I went by train on the Heart of Wales line, which is probably the most picturesque rail journey in Wales, winding its way through from Shropshire to Swansea. At the railway station I got on, you had to hail the driver for him to stop the train, like getting on a bus!
The show was fun – it was part of the Smallholders’ show but I mostly stayed in the Wonderwool area. There were lots of yummy fibres and yarns, and lots of local producers and processors of the fibres. And craftspeople from all over the UK.
There were also animals there! Here are a couple of alpacas which I fell in love with!
And lots of different sorts of British sheep, which I found fascinating because up to now I thought sheep were sheep and didn’t realise they were so different and individual.
These are Ryeland sheep. They have such sweet faces. A lady there told me that apparently their wool doesn’t felt, which makes it useful if you don’t want it to!
This is the Wensleydale longwool – its wool was very soft!
This is the Jacobs sheep. There were lots of other coloured sheep there with different variations of colours between black, grey, browns as well as whites. I wished at this point that I wasn’t travelling on the train because it precluded me buying lots of fibre but I did buy a drop spinning kit from Hedgehog Equipment who are based near Abergavenny which isn’t that far from Newport. I picked up lots of leaflets with links to websites so I can find them again readily if I take to it!
There were also angora goats in another of the sheds. At least, I hope they are angora goats – I get very confused with the non-wool fibres…