We thought maybe a snack in town might perk him up. As we walked in we saw a lot of booths selling stuff and a lot of sheep waiting to be shown off.
|The show in the shade|
|A pen of rams|
We found a tea shop that was open and my wife took the kids for a snack while I wandered among the sheep and shops.
|Resting up for the big show|
|Very goat-like sheep|
|Showing their sheep|
The big church had a flower show inside (cost £1 to get in, so I didn't, more from lack of interest than cheapness). Coming back to the tea shop, I discovered some Morris dancers performing just outside. A Morris dance is an English folk dance performed to music. These people had bells on their shoes or trousers that made them quite jangly. A Morris dance troupe typically dresses in similar clothes. No one else was wearing pink at the sheep fair, so they did stand out.
|Looks like martial arts, doesn't it? Or maybe hacky sack.|
The kids came out to watch just as the group finished up. Jacob was still grumpy so he and I went for a walk while Lucy and Mommy followed the dancers to another venue. Jacob and I saw a spinning and weaving demonstration where some kids made a jump rope from twine. It was so fascinating, I forgot to take any pictures! We also looked at some of the sheep along the way.
|Yes that is the right color for this sheep, a greenish-yellow (not pink)|
|Also not wearing pink|
|The other performance by the Morris dancers|
I'm sad to say the video of the dancers doing a sword dance (with wooden sticks) did not come out well, so I have not included it. Also, Jacob's mood never improved so we drove home for lunch after getting lost on the way back to the car. We did pick up some items from the booths. Lucy found a pet and I got a new wallet (not sheepskin).
|Our favorite type of pet--no maintenance, no mess|
|A new wallet with lots of room for cards!|
We'll go next year and try to catch the sheep races and the sheepdog demonstrations and the Bishop Blaise procession (he's the patron of woolcombers) and the brewery tours.