We visited the Hertfordshire County Show at the weekend – a show that apparently has more sheep breeds in attendance than any other county show. So lots of chance to look at the sheep as well as pygmy goats and pigs….
I fell in love with the big woolly Cotswold Sheep – apparently they are descended from a breed farmed by the Romans. Also a woman who was spinning by her sheep pens in the show tents gave me a sample of the Whitefaced Dartmoor wool tops from her sheep to trial felting with. Her daughter said she had used it sucessfully although the raw wool pre washing worked best.
There were many other delights to sample as well – we now have a freezer with lots of sausage in it – we watched the heavy horse drivers negotiating a timed obstacle course thundering past us at unlikely speeds for such big (and beautiful) animals, drank local cider and watched morris dancers and a woodturner making a spurtle (porridge stirer). A good day out all round…..