It was a fine morning to go to the fair....
As we headed off, 3 fine Wood Ducks swam out from under cover
to join the other ducks up ahead
a lovely early autumn morning
Saturday was animal day at the fair. You may have noticed the fondness I have for animals, our fellow earthmates. I see a simplicity and dignity in them that I admire, not to mention a beauty even in the most humble of creatures.
This next batch of pictures is of sheep. I am not a purist, and have never really cared about the names of breeds, so I'm afraid I can't help you with specifics, but when you see the character in these faces, I think you may agree that pedigree hardly matters.
A sweet and gentle face
Sizing the situation up
a noble head
a fine sheep if ever there was one
an ovine sensibility
This darling calf was very shy on her first visit to the fair.
Her shyness warrants a comforting hug and a kiss.
Sharing more poutine with a friend (my waistline has paid for this),
we are scanned by a hovering hopeful.
After watching this powerful horse do a set of heavy weight pulling,
we visit with Duke and his owner.
He is a magnificent Belgian stallion, and his owner says he knows it!
The heavy weight pulls gradually increased to 9,500 pounds.
If a team couldn't pull they were immediately detached from the weight,
a "sled" loaded with concrete blocks.
We were assured that the horses want to pull. And, indeed, they seemed excited and eager to get at it.
There seemed to be a trick to attach their harness to the weight just as they're anticipating the pull.
And who won? Out of 7 teams, Duke and his harness mate drew the required 15 feet and more. Except for one other stallion, he was the biggest horse in the competition, all Belgians;
the John Wayne of Belgians.
Yes, there were other animals at the fair, not to mention all the wonderful dogs that the visiting public brought. The people-watching was fun too.
Tomorrow, another batch of pictures.