… even though it rained on and off throughout the Port Eliot Steam Fair. After all the sunny weather leading up to the event, it was a tad unfortunate. Unpleasant for the campers and exhibitors, too, although their enthusiasm still shone through. For visitors, apart from getting soaked, it was an inspiring day starting at the field outside the main house.

The bouncy castle area was most welcome for families. My grandson had a happy hour playing there in between being enthralled by a small fairground organ, with a tiny train circling the base, and further on, radio-controlled models of military transport. An Action Man size American tank blasted playfully at fascinated children who stopped to watch.

At the top field, there was even more fun. Stalls with vintage collections, such as OXO cube paraphernalia and cosmetic powder compacts that gelled well with the bygone machinery on show. Water pumps chugged and puffed smoke wafting nostalgic coal aromas.

The top green opened out onto the main area. The craft tent was tempting and brimming with all sorts of appealing wares. I can’t believe I bought old-fashioned advent calendars with little doors from a vendor in July, but at least I’m prepared for December, and they are beautiful.

Music and flashing lights of the amusement park beside steam engines and other mechanical inventions of yesteryear were a magical sight whatever the elements threw at us.

During his first experience of the Dodgems, my grandson’s face was a delight as he was steered and bumped around the ride by my son. The ideal prelude to a wander around classic cars and motorbikes which meant plenty of reminiscing.

It was a lucky coincidence when a train zipped along the mainline to Plymouth in the distance as a steam roller negotiated mud in the foreground. Such a good photo opportunity. New versus old!

The steam fair was held at Boconnoc, but changed venue this year. I’m so pleased; not only was it enchanting to attend, but over the last week, a host of steam-powered vehicles seen and heard around the village have added to its charm.

Until next time,
Sue. X