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A rural day out


Having moved to rural New Zealand, I am determined to enjoy all that being ‘in the country’ (as we say here) has to offer.  The annual Wairarapa Agricultural & Pastoral Society Show is being held this weekend, so the young man and I trotted along to see what was to be found!  For the benefit of readers who are not familiar with this kind of show, it is a local festival celebrating the best of the rural activity of the area that we live in.  There were sheep and cattle shown for judging, shearing and wool handling competitions, a wood chopping competition, baking and art competitions, agricultural vehicle and other equipment displays, many food and goods stalls and of course, a fairground for the kids.  It was a very interesting day out.

Well, the first thing that we saw were the sheep!  So many pretty sheep!!


This particular fellow is a champion crossbred ram.  His fleece was incredibly thick – about half of that sheep is wool!  He was very friendly.  As you can see, he was loving the head scratches.  Look at that adorable face!

Friendly ram

Here was a lovely mama ewe and her twin lambs.  So cute, one black and one white.

Ewe and lambs

Champion fleece on display.


There were also cattle being shown.

Cattle show

So clean and shiny.  It’s a pity they don’t always look like this… (the ones in the fields usually have poo all down the backs of their legs.  It looks gross.)

Cattle show

These pretty jerseys were waiting their turn to be judged.


I’m still thinking about those chickens.  I want some so much!!


There was yarn to be seen, but not bought.  These skeins were handspun that had been entered for the competition.


I spied socks!

There was a hilarious sheep racing competition, complete with jockeys!

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Here they are at full gallop.

Sheep racing

There was motivation to race…

Sheep race

The first one to the end got to eat the most sheep nuts!

Equine show

There were riding events happening.  Such beautifully turned out horses and their riders!

Shearing competition

Of course, I had to watch the shearing and wool handling competition!  While these guys were being judged on their ability to shear,

Wool handling

these ladies were doing something equally fascinating, which was skirting and handling the fleece after shearing. They were being judged on their performance and speed.  It was also their job to take the fleece off the platform and keep the floor around the shearers clean of debris.  Fascinating to see the fleece able to be laid out on the table all in one piece after it came off the sheep.


Lovely clean wool coming off the sheep.

All shorn!

And here they are, post haircut, waiting to go back to the farm.

There was a lot more to be seen of course, but I thought I’d just show you the interesting bits.  🙂

We went home and decorated the front yard for Halloween, but unfortunately, it seems that trick or treating is not a popular thing here in the Wairarapa, and we got no visitors!


The young man was most disappointed. We thought this year that we would stay home and hand out treats instead of venturing out.  I’ll have to investigate options for next year!


Still, it was a lovely day, and we had a beautiful ending as well.

If you celebrate Halloween, a Happy Halloween to you, and may your kids get lots of candy!


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10 thoughts on “A rural day out

  1. Fun post Wei! Love the clean wool and the post picture, so cute! Happy Halloween to you and your son. I hope you bought some candy to eat!!!! Chocolate treats!
    Happy weekend, xoRobin

  2. What a cool festival. Sorry there were no trick or treaters. More and more kids only go to certain places like the mall or particular neighborhoods.

  3. Great seeing what New Zealand has to offer and looks like beautiful sheep of different colours.

    Not every country copies the US and here in Australia it is only the last couple of years Trick or treat has been made into a money maker and it could be dangerous as lollies can be drugs.

  4. Lovely post, thank you. I especially love the one sentence background that gives readers some more idea of the location of things; (more especially as I have read two books recently, USA-centric, where the authors or their editors, think that the whole world, despite living perhaps about 8,000 miles away, has concepts of time, location, importance in daily living e.g the difference between Hobocken and New Jersey and parking limit times in Manhatten!) A reader can get so much more when given a bit of background!
    Here in suburban Henderson, Auckland, one trick or treater deterred by the “No Halloween” sign. What has happened with the children giving something e.g. song, rhyme, poem before the candy-receiving- a concept gleaned from a 60s Peter, Paul and Mary live album talking about Halloween.. If we are going to import a custom, why not the whole custom? Rant over!
    Lovely post, lovely pictures

  5. Beautiful shot of the face of the sheep……….lovely little face!

  6. LOVE that sheep face……..SWEET. Nice to see the animals and the knitted articles. Thanks.

  7. Seems like a lovely day out ! That sheep really is too cute… 🙂
    What is stopping you from actually getting some chickens ? No problems with landlords or neighbours I hope ?
    I’m sorry to hear about the trick & treat, I do hope you and the young man did have a happy halloween despite the lack of visitors though…

  8. Interesting to see how much your fairs are like ours! I want chickens too, but sadly they are not allowed in our little suburban neighborhood. You should definitely get some so I can enjoy them vicariously!

  9. It’s like our local county fair here in Ohio, USA. Its always a great time. K

  10. How I envy you having that agricultural show so close to home. The last time I saw a sheep being shorn was at the Agrodome when I was in NZ in April. It was fascinating. I really think you need to consider taking up spinning. The Wairarapa Spinners & Weavers are closeby at Masterton 🙂