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The Malvern Autumn Show - of Long Carrots and Rabbits

By Ozhene @papaver
I have never visited the Malvern Autumn Show before.  The timing of it is quite tricky for me to get to but this year I decided it was time I went.  I went expecting to see large vegetables (more of later), but there was a lot more going on.
The Malvern Autumn Show - of long carrots and rabbits I loved seeing this carousel.  I grew up in Nottingham and so every year we used to go to Goose Fair and every year we used to have to go on the galloping horses.  I cannot remember now the name of the one we used to have to try and get on,, I know it was my Grandmother's favorite and it was important to find that specific horse each year.
The Malvern Autumn Show - of long carrots and rabbits There were various penned in machines where visitors leaned over the barriers and made appreciative noises.
The Malvern Autumn Show - of long carrots and rabbits This machine was eating trees at a great rate.  It had a sort of strange fascination about it as I swear the trees could be heard screaming, but it was hard to take your eyes off it.
The Malvern Autumn Show - of long carrots and rabbits Then I found myself where the animals were being displayed.  I had not expected this at all.  I did not go and look at ferrets, though I am sure they are fine animals.
The Malvern Autumn Show - of long carrots and rabbits But I did go and look at the rabbits, this one is very long.
The Malvern Autumn Show - of long carrots and rabbits and I got very smug at correctly identifying a Manx Loaghtan goat.  Ok, it is the only goat I can identify and it is rather distinctive, but still I was pleased with myself.
The Malvern Autumn Show - of long carrots and rabbits There were lots of displays going on, I am not sure what this was about, it appeared to be a cowgirl on a horse.  It was a very fine horse and she looked wonderful upon it.
The Malvern Autumn Show - of long carrots and rabbits There were also many vintage cars.  I had to take a picture of this mini cooper as I used to drive them back in the day.  I used to have a red one very similar to this one, mine was called Sharon.  I still miss mine.....
The Malvern Autumn Show - of long carrots and rabbits I then wandered into one of the show tents.  Now I have to say that I am not someone who completely understands the lure of showing large veg, but when you see it displayed like this it is rather wonderful.
The Malvern Autumn Show - of long carrots and rabbits These carrots were magnificent.
The Malvern Autumn Show - of long carrots and rabbits as were these leeks.
The Malvern Autumn Show - of long carrots and rabbits There were rows of dahlias,
The Malvern Autumn Show - of long carrots and rabbits and prize winning roses.  I know this one came third, but I liked it best.
The Malvern Autumn Show - of long carrots and rabbits There were also rows of cactii.
The Malvern Autumn Show - of long carrots and rabbits and I fell in love with a fuchsia.
The Malvern Autumn Show - of long carrots and rabbits Further on into the RHS space I found more giant veg.  These looked a bit wrinkly I thought, I was not sure if they were deflating.
The Malvern Autumn Show - of long carrots and rabbits But in a world where size matters, these pumpkins must matter.
The Malvern Autumn Show - of long carrots and rabbits I glanced quickly at the floral arrangements, this was in the Hallowe'en category.
The Malvern Autumn Show - of long carrots and rabbits and I admired the asters and other plant stalls on display.  I have to say here though, I was a little disappointed that the plant area was not larger.  I don't think I had appreciated that it is more of a county show than a plant/flower show (despite it making no claims to be a flower show).  I did however enjoy my afternoon greatly and found all the different aspects of the show fascinating.  It is a little churlish really to say I wanted more plants.  I always want more plants.  I came away with a few chrysanthemums and some happy thoughts.  It was a good day out.

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