Sorry I have just found this post in drafts from a couple of weeks ago – thought I had published it – oops senior moment!
Hello there, how are you all?
I have had a lovely weekend visiting Leeds Royal Armouries and going to the Imbolc Festival in Marsden so have been looking at lots of lovely shiny armour and watching fire juggling and fireworks.
It has been very cold and windy but we have had a lovely time nonetheless and kept warm by visiting some nice hostelries and sampling lovely ales and ciders on our way round.
Have got a few pictures for you, the Leeds Royal Armouries is free to visit and well worth it if you are into history.
As well as the medieval collection (which is very good) they also have Oriental armour, a tournament section with Tudor armour and hunting and gun displays.
We also watched the sword fighting display and had to smile when the very nice young man taking part asked us if we wanted to feel the weight of the sword – we didn’t tell him what we do for a hobby :-)
Imbolc is a festival that celebrates the coming of Spring, there is a procession led by lanterns then fire juggling accompanied by drumming and it culminates in Jack Frost being chased away by the Green Man. Then there were lots of fireworks which I love.
Apologies as pics are not brilliant quality – there are some brilliant ones at this person Gary’s Flicker site
I am looking forward to the start of the re-enactment season now – all that armour and fire has made me long to camp in a field and sit round the fire of an evening with friends.
First show is in 3 months so not too long to wait. Better make a start on all that kit I have promised people for this season ;-)
Meanwhile I have a couple of bunnies to finish!
Take care and thanks for visiting.