Sunday, 18 June 2017

Wraysbury fair 2017.

It was a real treat to make it to Wraysbury fair once again. As a child it was the only exciting thing that happened where I grew up.

And the weather was fantastic;

There were lots of floats in the procession that wound its way through the village to The Green.

Including a mini steam engine!

Lots of excited kids and not a few pom-poms;

The theme was 'The Mad Hatter's Tea Party'

This was 'Pumkins Pre School Group'

Lots of costumes and big hats;

And a big procession following the band;

We joined in at the tail end - there's nothing like stopping the traffic and walking along the middle of the road!

I made it to The Village Green and had a look at the stalls but I was rapidly running out of steam - I had to leave Robyn to walk round while I sat on one of the benches.

I had a quick look at the vintage car show, which is always a treat - especially this pink Caddie;

It was extremely hot and I was feeling quite sick - mainly from pain. Robyn was definitely losing it too, she asked me "Do you think it's the heat that's making you so hot?".

I was struggling and beginning to find it too uncomfortable to be sitting down.

I did check out my entries at The Craft Show - not my best results for my last year.

I got four 'thirds' and a 'Highly commended' but if I'm honest I think the judges were a bit harsh on me. Then again, I've never held back from being controversial and included two pictures from The Orgreave Picket of The Home Office in March. They were guaranteed to wind people up, which is why I entered them. I like being provocative.

I do think my water picture deserved better;

You have no idea how hard it is to 'freeze' water like that.

Any way I've enjoyed entering the competitions over the years, they were fun and a chance to open peoples eyes to the different worlds that were all around them, if only they opened their eyes.

We had to stay till late because I needed to collect the pictures at the end of the day and I couldn't have walked home and then come back.

By the end it was fairly agonising - but a good day all the same - even if there was a very long walk home at the end of the day.

Neil Harris
(a don't stop till you drop production)
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