Tipped off by a friend that there was a free to enter Christmas Fayre up at the Cornwall showground I was keen to pay a visit. Apparently it has been running for years under the trendy title of ‘The Fat Stock Show’ and then ‘The Dead Stock Show’. Funnily enough the appeal was limited to a few farmers! This year they had opened it up to all small crafters and crofters, given it a more appealing name and not surprisingly we weren’t the only ones keen to fill in a bleak December day with some free Christmas cheer.
Nick and I only managed to raise Clio and her friend and Guy to come with us, the older boys suddenly had homework to do and the other two conveniently disappeared on the farm together. None of us knew what to expect as we parked up in a field and heading down towards the open sided barns.
Inside I could see where the traditional names came from with dead butchered pigs up for prizes in one corner and live show pigs and piglets in pens next to them!
The girls and I marvelled over some truly amazing prize winning vegetables, cakes and of course pasties up for judging reminding me that my own vegetable patch is sadly lacking by comparison.
From here we dawdled over the pretty Christmas crafts and jewellery, I always have one eye on things I could adapt for activity hour here on the farm before the girls then sat to watch the cattle judging over a snack.
I caught sight of Guy over the other side of the judging ring and we wandered round the other animals together, before stopping at the cleverly placed hand wash stand.
Then we saw something I’ve been looking for Coombe Mill: a fibreglass cow with udders to practice milking and even a mechanical expresser to attach. A supporting table beside revealed the quantity of milk produced in Cornwall which was quite impressive.
Seeing craftsmen at work is always fascinating, I was most taken with the spinners who were turning sheep fleeces into wool, they made it look so easy I was dying to have a try. Guy was more interested in the wood carvers and checked out the hen houses he was making.
The highlight for Guy was entering the Mole Valley Farmer’s competition to win a quad bike. It looks enormous, and I was quite shocked they actually let an 11 year old enter. If he actually wins on the Christmas draw I can already see there will be a huge argument over who it belongs to and where it can be ridden on the farm; this is one competition I’m rather crossing my fingers doesn’t go in our favour!
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“Tales from the farmers wife” shares life on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. Step into our beautiful 30 acres and experience nature close up with farming and educational crafts in stunning North Cornwall. Family, fun and adventure start here.