Friday, November 8, 2013

The Royal Winter Fair

I was so excited to go to the Royal this year!! I have been to the Royal Winter Agricultural Fair before, but I don't remember it at all. I have a sneaking suspicion that's because I was two years old at the time. I went down again a couple days ago and it was a lot of fun. I have farming aspirations and loved seeing the different breeds of animals up close. The fair was geared more towards "city folk" but there was plenty to hold my attention. I took a lot of photos and thought I would share a few of my favourites. Warning: This is a very, very photo heavy post!

But first, my outfit! I wore a blouse based on a 1940s design, which I made during the summer. I paired it with a thrifted navy skirt, warm stockings, a wide belt, and a blue three-stranded necklace (made by me). On my feet I wore my riding boots (I don't actually ride anymore, I just like the boots). I'm glad I wore the boots since some parts of the fair were a little *ahem* "messy". 

Now on to the fair!

You have no idea how much I want chickens. As soon as I move to an area that will allow
them, I'm buying myself a small flock!

I realize it looks like a giant puff ball, but this is actually a Silkie. This is a type of chicken I've wanted
 for a long time. They are so fluffy and supposed to be very gentle birds.  

I love the feather pattern on this bird. It almost looks like polka dots.

I just had to feed the alpaca at the petting zoo. Unfortunately the goat kept shoving the sweet
little alpaca out of the way!

Cuddling Cows
A spinners dream: massive pile of award winning fleeces.
This angora bunny was the softest animal I have ever felt. 

Sleepy Sheep


Apparently the sheep wear these outfits to prevent their fleece from getting things stuck in it.
I was kind of disappointed as it meant one type of sheep looked more or less like another.
It is really hard to check out the differences between breeds when they are all wearing hoods and jackets.
They kind of reminded me of little executioners. 
These sheep had slightly more stylish outfits. 
My one purchase of the day. I love getting yarn as a souvenir. It's a sock yarn in a alpaca/merino blend. 
I resisted the urge to post all 200 chicken photos. You're welcome. 

Attending the fair only reaffirmed how much I want to move out to the country, and how much I don't want to work in the city. We are starting the property search once again this weekend, and checking out a few places. We were bitterly disappointed about the last property we saw and almost bought, so a rest was needed to get over the heartbreak. However, I am now looking forward to again searching for the perfect country property. And getting some chickens...

That's All.


  1. Such splendidly cute farm animals! Aww! :)

    Isn't it beautiful when an event reconfirms something that you were feeling already even more deeply than ever before? I experienced some moments like that on our travels to Calgary this year as well. I really hope that this next leg of the house hunting journey goes way better for you and your family.

    ♥ Jessica

  2. Soooo darling. We are blessed to have found a place in the country, that is how my main blog started as a journal of what the Lord did if you go back to the first entry. : ) We have ten chickens and they are a hoot! We have 8 hens and 2 banty roosters, they are pets and we like the eggs.

    Bless you!

  3. what cute little sheep and your top is perfect for a country fair

    kate the old fashioned way


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