In addition to the fun of entering competitions at the Dalmally Show (read about my entries in my previous post), there was also huge enjoyment in wandering round the marquees looking at all the other entries; the beautiful vegetables and flowers, the floral arrangements, the prize dahlias and roses.
Extreme giant vegetables...
These onions were the size of small footballs. They were one of my favourite exhibits; so perfect, so unblemished, and, I was assured by the (very enthusiastic) grower, so delicious.
The light shining through the marquee illuminated these roses so beautifully;
This floral arrangement caught my eye, perhaps because I like marmite (but only on very hot, crisp toast, served with a mug of scaldingly hot tea, and some heavily salted tomatoes)
Enchanting though giant onions and novelty floral arrangements are, there comes a point in the day when lunch is required. The carnivores were well provided for, with burgers and fish and chips a-plenty. Vegetarians less so, and eventually hunger drove me to request a cheese and fried onion roll; not the most nutritious, though actually rather delicious, especially when eaten in the fresh air, accompanied by a cup of very hot tea in a paper cup.
Of course there was live music. For a Scottish person, the skirl of the pipes does something to the inside of your scalp; it is the most astonishing sound, and thrills the blood.
The show is held at Dalmally Auction Mart, which is on the bank of the majestic and very beautiful River Orchy.
After the show, with all our entries packed back into boxes and tins, prize money collected, and the last of the stragglers leaving the show ground, I stopped on the way to our family ceilidh in the evening, to take a photograph of beautiful Loch Awe;
Argyll, home of my heart, I love you.