Sunday, 27 June 2010

The Royal Highland Show

I've spent part of the past week working at the Royal Highland Show on the Soil Association Scotland stand. The show is a large agricultural show, with livestock competitions, acres of farm machinery, stands from organisations such as the Soil Association, a Food Hall and other food stalls (though not with particularly good choices for the vegetarian) and craft stalls.

This year there were a good number of renewable energy companies displaying their wares (this section of the show is growing every year apparently). I was impressed most by the company that works on individual homes and businesses building up their individual solutions to include solar, biomass and wind on a small scale and fitting in with the local environment.

I was most impressed by the Co-op Plan Bee exhibition which had an interactive display to encourage children to understand the importance and beauty of bees.

I also loved a lot of the crafts, there was a particularly impressive display of glass crafts. I was also very tempted to buy a watch made with repurposed vintage jewellery by Louise Pringle.

I also discovered a new favourite sheep breed, the Zwartbles. My other favourite sheep breed is the Ryeland, a traditional British breed, which can be seen at Gorgie City Farm.

7 comments:

Christina said...

This sounds pretty neat. I like the bee education for kids too. I dont think people realize how much we depend on the bee and the birds.

Cathy said...

Sounds like you had a great time Juliet. I don't think any of us realise how important soil and the bees are for our future livelihoods. I have fallen in love with those Zwartbles too.

Bill said...

A favorite sheep breed; now that's something I don't have.

Oh said...

Dear C,
So glad I stopped here to hear what's happening there...always good to check in. Refreshing. We've only half the flowers this summer as usual; we missed our usual planting due to house renovations. So I realized today, we'll have less finches swooping about and less bees! I may have to go buy some potted plants from the home center (aaarrgggh) and put them around the fence and on the porches!

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bunnits said...

Zwartbles! A new breed to add to my list of sheep. They are lovely!! As a spinner, I'd love to get my hands on one of their fleeces. And I love the name--another of my favorite breed names is that of a US breed, the California Variegated Mutant, some of which are raised here in Alabama.

acornmoon said...

three cheers for the Co-Op bee plan!