Kennet Valley Guild demos every year at the Newbury Show. So here we are in the sheep lines and it is 0820 am! We are all set up, lots of spinners and two weavers. I have a loom warped up with blue dyed yarn left over from the Small Newbury Coat and a placard about the coat. Lots of stuff on show.
And the smell of wet sheep everywhere. People with their best sheep on a platform very carefully clipping stray bits of fleece while the sheep protests loudly. Outside the rent, alpacas are being similar manicured and walked on a lead. I can hear a yelling pig in the distance. Actually I like pigs at the show. They are very idiosyncratic and showing them is a major problem for the owners and a chance for laughter in the audience. So I must find out when they start the pig judging.
My job as chairman is to talk to the visitors but they will not be round for another hour or so. So I think I will investigate breakfast. This is an old fashioned show. There is not much here which is not related to farming. A whole section devoted to selling tractors and farm equipment. Another one for treating unspeakable animal diseases. And so on. There is an interesting food tent which I must visit. I see some visitors approaching.