We had hoped we’d get to pet horses, and we were not disappointed.
But I’ll bet that the horses who had to dress up in medieval costumes were less than thrilled.
People were doing a lot of shopping. Mostly for the proper country sports attire.
These gentlemen were perfect models. I think it’s kind of adorable that people here still dress up for outdoor recreation like they did in the era portrayed by Downton Abbey.
Jeff decided it was time to get himself a proper hat.
Another hardcore outdoorsy activity dear to the English is, of course, picnicking. I saw the most elaborate picnic setups ever.
An enterprising Frenchmen was there to supply some basics:
Besides shopping, there were lots of things to do.
We watched a birds of prey demonstration, in which this gentleman insisted that the owls would definitely attack us unless we did exactly as he said. We lost interest, and went to see more beautiful birds up close.
I took Amelia over to have her first equestrian experience: a ride on Snowy the donkey.
That was the highlight of her day. I’m so glad– I loved riding horses as a child, and I hope she grows up to enjoy it, too!
The highlight for me was a little archery. That was the best £2 we spent all day. Hey, it turns out that I’m pretty good! I got a near bullseye on the second arrow.
Doesn’t Jeff look so very English? I love these pictures.
Speaking of English-ness:
What a cute place for a “cuppa!”
What we didn’t know about the Suffolk Game and Country Show is that it would turn out to mostly be about dogs! There were beautiful and sweet dogs of every breed, and about 3/4s of all the stalls catered to dog owners. There were plenty of things to buy for your dog, of course, but also doggy experiences, like trying out swimming in a huge pool, or going through agility training courses.
I have to say, the English are very, very good with dogs. There were hundreds of dogs there, all in close quarters with each other and people, and they were all perfectly behaved. I was super impressed!
And there were dog rescues there, letting us spend time with some beautiful animals (always a Mullins family favorite!)
I’m pretty sure we need to adopt a greyhound or two.
The dogs were pretty into me that day. It was hilarious, and I came home with a lot of slobber on me.
Have you ever been kissed by a Newfoundland dog? It’s… intense.
It was a beautiful October day at the Suffolk Game and Country Show, and we loved taking part in this bit of local culture. We will definitely be there next year, and hopefully we’ll have a dog to bring with us! Can you tell that I really, really want one?
What sort of country fun is going on in your neck of the woods?