Victory at the Village show!

August 26, 2013

I’ve been working so hard on Catherine’s garden design that before I knew it, the Northmoor Village show was on and my friend Elaine threatened me with unfriending, (only joking), if I didn’t enter some category. Also my friend Julie asked me to take photos for the village archives and so, at the last minute, I entered my map in the painting category and this morning I baked a flammekuche on puff pastry as a savoury flan entry.

I got to the village early and there already was a lot of stuff there. Check out the little spider hitchhiker on Elaine’s geraniums. 🙂


Everyone was bringing in their entries and the tables started filling up.

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There were so many vegetable entries it looked fantastic.

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The crafts were amazing. How can people see to do these fine stitches? Wow!

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There were flower arrangements, preserves, baking of all sorts, adult and children’s crafts, limericks, paintings and a men only category of lemon meringue pies.

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The rosettes and awards were all waiting to be placed and everyone had to leave for the judging.

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And wait a couple of hours.

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I snuck back five minutes early to get some photos of the judging…

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And then everyone was allowed back in.

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There were awards, and jokes and smiles and laughter.


I was anxious to see how my painting fared and when I saw my painting, it had a huge red rosette and a best of show sign! Wow.

Here are second and third prize winners.

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Then I brought the map and rosette home and photographed it to show you.

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Here it is! Meadow seedpods and gold finch.
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You know the most gratifying part of this whole show was sitting at a table within earshot of the paintings and overhearing people say lovely things about my map. That was absolutely golden for me. 🙂

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  • Reply Sara v August 26, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Congratulations Veronica!!! I’m so happy for you and your goldfinches–that is a lovely painting 🙂

    • Reply Veronica August 26, 2013 at 10:28 am

      Oh my gosh Sara, thank you so much. I couldn’t believe it! I’m so happy with the response the map got. 🙂

  • Reply Africanaussie August 26, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Congratulations – what a beautiful painting, you deserve first prize 🙂

    • Reply Veronica August 26, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      Oh my goodness, hi Africanaussie! Thank you so much. Now I need to go catch up with you and find out how you’ve been. 🙂

  • Reply Sabra Bowers August 26, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Yes! I knew they would love your art. Congratulations, Veronica.

    • Reply Veronica August 26, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      Thank you Sabra, next project is finishing your forsythia. 🙂

      • Reply Sabra Bowers August 31, 2013 at 10:45 am

        I’m very excited about that project. 🙂

        • Reply Veronica September 1, 2013 at 8:58 pm

          I’m so excited to send it to you 🙂

  • Reply Kare August 26, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Oh Veronica,
    I am so happy for you! What an accomplishment! Your painting is indeed lovely! Way to go!

    • Reply Veronica August 26, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      Thank you so much Karen. I’m very happy with this map. Hope to do a few more and offer them to some galleries. 🙂

  • Reply rarasaur August 26, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Of course you got 1st– you’re brilliant! 😀 The painting is lovely… and the event looks amazing! 🙂

    • Reply Veronica August 26, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      🙂 Thank you Rara. I love being part of my village here, it’s such a lovely, friendly community. 🙂

  • Reply michellepond August 27, 2013 at 3:22 am

    Congratulations! So glad your beautiful work was recognized by the judges and those attending the show. Can’t wait to see more!

    • Reply Veronica August 27, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Thank you so much Michelle. 🙂 I’m looking forward to more map work.

  • Reply dawnsrays August 28, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Congratulations! well deserved~ that is what I love about letting my purple coneflowers sit in the garden long after they have faded. Just to see those goldfinches feasting on the seed pods! you captured it beautifully.
    What a fantastic turnout. I don’t know how those judges decided ?!

  • Reply Daryl August 28, 2013 at 5:23 am

    no surprise here .. you are indeed ‘best in class’ my dear! i would have loved to sample all those tasty looking treats

  • Reply Angela September 1, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Wow, congratulations, how wonderful to win a prize 🙂

    • Reply Veronica September 1, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      I know Angela, thank you. 🙂 I’ve never had a rosette before. 🙂

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