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Sunday morning and an early start and countrymans Gifts is off to Borrowdale show and shepherds meet. Up the M6 to Penrith turn left to Keswick then head south down the B5289 to Borrowdale. Now this is an area of the lakes we were not familiar with, and if you haven't been there either, get in your motor and have a run down the valley. You will not be dissapointed. The scenery is breathtaking, even though it was raining and there was a fair bit of mist on the hill tops it was a wonderfull.

As I have already said it rained nearly all day but those hardy folk in the borrowdale valley were not going to be put off. 'The show must go on'  the commentator  kept saying and the show indeed went on. Ok they did have to cancel a few things which was a shame but also quite understandable. The falconry display went ahead with the birds from Silverband Falcons, and that was excellent, well worth the entry fee alone. The hound and terrier show, the sheepdogs and sheep classes carried on, the fell runners ran their races, and cumberland and westmorland wrestlers wrestled.

 Barry Todhunter  the huntsman of the Blencathra Foxhounds paraded the hounds in the main ring,  children were invited to go in to meet and cuddle the hounds, to show how soft they really are.  So it was wet but nobody seemed to care. The tea and coffee stands did a fair bit of trade and yes, the ice-cream man did well too! It is a very British sight, pouring down with rain, everyone in waterproofs, umberellas and an ice-cream.

We met some really nice folk who came from far and wide, a good mix of locals and tourists we did a good bit of trade with our range of hunting, shooting and fishing gifts and really enjoyed our day. Many thanks to the tractor lads who pulled most of the traders off the field at the end of the day including us, and I do hope the farmers field repairs quickly.

Yes the Borrowdale valley is well worth a visit, look out for next years show, we'll be there

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