Royal Easter Show 2014

Royal Easter Show

 

Roll up!  Roll up!  All the fun of the Royal Easter Show!  There are a few things that our Royal Easter Show experience needs to have.  Fairy floss, some sort of weird food on a stick, animal inspections, live exhibitions, looking at things like cakes way too pretty to eat, gigantic pumpkins and floral displays, sucking it up on rides that make your legs wobbly, the eternal search for the kewpie doll on a cane hoop of my childhood, and showbags!

Showbags weren’t a feature of my childhood show, the Canterbury A&P Show, where my Farm Granddad used to show his prize sheep.  We’ve adopted them as a part of Boyo’s annual Birthday Festival.  One of the benefits of having your birthday in the school holidays every single year!

 

Royal Easter Show

Woodchopping is an essential part of the Royal Easter Show experience, right? The skinny bloke on the left was the winner winner chicken dinner. Might have been a bit awkward around the family dinner table, because that’s his champion dad on the right.

 

Royal Easter Show

I was thrilled to introduce Boyo to the delights of watching sheep dogs in action working with sheep, instead of herding small children in nearby parks in our urban environment. Extra points to me for telling Boyo all about putting sheep in a crush so they could be easily drenched before the demonstrator did. Hello farmer’s daughter!  Might have lost a point or two when Boyo misunderstood the term “drench” and thought the sheep were going to be soaked.

 

Royal Easter Show

Are these not the prettiest cows you’ve ever seen? OK, Jersey cows have gorgeous long eyelashes and a pretty coat but the pale grey on these gorgeous girls was almost powder blue. Oh, just so pretty.

 

Royal Easter Show

Love the Cattle Day Spa. They get groomed from horn to hoof.

 

Royal Easter Show

Look! It’s a Pokeboyo in the wild! Gotta catch ’em all!

 

Royal Easter Show

The newest exhibit at the Royal Easter Show was extremely popular. Who doesn’t love animatronic dinosaurs?!

 

Royal Easter Show

This is the food phenomenon known as Chips on a Stick. Dear gods, you have no idea how good, yet so very bad, they are!

 

Royal Easter Show

45 stories high. 5 second drop. Boyo rocked it!

 

Royal Easter Show

My throat was still sore the following day from screaming my lungs out on the Space Roller. I officially retired from rides after that experience.  I’m also scared yet strangely fascinated by carnies.

 

Royal Easter Show

“Nothing beats drinking joe with my bro”. Just hanging out with the hamboning Rigby.

 

Royal Easter Show

So, we thought we were being smart by buying Boyo his Pokemon showbag on the way in to avoid the queues. Turns out the lure of the Showbag Hall cannot be underestimated. One Original Idiot Showbag containing one Potty Putter toilet golf game equals one very happy Boyo.

 

Royal Easter Show

So hipster right now

 

Royal Easter Show

Sunshine of my life

 

What I Wore | Royal Easter Show

Royal Easter ShowComfort is the order of the day for the Royal Easter Show.  We left the house at 7.45 to catch the early bus.  We walked home from the bus about 4.15 pm.  That 7 minute walk seemed to take a lot longer on the way home.  Apart from the half an hour bus trips, we sat down for about 20 minutes during the day.  It is not the day for too tight jeans or breaking in new shoes!

I tamed my tresses with a gorgeous twisty head wrap from Summerblossom featuring very pretty little gold studs.  Sunglasses were an essential – it is hot and glarey at Sydney Olympic Park.  My Witchery coral bag got pressed into service yet again – it is easy to carry and holds a surprising amount, plus tassels.  I love tassels!  It is the perfect travel day bag.

I kept it pretty simple with pretty Sportsgirl studded earrings and a divinely pretty Uberkate Fine heart necklace, my Usual Suspects silver bangles and my Mimco Sportivo watch.  Can I just take a moment to reflect that watches are really a whole lot more awesome when you remember to change the time and date occasionally?

I swooped on these cotton knit cold shoulder tops at Kmart recently – one in blue and one in coral and $12 a pop.  The shaped hem is more flattering than a straight across cut, and the hint of skin on the cold shoulder works well for bingo wing disguise mode.

Keeping it extremely comfortable in Virtu draped jersey pants.  These pants, on paper, shouldn’t work at all.  Elastic waisted, tapered ankles, side pockets, front pleating – all the things that are supposed to be avoided in pants unless you’re a teeny tiny person.  Yet the genius fabric drapes without clinging and the ankle ruching is flattering for cankles (definitely more pronounced after a whole day walking and standing).

The elastic waist can be adjusted to the most flattering position for different body types.  For me, it is just under my belly button and above my hips.  Any higher and the fabric creates a pouch for your tummy – so not flattering.  Too low and the dreaded muffin top makes an appearance. This exact style is no longer available but as it is a style staple, there’s something similar in many different shops.  Quality fabric is the key, ‘kay?

Nike hi tops are the bomb for comfort – can’t beat a gold swoosh, right?

Did you go to the Royal Easter Show this year?  What are your must see and your hell no picks?

 

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