In the absence of Eskdale tup show today, I thought I'd do a repeat of last years for the sheep geeks, so here's a wee thread.

With an early start (and the benefit of a not-Bank Holiday weekend) the road over Hardknott isn't too busy. At the top, look out for the guardsheep
If you can sneak past the sheep (and it isn't raining), do have a walk up to Border End for a cracking view of the Scafell range
After all this, I was still early last year - the show doesn't start until dinnertime. So I had a wander over the road towards Penny Hill...
Always sure of a warm welcome at Penny Hill, I thought...
Still, I got the shot I had in mind anyway, of their pristine tups in their carriage heading up the lane to the show
By the time I got there, Si was already helping out tying numbers on to the tup hoggs for the amateur judging competition. Anyone would think butter wouldn't melt
Ah, yes - the "amateur" judging. Never has a competition been so mis-named...
Here, for instance, are renowned Herdy breeders Mayson Weir and George Harryman considering their entries
And the rest of the entrants - note Nikki in the middle, the eventual winner of the competition 🙂
On, then, to the competition proper. Glenn Wilkinson judged last year, and if there's anybody knows one end of a Herdwick from t'other, it's Glenn. This was back in the pre- @herdwicktweed cap days, so he was still wearing Old Faithful at the time
And so the afternoon drifted past, in the glorious weather (don't listen to anybody who tells you it ever rains at Eskdale tup show) and pleasant company, as Glenn worked his way through all the different classes
At the end of the day, who should be announced winner but this year's biggest telly star? How about that for a magnificent shaggy beast?
Eskdale tup fair overall champion 2019: Andrew Harrison #SheepOfTheDay
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