National Ploughing Championships 2014
Sunday, 12 October, 2014.
A bit of a strange thing to go to you may think for a baby, but the event moves around the country every year, so we might never see it again.
It’s in it’s 64th year and took place at Wootton St Lawrence near Basingstoke. We watch top ploughman from all over the country ploughing the fields. Lots of young farmers in tweed and old farmers smoking pipes with grease on their overalls, it’s like something I’ve never seen before.
It reminds my mummy of the popular Harvest Hymn sung at this time of year ‘ We Plough the Fields and Scatter’ (the good seed on the land) by German Poet Matthias Claudius. We walk around the muddy site with our wellies on and luckily for us it’s dry but very cold.
It actually feels like autumn and there is a chill in the air, it snaps at my cold ruddy cheeks and as I’m teething the drool running down my chin is making my face blotchy. The site is massive, over 200 acres of tractors and heavy horses ploughing fields and machinery on display. Not as good as The Dorset Steam Fair and a bit expensive for spectators (£10 per adults and under 11yrs free) though we find there’s not much for children to do, as we couldn’t see the craft tent and there were only a handful of appropriate non-machinery stands for visitors.
We did spot the sweet stand which was doing a roaring trade with all the sweet-toothed farmers! We saw some tractors up close, their wheels were as big as my mummy! My favourite part was seeing the workhorses with beautiful ornate brass and leather harnesses using the traditional technique of ‘high-cut’ ploughing. They got up very close to us which was a wonderful experience.
Great to run around the crop fields and enjoy the wide open spaces, it was a good afternoon, better than being cramped in the house watching telly 😉
Love Bella x