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!

Woodchopping!

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.

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