And To Think We Almost Didn't Go!!
Yes it is true.
We were almost a no show for the medieval faire that we have been looking forward to for weeks.
Hubby is away on a conference for the weekend, and even though I had always known this, as the day of the faire loomed, I wondered if I could manage it by myself.
But.....we threw caution to the wind and ventured out for the 1 hour tripk, then the windy drive through to the heart of a forest.
The faire was just fantastic. It had the feel of a small medieval village, rather than thatof a faire. The people who had organized the event had camped in the forest for the week, and they had it set up so authentically.
The boys loved everything about the faire ( as I had guessed) whereas Diva was underwhelmed (which also did not surprise me). Next time we would bring more of our own food, just because two of the kids were just not all that into medieval morsels. Also, next time Topsy will be walking. Thank goodness for that, because manoevering the pram along the forest track was no mean feat.
I was sad we couldn't stay till the feast at the end. It was super cheap, and apparantly a buffet. I figured it would just be sausage rolls etc, and so we came far too early to stay for it, on purpose. Well, you should have seen the meat and delicacies they were preparing. Next time!!!!
Alright, enough chatter. Without further ado, I present to you the faire, as experienced by us.
This was the main building. Our pram was the only one there. Can you see it?Inside there was a display of men's garments, weaponry, and chain mail. A couple of women were weaving a tapestry. And a large fire pit burned in the centre of the building.
The chain mail garment looks like nothing special in this shot, but it was impressive in real life.
Here is a Dad feeding his daughter beside the fire pit. The 'villagers' were mainly family's. I do not know why that surprised me. It was nice. The kids all seemed to be enjoying themselves.
This 'warrior' let me take a pic of him removing his boots at the end of a mock battle.
Here is my little crew at the other entrance to the main building.
One group of men practised some form of martial arts.
The warriors fought in groups of three, or one-on-one. None of the actual 'battle' pics turned out, sadly
At the end they charged us, stopping with mere inches to spare. Great fun!
"Simple Simon met a pie man, going to the faire....."
This pie man was great at selling his wares. He sang only slightly better than Cacofonix the Bard (from Asterix fame), and was not a very good rhymer either. His personality made up for it though.
His wares? Pies!
Spinach and cheese; egg and veggie; apple; and blueberry.
Spindles was begging to go in these!
Isn't this girl just gorgeous in her outfit?
This cloaked boy was shy, but allowed a photo. ( I needed photos in case I want someone to make something similar one day)
Roly got two lots of archery lessons. He wasn't bad either. The target?......
The next few shots are of some medieval tents and structures.
(What is Topsy stooping down to touch? A great steaming cow pat! )
Sorry so many pics. Now off to soak in the bath and then bed !