Some things have been over a year in the making such as the wine and others are very last minute like the Victoria sandwich and the flowers, which need to be made or picked early in the morning.
I have had a plan for the week running up to the show. Firstly I had to choose and and order my photos
Four categories here, My 4 legged friend, Trees, The seashore and A special event, my photos of the Olympics won a 2nd prize.
Next the wine needs to be tasted, re-bottled and labelled. I entered 4 bottles, white dry, white sweet, red dry and a rose and won a 1st, 2nd and 3rd!
Have been working on the handicraft entries over the year, this knitted fair isle jumper for a child won 3rd prize.
I am quite proud of this appliqued and quilted tea cosy, especially as it came 1st!
The worst thing in the whole show is a dressed doll. So old fashioned and really not my thing at all. I found a really complicated pattern with a very difficult lace pattern, knitted on thin needles and 4 ply wool, but it only got 2nd prize. I was a little disappointed. I have no idea what to do with this now, who on earth would want it? I won't be entering this again.
Gave the pot plants a wash and brush up. Wiped over the pot and cleaned the leaves - made all the difference my lovely Aloe Vera won 1st prize.
We grow lots of raspberries on the allotment and I made some jam earlier in the summer, this also won 1st prize. Last week I made some very red beetroot chutney - 2nd prize.
No luck with the rest of my cooking. Alice beat me with her Victoria Sandwich, she was very happy to get the 1st, but neither of us got anything for the banana cake and both our savoury biscuits were "a bit dry"!!!
A basket of veg, all picked from the allotement. 1st prize for some Cavalo de Nero kale, carrots, beetroot, peas, lettuce, spring onions, courgettes, cucumber and tomatoes - Wow! Of course can't take all the credit for this one, Mr HH does the hard work -all the digging, composting and watering!
Here I am with my Anniversary Class entry. This one has 4 items, a vase of homegrown flowers (more sunflowers) a pot plant, handicraft (knitted socks) and a cake (cupcakes)
Phew! I did enjoy that! Time to start thinking about planting some bulbs for the spring show!