June 2013

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10th June

Howzat for a camp! Yes, the Frei Compagnie really was out in force on Saturday, with 18 members turning out to support Wistow Village's second Scarecrow Festival. A lovely day we had, too, in every respect: 'Flaming June' lived up to its name with glorious sunshine, little fluffy clouds and a nice breath of cool breeze, and a steady stream of interested visitors coming to enjoy the living history camp, gunnery and combat shows and have-a-go archery.

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We were honoured to have some 'lordly ones' with us... on the left, our trio of 'tin men', aka (from left to right) Stuart, Kevin and Wayne; and on the right, Lady Frances in her posh velvet gown, demonstrating medieval calligraphy from the comfort of her pavilion. And as you can see below, there was plenty more going on, from Dave Moss's bow-making and knights in armour clashing, to our usual feast in the company kitchen, presided over by Alex (who contributed home-churned butter and two sorts of soft cheese to the table). We also had cuteness overload in the shape of our youngest recruit, 20-month-old Jake Atkin, below with daddy Rob and proud grandpa Howard in the background - and hubcap's nettle ale and home-brew cider went down pretty well, too.

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Julian enjoying a tea-break cuppa!

And with that, the Wars of the Roses effectively ended, even as my own interest in the Battle of Stoke Field starts... so I hope we'll be visiting the site before long. Altogether, another great TBS evening - with the added pleasure for me that Julian has agreed to write the jacket blurb for Lay of Angor Book 3! All I need to do now is finish writing it...