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Yesterday we went to Stonham Barns for a mini history festival with several re-enactment groups. We could only stay half of the day as Paul had to get back to Dad-sit so his brother could have a bit of a break from the appalling miserable git, but we still managed to fit in four displays and walked round the whole encampment.

For some weird reason there was an American Civil War group - of course, none of them were American. Oh and even weirder, there were some Greek Hoplites with a scattering of Scythians and other Persians. Maybe we can blame The 300 for that one? Though the very, very tall young man who was the leader of the Greeks certainly knew his Greek history inside out, which is more than one can say for the movie. So, maybe not!

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US Civil War camp

A bunch of Barons played capture the flag, which was entertaining. Baron Von Heserlink (no idea where they got their names from) had an interesting tactic which consisted of playing dead and grabbing the other baron's flag when they came over to investigate. Strangely enough, that didn't work second time around!
Here's one of the bannermen running like crazy to escape capture. There was a lot of that going on - must have been a bit hot in chain-mail!
I think this baron should sack his squires for letting his chain mail get so rusty.
I then took far too many photos of the Wuffings - but it is my period, so I can be forgiven, right? So have a few Anglo Saxon warriors, male, female and little boys.
This kid was really into it - this is his face when he heard the crowd cheering for the rebels (he was guarding the King).
The rebel queen and her army
This chap could have been an extra in the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings
The mighty Athenian army. Sadly there were only four, and one of them (the very, very tall boy) was on the microphone doing all the talking, so he only got to join in the fighting once. LOL
Here's the very tall hoplite chatting to the Barons. I reckon he was about 6ft 8 - even taller than Jared!

I haven't got any photos of the US Civil War battle because they had cannon and guns so I had my fingers in my ears the whole time. For about forty-five minutes, in fact, and a little while after until I was sure they were wheeling the damn cannon away and weren't going to fire it again. One of the Anglo Saxons told me off (muffled because no way was I removing my fingers while they were still on the field) - this, he said, was nothing. I should come to *somewhere I didn't catch because hey! Fingers still in my ears* where they have English Civil War battles with hundreds of men and muskets and proper sized fucking canons. No thanks. I did that once, had to stand a long way from the battlefield and couldn't see much.

Me and the dogs were in agreement. Loud bangs are horrible.

But apart from that, it was a lot of fun, and we got to see the red kite flying overhead while the falconry display was on at the barns (they have an owl and raptor sanctuary open every day). I wonder what the birds made of all the noise...

Date: 2017-07-02 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow, you took some really great pictures! Great job with that. There's a guy of about 6'8 at my workplace, too. It always catches my attention.

And LOL about firing the squires-- indeed. Rusty chainmail is no knight's friend! :-D

Date: 2017-07-02 09:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! I took too many, and all the rest are on Flickr. I was surprised by that rusty mail, usually these re-enactors are keen as mustard in maintaining their gear!

Date: 2017-07-03 12:57 am (UTC)
kalliel: (free fall)
From: [personal profile] kalliel
Wonderful pictures! And ahahaha at the random Civil War guys in the midst of all that. Tiiiime travel!

Date: 2017-07-03 09:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't know which was more random - the US Civil war or the Greeks.

Date: 2017-07-03 08:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That looks like SO MUCH FUN! I want desperately to do a reenactment but Steve is not the kinda fella to take part like this, he likes watching the action, not putting on scratchy outfits and heavyset chainmail, lol.

Date: 2017-07-03 08:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Me too, but it's an expensive hobby - and these guys like to do things right. Mind you, there was a guy selling arms and armour and he had a chain mail coat for only £140 -which is still a lot of money but way less than I've seen them selling for before.

Date: 2017-07-03 08:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have a friend who's heavy into doing this and the money she spends is astronomical but I've always equated it to fandom. How much do we all spend on memorabilia and conventions etc, or fan visits to friends? I think if you're going to do a thing, do it right and really enjoy it :)

Date: 2017-07-03 08:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Plans for the week? Anything interesting we should be looking forward to hearing about? When's your next drawing class?

Date: 2017-07-03 09:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm off to Shrewsbury to see my Mum and we are going to Birmingham tomorrow night for the Bear launch event, then on Thursday we're going to Lincoln for a long weekend to take in the Knights' trail (sadly no knight for me though)!

Date: 2017-07-03 09:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow, busy week will be busy. Love to your Mama. As for the trails, pictures, please? Shame about the knights because I loved your designs, but I can't wait to see the Bears in their rightful place :)

Date: 2017-07-03 09:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This launch thing should be fun, we get to see all 100+ bears in one place before the trail starts. I'll have to go back to see them in situ later on.

Date: 2017-07-05 08:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I saw the piccies on face book of you and your bear with your friend and hers - AWESOME!

Date: 2017-07-03 10:40 am (UTC)
ext_57687: (♥ actor | ja jib11 laughing! (ani))
From: [identity profile]
How fun! and how very interesting. Gorgeous pics! thanks for sharing ♥

Date: 2017-07-04 08:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It was fun! Thanks! Glad you liked the photos. :D

Date: 2017-07-03 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What a spectacle!! Wonderful photos. <3

Date: 2017-07-04 08:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! I felt a bit sorry for the re-enactors as the 'crowd' was so small but they seemed to enjoy it regardless.

Date: 2017-07-03 10:48 pm (UTC)
sillie: (BigBang2010AmriaDean)
From: [personal profile] sillie
Oh, these pictures are great. :D

Date: 2017-07-04 08:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you!

Date: 2017-07-04 03:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow! These Pictures are amazing. Thank you for taking us with you, my dear.

Date: 2017-07-04 08:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks, glad you liked them!


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