities of
a really good breed of pig – and how to go about judging this. For example, apparently the pig’s face must not be too fat. It must have a straight back and four good legs. Most importantly all fourteen teats must be present! The pig judge stands in the centre of the main ring and the each farmer escorts his entry around the ring using a ‘bat’ and ‘board’. The board is held in the left hand and is used to guide the pig while the ‘bat’, held in the right hand, is used to encourage him along his way.
There were of course many other interesting events and livestock competitions going on at the Show this year and I am told that some of the highlights included the Regimental Band of the Royal Welsh, the parade of the hounds and the floral art competition – not to mention, of course, the famous Welsh Cobs!
Sadly this popular event was marred only by the appalling, bad weather we have been experiencing lately. Our journey to Wales from Stratford-upon-Avon seemed almost impossible at one stage as we could find no way of crossing the Severn or the Teme rivers and all roads near Worcester were totally impassable. Further torrential downpours during the show eventually resulted in the ‘flood waters’ penetrating our marquee and the ground around our trade stand soon turned to thick mud! The hardy Welsh, however, were determined to enjoy the event and continued to turn up on all four days … despite having to be towed by tractors in and out of the sodden, muddy parking areas. Attendance figures stood at over 215,000 – the highest of any agricultural show in Britain!
Our popular range of silver and gold daisy jewellery was a big hit with the Welsh! The illustrated solid silver pendant has a gold plated centre making it a delightfully different and attractive fashion accessory. The ‘daisy’ range is available via our online shop at http://www.paulwrightjewellery.com/ for just £69 inc chain.