Sometimes it's difficult to bang the tether pins in deep enough because of rocky ground and the horses pull up their pins. Banana had got loose early in the morning and was wandering around the village green, dragging her chain, she hadn't been taken by aliens, but quite a good crop circle.
2nd June, 584 miles,The Moorcock Inn, a nice friendly pub.
The next day headed north east to Kirkby Stephen. This is stunning countryside and lovely travelling. Went on to Soulby, which is a nice friendly village. Several other wagons already there, I pulled on to some good grass. When the horses are working so hard they need good grass with plenty of clover. Some travellers tried to have a deal with me for Banana and Belle but they were unwilling to offer the money I wanted.
Yoking up the horses in the morning at Soulby.
Other wagons at Soulby.
On the way into Appleby I sold Banana the Haflinger, for a mutually acceptable price. She had worked hard and done her best, but I cannot have too many horses and the whole reason for going to horse fairs is to trade horses. I had got her in February and had got her much better trained in that time, and did the best I could. Now she was away, it would be much easier for me.
Going along the flash road to the fair.
On Wednesday 5th June I drove over to Appleby and then out to Brampton.The fair does not officially start until Thursday and you are not allowed to pull onto the fair until 4am in the morning. This seems an eccentric time of day to me and I have listened to travellers yoking up at 3:30am and cursing and queuing in traffic along the flash road, so they can get their favourite pitch. I'm much happier pulling in about 10am and taking my chances.
Appleby is a good time to chat to old friends.
Appleby is a great place to see lots of wagons.
The weather was perfect and Appleby was really good this year, very friendly and mellow I really enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones. Managed to sell some old harness and make a profit on it.
There are cobs everywhere
Ponies have to be tried.
By Monday many people have left.
A bit of rubbish and litter is left but within an hour most of it in this field had been cleared up. A lot of the rubbish is generated by market traders and day visitors to the fair who are not Gypsys or travellers, and the mess is comparable to any rock festival, motor rally etc. The media often likes to focus on litter at Appleby because it is advantageous for them to negatively stereotype Gypsys and travellers.