On Friday we’d made arrangements to go the the Kent County show. It’s our county fair that’s become a tradition of sorts and something that we look forward to during the build up.
Unfortunately we all had an early start. You could say our day started at 2am. When our son woke up in a fit of tears because he wanted to watch Fireman Sam in bed. Then shortly after he wanted his Humpty Dumpty teddy moved outside his door. They can be strange little things, toddlers. But for the rest of the early hours he joined us in our bed snoozing away.
We snoozed until 6am when one of Mr Firstooths silly alarms went off. One I told him not to set, because we won’t get up, it was an unnecessary alarm to wake us up. Then 6am crept upon us and there was the alarm, along with two spritely toddlers whose eyes sprung open the second they heard it.
On a positive note, we may have been tired but we arrived extremely early to the Kent County Show.
We met up with my parents who were happily tucking into a bacon roll already and sipping coffees. So we topped up our caffeine levels with them before heading off for a browse.
This year felt much easier than last year. There wasn’t a heatwave, which was lovely and also the kids are much more mobile. Mobile children does come with their own problems. But I find it much easier getting them involved with what’s going on, rather than being strapped in a pushchair. This year my little one loved her freedom. She nabbed Grandad Firstooth and they wandered hand in hand around the farm animals. While we followed behind.
Our little boy was very grumpy most of the morning. He’s not a big fan of crowds and he must have been very tired too. I was a little snappy with him because it is disappointing when you’re so looking forward to a day as a family. But I should have lowered my expectations, he is still very small which we forget sometimes. It feels like he’s always been apart of our lives, not only for two years.
We moseyed around the tractors and stalls, chatting with the sales people. I’m a sucker for prettily designed stalls. If it’s sat on a stall covered in flowers, candles and all kinds of girly objects, if you tell me to buy it – I probably will. After our near loss of fifty pounds on a pair of trousers, we thought it was time for a coffee break.
All around the fairground there are plenty of places to stop for drinks. Which is heaven for my dad as he’s quite partial to a coffee. The area we sat in was lovely. We were shaded by trees, right next to a tractor for our children to muse over and it was fairly picturesque outside of the hustle and bustle. We were there for a nice amount of time taking pictures, doing strange walks with the kids and collecting sticks. Sticks that we had to keep hold of all day. Of course.
The next part is something myself and my dad look forward to. The wine tasting. Mr f and Granny F took the kiddies into a play tent while we enjoyed tasting a gorgeous selection of wine. Not as many as last year, which was probably best as we left the wine tent with a slight buzz before. If it hadn’t of cost around two hundred pounds for a case and we could have bought individual bottles, I probably would have treated myself. There’s nothing more satisfying than a crisp glass of wine at the end of the day.
The play tent next door was brilliant for children. It was set-up by a church and the staff were absolutely lovely. They’d laid out play-doh, pens and our kids thoroughly enjoyed making odd things. They mostly made large balls with all of the play-doh moulded together. Mr Firstooth made a hot dog and burger, sometimes he just can’t resist.
We must have been tasting wine and playing in the kids tent for quite a while because all of a sudden we were looking for lunch. Then spent about an hour deciding what we fancy. There are two food areas at the Kent County show, with other little food carts dotted around. In these areas are a wide variety of food stalls. From Kentish, to Thai, to American, it’s all there. So deciding seemed to feel a lot more important than it was, but once we tucked into our meals we were very happy. Big juicy burgers, chips and chicken wraps.
We then needed desert. Naturally after spending a days wages on lunch, we weren’t finished on our food spending spree and bought a lovely little tub of strawberries. Locally grown of course. They were large, juicy and bright red – I’m aware of how sordid that may sound. Our little boy started scoffing his strawberries and became more concerned that his sister, standing nowhere near him, was going to eat them and he ended up dropping them all. Granny Firstooth felt sorry for him and donated hers as she sadly threw the grit-covered ones in the bin.
The shows were brilliant, the food stalls were tasty, the clothing was gorgeous and the goodie bags were filled with practical bits and bobs. We had such a lovely day I couldn’t fit it all into a post really. The kids enjoyed watching the diving dogs and the motorbike jumps. They had so much fun exploring the ground and testing out all the toys at every stand available. The sheds were also a huge hit, I think we enjoyed browsing them too. I’m not sure you ever grow out of the enjoyment you get from being in a shed.
We arrived shortly before 10am and left after 6pm. Finishing our day with smoothies, chips and coffee. It was an incredibly long day but seemed to fly by in a flash. We came home with some lovely little pieces and snapped up some bargains, which we’re really pleased with. Although Mr F’s wallet wasn’t too impressed. I was so proud of how well my little ones behaved, they were exhausted when we left but maintained smiles all day.
The two last photos sums up perfectly the nature of taking staged pictures. It’s never quite perfect but un-perfect is sometimes better.
Next year will be a completely different scenario again because they’ll both be a year older. Hopefully we’ll find it just as easy, if not easier than this year. It’s always a little daunting when we take two toddlers out for an entire day but they always (most of the time) amaze us with how well they take to situations.
So rest assured if you’re planning on taking small children to the Kent County Show there’s plenty there to keep them entertained and occupied. Or if you’re planning on going without kids, then make sure you hit those wine tasting tents early and enjoy your day!
(Bonus Footage: Our son doesn’t like using public restrooms because he’s scared of the hand-dryer so he uses trees quite a lot to pee on. Which nobody bats an eyelid at. We do it because we have to, not because we want to, although it is convenient. But towards the end of the day we were sitting having a drink and he started jumping saying he needed a poo. We all looked at eachother with horror. There weren’t even any toilets near to where we were and he wasn’t going to wait to find some.
It was a nervous moment as he selected who would walk him towards the trees behind a truck. Luckily it wasn’t me. Mr F walked with a pack of wipes in one hand and a bouncy toddler on the other. He looked defeated.
Then they reappeared. Our little boy skipped to us with sheer delight that he’d just taken a dump in a field – nowhere anyone walks. He wanted to show off his masterpiece and dragged me off to see. I never thought I’d be asked that question.) Kent County Show Kent County Show
This picture is terrible for the exposure, but it’s probably one of my favourites.
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