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Trip to Berlin in January 2014 by Mayson Weir
This was another very memorable holiday. The kindness and hospitality throughout our trip was just as good as last year. The Hotel Ibis was comfortable and convenient for the exhibition. Thank you everybody. Mayson, Faye, Mickel and Pam., Jean and Derek.
The outward journey was really smooth, from being picked up by taxi at home through to the transfer to the hotel. It was a bit of a shock to find the temperature down to -
On the first afternoon we went to the exhibition for the first time. To say that it was "mind blowing" is an understatement. I have never seen an exhibition like it. It was truly international with exhibits covering food, animals, machinery and technology.
We met up with Mr and Mrs Reinhart in the evening who introduced us to other members of the Fox Sheep Society.
The next day we went to see the judging which started very early in the morning. I watched the judging of all breeds of sheep including the beautiful German Fox sheep... There were sheep from the Alpines, Scandanavia and other parts of the continent. The methodology was completely different from anything I had ever seen before, starting with the immaculate presentation through to the handling and scoring system. I would especially like to thank Dr. Wechselberg and his wife for showing me the finer points and the grading of the wool.
At 12.00 noon Mayson's holiday went into overdrive! I met up with my friend Dirck who came up to the exhibition specially to meet up. We went for a drink where I was introduced to German Black Beer and light Bavarian beer. When it came time to leave we got lost for one and a half hours looking for the place where Dirck had left his jacket. That gives some idea of the size of the exhibition!. We had to take a taxi to the hotel in order to catch up with everyone else and prepare the evening's entertainment.
The get together was a meal in the grand ring for the shepherds and farmers. The food was excellent but the alcohol proved a little difficult for the English wives in our party who finished up banging the table in true German syle! I do not know what the taxi driver thought of me in the middle of two giggling ladies! Thank you Ralph for organising this for us. He too must have enjoyed it judging by his headache the following day.
The third day was another enjoyable day at the exhibition where we saw endless number of colourful European stalls with an extremely wide variety of exhibits.
At 3.00 p.m. we then enjoyed another hour and a half talking with other shepherds we had met during our stay and comparing notes and ideas.
At evening time we went for a Chinese meal in the hotel where we said our goodbyes to all our friends who were dispersing in the morning.
The whole trip was unforgettably memorable from start to finish. We would like to thank everybody who went out of their way to make us feel so welcome.
Since coming home I have acquired 4 more fox sheep which will then make my small flock up to 7 ewes and 1 ram and 5 lambs (which were born this spring).
Anyone coming over to England will be very welcome to come and see us and to stay.