What bank holiday weekends are made of…

It was a bank holiday weekend in the UK this weekend. No shit? Really? We’ve all been talking about it. We’ve all been drunk and hungover for the most part. We’ve all indulged. The last bank holiday of the year. We certainly made the most of it.

This bank holiday is more than just a three-day weekend for me though, because this time, every, single year, I do the exact same thing.

Poynton Show.

Any poor sod who has been unlucky enough to have to spend time with me recently will know how excited I have been about Poynton Show. Every final bank holiday weekend, for as long as I can remember, has been spent at Poynton Show. From being teeny, tiny and going on the fairground rides and eating candyfloss, to drinking local cider and stuffing my face with hog roast and hot, sugared doughnuts. It’s bliss.

The best part is that I can spend the entire day with my family. My auntie, uncle and four beautiful cousins travel up from the South, my grandparents pack a picnic with a squeezable tube of mustard for my Gramps’ sandwiches, the dogs don their leads for a treat-filled walkie and we spend the entire day there, rain or shine.

It isn’t exciting for some. I expect it would be the worst nightmare of city types. But horticultural, local, country shows are my idea of heaven. Everyone comes together. A community still exists. We win goldfish that no one really wants. We eat too much. We laugh. We hide from the rain in the beer tent. We taste local wine and leave feeling rather squiffy. We get a bit muddy. We watch cow contests. We see old friends. We buy trinkets and food we don’t really need.

This weekend was no exception. It rained for a little while, but we were safe in our beer-scented tent, sat around make-shift tables and rickety chairs. The sun came out and we watched shire horses be judged for reasons unknown while it beamed down on our faces. I drank four pints of local cider. Tasted like angel’s tears, but at 7.4%, it was lethal. We trudged home, drunk on wine and laughter, a little damp and perhaps a little sun-kissed. We then made our way to the best tapas night in history at my grandparents house, where gremlins, Steve Furst and Colin Mochrie featured. (Don’t ask).

Last Friday Night

Me and Ma, sharing the patatas bravas love.

He looks so amused doesn’t he.

Homemade Spanish tortillas and southern fried chicken.


Me and Pa. Pissed. Cooking. Great fun.

Poynton Show
Amber nectar.

The age where nothing matters. My beautiful cousins.

Fairy cakes.

Gramps and his sandwich (with the squeezy mustard!)

My sister, Juno.

Cow contents. Look at the…flanks on that one.

Poynton Show’s Biggest Fan.

Love them.

My brother, Milosovich.

Hand-knitted dolls – see Captain Jack there?

LOVE this picture.

My son, Moomin.


Tapas Night



Dad and my wonderful auntie, Debbie. Pissed obviously.

Debbie and Steve Furst/Colin Mochrie/my uncle, Jeremy.

My family. Clearly where I get it from.

Sisters. They will kill me for putting this up, but I think they are the loveliest women in the world and they make me wish I had a sister. I’m just lucky they let me join in.
Charlie’s Angels.

I can barely contain the excitement. Hideous photo really.

Baked prawns with Manchego.

Mussels in white whin and garlic.

Field mushrooms with panchetta.


Let the eating commence.

Loving the bed socks.

Burnt toast and coffee. Amazing.

My baby.



One day, when I’m older and own a pair of Mum Jeans, I will take my little ones along, and they will enjoy it, just like I did. Just like I do. Every. Single. Year.

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    30th August 2011 at 1:32 pm

    It was Poynton show this weekend? No frickin' way! =p

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    30th August 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Cheeeeeeeky cow! 🙂 xxx

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    Vintage Sparkle
    30th August 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Another great post. Looks like great fun. xx

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    30th August 2011 at 4:49 pm

    This looks literally amazing, I'm so jealous! I love country shows!


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    30th August 2011 at 5:15 pm

    such an amazing post! i love your family lol. hope you had a great one 🙂

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    The Make-up Fairy
    30th August 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Looks like a fab week end. Everyone with big smiles!!

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    30th August 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Haha, looks like fun! :))

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    31st August 2011 at 9:28 am

    Great photos! I love a country show too, I used to live on the Isle of Wight, every year they have a garlic festival, it's great but I was always the driver so never got squiffy x

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    2nd September 2011 at 6:55 pm

    This looks so much fun!

    Love all the photos…the knitted dolls are amazing xx

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    3rd September 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Looks like so much fun, and the photos made me giggle I must admit (:

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    6th September 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Thank you so much for the comments everyone. It was insanely good. I miss it! *sob* Another year… 🙁 Xxx

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