Tuesday, June 26, 2007
OK, here is a real picture of our rental house. Check out Sophie's blog for more about what we've been up to.
Friday, June 22, 2007
We finally moved into our rental house this week (Monday). It's very nice and should work out well for us. But we are still missing:
- Garbage can for trash pickup
Hopefully it will all be sorted out soon enough. I'll post photos in a few days.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Cindy was trying to take pictures of our room at The Three Swans with my cell phone camera but ended up taking a video. High comedy.
A short video of us on the train from Hungerford to London.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
On Sunday we went to Kenilworth Castle, ruins of a castle that was originally built in the 1120's but was continually added on to and modified for five centuries. From the English Heritage web site:
Kenilworth’s many and varied buildings and architectural styles reflect its long connection with successive English monarchs and their favourites. Its founder was Geoffrey de Clinton, Henry I’s treasurer, who began the massive Norman keep at the core of the castle in the 1120s. Judged too strong for a subject, Kenilworth thereafter became a royal fortress. King John greatly strengthened it between 1210 and 1215, enlarging the surrounding watery ‘mere’ which effectively made it an island stronghold. Thus it could withstand an epic siege in 1266, when rebellious barons held out against Henry III’s siege engines for six months, succumbing only to starvation.
During the 1390s, John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, rebuilt the splendid great hall and staterooms of Kenilworth’s inner court. His grandson Henry V created in its grounds the moated summer-house called the Pleasaunce: here too, according to tradition, he received the insulting French ‘gift’ of tennis-balls which sparked off the Agincourt campaign. Henry VIII added more grand apartments: but it was his daughter Queen Elizabeth’s favourite, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, who left the greatest impression on Kenilworth, and gave it its greatest fame.
Sunday was the last day of the Medieval Living Village in which actors played the parts of various villagers. We met the shoemaker, the potter, the blacksmith and the apothecary. They were all very knowledgeable about their crafts. Did you know that most archers in the army could shoot 12 arrows per minute? Amazing! Here is a video of the musicians teaching folks a dance:
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
A calliope and steam engine were part of the fun on Robin Tubb's 50th anniversary celebration as Hungerford Bellman.
One of the contestants at the Bellman Competition in Hungerford. The bellman is basically the town crier. Read more about Bellmans Day on Sophie's blog
Monday, June 04, 2007
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