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The main events of the weekend took place on  Sunday and Monday  with a mix of fight displays, archery, manorial court and a battle each day – Welsh against English of course!

We were camped in an ordinary tent in the field out of the way of the public but there was a large display of tents in the Living History section where the rest of Team Falchion were.

This pic shows us in camp ready to have lunch on Sunday.

The Falchion camp

The Falchion camp

I am in the middle of this pic in a blue dress and pale blue coif (headgear) and my daughter Ellie and son Jake are next to me in dark cloaks.

I did spend part of the day dressed as a lady but it was a bit cold!

Me in my gold dress and torque headdress

Me in my gold dress and torque headdress

We took a wander round the Living History camp and came across the Knights of Longshanks who had a lovely display of weaving of all different forms. One of the group – Alice Fitton – was creating a sampler of tablet weaving patterns as shown in the pics below.

Alice with her sampler

Alice with her sampler

A close up of the sampler

A close up of the sampler

This is what I love about re-enactment. As well as the general fun and the  beer tent and the friends there are so many people who are into all of the stuff that I am and I am constantly meeting people who are interested in stitching and costume. I could have stayed talking to Alice for ages but the rest of the family were getting a bit bored!

The day ended with a beautiful sunny evening. Thanks to Shirley , our camp cook,  for an excellent beef and ale stew and then Darryl ,the group’s minstrel,  did a bit of musical improvisation with the kids round the campfire before we all headed off for the beer barn again! It’s a hard life …….

Smoke gets in your eyes .... Darryl with his lute and Ellie on tambourine

Smoke gets in your eyes .... Darryl with his lute and Ellie on tambourine

Jake trying out the lute

Jake trying out the lute

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