Six (plus) word Saturday: when the judging doesn’t quite go your way

Seen at the Helensville A& P (Agricultural & Pastoral) Show; young boy resting on his calf after judging the calf show. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

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26 thoughts on “Six (plus) word Saturday: when the judging doesn’t quite go your way

    • He did look pretty fed up, but at least didn’t have to face the indignity one boy did, when the bull calf he was showing decided to sit down in the middle of judging. That poor kid couldn’t get the animal to stand up again and the frustration on his face ….
      I love A&P shows; they are like all the best bits of old-fashioned New Zealand. Farm kids showing off the calves and lambs they’ve reared, baking and jam-making competitions, farm machinery, wood-chopping, Highland dancing, lots of food you’re not allowed to eat the rest of the time …
      I lived in a small town for a while as a kid, and the A&P show was the highlight of the year. When all the farm community would come together. I couldn’t resist going to the show on Saturday. Luckily the Big T has similar memories to me so we both enjoyed it. Hope you’re having a great weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

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      • Iยดve never been to a similar event but would really love too! It sounds like so much fun – well, except when your calf looses ๐Ÿ˜‰
        Especially the part about Highland dances and lots of food are very attractive to me ๐Ÿ˜€
        Have a lovely week! xxxxxxx

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      • We can add going to an A&P show to your itinerary for the NZ trip! I’m having a lazy week; caught a cold and am feeling a bit slow. Hope your week is going well. xxxxx ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • I had a lot of those infections when I was a kid but this is definitely the worst I had so far ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
        The meds don’t seem to work and I’m kind of loosing hope… (it’s already the 2nd round) Sorry – there’s nothing worse than selfpity! Please take care of your cold and keep those airways clear! Have a lovely weekend! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜š xxxxx

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      • Oh Sarah, I’m so sorry. I really do understand and empathise. I attack all my colds with lots of garlic and chilli to help keep my sinuses clear, but that only works in the early stages. I’ve tried those horrible saline rinse-things too. Actually that did seem to work one time. Sending you huge healing hugs and love xxxxx

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      • Thank you so much for your huge healing hugs! ๐Ÿ˜š I’m sending some right back to you!
        Garlic, chili, ginger and mustard can definitely help a great deal but foremost with viral infections I think. I like to use them too then. Aargh! Saline rinses – I did those too when I was a kid and nearly ruined my mucuos membranes! I doubt that real seawater would be that desastrous.
        I’m going to try to distract and comfort myself today by watching all the Harry Potter movies – it’s been a couple of years now since I last watched them and I always do that when feeling poorly ๐Ÿ˜‰
        xxxxxxx

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      • Oh I wish I was there too. I’ve never binge-watched all the Harry Potter movies, though I do periodically re-read the book series. I love the idea of watching the kids grow up on screen, and seeing the tone of the movies change. I think ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban’ is my favourite movie. Take care and get well soon. xxxxxx

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      • Ok, I have to admit that I didnยดt manage to watch them all on one day… it was simply too much ๐Ÿ˜‰ So I divided them on two and tonight itยดs going to be the last part. Donยดt really look much forward to it though as I always end up bawling ๐Ÿ˜‰
        I also love to reread the books every once in a while, theyยดre simply magic – beautifully written, and the imagination is just wonderful – I always wish that I had come up with it ๐Ÿ˜‰ Actually Iยดm rereading the last part right now ๐Ÿ˜‰
        The prisoner of Azkaban is also my favorite movie!!! and book I think ๐Ÿ™‚ Alfonso Caron did a marvelous job! As well as all the actors of course. Itยดs in this part that one can grasp what fine actors those kids are going to be… stunning. The only unnerving thing is that itยดs the first time I watch a movie with Alan Rickman in it after he died… still canยดt quite believe… makes me even bawl more! Or maybe itยดs just because Iยดm not well ๐Ÿ˜‰ (actually it isnยดt, Iยดm build near water ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) xxxxxx

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      • The first Alan Rickman film I watched after he died was “Die Hard” (wince!). It was on TV one night we were feeling a bit brain-dead and I’d forgotten he was in it. BTW: have you ever seen “Truly, Madly, Deeply”? It is the first film I ever saw Alan Rickman in and he was utterly brilliant. It’s a great movie. If you ever watch it, bring lots of tissues and maybe buckets. It’s funny and sad and uplifting and always has me in tears.

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      • Ouch! That’s really not a good title after that – but I remember he was really good at being evil ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also be looked great, same time I think, like Robin Hood.
        Aww – “Truly…” is I a of my favourite movies ever!!! I’m also a huge fan of Juliet Stevenson, she was so stunning in this one, wasn’t she? I watch it every once in a while and I think it’s time for another rewatch… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • We really are kindred spirits! It’s one of my favourites too. Juliet Stevenson is amazing. She has a really powerful presence. Have you seen ‘Drowning by Numbers’? It’s a bit older than Truly … and was made by Peter Greenaway who studied painting and makes films that are visually like Rembrandt paintings. Definitely worth seeing if you can find it. xxxxx

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      • No, I haven’t yet and just googled it – sounds absolutely fantastic! Will definitely look out for a copy, local library, Amazon… ๐Ÿ˜„ Thank you!
        She’s also reading audio books and is absolutely magnificent at it! If you want to give it a go, try out “Never let me go” by Kazuo Ishiguro or

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