Egton Show 2011

Last Wednesday, Egton Show (six miles up Eskdale from our spot) was lucky to be sandwiched between two awful wet days:

The great horse - Shires?

Shires or Clydesdales?

The small horse. A Shetland.

Ferguson Tractor of 1953

The ‘Grey Fergy’ displaced the horse and took over its work. I had one of these tractors and did a bit of ploughing and haymaking. It had a bit of a kick when I fired up the engine with the starting handle.

Sheepdog trials. This chap is good.

He won a trophy down south not long since.

Goat people


Who will win?

Plenty of sheep muck and some old field drain pipes?

Where old things end their labours.

A peep over the fence at what got worn out.

A tipulid (cranefly)

Daddy long-legs was discovered resting on our car.


About Harry Nicholson

I'm an enameller who works with a kiln, fusing pictures in glass onto copper. I write a few poems and short stories. There is an eBook anthology of them, 'Green Linnet' on Amazon. Also a novel, 'Tom Fleck', set in the North of England of 1513 - the year of Flodden. A sequel to 'Tom Fleck' is 'The Black Caravel' published in 2016. My anthology of poems came out in 2015: 'Wandering About.' I've a blog of poems, stories and art at:
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12 Responses to Egton Show 2011

  1. Elizabeth says:

    This takes me back…
    Ram’s horns in the big pot on the range boiling and then being flattened and pressed in the wooden blocks…and that grey Fergie…

    nowt like a good show…

  2. beautiful summer photos..

    enjoy a fabulous September.

  3. Leonargo says:

    Thank you for sharing! This looks like a lot of fun, I’m sad now that I decided not to go to Pucks Fair in Ireland this year.

  4. what a lovely tour, thanks for sharing…


    Hope all is well.

    Appreciated your support to Jingle Poetry Community,

    Welcome sharing your talent in our new garden home.

    Random piece or old ones are welcome too.

    Bless you.
    Happy End of August.
    Hope to see you share today.

  5. Iris D says:

    This reminds me of our county fairs going on now though we do not have the sheepherding trials, but youth showing pigs, cows and goats. Lots of cattle and a few sheep. Flowers, vegetables, it all looks like our fairs in the states. Thanks for sharing. I love your turn of words.

  6. 1sojournal says:

    What a fabulous way to spend a beautiful day. Love the animals, the veggies, the flowers, satisfying the senses. I especially like the crooks.


  7. earlybird says:

    I looked at these with great pleasure and nostalgia, Harry. Thanks.

  8. Susannah says:

    Great photos as always Harry, thanks for letting us tag along on your day out!

    I love the highland and the curly coated fellow below them and those crooks are wonderful, very sculptural.

    The tractor is a familiar sight around here too – we have two gentlemen in our street who take part in vintage ploughing contests and both their driveways are full of the old tractors and the gear needed.

    Thanks as always for linking to I Saw Sunday. 🙂

  9. jabblog uk says:

    Something for everyone! Glad the rain stayed away:-)

  10. vivinfrance says:

    Those vegetables look good enough to eat1 Old Fergies are a regular sight here, doing what they were designed for and giving sterling service.

  11. jinksy says:

    A whole country show in a nutshell…Thanks!

  12. Lovely summer photos, Harry. Remind me of the time I went to the Royal Show down in Warwickshire; a great day out.

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