Spent a very enjoyable day in an equestrian centre “up North”, looking at tractors … really! Is this one of the “standard” must-see events in Ireland? Well, maybe not … but if you are at all interested in scale models and/or farming, you might do worse than head for the show laid on by the Moira Farm & Construction Model Club. A ramble through a countryside made of miniatures (from the more toy-like to finely detailed scale models). And an established event in the carpet-farming calendar – every last weekend in October the club members and guests gather in the Danescroft Equestrian Centre (just outside Lisburn) for a Friday evening and a whole Saturday of scaled farming fun.
For me 2014 was a first … convincing Herself that it would be fun (which, she admitted, it actually was), we headed off towards Belfast, missed the exit, headed further towards the capital, turned around, then spotted AA signs and finally trundled along a small country lane (which, thankfully, had no big tractors coming). Park, give our contact George a quick call, head inside. And after getting used to the aroma of an equestrian centre (this is not for fickle city noses, I’m tellin’ ya) we had a good chin-wag, the a decent look around and so on …
And marvelled at the variety. From vintage toys lovingly presented in a scenic setting to the just-launched Kane trailer in miniature, from the complete Kane factory in 1/32 (it is just around the corner, so to say) to a rural wedding in the same scale, from pristine tractors to really mucky muckspreaders. And with some ingenious use of household and natural materials in the dioramas. And all in a very friendly atmosphere. No competition to out-do fellow modellers, no pedantic criticism as to the grass being slightly too thick, not the right shade of green, and not weathered at all. Loads of humorous scenes, and always the trusted Britains border collie, and even an ice-bucket challenge in miniature.
Oh well, here are the images: