Saturday, August 23, 2008

Off again...

This weekend I am back off to the 14 century, in Caerphilly Castle. We like Caerphilly Castle, it's good to stay in, nice washroom facilities and a big Great Hall for if (when!) it rains.This weekend is a big deal in two ways, it's the 20th anniversary of the Company of Chivalry, the birthday of one of the longest serving members - and my second anniversary with the Company.

It's funny to think the Aginoths [particularly Mr A] spent five years persuading me to take part, telling me I'd love it.
I hate how well my friend knows me......... :-)
[Mrs Aginoth and LMD talking to the public]

I have been asked in the below post comments which century I prefer.

Well, our approximation of the 14C is probably my favourite place. Given the small luxuries we have sneaked in from the 21C (bathrooms, sleeping bags, airbeds - coffee [out of hours, of course!]) I have grown to love the 14C. The time I spend with the Company has given me a whole new set of friends, people I love and admire. It is a place where I can let go of many of the issues I drag around with me during my normal life. Although Ugly Monster has managed to creep in occasionally, being with the Company is somewhere he is not normally found. I sleep better, I eat better, I laugh more. I am less ego-centric and I am more outgoing. I have learnt new stuff and it is (I hope) making me a better person. I admit, occasionally I curse my long dresses, am infuriated with the tent and feel sad in the rain, but I look forward so much to it each week.I'm so glad to be going back under canvas this weekend, but it is tinged with sadness that the season is nearly over, only two more events to go. Then it will all go quiet over the Winter, allowing for the Banquet, meeting up for market days and the Company meeting in the New Year, until Battle Practice and the new season kicks off next Spring.

cq

10 comments:

R. Sherman said...

Greetings via Michele.

I've always wished I could relive the "mountain man" phase of our history. Of course then I remember one word:

Dentistry.

Cheers.

Bob-kat said...

I am so glad you found something that brings you happiness. It's always nice to forget ourselves and leave everyday troubles behind :)

Bilbo said...

I wish I could visit your 14th century reenactments. This weekend begins our annual Renaissance Festival up in Maryland (a neighboring state whose official state sport is - believe it or not - jousting). And we have a new dancer at our studio whose hobby is 16th century reenactments - she's made some gorgeous period dresses and costumes. Have fun, and tell Ugly Monster to get lost! Give yourself a virtual hug from your blogging friend in the Colonies.

Nikki-ann said...

I hope you're having a good weekend! I'm hoping to visit Caernarfon Castle Monday morning :)

Carmi said...

May you always find inspiration in the life of the past. I read this entry with a smile on my face: you deserve to always be outside the shadow of the Ugly Monster.

Wanted to thank you for your comment on my entry re. our son (was away for a bit and am just now getting back into the real world.) You made me smile at a time when I needed it. Life's been challenging of late, and a kind word from a kind friend goes a long way. Yours most certainly did.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I think it is wonderful that you have found such a very satisfying and engaging activity. It is really fantastic to be involved in this way, isn't it? Going into another Century as a "character" plus the comraderie of it all----New experiences; New friends, and old ones too---to share all this with---What could be better?

Jean-Luc Picard said...

You spend more time in the 14th than the 21st Century!

rosneath said...

Ugly Monster needs all the frights he can have to go away and hide under the woodpile at the bottom of the garden.

belleek

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Just stopping by to tell you IU have Opted Out of Facebook. I have never undrrstood it and never enjoyed it...So....it's The Blog for me, or nothing! (lol)
Hope your weekend was a great one, my dear.

rashbre said...

A castle with good washroom facilities sounds slightly unusual.