Getting Ready for Blakesley Show
Phew what a scorcher! The weather this weekend has been glorious and I have been busy topping up my tan . The younger Bears have broken up for the school holidays so it has been very noisy in the house and outside in the lane where they have been racing their bikes and trikes in their version of the Tour de Blakesley complete with a speed trial to the brook and back. There were a few disputes over the awards of the Yellow and Green jerseys but Sir Archibold intervened , and everyone quietened down at once (there is simply no point in arguing with someone of his girth! )
There is an air of intense excitement in the House as we are making our debut at the Blakesley Show ( For those of you that don't know about it , Blakesley has one of, if not the oldest Agricultural Show in the Country. This year is the 127th Show. Come and join in the fun next Saturday 6th August 2011 at Hootens Farm.)
The Bears have been holding Beauty parades to see which ones will represent Blakesley Bears on our Stand in the Craft Tent . Obviously because of size constraints, Sir Archibold and Grizelda have ruled themselves out to leave more room for the little ones, but competition for places has been fierce.
As I was snatching 40 winks in the conservatory I couldn't help noticing how very noisy it was getting outside. The hum of the bees and the twittering of birds bickering in the wisteria was as nothing beside the loud roar of the combines which have been working from dawn to dusk harvesting the rapeseed crop which is all around us. But it was the noise of cattle that were hollering from the nearby farm yard that caught my attention, The noise seemed remarkably close, much closer in fact- I could have sworn at least one of them was hollering right under my window. I got up to investigate.
Just as I guessed mischief was afoot in the form of little Cousin Claude who was parading a very stubborn bull. "Majestic" our Merrythought bull was apparently being prepared for his part in the Blakesley Show. When I asked why, Little Cousin Claude said : "Because we're aiming to win Best in show Competition in the Cattle Classes! "
Now everyone knows that bulls can be difficult , but in this hot weather trying to teach a bull how to sashay round the ring to impress the judges was going too far. ( I blame " Strictly come dancing" which had all the Bears mesmerised for weeks.) Anyway I calmed down Majestic and sent little Cousin Claude to bed with a flea in his ear. So peace reigns once more except that we have a bull who thinks he's a celebrity and a Bear who thinks he's a dance coach and as we all know there's only room for one celebrity in this house ,by the way has anyone seen my mobile? I'm sure I've been hacked!!
1/8/2011 05:00:08 am
Thanks for the Show reminder Monty- hope to see you there!
18/9/2011 06:31:44 pm
i also have a merrythought bull that looks very similar to yours. mine is huge, over three feet long and is on crossed metal bars with wheels under each foot. merrythought label under foot. never knew anything about it until i came across your site. he is stuffed with straw and seems to be mohair. glad to know his name is magestic. audrey
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Monty Middlechild, Bear adventurer, and supporter of the Arts, An ardent Bear Politico speaking up on behalf of Bears Everywhere !