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Sunday, 28 August 2016

The Knights At The Castle...


This Bank Holiday weekend Hever Castle is hosting a three-day Tudor event (because of its connections with Anne Boleyn et al)

Therefore, the family Knight decided to pop down the road an check it out (instead of going all the way to Herstmonceux for the Medieval Festival again) as part of our long-weekend excitement.

Unsurprisingly, this was right in my wheelhouse: jousting, battle re-enactments, living history, the works.

Had some fascinating chats with the re-enactors and got to be a big kid trying on helmets and getting to swing a variety of weapons, including my first outing with a pole-arm (a bill, I believe).

I'm now more convinced than ever that pole-arms are totally impractical weapons for dungeon explorers! Sorry, Mr Gygax!

I also got to heft an axe, which I was rather taken by.

Even though it rained on and off, it was a brilliant day out. Alice always has a great time at Hever because she gets to meet lots of other dogs as well as plenty of friendly strangers.

I still can't get used to the amount of attention she gets; it makes Rachel and I very happy to see the smiles our puppy can bring out in complete strangers.

And it's really sweet when, later in the day, someone who met her earlier, will suddenly cry out: "Oh, it's Alice", when they spot her again.

A quick lesson in the half-swording technique
Kiss My Axe! As you can tell from the grin I rather liked the axe!
Ye Olde Authentic Dogge Bowle
The obligatory family selfie - although Alice was more interested in all the other people!

6 comments:

  1. Kiss my axe?! I'll put that one down to over-excitement too!

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    1. It's a catchphrase from a 2000AD comic strip called Slaine (about an ancient Celtic berserker). And it's funny :-)

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  2. From what you've told us about Alice, she seems like she'd be great at some sort of animal-assisted therapy (the non-professional kind). We do it with a couple of our dogs, and they love it! (I imagine it's a pretty cool job to just walk up to a bunch of strangers and have them tell you how great you are, which is what the visits amount to for them...!)

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    1. Rachel and I have talked about this, as the Pets As Therapy animals that visited the home my mum spent her last years in were a great comfort to her, and it's something we'd like to give back.

      At the moment Alice is waaaaay too excitable and we wouldn't like to curb her enthusiasm. But when she gets older (and possibly a bit less bouncy, as not everyone appreciates a tiny dog trying to jump in their lap) it's definitely something we are considering.

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    2. That's excellent. Pets As Therapy is one of the groups I've heard good things about from the UK (not that I'm an expert or anything). And, I think you might be surprised at how little is required of the dogs. People think our girls must be extremely well trained when they find out they're therapy dogs. Truth is, they just love people and won't go nuts if someone bumps into them with a wheelchair.

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    3. Funny you should bring that up, about the only thing that Alice really doesn't like is odd mechanical sounds (such as the squeaks of shopping cart or wheelchair wheels!)

      But, yes, Alice loves people and people seem to love her so this does appear to be the perfect job for her!

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