August 2012


28th August

Phew! Back home, cleaned up and packed away after the Frei Compagnie's most-successful-ever appearance at Cawood Craft Festival! By dint of a full-colour feature in the event brochure and greatly improved signage around the village, we had plenty of visitors to our camp (left) - and good audiences for the shows - all weekend. And we gave them plenty to see, starting with an impressive menu of camp-fire foods: Fran's stuffed fish wrapped in salt-dough and baked directly on the coals, Alex's deep-fried pork & raisin and fig rolls, my vegetable pottages and lots of other yummy 15th century foods - including home-churned butter! So we all ate very well, and in-between-times tried to burn off the calories with a goodly array of medieval combat shows, as you can see below:


Mistress Doggett shoots... a crowd gathers for Des, Steve and Hannah's gunnery show... and Megan gets a quarter-staff lesson from her Dad.


12th August

Henry Wowler is a year old! So in honour of his first birthday, this post will be all about:

Cats. I love 'em - always have. (I had three at home when I was a kid, and another two as soon as I got my first house - there they are, left and right). I love the sensuous curve of cats' backs when they sit, and the curl of their tails; the contrast between soft mitten paws and fatal rows of fish-hook claws; and especially those metallic, reptilian eyes... they should be looking out from dragon's faces, surely, not small cuddly mammals?

But love 'em or no, acquiring Henry Wowler wasn't part of my life-plan last November. In fact, as you can probably tell from my weak grimace in the pic below, I was pretty shell-shocked to discover we'd be putting him up for one night... I certainly wasn't expecting to take in a permanent lodger!


Little fluffy girl-cat Ash...


 ...and below, Henry Wowler saying, 'Yay, it's my birthday!'


...and her half-brother, Lister...

...and below, Henry in customary pose for a hard day's cat-napping

helpful henry

Still, he does give us plenty of entertainment, laughing at his funny little ways - as well as keeping us busy cleaning up after him (and his fleas) and pandering to his wants. Yup, it's never a dull moment with our Henry - so Happy 1st Birthday, Mr. Wowler, and may you have many more!

2nd August

Last night was Towton Battlefield Society's annual open evening, 'Medieval Yorkshire', at the Crooked Billet. Hubcap and I arrived at 6.30 pm to find warm sunshine and a field already buzzing with folk setting up for our 7pm kick-off. It was shaping up to be a fine evening: among the attractions were Stuart, our erstwhile 'Lord Clifford', this time in Viking guise with his fine array of Dark Age/early Medieval kit (note the replica Sutton Hoo helmet on the right!); members of the Kunst Des Fechtens martial arts group (left), who had come to do an open air training session; our usual living history camp and armoury with medieval crafts and weapons, have-a-go archery and TBS merchandise stall; and a display from the Heritage Initiative Project for Sherburn-in-Elmet (see below). Richard and Jo from the Billet had also got a cracking barbecue going and Society members and the public were flocking in to enjoy the sights, try their hand at the longbow and get deafened by Des's big guns!


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