The Royal Show

On Wednesday we decided to take a day off and go to The Royal Show in Pietermaritzburg, just under an hours drive from us. The Royal Show is mostly an agricultural exhibition, but now also includes many other stalls including home improvement, crafts, tons of food stalls and a military display.
We really had a splendid day but after walking around for about 4 hours we were exhausted. With so much to see we could have stayed longer.
Seeing all the animals was the highlight for the children as well as myself. The variety of chickens was amazing and the goats a real inspiration to future goals of maybe having some of our own. The cows were stunning. Huge, well groomed, pedigrees that pranced around with such grace.

I must say, the one thing I was quite disappointing in was the lack of displays devoted to crop farming. It was all about the animal farmers. I was hoping to come home with a a lot more knowledge to use in my own veggie garden as well as maybe some seedling or fruit trees, but there was nothing to be seen.

But nevertheless it was an enjoyable day that I would love to do again next year.

Here are just a few of the pictures I took during the day
Just 2 of the many, many chickens:

 

 The goats, maybe one day we will have our own

   
My eldest son loving the kids:
 

Look at those udders! I couldn’t get over how much milk could be in there. Made me wonder why none of the farmers had raw milk for sale. I was really hoping to get some there.

The big bulls:
 

There were some ladies busy spinning wool next to the sheep, it was quite amazing to see.

And the miniature horses, very cute but I can’t help but think how “unuseful” they are:

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