Well, I always say that you have to be in it to win it, and that was the case at this years Norfolk Island A&H show.
We were honored to be part of the show and were so excited at the entry price of 50 cents for each item, that I probably entered twice as much as I should have, but as an entry for one of my paintings was $20 at the Sunshine Coast show, 50 cents was a real bargain.
My photography had to be entered a week prior to the show, but on the morning, We had to get up bright and early to pick and label all the hibiscus to enter them By 9am.
I had been up late the night before making a cheesecake, scones and a failed pavlova that wasn't beaten enough, as Teddy woke up at 11pm- ish and said, Mum, could you stop making that noise, I am trying to sleep!
In the end, the kids(who were still asleep when I picked their flowers) and I had entered our scones, cheesecake, cut flowers geraniums,hibiscus and even acalypha leaves,black and white drawings,acrylic paintings,mosaic, jewellery, article in Macrame,hand painted fabric article,sculpture, many photos in black and white and colour and multiples in every subject(about 19 subjects), avocado's &our(very small) carrots,and would have entered our snow peas, but had eaten them all fresh from the garden 2 days earlier.
It was really nice to share our first Norfolk Show with Mandy, Dave and Bronte as well as Emily and Sarah. We watched the girls competing in the equestrian events and both did very well..... see Mary's blog click here http://devonhouse.blogspot.com/ for more details on the show.
We then got to enjoy the rides a horse carousel that I remember being on at the Christmas picnics as a child and a huge blow up slide, we got a showbag, this one contained a whole packet of Tim-Tams.
Then after the opening ceremony, which we ate tim-tams during, we headed inside the hall to excitedly see our prize haul.
As Mary said, Fletcher Christian apartments scooped the prize pool for the hibiscus, with Teddy, Sienna and Bronte winning first, second and third place for the single and double hibiscus and also for the only enries of acalypha leaves(redbush).
I do believe that we have some of the best collection of Hibiscus plants on the Island.
As we walked around the hall, we saw some amazing produce and creativity. We all got prizes, Mary, Kim, the Kids and myself,
I proudly won the best uncooked cheesecake and Kim won the best cooked one.
I also won a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for my underwater photography and other scattered 2nd's and 3rd's for my other photography(actually,all the underwater photos shown are mine)
and prizes for my mosaic using beach glass that Mandy got off the wall at the last minute to submit, an acrylic painting, jewellery and the funniest one was the only entry in the Macrame section, so I won 1st prize for the friendship bracelet that I had made as a demonstration at Marys a few days before............. see Mary's blog again, under lavender and friendship and you will see how it was made.
My award winning Macrame Everyone looking at a Photo featuring Liam on Bounty day that won first place.