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Malham Show.

I’m really pleased that this summer I managed to go to one of our local agricultural shows. Malham Show in the Yorkshire Dales has been going for over 100 years. Set against the scenic backdrop of Malham Cove it featured a varied timetable of events including Heavy Horses, Gundog display, Vintage tractor parade and a Fell Race. I know I have published a few photos in my previous posts but I have plenty more to share with you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Highland cattle.
Highland cattle.
Sheep.
Prize winning Sheep.
Classic cars.
Classic cars.
Vintage steam organ.
Vintage steam organ.
Showjumpers.
Ponies.
Prize Onions.
Prize Onions.
Prize
Prize specimens.
Resting Gun dog.
Resting Gun dog.
Vintage Tractors.
Vintage Tractors.
My nephew on the climbing wall.
My nephew on the climbing wall.
Harris Hawk.
Harris Hawk.
Fell Race.
Fell Race.

What I like about these country shows is that they are still so similar to the ones I attended as a young girl with my Mum,Dad and siblings. Traditions are upheld. Despite all the hardships farming life continues. I love that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you been to any country shows this year? ย There is still time as many events are held in September. ๐Ÿ™‚

Captured On Camera ~ Old Family photographs.

My maternal grandparents going for a spin.
My maternal grandparents going for a spin.

A while back I looked into my Family tree and compiled a bit of one on an ancestry website. It all got slightly to complicated and I was bogged down in dates and census records.Aaaagh! Anyway my poor abandoned tree is still up there for the world to see…and me to go back to , If I suddenly get the urge to find my great great great Grandfather on my Mums side. I did discover a few things though. So far there are no rich gentry amongst my ancestors. I apparently descend from peasant farmers and coal miners. And at least one of them was a bigamist! So hey ho ๐Ÿ™‚

I do love looking back at names and the different fashions and trends. In my family ‘Mark’ is a popular boys name, with my Grandfather,brother and two cousins sharing the title. Alot further back in time there are several Fenwicks and a Parker named as my male ancestors. While Mary, Elizabeth and Jennet appear for the girls.

One of the best bits about compiling a Family Tree I found was getting my hands on a few old photo’s. Mum had saved a few from both sides of the family and let me scan them. Its quite interesting to see your ancestors captured on camera. The older the photos, the more stern faced everyone on them seem to be!

Anyway a recent post by Andy over at City Jackdaw , featuring old photographs of people posing with their pets (its a great blog ), inspired me to route out some of my old pics. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are my paternal Great Grandparents posing with their offspring outside in the farm yard. Sad there are no sheep dogs in the picture. :(
Here are my paternal Great Grandparents posing with their offspring outside in the farm yard. Sad there are no sheep dogs in the picture. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
Here's my Great Grandmother 'Phoebe' in her Sunday best. :)
Here’s my Great Grandmother ‘Phoebe’ in her Sunday best. ๐Ÿ™‚
My maternal Grandmother and my Great Aunt Lily ~ you didn't want to get on the wrong side of them. ; )
My maternal Grandmother and my Great Aunt Lily ~ you didn’t want to get on the wrong side of them. ; )
Grandma,Auntie June, Mum ( as a little girl) and my Grandfather. My Grandma made all my Mums clothes as a child. Quite a talented seamstress.
Grandma,Auntie June, Mum ( as a little girl) and my Grandfather. My Grandma made all my Mums clothes as a child. Quite a talented seamstress.
Great Aunt Lily playing cricket on Southport beach.
Great Aunt Lily playing cricket on Southport beach.
And here's my Dad as a boy. Looks like he's been out Foxing. :(  It was simply part of growing up in the country in those days. ( late 1940s).
And here’s my Dad as a boy. Looks like he’s been out Foxing. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ It was simply part of growing up in the country in those days. ( late 1940s).

It can be quite nice looking at old pictures. All my Grandparents died when I was a child or teenager , so it is good to see that they did have fun times in their younger days. I especially liked the fact that my maternal Grandparents enjoyed taking rides on a motorbike. ๐Ÿ™‚ Something I could not imagine them ever having done, when I knew them. Its good that photographs capture all sorts of moods and memories. Sometimes I guess they are all we have left of a person.

I will leave you with a picture of myself and my sister……and a very cute sheepdog puppy…..from our days growing up on the farm.

I remember making lots of daisy chains. :)
I remember making lots of daisy chains. ๐Ÿ™‚

Any old photographs you would like to share !