IT’S BACK! Every year on the last week in July, Brockenhurst host The New Forest and Hampshire County Show. The three days attracts over 95,000 people who come to enjoy a huge range of attractions and displays, from local handmade products in the crafts tents to the Show Jumping and Polo display.
There is something there for everyone but for me though, it’s about the wood crafts, the gun dog demonstration and to watch The New Forest Yokels perform. Oh yea, and the food vans!
*Pre-warning* This post contains a fair few photographs! Enjoy!
Mullenscote Dog Training Centre aren’t your average dog training school, they are specialists at bringing the full potential out of your hunting dog. Howard Kirby, the trainer in the photo, has been training dogs for more than 20 years. He travels all over the country giving demonstrations and seminars to share is knowledge and experience in dog handling and training.
Being a dog owner, I find it fascinating much control Howard has over the dogs with the use of minimal instructions. The bond they have is un-beleivable and it is also clear how much the dogs enjoy with Howard. What amazes me the most though is the clear difference between the different breeds characteristics and although they are bred to do the same thing, they all have their ow natural way of achieving the same outcome.
So naturally, I tried training my dogs to fetch when I got back home… Better leave it to the professionals! I would highly recommend checking out their website to see when they are visiting an area near you.
Wood is such an amazing material. It’s a renewable source and can be used to make anything if you put your mind to it. Being a craftsman, I really appreciate the work that goes into making anything, especially from wood.
In a world of mass production machinery, craftsman in their little workshops can’t compete with the same work load. Hand craftsmanship is becoming a thing of the past and is a skill which isn’t being passed on as much anymore and its such a shame. Whilst watching the craftsman whittling away, I have such respect for what they are doing as I know how hard it is to make a successful business out of it. It’s such a risk, but its so worth it.
Contemporary or rustic, the New Forest Show displays the best mixture of the two. So lets spend a moment to browse through the craftsmanship of the forest folk and appreciate their work:
The New Forest Yokels
The New Forest Yokels are a Spoken Word group who perform every year. No matter how many times I see them, they still have me in stitches time and time again. Their songs are very farmer/ cider/ manure themed… yep.
I may not be selling them to you but trust me, they are a brilliant and entertainting group to watch! Their performances are very comical, a bunch of old guys having a laugh. So this year I decided to purchase one of their albums for my car! I was going to get a photo of them performing but I couldn’t bring myself to do it… if you stand in front of them, they’ll make sure everyone is looking at you! So I passed!
Anyway folks! Those were the things that took my fancy the most. Before I end this post, I would like to share some other things a snapped on the day!
I hope you enjoyed this post – until next time, folks.