Scrapbook ~ Nature walks throughout the year
Saturday 25th September 2009
Pulborough Harvest Fair
No time for a proper
about today, as we wanted to go to the Pulborough Harvest Fair
again. We particularly wanted to go up the church tower again and take in
the views across the brooks to the South Downs. We parked the
RSPB Pulborough Brooks and walked around the reserve, which was almost
devoid of people but was bristling with birds, including Yellow Wagtails. There
were also several Clouded Yellow butterflies around, and we saw a Jay snapping
We then ambled very slowly along the
River Arun in the intense heat up to the village through the scarecrow
competition at East Glebe field and into the fair. Music was being provided by
Southdown Ramblers, who were very good but were playing bluegrass. Nothing
wrong with that of course, but we thought that something a bit more British
would have been more fitting to what was a very traditional English country
fair. Never mind, at least it wasn't jazz! There were lots of livestock,
tractors and other animals on show, sheep shearing, local producers and
charities to chat to around the main arena, and dog obedience and motorcycle
displays teams in the arena itself.
At the church they were hoisting teddy bears up onto the roof of the tower in a
basket and then throwing them off suspended from helium balloons. We were not
expecting such shocking cruelty in this day and age and were forced to drink
some hot sweet tea and eat cake in the graveyard while we watched on for half
hour or so!
Finally we wended our lazy way back down the river as the sun was setting,
plotting up on the riverbank for Gill to do some sketching while we waited to
see if a Barn Owl would appear. We didn't have to wait too long before a
particularly big and healthy specimen came towards us along the far bank.
From the river we could see our destination beckoning to us.