RWAS Smallholder and Garden Show
May 18, 2009
On Saturday we spent a wonderful day mooching around the Smallholder and Garden Show at the Royal Welsh Showground at Builth Wells.
As would-be smallholders, the day provided both information and inspiration. Naturally, there were lots of animals on show, plus talks, craft demonstrations, and tons of mouthwatering delights on offer at the Farmers Market.
Of course, I spent most of my time in the sheep area – eyeing up the rare breeds, watching a shearing demonstration, handling various fleeces and wondering how long a whole fleece would take me to spin….
In the end I didn’t buy a fleece but I did come home with some lovely hand-dyed rovings and an intention to get a fleece locally when my carding is up to scratch.
In the Speakers Corner we listened to a discussion about the future of the sheep industry in Wales followed by a scary but ultimately inspiring talk about Peak Oil and Transition Towns. In fact, there was a distinctly ‘green’ feel to the show with a whole area dedicated to green technology and solutions.
Perhaps the best thing about the show though were the conversations we had. Everyone was so friendly! I had a lovely chat about natural dyeing with Emily from Llynfi textile company, got inspired talking to the Transition Network lady, met a fellow blogger and struck up a conversation with anyone I saw at a spinning wheel…