Steam Fair

There was an excellent turn-out of exhibits at this year’s Steam Fair. It’s probably the best I’ve seen and maybe a response to the relaxation of the Covid restrictions. The care and attention that is lavished onto the historic steam engines is amazing, and we all owe a debt of gratitude to these remarkable people for valuing and maintaining our cultural history. And what’s even more astonishing is that some of the engines have been hand-built in sheds and workshops.Read more

Scarecrow Festival

It was interesting to see the variances in interpretation of the term ‘scarecrow’ for St. Mary’s Scarecrow Festival. Most of the exhibits looked far too friendly to scare any crows.  What impressed me the most was to consider the collaboration and cooperation in the design and execution of the production of each scarecrow. The design of each one had to be agreed on, the materials specified and sourced, and the skill set of each member had to be identified toRead more