Our day started nice and early courtesy to two little people. I adored having the kids around and after a night of sleep, the kids were bright as buttons and happy giggling souls. The 10 month old baby Eleanor reached for my hand and in doing so, took her very first ever unassisted steps. She took three steps and as if to prove how easy it was, she did it again a few minutes later. This little action would be a highlight for my trip.
After a delicious breakfast of pancakes provided by our hosts, we started to make our way north. The Festival is about an hour north of Brisbane and we decided to travel in normal clothes, opting to dress in the car park on arrival. It seemed to be a popular choice as we were not the only people tugging dresses and amour on in the car park.
We timed it perfectly and arrived before the gates opened. Having prepaid our tickets, we were in the express lane for when the gates opened. Or so we thought. There was some technical issue with the scanners which saw the prepaid entering later than the cash people. Nevertheless, we only had to wait about 40 minutes before we were inside.
First on our agenda was the joust. Tickets for the joust sells out early and we were lucky enough to see the first of the three jousts. While we queued for the joust arena to open, Joe decided to pose for a photo. It was funny to see people crowding in when he got down on his bended knee. I think they expected a proposal.
While we were standing in line, I noticed this gorgeous creature and had to go take a look.
The joust was fast and exciting. The rider in green is the good lady Sasha and I cheered loudest for her.
After the joust, we were free to explore. Really, it should be done over two days and the weather hampered our adventuring. Nevertheless, we did find so many things of interest.
Roasting meats was common through the different troupes and re-enactment groups. The scent of roasting meats hung in the air and as the day progressed, the smells teased us. The fires over which they roasted were warm and inviting after each down pour and rain shower.
Kitchen and feast displays were common amongst the troupes that tried to display sample living for their own demonstration eras. Some seemed obvious while other displays asked questions.
Brittany had a ball. So many handsome men in shiny, shiny suits!
It’s a shame my humble camera couldn’t handle the low light of the evenings festivities. We got to witness a gorgeous gypsy wedding, a brilliant fire display and some outstanding trick horse riding.
We were exhausted, cold and wet by the end of the day thanks to the unpredictable weather. It was fantastic though, and we will definitely be back next year.
Tomorrow, the final day of our road trip.
- Cardiff news: Medieval festival returns to Cardiff Castle in display of pomp and pageantry (walesonline.co.uk)
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