Five thousand different cheeses

Some heavy eating and light reading.

5000 cheeses and counting

Have a taste

It’s July 31st and today is the Nantwich Show which follows the International Cheese Awards. Yesterday this quiet little corner of Cheshire hosted the world’s largest cheese show, with 5,500 entries vying for awards.

Today the cheese marquee is open to the public. The rest of the Show is closed due to rain, but not the cheese marquee, which is good news, as that’s why we came.

There are cooking demonstrations, scores of stalls where you can taste different cheeses, and of course the chance to buy some to bring home. It’s a Wallace and Gromit dream outing.

Meeting up with friends, meandering through the marquee, munching on almost endless varieties of cheese. What’s not to like?

So what’s this got to do with grief and why have I written about it here, you might wonder.

The answer: it has nothing to do with grief, and by having nothing to do with it, it has everything to do with coping with loss and grief.

There are times to face grief, to delve into our emotions, but there are also times when we need to give ourselves a break. To enjoy life again.

It’s common amongst those who are grieving to struggle with this. It’s so easy to feel guilty and sometimes we just don’t want to allow ourselves to feel happy.

Allow ourselves to feel happy. Allow ourselves to do something we enjoy, simply for the enjoyment. That’s a big part of being kind to ourselves.

If we are going to live with our loss and not be drowned by it, then it seems to me that it’s essential we show ourselves this kindness when we can. It’s part of an essential balance in our grief journey.

I hope you too will find something you enjoy today, whether it’s something deep and meaningful, or something simply amusing, like the Nantwich Cheese Show which I’m visiting today.

Awesome cheese, one of many

Ps. Free entry until 4 pm today if you’re in the area!

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  1. Pingback: Taking care of yourself when you’re grieving | A Valley Journal

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