We had now lived in Bloxham for an entire year, and it was time for the Bloxham Fair once again – which I was able to see and enjoy for the first time that year.
Carnivals and fairs are quite common in the U.S., England and Germany – where they’re called “fests” – and they always provide an opportunity to break up the day-to-day routine to have some fun when they come to town.
David rides a colorful horse on the carousel or merry-go-round, and the movement, colors and carnival music all add to the enjoyment of the moment.
My camera shows the speed of movement as David “gallops” past where I’m standing in a blur.
This time it is my wife that captures David and I as we enjoy our ride…you’re never too old to feel and act like a kid again!
In this picture on another trip around the carousel David and I are just a blur – either “poetry in motion” or a shaky camera – I’ll let you decide! 🙂
David checks out his “competition” prior to taking his turn “around the track;” for children these rides capture their imaginations, while for adults the Fair rekindles memories of their youth – and allows them to feel like a kid again.
This jumping or “bouncy” castle as they called it in England, was another fun activity for David to participate in on a day full of fun things to do and see.
Carnivals are known for their interesting and colorful sights and sounds, and this vintage musical amusement was surely an antique from years long, long ago.
These antique cars were in outstanding condition and all lined up for public display at the Bloxham Fair – and well worth the time to examine each one individually.
I took this photo because it looks exactly like the MGB GT I bought as my first car in Seattle years ago – except mine was a slightly different model year, with lighter blue paint and a broken first gear – that made it hard to start from a standing start on Seattle’s many hills!
David stands beside a classic roadster that wasn’t quite as high off the ground as he was tall – with the standard “right hand drive” of British cars…with the steering wheel on the wrong side! 🙂
David walks across the field where the traction engines were on display, showing off these great steam engines that were the tractors of yesteryear.
The amazing thing when looking at these machines up close, that were products of the Industrial Age, is that the quality of the craftsmanship and details are simply amazing to see.
A traction engine mechanic does some fine tuning around the base of the smokestack, which is part of the steam engine and boiler that gives the machine its power.
David and I stand in front of another colorful traction engine which is obviously running due to the smoke coming out of its smokestack.
A close-up of David and I standing by the traction engine at the Bloxham Fair, and life for our family was going very well in England – we all loved living in Oxfordshire and planned on seeing more of the surrounding sights.
This traction engine looks to be soon on the move, with two drivers in place and all ready to go – all they need is some steam in the boiler and they’re, “off to the races.”
In this photo a traction engine is being used to run a saw mill with the power produced from its steam engine, demonstrating what life was like years ago.
David and I pose for this picture in front of a row of antique tractors, and it was fun to see all the historic vehicles at the Fair – cars, traction engines and tractors – and our whole family enjoyed the day out at the Fair.