When I was a child my parents used to take me to the local country show and I have clear memories of those days spent in a field surrounded by livestock in boiling August temperatures. Most clearly I remember the horticultural tents, filled with home baked cakes, giant cucumbers and knitted jumpers, with a flurry of florists, bakers, jam makers and gardeners eagerly awaiting the results of their months of labour to see who had won a red rosette. I recall my granddad entering his prize vegetables and my grandma her knitted cardigans, I think my dad even entered his tomatoes one year with not such great results!
I was a child who loved to make things be it crafts or cakes, and even had a designated area of the garden to grow vegetables and flowers. So when I got a little older my mum would enter me into some of the competitions at the show and I have fond memories of making pink coconut ices and Victoria sponges, as well as creating a garden on a tray from bits and pieces I foraged from the great outdoors.
When I grew older these ‘uncool’ pastimes were quickly forgotten but over the last few years I’ve grown to enjoy spending time baking and making again, and since we bought our house I can happily spend time planting flowers in the garden. I think the recent popularity of home made crafts and shows like The Great British Bake Off have given me the confidence to embrace my love of ‘hand made’ and not shy away from it!
So when my Mum handed me a flyer for The Ellingham Show I decided to organise a family trip to rekindle those fond memories spent there as a kid!