The Castlewellan Show 2018

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As usual I started by making a bee-line for the Home Industries tent to find out how my photos fared in the competition. In the Unusual Angle category, my photo of Sheila came third.

In the Portrait categories (Colour and Black & White), both of my photos came second.

And I was very happy indeed to see that I had won the Farm Scene category!

It was so hot I didn't really pay much attention to what I was photographing, leaving me pleasantly surprised when I got a few got shots!

This little lamb was called Tiny and was only a couple of days old.

This Blackface ram was huge!

My show companion for this year was Fly. She made many friends.

Little goats!

We wandered around, baking in the sunshine.

Fly made even more friends.

Fly was entered in the dog show. She didn't win anything, but she was my winner!

A fellow dog show contestant.

The best behaved dog winner!

Towards the end of the day was a cattle parade. This bull went on to be the champion of champions.

There was also a sheepdog demonstration - with ducks and geese!

It was Fly's first day out at a show like this. She walked well on the lead, took the bigger animals and the noise in stride. She was a bit snappish with other dogs but an angel with people. For a first timer I think she did very well.

By the end of the day I was hot, sweaty and had a spitting headache, but at least I had some prize money home with me.

Saint John's Point

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One sunny Sunday, my dad and I took Fly out for a Sunday drive in the Land Rover. She was dressed appropriately for the sunny weather.

Our first stop was this beautiful view.

We reached Saint John's Point - Fly was dressed to match the lighthouse!

We took in the view. It was breezy.

Two Shetland Ponies were grazing at the base of the lighthouse.

Fly was beautiful too...

Since it was such a nice day, we decided to leave Saint John's Point and drive onwards.

We ended up in Ardglass.

It was the first time we had Fly away on an adventure. I think she had a great time!