Guernsey ‘Does Handmade’ at North Show

I braved the miserable wet weather and paid a visit to the North Show today.

The North Show is one of Guernsey’s annual summer shows and it showcases the best of the island’s horticultural and agricultural produce, as well as hosting the Battle of Flowers.  These days, due to health and safety restrictions (!) there isn’t technically any ‘battling’ done at the battle.  It is actually a competition – people enter by creating floats decorated with flowers (some paper, some real) and they parade them for judging at the ‘battle’.

It was really good looking at the floats today, but it isn’t just about the battle.  There is a fur and feather tent and also lots of classes people can enter to showcase their creative skills, such as knitting, card making, scrapbooking, flower arranging and much more.  There are some great children’s classes too – they can make all sorts of things such as a garden on a plate, an edible necklace or an animal out of fruit and vegetables.  I used to enter these classes as a child so it brought back fond memories.

I got chatting to a couple of chaps, Richard and Jan, who are on something of a mission to preserve our local language, Giernesiais (Guernsey French).  They gave me some leaflets and a CD to find out more so I am sure a little Guernsey French will creep into one of my next podcasts!

Unfortunately the weather was pretty awful for the event but it didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s spirits.

Anyway, here are a couple of photos of my favourite exhibits.  The rest of the pictures can be found on the iMake Facebook page.  Enjoy.

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