One of my favourite things to do in the fall is visit the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto at Exhibition Place. Farm animals - all kinds of them from all over North America compete for blue ribbons and their keepers and groomers take amazing care of these prize animals.
A line of Brown Swiss await their turn but these girls have got their hay and have decided like many others they might as well take a break - are they old hands at this? One would think.
Just a few of the wonderful creatures I saw at "The Royal." Tomorrow, I'll post some more.
You may or may not be amused by my complete delight in the fair - for me, it's a tradition. One of my sons came with me, and laughed afterwards -"Mother you're hilarious the way you croon to all the animals - 'oh look at you you're the most beautiful horse (sheep, calf, lamb, llama etc.). I remember with great fondness, going to "The Royal" as a child with my family and spending inordinate amounts of time in the Horse Palace, which of course was exactly the same this time. I so love those horses. My mother knew I wouldn't be lost if I was missing - she always knew where to find me. And so with my son.
There's something so joyous about renewing tradition with one's family - son, daughter, father, cousin, mother, brother. These things are somehow more precious as the days go by and we age.
And "The Royal" - well it's just plain special, even though it's changed a lot. It's still wonderful.
Hope you find some wonderful tradition to share with your family -close or extended - today or soon.