The Bermudian Good Life

20 Apr

Homemade jams, prize-winning butternut squash, goat parades and dressage contests… you may think I’m describing a typical country fair in rural England, with green-wellied visitors and WI staff on the cake stalls. The weather would be a little showery, but people would nonetheless have a “jolly good time”.

But actually, these were some of the things I saw during my first experience of Bermuda’s Ag Show (or the Bermuda Annual Exhibition as it’s formally known). There were farmyard animals, bountiful fruit, blooming flowers and homemade baked goods – but flip flops and glorious sunshine in place of the wellies and showers!

The Ag Show is a huge three day event in Bermuda with schools making art displays and individuals nurturing plants and vegetables which are then judged and awarded prizes. It takes place in the Botanical Gardens, a large park just outside the capital of Bermuda, dotted with flowerbeds and hanging baskets overflowing with colour. This year there was also a range of farmyard animals competing for prizes including pigs, goats, calves, rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks, chickens and pigeons with funny peacock-esque feathers!

Alongside the exhibition of animals and foods, there were shows and displays throughout the day including dressage competitions, goat parades and – my favourite – a Dog Agility show, which involved a variety of dogs ranging in age and energy levels jumping through hoops and over hurdles. Some were nippy and sped around the course in seconds; others sauntered round the poles, stopping occasionally to sniff the air – as if looking for the nearest barbecue stall they could head to instead.

The atmosphere throughout the day was wonderful – children giggling with glee at the smelly pigs, parents examining their children’s Recyclable Critters, reading their spindly handwriting with pride, and families laughing and clapping at the animal shows. Everything was organic, homemade and natural – a world away from the traffic and general island hubbub – and it made me long for a veggie patch of my own (and a pet dog I could train to jump over things!) A taste of the Bermudian Good Life!

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4 Responses to “The Bermudian Good Life”

  1. Don Lewis 20 April, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    Keep the updates coming…I never thought I would learn so much about life in another country … hope you are well etc etc. Don

    • suscatty 21 April, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

      Thanks Don, appreciate you taking the time to read my ramblings! 🙂

  2. Matt 20 April, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Gutted the shot of the bird was only second place, I was expecting to see the winner. Deeply upset.

    • suscatty 21 April, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

      Hi Matt

      Unfortunately the winner wasn’t in the mood to show off his feathers for a photo! Probably having a diva tantrum about the cage being painted the wrong colour… 😉

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