PIGG BRINGS HOME THE BACON
is the banner on page 11 of the Berwickshire News
Indeed this a event which we miss in our move to Duns: the annual Hutton and Paxton Horticultural Show, now in its 103 year. Judging from the paper's coverage little has changed since our last participation on 2007. Same judges, same winners, same high quality of participation. The wife had some successes despite the fierce competition. First Prize for Rhubarb thus (incidentally and inadvertently) depriving the usual annual winner of the prize for the best overall vegetable display.(It may indeed have been J Pigg who swept all before him this time.) She also had sporadic success with potatoes and one year got second prize for her broad beans. Some categories were hopeless for the novice: onions were the automatic preserve of the Onion Club-an almost Masonic Society with vacancies for membership more or less on a dead man's shoes basis. Our organic tomatoes, small and tasty, never could compete with the large shiny and tasteless force fed, chemical war-fared offerings from the usual experts. (Organic veg was noticeable by its absence in all categories)
Huttonian had scarce success, Once a glorious second in the Industrial Section (Best snap shot-foreign holiday) with a shot of Lions in Zambia beaten, incredibly, by Lambs in Somerset-England being, quite rightly, foreign)
But one glorious year-the first time that there had been a new category: Best Plate of Summer Fruit (in the vegetable section!)I returned to the hall to be delighted by the image you can see above.
Out of how many I hear you ask?
Labels: Hutton and Paxton Show, Prize Winning exhibits