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Masham Sheep Fair


Perhaps my dream of a self-sufficient smallholding isn’t really for me if my reaction at a farming event, when meeting and greeting the animals, is “Oh, how cute” and “Hello, if I had a bigger garden, you could come and live in it and help cut my grass”. No wonder Simon had a wry smile on his face!

Perhaps I should stick with my pigs * and chickens!

We were visiting Masham after a morning at Ripon and Thornborough in Yorkshire. We had no expectations of any type of event but it so happened that it was the day of Masham Sheep Fair.

Who knew there were so many different type of goats or sheep? Or that a very clever collie could successfully herd a group of gaggling geese?


We bought some tasty goat and sheep cheeses at a stall and watched a very entertaining sheep show, learning about the different breeds.

The craft stalls were inspiring and I felt so motivated, I bought myself a knitting pack, with wools and needles.


During the winter nights, I could knit some gloves – that’s the aim anyway. I haven’t knitted since I was about 10!


* guinea pigs! πŸ˜€





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14 thoughts on “Masham Sheep Fair

      1. That’s a good asesmant and is normally the case, farm / country life is a slower pace of life from city life that most people would like to have with out the hard work that goes with it, it’s a simple case of the grass is a different shade of green not better on the other side of the fence. πŸ˜€

        BY FOR NOW

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  1. I’d be the same, Clare! Still, it looks as though you had a great time at Masham. Good luck with the knitting. It took me 20 years to knit a scarf, so I don’t dabble in wool any more… πŸ™‚

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    1. I did have a great time, thank you Alli. I’ll see how the knitting goes, it took me more than 20 years to think about doing it, it may take me as long to knit gloves! At least gloves are a little smaller to do than a scarf, so here’s hoping! πŸ™‚


  2. I couldn’t go to Masham Sheep Fair this year – not been before but learned of its existence in September. Hopefully, the stars will align next year as it does sound interesting.

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    1. I would definitely recommend it. πŸ™‚ It was an unexpected and pleasant surprise to come across the fair and there seemed to be a lot going on. It certainly inspired me to learn more about craft-making.


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