The Harvest Home makes me feel all nostalgic having been most years since a nipper & waiting on tables since knee high. One of the many long held traditions is the making of the Harvest Hoop. In days gone by it was always my mother that would make a Harvest Hoop and as children we would ‘help’, or add a finishing touch here and there. The idea is the hand made creations help decorate the rather large marquee that can seat around 700 people, and also a bit of friendly competition is involved.
This was the 141st Harvest Home. The event brings together farmers, locals and anyone who wants to join in. The day event delivers a harvest feast, with local farmers meats & salads prepared by the voluntary committee. Traditionally this was to celebrate the end of the Harvest time & bring the local community together for a shin dig. The evening ‘do’ has become very popular thanks to all the hard work of the committee, with bands playing and a bustling bar to enjoy.
This year was the first year I tackled a floral hoop! Just for fun. I did my best to forage the produce such as; barley, thistles, teasels, poppy heads & added a few sunflowers. The result a rustic harvest/floral hoop.
I was pleased with second prize. Mothers harvest hoop came first! With home grown vegetables from The Grange. I’d like to keep the tradition going and do another next year, just for fun!