April 2014

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15th April

Phew - that's Palm Sunday over again for another year! And a mighty fine time we had too, with 50 tents and nearly 200 Wars of the Roses Federation re-enactors on the field - you can see some of them, including Frei Compagnie members Mark, Fran, Pete, Rob, Adam and Howard, to the left of the picture, mustering for the memorial service.

My own weekend had started on Friday at noon, when I trucked over a car-load of stuff to meet Alex and start putting up the tents. The weather was glorious, which made us feel hopeful for the event; and by the time I left the stalwart campers (Hubcap, Alex, Fran and trader Alex Greenland) to it at 5.30 pm, we already had 4 tents and an awning erected (and the Portaloos had arrived - always a good sign!).

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But now it's done (and we've established that we've got access to the barn and a working water supply!) I can start looking forward to the event. Meanwhile, if you're in the Towton area of a morning, I recommend you call at The Crooked Billet (like we did yesterday), because they've just started serving breakfasts - you can get a great big full English with bacon, egg, sausage, hash browns, beans, toast, mushroom, tomato and a cuppa for a very modest £6.50. We downed tools to go and have ours at 11.30, and it was a struggle to get back to work afterwards on such a belly-full!

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So all we have to do now is pray for a fine weekend's weather. Oh, yes and do the packing, shopping, load and unload the van, erect the arenas and archery range and help put up 50-odd tents... all before we actually deliver the show on Sunday! Hope to see you there.