The conditions ...
I'm a groundsman so I know the turmoils of fighting the English weather. Trying to get the local cricket pitch ready for this coming weekend has been a nightmare so I can only imagine the problems Countryman Fairs must have had.
It's the beginning of April in England. We've just had one of the harshest winters for years and the last two weeks in March were very wet.
I have little time for anyone who didn't expect it to be wet and muddy and didn't bring appropriate gear.
If anything the effort to make it such a successful event should be even further applauded given the recent weather.
I think we would have all loved to be lying on lush turf, basking in the warm sunshine and shooting through bluebells ... but you get what you get and you get on with it.