Have I told you how much I love living in a town with its own riverside Norman castle?
This weekend was Tonbridge's annual Medieval Fair, and so Rachel, Alice, and I attended on Sunday, meeting up with with godson Alec, sister Bettany, and parents Clare and Nick.
Sunday was also the day of the dragon boat racing on the Medway, which the castle overlooks, and so a lot of the afternoon fun was accompanied by the theme tune of Hawaii Five-Oh blasting out of speakers on the riverbank.
I was very pleased to see that Alec has overcome his fear of Alice and actually spent the bulk of our time together playing with her, stroking her, and looking for sticks for her.
The Medieval Fair was a great mix of living history and stalls (selling 'ye olde Medieval accoutrements' and a variety of food and sweets), where, as usual, the re-enactors were more than happy to talk at length about their chosen topics, pose for photographs, encourage participation from the kids etc
|We enjoyed a lengthy talk about Medieval toilet habits |
and the history that has been unearthed from ancient stools
|Medieval toilet paper (see also moss, straw, bare hands etc)|
|Alec enjoyed a variety of (fake) poo related activities, |
as did his sister, who was also rather taken with the (fake) rat
|Having overcome his concerns about dogs, Alec was quite happy to pet a tiny owl|