Great Dorset Steam Fair 2013

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Great Dorset Steam Fair logo
Great Dorset Steam Fair logo
Michelle and I spent a very enjoyable day yesterday at the Great Dorset Steam Fair. The fair runs from Wednesday to Sunday in late August each year and is, I think, the largest event of its sort in the world. You can see all sorts of old traction engines and old farm machinery, with an emphasis on seeing things in action. My favourite field is over on the east of the site, where you can see sections dedicated to horses and horse ploughing, threshing and wood sawing, along with various halls for crafts and food. With a fair wind we’d love to exhibit there next year.

We wore our Huff and Puff T-shirts and made some new friends. We saw the most splendid vintage baler – see photos below – which was putting out the most incredibly compact, square-ended bales that you could hardly lift. I do get quite excited now when I find good, construction quality bales, but that goes with the territory I guess!

I’ve been looking for work to do during the winter months when we can’t build with straw or render and we keep coming back to the idea of shepherds’ huts. Having done a bit of research I think there are probably in excess of six companies making huts in Dorset alone, and they do seem incredibly popular at the moment. Some are of awesome quality, but I’m not convinced about the eco-credentials of the ones I’ve seen. Along with quality I think that would be what we’d like to focus on. What do you think? What would you like to use a hut for?

4 thoughts on “Great Dorset Steam Fair 2013

  1. I would like one built from sustainable wood that is locally sourced if possible and painted with linseed oil or a linseed oil based paint. Ideally at least part of it would be the colour of bluebells and buttermilk! I would like a stable door and a ‘hobbit’ wood burner. A fitted bed with storage underneath, and several windows, at least one of them being arched or circular if possible.

    I would keep it in the garden and use it for having friends and family to stay in. I would also hide away in there with some knitting or a good book for some ‘me-time’! I would let the cat in with me to curl up on my lap and keep warm near the wood burner. However, it would be a chicken and duck free zone! I would also use it for studying so that I wasn’t distracted by ‘housework- eek’ and a hungry husband in the house!

    When can you start? 😉

  2. Hi Brian,

    Sorry for the delay replying! I don’t see why not, However even full size ones do not seem overly large inside – although with lots of clever use of space they seem ample, even for a family. I think probably even a normal sized hut wouldn’t be too big for a couple of children – plus then grown ups could use it too!


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