Friday, June 29, 2007
Now one of them is coming to visit. Kelly my long lost sister is bravely putting her trust in the universe & coming across the pond to little old East Harling in Norfolk.
I hope we can live up to her expectations. It will be interesting to see how two mad bloggers write about the same thing.
We are trying to figure out the menu. Will it be Navarin of lamb? Or maybe the broad been & beetroot salad. Definitely Tiramisu. I keep meaning to ask what you eat for breakfast Kellski.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Sunday was indeed the Battle of Ringmere. An area close by us here, where the Vikings fought & won against the Saxons in 1010.
It's amazing how everyone wants to see a battle but it was pretty good, especially at the end when the victorious Danes came running straight for us. Maori warriors had nothing on these guys. Most of the re enactors were realy burly blokes & needed to be when you realised how heavy the chain mail & shields were. To have them running at you full tilt with swords, made your hackles rise.
There was one I did want to take home though ...this little cutey. Playing by herself in the middle of the field with a bow & arrow.
Then there was Grace, our favourite bellringer dressed in wolf skins. I could have easily taken her home.
Clarissa found one she wanted to take home too. A little puppy called Nutmeg. Luckily not eaten by the very large Eagle owl who kept an eye on him all afternoon.
Check out that tummy....
Saturday, June 23, 2007
This is the weekend we've all been waiting for. The one thousandth anniversary of Bridgham. The tiny village nearby. In 2001 there were 325 people living there. Probably not many more than there were in 1007.
The village swelled hugely this weekend as hundreds of re-enactor vikings brought history to life. It may be a small village but with David O'Neil at it's helm it could conquer anything. Including a viking invasion.
There was a special piece of music written for the event "Bridgham Salute" which the Bridgham & Harling band played faultlessly. William & a team of helpers created a viking ship a la chinese dragon, with people carrying it "Fred Flintstone" style.
This is one of the reasons I love living here. There is such an amazing sense of community. The whole village dressed up. Last night there was a hog roast for everyone living in the village (& us because Richard built the stage at Willie's place). It was the most amazing scene. EVERY SINGLE PERSON was dressed as a medieval character. Jesters, Kings, merry maids, Vikings with plastic horns, & real vikings with horns of ale. There was a dance with a band and shoes went flying as hundreds of people kicked up their heels.
Richard was one of the few men brave enough to wear tights. (The dividends paid off as all the girls commented on what great legs he has)
There was a pageant with the lady Aefwaru coming on horseback to present the village to the Bishop of Ely. It was so well done I cried. It really felt like you were there in 1007. (Except for the electricity wires in the background).
And the od biscuit tin.
Want, want, want a tent like this one.
Look Thomsey 'tis my wedding dress with new sleeves specially attached for the occasion.
We are off back to Bridgham today so I'll post some more pics tonight......xxxxx
Today...... the battle of Ringmere.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
No wonder things grow here. There is an atmosphere of Jungle.....Here are some photos from our outing last weekend with Zebedee & his Mum & his Grandma tooWe wandered about the open gardens of our neighbouring village of Bridgham. Wonderfully green & smelling of cut grass.
Huddled near the fence were these sweet little lambs almost steaming with wamth & cosiness. Made you want to climb the fence & get in amongst them.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Working for Heather is not like working at all.
On Wednesday we went to an amazing house, where we measured up for 2 sofas and three chairs. It was designed by Lutyens, had its own private lake and was just like out of an Arthur Ransome book.
"The Coot Club" is the book that's set near us here in Norfolk. Richard & I have read it many times & keep promising ourselves we'll go on a tour of the Norfolk Broads and recreate the true 'Swallows & Amazons' experience.
We decided to make a party of it & had a picnic outside. The rain held off & we drank "lashings of ginger beer" on pink petal party plates. I made meringues & we had clotted cream & strawberries too.