Glastonbury Abbey event

I had a really good time at this event , me and the kids went on the train all the way to Castle Cary (the nearest station to Glastonbury Abbey ) and thanks to the lovely lady that runs Mum’s Taxis got there in about 7 1/2 hours from home . I don’t know her name but she was a mine of information about the area so thank you very nice taxi driver!

We good weather, a bit of rain and cloud but very sunny on Sunday and lots of people interested in our demos. Team Falchion do more or less the same kind of event as my other group Order of Fighting Knights.

There was the weapons and armour talk –

The armour rack with an impressive display of pointy things!
The armour rack with an impressive display of pointy things!
The cooking of lunch (thanks to Trish for all the lovely food – especially cake and the fab apples from the orchard on Sun!)
Jake chopping carrots for pottage
Jake chopping carrots for pottage
The range with Trish cooking
The range with Trish cooking

But there was also the forge with Alixx making real life metal things! The kids were very impressed as the other group does not have one of these.

Alixx working at the forge
Alixx working at the forge
See that's the way to get rid of the frustrations of your day job - bit of hammering!
See that's the way to get rid of the frustrations of your day job - bit of hammering!

We all went out on the Saturday night in medieval kit for a drink round town which did raise a few eyebrows – quite a feat in a place like Glastonbury which is known for unconventional visitors!

Red being the colour of choice for medieval evening wear!
Red being the colour of choice for medieval evening wear!

The abbey itself was fantastic – somewhere I have always wanted to go and visit – amazing now but in its heyday it must have been mindblowing.

Glastonbury 5

Glastonbury 6

Glastonbury 7

Glastonbury 9

As re-enactors we always get to be in these beautiful places during the best bits of the day – early mornings and sunsets when there are no crowds – it is wonderful and I am very lucky indeed!

And there was stitching (of course!). The visitor centre had an exhibition entitled ‘Images of Arthur’ and the Avalon Embroiderers’ Guild branch had done these two panels depicting Arthur and Guinevere. They are made up of about 30 separate panels, each being embroidered by a different member of the group, and there are over 40 different types of stitches in each panel.

The Guinevere panel
The Guinevere panel
Stitching detail from the panel
Stitching detail from the panel
The Arthur panel
The Arthur panel
Crewel work foliage from the panel
Crewel work foliage from the panel
An excellent weekend – a big thank you from me and the kids for making us all feel so welcome.
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