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Domestic Heroes win the day!

A flower and produce challenge for all the family at a traditional village fete. The Gluttonous Gardener hosted the inaugural Brightwalton Domestic Hero competition - a traditional flower and produce challenge for all the family, for our first year we were overwhelmed with the level of entrants!

It seems a long time ago but May bank holiday weekend brought the annual fete to Brightwalton - a small village in Berkshire where the Gluttonous Gardener has its plant nursery. Some of us were on hand to make sure everything ran smoothly on the day.

Morris Mens bells jangled; wellies were wanged; dogs paraded and much local ale was quaffed. All to the accompaniment of the local brass bands brilliant Abba medley.

Locals baked, decorated and concocted all manner of weird and wonderful offerings.

May might not be the best season for garden produce but there were some marvellous sticks of Perfect Rhubarb on show. And the Sickliest Plant category gave everyone a laugh. Helped by CBBCs Stefan Gates, we worked our way through lemon drizzles, best chocolate cakes, and a large number of Splendid Sloe Gin entries (hic), to judge the winners.

The Arkell Family won for their Best Chocolate Cake and Splendid Sloe Gin.

Childrens competition categories included Best Biscuit, Prettiest Jam Jar of Wild Flowers and Yuckiest Looking Bottle of Potion one entry contained what looked suspiciously like a dead frog.

The overall Childrens winner was 10 year old Lucy Draper for her brilliant biscuits and wild flower arrangement.

Thanks to everyone who took part and we look forward to even more entries next year.

Wednesday 1st January, 2014