September 2013

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10th September

Good grief, it's autumn already - and the Frei Compagnie's event season has just ended on a suitably high note with our traditional appearance at lovely Ledsham Fayre. Luckily, the torrential downpours that drenched the country on Friday 6th had all cleared up by the following day, and we enjoyed fine weather and great crowds round our living history camp and shows. (On the left, you can see Rob and Wayne in the foreground, mixing it up with a little sword practice, and behind them, the queue waiting for the perenially-popular have-a-go archery). One thing I particularly enjoyed was narrating a brief re-enactment of the death of Richard III, where Rob and Hubcap attacked an unhelmed Wayne (not for real, of course!) with the range of weapons used to slay King Richard at Bosworth. It might be pretty gruesome but it went down well with the audience - and it's a rare thing to be able to reconstruct (based on the forensic archaeology) exactly how such a famous historical figure met their fate, so we're planning to develop this into a more detailed vignette to deliver at future events.


I also enjoyed doing a bit of early Christmas shopping, since Ledsham Fayre is justly renowned for the excellent market that runs alongside all the other entertainments, competitions and exhibitors. The market sells all sorts of things from fresh local produce, plants and flowers to artworks and handicrafts. In previous years, I've seldom got past the hand-made fudge stall, but this year I spent most of my time and money (alright, Hubcap's money) on Happy Tree Cosmetics. This lovely local company is run by Wayne Bradley, a friend of Towton Battlefield Society, and supplies a range of the most delicious, all natural bath and body products and scented candles, attractively presented in re-usable tins and Kilner jars. You can see a selection on the right: Raspberry & Rose Himalayan Bath Salts (heavenly), Lemon & Patchouli Bath Salts (smell good enough to eat), and two long-burning soy candles (Lemon & Patchouli and Orange & Ginger) in the foreground. I treated myself to a tin of the Lemon & Patchouli bath salts and a matching pot of shea-butter/jojoba body balm - they're among the most gorgeously-scented cosmetics I've ever had the pleasure to use, made my skin feel beautifully soft and smooth, and the perfume lasted for ages. So if you're looking for an unusual and special gift for someone - or just a real treat for yourself - I can wholeheartedly recommend the Happy Tree!

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