Saturday, 28 May 2011
The Revolution will not be televised
Woke to the sad news that Gil Scott Heron passed away yesterday. As I have already named a couple of blog posts after my favorite of his tunes I thought I'd choose "The Revolution will not be televised" for today as there was no TV in Medieval times and today has had a very medieval theme. Sometimes my blog posts are full of text and no pictures but today is all about the photos!
On a very windy day we have been to Arundel Castle, which is about 9 miles from where we live, as they were having a siege weekend. Regular readers will know we have a Middle Small who is very keen on knights so we just had to take him along.
We arrived as the event started at 10am and shortly after wards were welcomed by the loudest cannon fire, the bang shook my whole body and made Baby Small cry. As you can see The Smalls had dressed up for the occasion.E was allowed to wear the helmet. We had a look around the spectacular gardens which represent the source of the River Arun and Oberon's Palace is the sea. The garden's had a gorgeous smell. Beautiful borders.
Then we watched the siege reenactment but the smalls were really sacred of the loud bangs. Even at a 1/4 charge they had to notify the police and the coastguard that the event was taking place because of the noise. S didn't want to stay outside but said that even inside it was very frightening and gave you a real sense of what it must have been like to be in a castle under siege.
Joined in with a play of Robin Hood, telling a story in a time before printing, we all had to join in. S was Maid Marion, E was first to volunteer as a Badie Henchman. O was Robin Hood, I was an outlaw and Daddy One was Robin Hood's horse for the joust.
If your children (or you!) like: castles, knights, canon fire then the event is on tomorrow and Monday and is very good! Older children could have easily stayed still closing time but as unusual it was me that ran out of steam first. All of the staff we encountered today were both friendly and knowledgeable.