Jul 192014


I’ve delayed reporting on last week’s demonstration we staged at Sutton Veny, as I’ve been trying to decide what went wrong.

It didn’t help that it was boiling hot and that we were kept hanging around waiting for the organisers to make up their minds at what time we should perform – despite this having been specifically agreed weeks ago. So I was not in the best frame of mind even before we started.

But when we eventually got underway, Daisy in particular just decided to bugger about. She twice ran into the crowd, she stole Poppy’s dummy, she went free hunting for other dummies, she came out of the collar trick etc etc. I have no idea what it was that caused this highly uncharacteristic behaviour and I’ve been wrestling with what it is that I might have done to make her behave in this way. But I’m not really any the wiser, save to say the hot sun, my nerves and negative mind-frame will clearly not have helped. Incidentally, Poppy was also off-form which compounded the problem.

Some of the spectators said that they really enjoyed the show, but it just wasn’t good enough for me.

I’m pretty sure the organisers weren’t too impressed, not least because nobody said a word to me afterwards, not even a “thank you for coming”, which just put the seal on a forgettable day. We hung around for about 30 minutes before just packing up and leaving.

10 days on, we still haven’t heard anything from the organisers, which automatically puts next year’s show on the “sorry, we’re not available” list – assuming they would want to invite us back!

Anyway, these things happen and it’s a show that I want to put behind us and look forward to this week’s shows at Help for Heroes and Shrewton Flower Show.

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