The Royal Highland Show near Edinburgh is one of the highlights of many country folk’s calendar. And little wonder given that it offers a cornucopia – no cereal puns intended – of interesting rural sights, sounds and (inevitably!) smells.
Being chained to the computer coalface virtually seven days a week, I’m always very excited by the prospect of spending an entire day away from the wretched screen, so last Thursday had been beckoning alluringly for weeks. Then suddenly the big day arrived and, as ever, it certainly didn’t disappoint...
We wove our way up and down the “lines” (the name given by exhibitors to the temporary housing for 5000+ animals during the four days of the show), meandering in and out of a succession of sheds and tents that housed everything from tiny sculptures fashioned from beeswax to stalls selling copious quantities German sausage to enormous cuddly sheep from Switzerland. There truly was something for everyone!
To give you a flavour of some of the other fabulous exhibits at the Show, here are a few more of the photos we snapped…
And last but not least...
If you love the countryside and are fascinated by all aspects of the rural way of life, the Highland Show is likely to be a highlight of your summer. I, for one, am already counting the weeks till my next big day out in 2017! And if you missed the Highland Show this year, there's still a chance to indulge your rural passions at the Game Fair at Scone Palace this coming weekend.
|Chef for the Miele Steam! event in Edinburgh
was the lovely Jacqueline O'Donnell
|You wouldn't believe how hard we worked....|
|The ever-patient Jonathon from Total Health|
|Steamed purple broccoli with cured salmon and almonds|
|Steamed beetroot with broad beans and puy lentils|
|Wild Highland venison loin with Scotch brambles|
|Steamed rhubarb and pineapple with coconut ice cream|
|Trainers at the ready...|
It’s not often that you find yourself emailing your host to ask if you need to bring trainers to a luncheon engagement, but that’s what I found myself doing earlier this week when a reminder arrived in my inbox that I have an invite for what bodes to be a rather intriguing culinary event in Edinburgh this Monday.
Despite being a keen athletic type (if still playing hockey aged 51 qualifies me as such!), I have to confess to never having participated in a Bodybalance™ class before, so I thought I’d better check what footwear was appropriate – hence my email enquiring about the need for trainers. Hmm, perhaps I should run from Kinross to Edinburgh on Monday, just to build up my appetite…. or perhaps not!
|Any excuse to visit Edinburgh is welcome!|