What is it about the Herts County Show that it always seems to rain? I tell my daughter that if she ever gets married, she must never choose the weekend of the show. Actually today was just about OK in terms of weather - a few showers which could be avoided by nimble footwork into the many marquees. Tomorrow's weather outlook is perfectly foul. It's such a pity since it is a splendid event which further emphasises that this is still a rural and agricultural county.
We particularly enjoyed going through the livestock tents and seeing the magnificent prize animals - great Hereford and Charolais bulls, impossibly beautiful sheep, the massive Suffolk horses. For Dora and her friend the highlight was the Festival Circus. It had some wonderfully old-fashioned acts in a wonderfully old-fashioned circus tent. The finale was a Mongolian trapeze artist who must have been a top gymnast in his youth who performed heart-stopping stunts high above our heads swinging backwards and forwards on a rope with no safety net. The show alone was worth the price of the entry ticket.
CPRE was there of course with the excellent Kevin FitzGerald. He tells me that the latest rumour about the East of England plan is that the minister will not respond till September. That means probably a new minister - even Gordon Brown must realise what a complete mess Ruth Kelly has made. And it gives a few more valuable months to press our Hands Off Herts campaign. I was really pleased at the number of people at the Show today who asked about the campaign and took stickers. We can still make a difference.