Passing fields full of retired race horses as well as paddocks containing the mighty Suffolks as I pulled into the car park I was at once pleasantly surprised to view the new exhibition halls and cafe. I had been expecting something a lot more agricultural and rural but, still in it's first year of trading it looks like the trust are making a real go of it.
Several other exhibitors had arrived before me and so I was welcomed by some friends who I meet regularly on the craft fair circuit. We had been planning to set up outside but were given the choice of that or setting up indoors in one of the halls. I opted for the latter as, although I have a fairly good quality gazebo it was a bit of a blustery day and I was worried about my display easels blowing down.
Friday was very quiet actually, not many other traders and not many visitors. I spent most of my time down by the stables and paddocks getting myself some quite decent reference photographs for future paintings. The mare pictured above with her foal was incredibly friendly, kept pushing me over with her head! You have to get up close to appreciate the size of these beautiful animals, stunning. When she stamped her foot you could feel the tremor passing through the ground from several yards away.
I had hoped to get some good shots of the stallions but they wouldn't come over very close to me and my camera equipment is not up to much. But I'm quite pleased with what I came away with. I've put just a few here for now.
I also put together a short video of some of the animals.....
Warning! Contains scenes of a sexual nature!
I'm back out later in the week to Southwold on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I always enjoy that craft fair and it's often pretty good for sales too.
Also a chance for more beer direct from the brewery pub....Mmmmmmm! lubberly jubbly.