Abbey Hill Steam Rally
May Bank Holiday weekend and at last NAH and I found time to spend a whole day together yesterday. We didn't find any traditional maypole or morris dancing, but we did visit a new event for us: Abbey Hill Steam Rally and Country Fair at Yeovil Showground. It's the kind of show we love and all the usual elements were there: classic tractors, cars and motorcycles; displays of vast collections of tools, salt & pepper pots, oil cans and tractor seats - though sadly we failed to find E.M Boobyer's collection of Women's Land Army memorabilia; models galore and of course lots of steam traction engines and wagons.
We also found many new quirky things to giggle over: unusual signage abounded and I was particularly taken with the pictured one I saw on a Sentinel steam wagon. NAH found a collection of vintage valve radios to keep him happy; there were twin boys with matching dogs like black floor mops; an excess of foam in the stationary engine displays; enough steam to create a permanent fog in the cabs of some of the drivers; plus the biggest assortment of wild and luxuriant facial hair I've ever seen. The day was rounded off by a display of exotic insects in the show ring. As this was the size of 3 football pitches and they were hand sized, we had to rely on the commentary to tell us all about the giant spider and stick insect being paraded around. Classic stuff.