4 Reasons to Visit Royal Cornwall Show

Royal Cornwall Show is about the same level of excitement for me as Christmas and here’s why…

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Royal Cornwall Show is just around the corner and here are five great reasons you should visit…

  1. Entertainment

If I even began to tell you how much goes on at Royal Cornwall Show I would be here all day, let alone the three days the show is on! With exciting performances and activities in the main ring all day to demonstrations at the lake, it’s a great place to sit back and relax with an ice cream or marvel at the death defying stunts of the motorcycle display team. There’s also plenty of places to enjoy live music and dance performances too!

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Inter Hunt Relay

2. Animals

Animals big and small are at the show, from the biggest Shire horse to the smallest insect at the Newquay Zoo stand. From talking sheep in the Countryside Area (trust me, it’s hilarious) to the happy little rabbits and guinea pigs in the pets section.

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Snoozing Pigs…

3. Shopping

My personal favourite, the shopping! There’s plenty of shopping to be done, from food to fashion, every taste (excuse the pun) is covered and you can shop safely in the knowledge that if it’s at the show it’s got to be good quality (and a lot of the time, Cornish!)

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The Food & Farming Tent

4. Family

There’s something for the whole family at the show and tonnes of activities for the little ones to get stuck into. The fairground is always a hit, especially for when you’ve eaten too much cotton candy and still get on the carousel (guilty). Plenty of animals to pet, machinery to see and ice creams to eat.

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From the Ferris Wheel

Are you going to the show this year? What’s your favourite part? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Ruth x

Exclusive Q&A with Alice & Country!

Answering all your burning questions about the luxury country clothing brand Alice & Country…

I’ve been lucky enough to catch up with the lovely Alice and find out a little more about her luxury country clothing brand Alice & Country. Make sure you keep reading until the end for an exclusive!

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Q: What inspired you to create a range of country clothing?

A:  Alice & Country began when I realised that I had nothing to wear to Badminton horse trials. I literally stood staring into my wardrobe and having that sinking feeling that nothing I had was appropriate! There was no way I could splurge £000 for tweed that I would wear probably only a few times, and it’s hard to look like an equestrian without being head to toe in tweed!

After talking to a lot of my horsey friends, I realised I wasn’t alone in this. Being an equestrian is a lifestyle not a hobby, and it’s frustrating when you can’t dress to reflect this. After lots of researching and market research, Alice & Country was born!

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Q: What do you do when you aren’t running Alice & Country? Are you involved in any country pursuits yourself?

A: When I’m not in my studio, I enjoy cross country running with my cockerjack Lola-who you may have seen on our Instagram! I live on the edge of beautiful countryside so it’s perfect for getting some fresh air!

I am also totally horse obsessed. I have a horse on loan that I ride and look after for a friend; it’s just outside my house so every time things get stressful in the office I’m in the saddle! I’m not into competing at the moment (nerves get the better of me) but when I eventually find time to have my own, I may consider getting back into show jumping as I LOVE popping over a few jumps now and again!

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Q: Have you always wanted to start your own business?

A: Being my own boss is something I’ve always wanted to do, yes. I worked for a lady after graduating who was an entrepreneur and she was so incredibly inspiring I decided to give it a go myself! I’m very ambitious, and I dream very big which does has its downfalls, but I really do believe that we can achieve anything if we put our mind to it.

I love the aspect of determining my own success, and having the freedom of working around my social life and other commitments. Sitting in a busy office 9-5 everyday just isn’t for me; if I wanted to start my own business I had to make the leap!

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Q: What makes Alice & Country clothing so special and unique?

A: I really feel that Alice & Country is filling a big gap in the country clothing market-I like to think of it as a midway point between Joules & Holland Cooper, both equally brilliant brands, but very different sides of the spectrum.

I wanted to combine colour, catwalk fashion AND tweed to create a look that can be worn at horse events, and on the high street. I’ve maintained the quality by using British tweed, and added colour and modern trends to make it appealing to girls like us!

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Q: What can we see next from Alice & Country? 

A: I’ve got a small handful of designs in the pipeline which should be released over the next month or so! I’m also already working on designs for the Winter (I know that seems crazy)!

Plus, I’m actually about to launch a bespoke service so people can design their own capes. I’ve had loads of people comment on my original cape and so I will be offering people the opportunity to work with me, pick out their tweed and tweak the cape to look however they want! This will be announced officially on the website some point over the upcoming week so keep an eye out!

