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'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Monday, 16 June 2008

The Fieldays

Last week, along with 130 thousand others, we headed over to Mystery Creek near Hamilton to the National Agricultural Fieldays.  

I bought, on impulse(s): six swiss peelers, three rubber-band guns, some cosmetics (with instructional DVD), two kilograms of veggie leathers, a single-bed sized imitation hare fur blanket, a barbeque non-stick liner sheet, two pairs of gardening gloves, three pairs of fantastic socks, two hotdogs-on-sticks (with tomato sauce), three steak sandwiches, and two bottles of orange and mango juice.

We watched the fencing competition.

Look at the wonderful assortment of equipment this champion fencer needs, all nicely laid out.  He had six bottles of electrolyte drinks of assorted flavours and four bananas, pre-peeled.   He was three posts ahead of the other fencers, who had their equipment in messy piles, and no bananas, peeled or unpeeled.

I did not buy any large brightly-coloured agricultural equipment....

... and am not frustrated as this man clearly is:

However I was tempted by this and these.  And I want to buy one of these one day.


  1. Wow! NZ is such a "happening" place! Agricultural shows are so cool! What could be more stimulating than a day out at one of these wild crazy events? Whoooa! The old UK seems so dull in comparison!

  2. Aw, I'm sorry to make you feel so envious, YP. Never mind, make it a priority for next year, dear. You could extend your trip to NZ. (That IS still on, isn't it?)
    In the meantime, I'm sure you can find SOME fun things to do in the UK, surely? There are lots of things! We had a SUPER time, N and I. You could read my O.E blog for some ideas...

  3. (Cheeky monkey!)


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