Monday, July 28, 2008

Weekend in 14C

I got off my miserable butt on Friday and piled my kit in my car, picked up my friend goodwife Maud of Keynsham and took the horseless cart to Caerphilly Castle in response to a call from My Lord Hungerford.

The company arrived at the Castle and tents were put up, cars hidden off site, fires were lit and alcohol was pulled out of bags.

Some thoughts about my weekend in the 14C......

I arrived very unhappy - got out of the car and walked straight into Goodwife Kate's arms for a hug.

But.....

Finally - a hot sunny weekend......so good we were complaining it was too hot!

(Sergeant at Arms Little is grateful for the little shade afforded by his jaunty headgear!)

I learnt the hard way how to put up the tent......thank you Courtney!

The public were, mostly, nice and spent a lot of money at the coin die, where we hammer coins.

Now I am a Yeoman and I have two coin dies; a silver penny and a half groat. I also have two peasants to hammer coins - so I am a chief moneyer.

I finished sewing up my adjusted dress - nothing shrieks 'medieval' like a woman sitting on a stool sewing a dress.........There must be a million photos on the interweb of a middle-aged medieval woman sewing a dress....

The displays were well received and we fielded a lot of questions from the public.
(from the left; Mistress Beatrice in the kitchen, Goodwife Maud, Goodwife Quene (me), Goodwife Beryl and Goodwife Kate)

With the nice weather we were able to have our evening fires and come together as a company over a few beers.

I got to bicker, fight, argue and wrestle with my friend Master Caunsfield - we play well together! He doesn't hold back, but he doesn't hurt me. Nice lad.

(Master Matthew Caunsfied in Italy 2007)

Goodwife Kate and I had a laughathon last night - something kicked us off as we lay in bed and listened to the merriment still going on around the fire - and we screamed with laughter for a good twenty minutes. Master Caunsfield put his head through the door to see what was going on, which set us off again.

At one point I lay on my bed and looked at the roof of my tent - dreamy.....

I was so happy to see this and then I turned over and looked out of the door.........

Evocative or what?

cq

[Additional photos from Dawn Davies - pictures added as they arrive...]

11 comments:

CyberKitten said...

It's about time you had some good weather for this sort of thing!

Bilbo said...

I'm glad you had such a good time. You deserve it! There are times when the 14th century seems a lot more real than the 21st!

Melli said...

Sounds like it was EVERYTHING a weekend is meant to be! Healing, refreshing, and FUN! I love that bottom photo too!

Nikki-ann said...

Sounds like a good weekend! I caught the sun a bit :)

Juggling Mother said...

Glad it went well. We managed to sell stuff:)

See you at Pembrooke - promise {{{hugs}}}

LadyBugCrossing said...

How simply wonderful!!!
xo
LBC

Fizzy said...

fantastic. I love all the jolly banter that you describe

YellowRose said...

Now that sounds like just what you needed!!! I love the photos!!

Carmi said...

I love when you take us along on your adventures. Wish I could witness the fun for real someday. I'd doubtless have my camera in hand.

Speaking of which, the tent pic is a masterpiece of composition and light.

Bob-kat said...

Sounds like you had a good time which is great - you needed a weekend like that!

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