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Monmouthshire Show...a trip back home to the Wye Valley

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 01st Sep 2009 22:57

Monmouth Show 1Spent a lovely day on Thursday[27th August] at Monmouthshire Show, showcasing Breckland Orchard in the Food Hall.  It was a busy show [even though it was held on a Thursday…as is traditional], with the gorgeous sunny weather luring everyone out to a wonderful county show.

I grew up in the Wye Valley, and went to school in Monmouth, so it was just glorious to be ‘back home’.  The show has moved to a new showground just the other side of the bridge, and nestled right next to the River Wye.  I have clearly spent too much time in East Anglia, because I found the hills all around quite breath-taking [ in a way I have never really noticed them before sad to say].  I have fond memories of Monmouth Show when I was growing up – including a couple of years working as a Temp in one of the Bars [when it was held on the old Vauxhall Showground]. I was curious to know what it would be like revisiting it now.

And the answer? Just as charming….a genuine agricultural show, but with lots to entertain everyone young and old.  The atmosphere was fab – with everyone really chilling and enjoying themselves.  The Food Hall was buzzing with visitors and there were some really interesting stands – Pwll Mawr cheese matured down a Coal Mine,  the quirky flavours of the Handmade Scotch Egg company, plus the mouthwatering September ice-cream [Butterscotch Crunch is to die for].  The sausage -baps from James’ Butchers in Raglan [very local indeed] were out of this world and tempted me back for more. The temperatures outside had lots of folk cooling down with a bottle of Breckland Orchard….ice-cold there really is nothing more quenching.  Lemonade was the most popular…its so deliciously summery that’s for sure! And the most common comment when folk tasted it ‘its so lemony’…of course, its zesty and not at all like that clear fake stuff!

The Monmouthshire Beacon [must have reading for the Wye Valley] had written a piece on me that week, so I had plenty of visitors – cousins, aunts, friends etc.  So for a fleeting visit I got a lot packed in.  Oh and had a chance to brush up on my Welsh lilt.



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