This year's Memorial Day weekend was spent doing an antiques and collectibles show in the beautiful mountain region of Hillsville, VA.
The lovely country setting above was what I enjoyed each day as I looked out the front of my booth.
And the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains provided a gorgeous backdrop to the left of where I was set up.
I know I usually share with you the vendors' offerings that I find most interesting from each show. But I'm afraid I have none to share from Hillsville.
Oh, there were ample goodies to photograph, and I did make an attempt. Honest...I did!
But most of the vendors were down in the valley, and I was set up on the hillside. And no, it wasn't the walk that deterred me. I love to walk.
It was the heat. With temps in the upper 90s, it was almost unbearable.
We positioned our tent on the hill to catch a breeze and to provide shade throughout most of the day. So our site was one of the coolest places to be.
When I finally ventured out of my booth to take pictures, the heat was so awful I hotfooted it (literally) right back to my shady little spot. Sorry!
But I do have something very special to share from the show.
Meet Redrock...the ten-year-old, 2400 lb Brahma bull.
You can't really tell from this photo, but this guy is huge!
You see, Redrock spends his days touring with his human family, letting folks ride him and get their pictures taken with him. That's what he was doing at this show.
His owners began domesticating him when he was ten months old, so he would be totally calm and gentle around people.
Being the animal lover that I am, I spent every spare moment I could petting him.
During one of my visits, his momma (owner TJ), told me that he really likes having his neck scratched. So I happily obliged.
I could tell that he thoroughly enjoyed being petted, by his response–much the same as a dog having his belly rubbed.
At one point he even put his head on my shoulder. Awww!!!
I cannot begin to describe to you just how sweet this animal is. If ever there was a "gentle giant," Redrock is it!
I also discovered that his very favorite treat is a honey bun. That's TJ rewarding him for being such a good boy.
I had fully intended to have my picture taken with Redrock on the last day of the show. Unfortunately, an unexpected downpour sent everyone into a frenzy trying to pack up goods before they were ruined.
I missed my opportunity for a photoshoot with Redrock, but I hope to see him again at the fall show.
And I'll be sure to bring a pack of honey buns. Because he is such a good boy!!!
Sharing the beautiful blue sky, Blue Ridge Mountains, and Redrock's blues at Sally's for Blue Monday.
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