Country Fair

The annual Cornish Steam and Country Fair is always a fun event, attended by fans of vintage steam-driven farm machinery and by anyone who enjoys seeing humans and animals in competition.

These authentic caravans are furnished with charming old built-in beds and stoves. Their owner grows onions on her farm and could be seen stringing them for sale.

Jobbing blacksmiths demonstrated the farrier's craft.

A tiny steam-powered organ.

One of many impeccably maintained and presented vintage cars to be seen at the show.

Driving a steam roller when you are the youngest competitor in the show is a very serious business.

No one minds looking a bit silly perched on the end of a scaled-down steam engine when they are part of the parade. We heard that even these small machines are worth about £35,000!

Lining up to drive around the show arena.

This magnificent steam roller's beautiful lines make it the equivalent of a Mercedes, I feel.

Before the final parade, visitors were invited to come onto the field to take photographs and put questions to the dedicated owners of these noble beasts. Goodness knows what they must be worth.

Threshing machines like this one were in use all over the county, going from farm to farm.

This enthusiastic little dog, rescued by the RSPCA and trained for agility competitions, loved jumping bars, tearing through tunnels and over obstacles with a doggy smile on its happy face.

This road roller driver was very amused when he used the noisy steam whistle to warn me of his approach. I jumped pretty high.

It was good humour all the way at the Cornish Steam and Country Fair.

Steam Comes to Our Station

"The extremely successful Great Britain rail tour enters its seventh year with another interesting and varied itinerary covering high profile main lines as well as highly scenic routes. The steam-hauled tour begins at London Victoria and on day one takes the Southern main line to Exeter and then the Great Western main line along the sea wall at Dawlish, over Saltash Bridge, and on to Falmouth."

I crossed the road to our tiny station and waited for the noble beast to steam through. The noise as the engine and it's 14 carriages rumbled past was powerful and impressive, a relic from the past which has been lovingly preserved by enthusiasts.