This photo is not what it seems. Yes, it is Shaun the Sheep, but what may not be so clear is that it is made of vegetables. The bricks of his house are potatoes, his wool is cauliflower and the path to his front door is made from rows of onions. To give an idea of the scale, Shaun is the same height as a man. The display was at the entrance of the Royal Cornwall Show's flower tent and provided a bright and joyful way to greet visitors as they came in out of the rain.
The display gathered a lot of attention, which was just as good at the back as it was in the front.
As a writer, it is easy to get stuck in the creative bubble of fiction, so I was glad to slip away from my edits, put on my welllies and make my annual pilgrimage to the Royal Cornwall Show this week. I have attended the show since the day I could walk (minus the odd year here and there). Although the format rarely changes, there is always something new and interesting to see and experience. This was their 223rd year and if you have never experienced an agricultural show before then I recommend you give it a try as they are a hive of creative talent which is wide ranging, entertaining and, at times, pretty amazing.
The Royal Cornwall Show is the largest annual event in Cornwall, but it originated from humble beginnings. The first event, staged in September 1793 (yes, the Poldark era), consisted of a ploughing match near the Red Lion Inn in Truro. The following year prizes for livestock were added to the awards on offer.
There was a vast array of flower displays and competitions.
Local artists demonstrated their skills and displayed their products. Wood carving and whittling changed natural wood into beautiful designs.
Local traders displayed their handmade crafts.
Individuals and groups worked hard to create eye-catching displays and decorations.
Besides the competitions, demonstrations and trade stalls, there were also a lot of fun displays, music and dancing.
There are similar events all over the country, so if you have never been to one, why not give it a try? Here are just a few events:-