THIS WRITING LIFE: A day at the 2012 Royal Melbourne Show

I’ve been meaning to post some photos of my visit to the Royal Melbourne Show for a while but Heartland edits had to take priority. Now I have a few spare minutes I can show you some of the fun things I saw.

First up, a horse of course!

This beautifully polished horse and rider combination were waiting to enter the ring for the Garryowen Equestrienne Turnout, one of the most prestigious equestrian events of the show. The Garryowen is named after a champion saddle horse from the early 1930s whose owner, accomplished equestrienne Violet Murrell, died trying to save the horse from a stable fire.

Next up, chooks!

Honestly, the poultry display is a hoot. So much noise and colour, and some of the bird’s antics are hilarious.

Some of them snoozed their way through the day…

Others hung around looking glum…

Some kept their beady eyes peeled for naughtiness…

While this chappie simply wondered who the hell turned the lights off!

Dogs are always fun too. Although not nearly as fun as some of their owners. I used to think horsey people were a special breed, now I’m not so sure.

Look at this dog. What do you think? Animal or stuffed toy?

This one’s not having much fun if that expression is anything to go by.

Who’s a pretty puppy then?

Then there were piglets!

And alpacas!


Muscular bulls!

Hairy ones too!

Grumpy sheep!

Hungry lambs!

A yarn-bombed tractor!

Amazing cakes!

And last but by no means least, preserved fruit!

I would have taken more pics, like from the Taste of Victoria marquee, but I was too busy stuffing my face and buying wine. It was good though. And I took away a couple of great tips from the talk on marmalade I listened in on.

But the thing that made me laugh most (besides the poultry) was the cry of “Great set of testicles!” in the cattle pavilion. Made a good day even better.

0 thoughts on “THIS WRITING LIFE: A day at the 2012 Royal Melbourne Show

  1. AvatarSuzi Love

    Oooh, I love shows. And there is nothing like a good set of testicles!
    Did you know I met my DH at a show? In the bar – Sunday morning – where else?
    Suzi Love

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      Indeed there is nothing like a good set of testicles, dear Suzi! And there were some mighty fine ones on display in the cattle pavilion, let me tell you!

      As for meeting your DH at a show, in a bar, forgive me for not being even remotely surprised!!

  2. AvatarSuzanne Brandyn

    I’ll have to agree with the others. I love the Sydney Royal Easter show. The noise, especially in the chook area is somewhat left to be desired. lol… My fav of your pics, is the cakes, um… well, bulls, lambs, I loved them. Made me smile. It sounds as though you had a good day. 🙂

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      I have Sydney Royal on next year’s “will visit” list. I always wanted to go when we lived in Newie but it kept clashing with deadlines and whatnot. Next year I should have no excuses seeing as we’ll be in the area, sort of. It’ll be interesting to compare the two. I had a great time at Royal Melbourne but I really was a bit disappointed with the agricultural displays. Adelaide used to be great for that, along with all the fun bars full of good rural sorts. The show I’d really like to attend is Ekka. My other half swears it’s the best but then, being a Queenslander, he would say that!

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      Thanks, Anna. As you can imagine, I spent quite a bit of the day horse-gazing. Very sad I missed the Shetland pony steeplechase. That would have been fun!

  3. AvatarLaura Lee

    omg that alpaca is sooo adorable 🙂 and that Dr Seuss looking cake looks too good to eat! Think i might have to take a trip to the Melbourne show next year.

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      It was great fun, Laura. The cakes were gobsmacking and the horses lovely (but I’m biased), but I grinned most in the poultry pavilion. They were hilarious!

      Thanks for visiting!