Splendid bulls

5 Jun

 Highland Cattle by you.

British Agricultural Shows are the highlight of the farming calendar.  They range from tiny village shows with a selection of Victoria sponges and a few ferrets*, to huge County shows the size of a small town.  The Suffolk Show is one of the latter, and is both a showcase for the county’s farmers and an excuse for an annual knees up.  There was a fun fair, wildlife area, countryside craft demonstrations and countless shopping opportunties, including the stand selling combine harvesters.  But for us townies, the highlight was the prize winning animals who were polished and preened to perfection.  There were some truly splendid bulls.

*cakes and rodents for any non-English readers

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This post is part of Photo Friday at Delicious Baby. For more travel pictures, click here.

For more of my Suffolk Show photos, click here.

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18 Responses to “Splendid bulls”

  1. Tim 05/06/2009 at 1:18 pm #

    The young man saying “Hi” to the bull is a great portrait. Just don’t pull the ring in his nose 🙂

  2. marina villatoro 05/06/2009 at 1:30 pm #

    Hi, I saw one of the shows in Memphis Tennessee of all places. To me it’s amazing the amount of money people put into grooming cows!

  3. Wanderluster 05/06/2009 at 3:43 pm #

    The clarity of the top photo is stunning. It’s almost surrealistic.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 05/06/2009 at 5:31 pm #

      Thanks, I almost became a photographer but ended up having three kids instead! I’ve just got myself a new camera with a vague plan to get back into it, hence the high res shot.

  4. Amy @ The Q Family 05/06/2009 at 3:47 pm #

    Great shot!

  5. jessie voigts 05/06/2009 at 6:41 pm #

    WHAT great photos. wow!

  6. DeliciousBaby 05/06/2009 at 10:42 pm #

    Wow, those bulls are every bit as groomed as movie stars walking down a red carpet!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 08/06/2009 at 9:09 pm #

      they’ve probably spent longer at the hairdressers!

  7. Bridget Smith 06/06/2009 at 1:30 am #

    Those animals are quite magestic. Great pictures.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 08/06/2009 at 9:07 pm #

      thanks!

  8. Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish 06/06/2009 at 2:33 am #

    They really are splendid. Love the close encounter pic.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 08/06/2009 at 9:06 pm #

      thanks, he had a great day with all those cows and the tractor stand that let you sit on their samples!

  9. Dominique 07/06/2009 at 5:51 pm #

    What a hairdo on the big guy in the first photo!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 08/06/2009 at 9:05 pm #

      someone spent hours brushing that!

  10. Maternal Tales 08/06/2009 at 9:29 pm #

    Love the photos – and I love country fairs! My eldest one (who’s almost 5) would go to a country fair every day if it were possible. She’s obsessed with animals – yes even ferretts which she doesn’t mind picking up and kissing!! (Some friends have them as pets bizarrely). x

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 08/06/2009 at 9:50 pm #

      We’re going to a small village one later in the summer so I might do a compare and contrast. They play a game called ferret roulette – you put the ferret in a box with lots of holes and make bets on which hole it will come out of. Hours of fun!

  11. Maternal Tales 09/06/2009 at 2:38 pm #

    Ooh I like the sound of ferret roulette!

  12. Almost Mrs Average 18/06/2009 at 9:45 pm #

    Were you there when the black bull escaped from the line in the afternoon. That was an interesting experience . I love your photos of the show, they’re fantastic.

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