Monday 25 August Hope Show and Eyam

Have always wanted to go to the Hope Show since we moved here but being on a Bank Holiday Monday we are usually involved in changeovers but with no-one due in and a decent day forecast it seemed like a good idea. One B&B room departed and one of the guests from the other room also left so just one person in tonight. Did some bits and pieces before an early lunch. Set off towards Hope via Calver where we stopped at the garden centre and outdoor shop. Got as far as Brough before we encountered any traffic. Trouble is the road to Hope also goes to Castleton so being a Bank Holiday Monday the traffic was heavy. One of the few times we have sat in traffic jams in the Peak District. Got to the show about 2pm and having driven into the show ground Chris was more worried as to how we wolud get out as the ground was quite churned up already. So he parked in a spot that we could get away from easily. This is another dog friendly event so our two met lots of other dogs. We had a wander around the sheep pens and watched the sheepdog trials (there were lots of collies spectating too) and the gun dogs at work. Watched the parade of winners from the cattle section and was reminded that last August the outbreak of Foot and Mouth had meant no animals at the show. Had a look at the craft and show tents and also the trade stands and watched some of the horse judging in the main arena. A lovely few hours in warm sunshine. We decided to head off just before the ‘Dancing Diggers’ – the JCB’s display team which is literally a team of JCB’s showing what they can do set to music! Chris was glad he parked where he had as it was a short drive to the exit and we had noticed a few cars already stuck in the mud! Came back via Eyam where it is Well Dressing and Carnival Week. Had hope to visit the Museum but it had just closed. Still found the wells and the hall with the village show displays and found time for an ice cream before coming home. Realised it was the first time we had been to the Eyam well dressings so a day of firsts. A few emails and phone calls when we got back but sat down just after 8pm.