Wednesday I did some work in the garden, thinning plants from the front flower garden out and getting the back vegetable garden in order by pulling up most of the tomatoes and spreading the chicken manure. I had put several different kinds of flowers out in individual pots along with a sign "FREE to a good home" and the names of the flowers. This morning there was only one pot left. Yesterday there was a note in the mail box from 'Sue' thanking us for the Shasta Daisies. A nice gesture indeed.
After breakfast and doing my 'daily chores' or weather and Facebook it was off to Metcalfe. Metcalfe is a medium sized village of just over 1,700 people and was amaglameted into the city of Ottawa in 2011. The Fair has been on-going since 1856 and no doubt has seen many changes over the years.
While it started out as an agricultural exhibition for the local farming community the main event, now seems to be the midway which was quite the draw for today's younger generations. It seems as if it is the 4-H Clubs which are keeping the 'farming' side of the fair going. Or at least that is what we observed at both here and at Carp. It was the 4-H members who were showing there animals. One thing I noticed was the lack of horses in the Heavy Draft Horse showings. In two or three categories there were no entries at all, in some there were only one or two. A sad state of affairs for the future of the agricultural portion. However, on a brighter note there were lots of enties in the crafts and cooking exhibitions. We did notice that there was a lack of honey for sale.
When we were at Carp we enjoyed a full turkey buffet dinner including dessert and tea or coffee for only $15.00. It turned out that the same caterers were at Metcalfe offering the same meal. Because it was still fairly early in the afternoon and we were not exceptionally hungry we decided to split a smoked meat sandwich and a large fries.
Departing the fair it was off to "The Farm" to check on the chickens and pick up some eggs. Egg production seems to be down a bit with only 10 eggs again today, and no coloured ones. I did pick up one that was a pale purple/blue earlier in the week but have not seen any since. Hopefully the few we have left will start producing soon - they are five months old now and that is when they should start.
Today's weather and the forecast. I wonder how accurate it will be?