Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Backing a Winner


At Hope Show, beautiful fleeces, of many different textures and colours

fleece 2-2

But the common thread (or should it be yarn?)

fleece 3-2

was that the sheep were all presented to the highest standard; goodness knows how you pick a winner.


But when the judges have finished their deliberations,

fleece 4-2

the  rosettes are laid upon the the winners back

Hope show-2-3


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

4 thoughts on “Backing a Winner

  1. The first photo looks more like a human wig than fleece, guess the sheep had pretty long hair.

  2. I really don’t understand how all that effort and excellence end with a market so depressed that wool is used for compost. Something’s wrong.

  3. I wonder how they get the sheep to stand so patiently like that when normally they are doing what they please in the field, or running round crazy.

  4. I’ve really enjoyed seeing the agricultural fair through your posts ~ wonderful photos, and witty titles and informative content… loved the little fellow doing such a wonderful job on an earlier post.

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