From de­spair to hope

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The 32nd An­nual Wes­sex Egg Cham­pi­onship was sched­uled for 15th March in Hamp­shire.I’d at­tended for the first time last year and thor­oughly en­joyed both the event and meet­ing some of the le­gendary names in the poul­try and egg world. I de­cided I sim­ply had to go again this year, al­beit with just a hand­ful of eggs. If I could get there with even a sin­gle plate of six for the show tables then it would sym­bol­ise a re­birth, a fresh im­pe­tus and a re­cov­ery from what I thought at the time was the end of our world.

SUN­DAY 15TH MARCH

At 5.30am I looked out of the win­dow onto a Christ­mas card scene. The Beast From The East Mk2 had paid our Welsh moun­tain a visit and left the street cov­ered. I was damned if this was go­ing to de­feat our plans so I got the wellies on, grabbed a shovel and started dig­ging. Be­fore too long I was creep­ing down the road and even­tu­ally made it to the M4. Be­liev­ing the weather re­ports I ex­pected the roads to be pass­able and that there would be no sign of the snow much past Bris­tol.

How wrong I was. As one of the few cars stupid enough to be out in this weather I was al­most mak­ing my own tracks through the snow on one of Bri­tain’s busiest roads. As the oc­ca­sional slide and bl­iz­zard

Once again I wept; only this time it wasn’t be­cause of the gut-wrench­ing ache of loss but in­stead for the re­lief and grate­ful­ness I felt. I wept be­cause of the kind­nesses of strangers and friends, for the sup­port we’d been of­fered and the love that the poul­try and agri­cul­tural com­mu­ni­ties had shown us through this dif­fi­cult time. We truly were back in busi­ness!

Eggs laid out on the show ta­ble The egg box strapped se­curely in the child seat Awards galore at the Wes­sex show

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