A massive thank you to Alice for providing answers to all those questions and letting us in on her next project!

Make sure you check out the Alice & Country website and you can also find Alice on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest!

Ruth x

Our Bath Trip

A couple of weeks ago we packed our bags and headed off to Bath for a few days. I fell in love with Bath when we stayed in a tree house (!!) nearby just before Christmas 2014 (I’ll have to do a post on this one day). I thought I would just put together this post for anyone thinking of visiting the Bath area and to have a little collection of memories of our Bath trip.

Where we stayed:

We stayed at the Bath Arms, which is right next to Longleat. It’s a beautiful old building, with different quirky decor in every room. Keep an eye out for special offers and late availability, we managed to get a great deal on bed and breakfast for two nights.

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What we did:

On the second day of our trip we spent the whole day in Bath. We hopped on the park and ride nearby, which is so easy I highly recommend it. I love Bath, it’s easily my favourite city, but I have to say it’s even better at Christmas. It’s such a beautiful city, not too busy and it has great shops.

I picked up a few presents from Anthropologie and Cath Kitson as well as a little present for myself from Joules. Jack treated himself to a few bits from Jack Wills. We also visited the Royal Cresent and marveled at the gorgeous architecture.

Although we were right next to Longleat, it was closed that week. Oops, oh well we’ll just have to visit again soon. On our last day we stopped by to visit some of my family that live in Somerset. We had planned to climb up nearby Glastonbury Tor, as it was such lovely weather. But instead we decided to have a chilled day and I went riding with my Aunty in the beautiful sunshine. After being an avid rider for many  years then taking several years off when exams got in the way, I’ve only just stopped aching.

Where we ate:

On the first night we ate at the Bath Arms, we had a really yummy meal and I would highly recommend anyone in the area to go along. There’s also I lovely atmosphere in the restaurant and the pub, when we heard The Wurzels blaring out of the jukebox we knew we were definitely in Somerset (you can’t make this stuff up).

Our breakfasts were also really good, plenty of pastries and cereals, as well as lots to order from the kitchen. I had a massive tea pot all to myself every morning.

In Bath we ate at a cute little coffee shop, in one of the side streets. Then dessert had to be a Ben’s Cookie. I had a chocolate orange one, fresh from the oven. I’m drooling thinking about it…

On the second night we ate at the Mendip Inn. I had a ‘sizzler’ which was a hot iron plate straight from the oven with veggies sizzling away on it with spicy chicken on the top. With a few wraps on the side, it was a bit like making fajitas.

I hope you enjoyed my little round up of our trip to Bath and it might have given you some inspiration if you’re thinking of visiting! Next time we really want to squeeze in a visit to Yeo Valley and climb the Tor.

Ruth x

Farmer Ruth Recommends: AgriBuy

It’s a short one for you today, here’s a quick recommendation for all your machinery buying and selling needs! The website is Agribuy, but what makes it so good? Well for a person that judges companies based on their websites Agribuy have got design down to a T.

It’s simple to navigate and use, with easy search tools putting equipment in to categories such as; Grass and Silage, Harvesting and Livestock Equipment,then just hit search and away you go.I love the simplicity, you can literally find whatever you’re looking for in a matter of seconds. It’s also quick and easy to list an item, they say you can do it in 3 minutes!

Agribuy also offer finance options and have a handy terminology section explaining everything you need to know.

agribuyIf you’re looking to buy or sell machinery make sure you check out Agribuy.

Ruth x

The Ultimate Country Christmas Gift Guide

With Christmas just around the corner, we’ve rounded up the best gifts for the ultimate country Christmas…

It’s that time of year again! That’s right, I start singing ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ at the top of my lungs and have a diet fully sustained by mince pies. This year (to save me from tears? (too much?)) I’ve teamed up with the lovely Katie from Woes of Wellies to bring you the ULTIMATE Country Christmas Gift Guide, because we’re so generous, season of giving and all that.

  1. HiHo Silver

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The first on my list is HiHo. I have been a lover of HiHo for several years now, and for the past two years, I have been wearing one of their bangles, every.single.day. It’s honestly one of my favourite pieces I own (it must be to wear it everyday!). It goes with anything, it’s so robust it keeps up with farm life, and it still looks as good as new. I could talk about HiHo until the cows come home but the style and quality of their pieces are second to none. Your mum, sister, aunty, granny, boyfriend/girlfriend, anyone would be happy to receive a little purple box for Christmas, trust me!

