I unfortunately did not get a chance to go to the Orford Flower Show this year...but on my runs along the canal I kept seeing the sign for the De Beauvoir Flower and Produce Show so I knew that I would attend as I tend to cycle past there most days anyway. When I say "there" I mean St Peter's Church, De Beauvoir Square and the bit in between where the event was held on Sunday 9th September 2012.
De Beauvoir bunting on the ramp to the crypt.
I was involved in the Christmas Market that was held here last year and it is a great space. I went in the morning, after my run, to deliver anonymous preserves to be judged in the show. I entered some newer flavours that I've been working on...greengage jam, gooseberry and green tea jam and a greengage chutney. I went back several hours later and here are some photos of the different classes of entries:
I love this delicious looking cake...complete with bunting!
Local young artists.
A cake that looks delicious, beautiful and is probably soothing all at the same time...genius.
Diorama flower power.
Second prize for my greengage jam.
Second prize for my greengage chutney.
The preserves table...sadly my gooseberry and green tea jam didn't garner a ribbon but I was informed by a lovely gentleman outside that this year was highly competitive so I was very pleased with my two seconds from my three entries. I donated my jars to be auctioned for charity at the end of the event.
Outside the De Beauvoir Gardners had loads of beautiful indoor and outdoor plants for sale.
There were the much talked about 2012 Rodent Racing events...
...as well as the Snail Games.
There were very excited creatures of the two and four legged variety gearing up for the Dog Show.
After the dog show I started to make my way back to my bicycle and learnt a fair bit about the tasty local De Beauvoir honey bees and resulting honey.
I won three prizes from my four tombola tickets! A faberge-esque egg which I will use for egg and soldiers, a necklace and an Ikea mystery...I'm not sure what the use is for item 610 but it was still very exciting to win it.
Just before left I treated myself to a delicious strawberry ice cream cone from the
. Overall it was just a lovely way to spend a Sunday at a well-organised local event.