What an amazing summer it’s been. Not the weather – which has been hit and miss – but discovering the entertainment to be had at village shows and vintage vehicle rallies. I went out of loyalty, and was astonished by how much I enjoyed it, not just for all the stalls and displays but for the people I met. My husband has a collection of 43 (and counting) restored, repainted, working rotavators and mini tractors dating from the 1940s. He takes a different selection each time to the shows that are a much-enjoyed part of the Cornish summer. Nearly all are in aid of local charities like the Cornwall Air Ambulance, FLEET which provides updated equipment for all Cornwall’s rescue services, Cornwall Blood Bikes – volunteers on call every night to transport urgent blood supplies, tissue samples etc to and from hospitals and laboratories; and our local hospices for adults and children. In the thirty years since it started Carnhell Green Show has raised over £134,000. Lanlivery Show has raised over £1,000,000. Cornwall is a relatively poor county yet one of the most generous. My husband also dresses up! As he says, people are paying hard-earned money to come and support the event, so they want to be entertained. This weekend is the last show of the season but fortunately he has nine wrecks to restore, repaint and get working. Then he and a pal who shows a British Anzani Iron Horse, (orange!) have plans to build a four-wheeler version out of spares. That will keep them busy until the shows and rallies start again in March.