2. Jack Wills

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 Any fan of loungewear or Jack Wills alike, will love their pyjama bottoms. Having bought a pair of these last year, and barely taken them off since, I can vouch for that. In fact, they are on my Christmas list again this year. They’re super comfy and cosy, and so easy to wear. I’ve been known to do yoga in them as well as go on the farm in them (under overalls). So trust me, pick up a pair for yourself and a pair for your friend, and let me know if they’re on your Christmas list next year? Plus they have lots of festive patterns too, which I yes, wore in August…

3. Rydale

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One for the fashion conscious of the household, Rydale’s pieces are timeless and affordable. Plus, they’re a bit of a wardrobe staple for boys and girls in young farmers. I have so many Rydale shirts in my wardrobe, but they are such good quality and so reasonable that I can’t stop myself and I simply couldn’t resist a Black Friday bargain too.However, if you fancy splashing the cash and treatin’ yo’self, make sure you head over to Katie’s blog to find the high end alternative.

4. Fairfax and Favor

Now, everyone knows Fairfax and Favor boots are the epitome of treatin’ yo’self. I think I would cry with happiness if they appeared under my tree. Alas I don’t expect to find them there (hence no photo of boots wrapped in pretty tinsel). So if you fancy a super treat for yourself or a loved one, these are sure to knock their socks off. If someone sees Santa, tell him I’ve been really good, yeah?

5. One for the Farmers

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Now practical presents never go a miss with the farmer in your life. And in these dark, cold winter months, what could be better than a torch? (Maybe some thermal socks). This torch is handy because it’s got two, yes two, lights on it. Not only that it’s also got a hook on it, so you can hang it up! I’m spoiling you aren’t I? (Who knew I’d be here taking pictures of a torch wrapped in tinsel…)

Here’s a few more last minute ideas for stocking fillers or secret santas:

  • The Cosy Hat what a genius idea! As someone with long hair, and likes to wear it up, hats are a no go. But these hats have a handy hole to pop your pony tail through, genius!
  • My Horse Box, a subscription box, perfect for the horse mad member of your family.
  • Sophie Allport, no country kitchen is complete without a touch of Sophie Allport. Simply beautiful designs for all budgets.

Ruth x

5 Best Bits of Royal Cornwall Show

Having the Post-Royal Cornwall Show blues? Yeah, me too. Here are 5 of my best bits from the show.

If you’re anything like me then you’ll be currently suffering with the Post-Royal Cornwall Show blues, so to make myself feel better, and to remind myself of what a lovely show it was, I’ve put together my top 5 best bits of the Royal Cornwall Show 2016.

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#1 Food & Farming

The Food and Farming tent is a main point in the show, and no show would be complete without a trip to it. It contains all the best of Cornish food and drink, and it is yummy. My particular favourites this year were; The Cornish Country Cordials (say that 5 times fast!) and they had the most delicious mocktails, which were so beautifully refreshing and such a wonderful idea! It was no wonder they had sold out by the end of the show.

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Mocktails!
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#2 Pimms!

Pimms and the sun go hand in hand, add in a dash of the show and its the perfect combination. Nothing makes me feel like summer is finally here like a glass of Pimms! I shared a jug with a few friends in the members pavilion.

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#3 Shearing

Royal Cornwall holds a purpose built sheep shearing building, at which crowds gather to see some of the world’s best shearers battle it out against one another for who can shear the sheep fastest. It is seriously impressive and they make it look a lot easier than it is, trust me!

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The show is still very much an agricultural show, a place to do business and catch up with old friends. I believe it is extremely beneficial for the agricultural industry, that even though the industry is going through hard times with the falling prices, that everyone can still come together and celebrate successes in the show ring with one another.

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#5 The Main Ring

Now, the main ring, the hub of the entertainment at the show. Each year I thoroughly enjoy whatever the main ring has to offer, and this year was no exception. My top pick this year was the inter-hunt relay competition. It was truly wonderful to see these long established hunts doing their thing in the ring and how well behaved the hounds were (lots of bribery).

Sneaky #6..The Shopping!

What? No, I’ve always had these shoes…

Thanks to Royal Cornwall Show for putting on another great show! Only 358 days to go!

Leave me a comment and tell me your favourite part of the show…

Ruth x