Simonside Revisited !

27th August

The Sheep Herder

The Sheep Herder


As I have said many many times I am very fortunate to live where I do. Not only is it handy for the coast and beach and of course the hills and moorlands but here in Northumberland we have some really cracking country shows and sheep dog trials going on from around May until October.
They are all very traditional with music, fun and frolics. One of my favourites is the Ingram Show which is set in some beautiful countryside and always the beginning of September.
The thing I love about the Ingram show is the sheep dog trials. I could watch them for hours. The dogs are Ingram show so well trained, but the again they have to be.
These are not your pet dogs these are the genuine working dog of the hills and mountains. Without them the sheep farmers would be lost.
Seeing them work the sheep and herding them around the course is a sight to behold. I have also been fortunate to watch some of these dogs working up on the fells too, so I feel I know them. Border Collies are just amazing working dogs.
Of course any county show wouldn’t be complete without the traditional veg and flower competition too. People really do take these competitions very seriously. And not just the veg and flower growers either. There are all sorts of stuff out for a prize or two.
Anything from a jar of jam to cakes and even photographs. I was fortunate enough to win a photo competition at our local Warkworth show a few weeks ago. I managed to get 3 firsts, a second, a third and won the Cochrane Tankard for best photo in show so that wasn’t too bad.
Looking forward to the nesx show. The Alwinton show on October 13th. The last of the county shows for this year.