Earlier this week, D and I decided to brave the crowds and visit the Sydney Royal Easter Show, which has been held by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW every year since 1823. I was mostly excited about going to see the animals, although my enthusiasm was temporarily interrupted when a chicken managed to flick water onto my mouth while it was drinking in its cage. Oh honestly, what are the odds? Anyway, I made sure to tell D about it just in case I was subsequently struck down by a Mysterious Illness ("you must tell the doctor that a chicken flicked water onto my mouth"), but a number of days have passed without any adverse symptoms presenting, so I think this city girl escaped unscathed :)
Highlight of the day was most definitely Pat A Pig! during which small groups of people were let into a pen full of super cute piglets that surprisingly felt a little like my mum and dad's Jack Russell terrier when I patted them. Go figure. Sadly I didn't get any good photographs while I was in there as I was preoccupied with the patting and trying to get in amongst all the children, whose small stature placed them at a distinct advantage. Also, piglets don't really stay still. We also brought home some merino and alpaca wool for the Fur Kid to sniff, but she was largely uninterested, although she does refuse to sit in her shoebox when the wool is in there and looked suitably indignant when I placed the merino wool on top of her head in the manner of Mozart.
All in all, we had a great time but I will say that I needed a good lie down after five hours of insanity. I must be getting old :)
All photographs © Natasha Calhoun