kentwell Hall in Long melford is the home of the annual great tudor recreation, this time for only 2 weeks and 3 weekends. We were part of the reenactors on the second week, so arrived on the saturday to look round as punters first before we became players on the sunday. FrB has never seen it, so it did make sense. Howver, although I though wer pretty much had everything packed and ready on the friday, DH felt there was loads to still do on the sat, so i decamped with the girls in one car, and waited for him to arrive [7 hours later!]
We went in and
met the rather nice gateman and the players and made our way round the
house. I loved the rufflers, and then we met gentry and cooed at new
babies before going past the yew hedge and meeting 2 maids known to us.
now, my blog is still not talking to flickr,
so will have to wait to add photos. I thought the people in the
brewhouse were particularly good at explaining what they were doing and
why :) . we went out and had our packed lunch before going back in and
to the barnsward. Met lots of people we knew, always hard to go round as
a punter! met up with thebabs and had cider in the alehouse and had a
good chat before watching parade and dancing going on. Looked fab. Was
impressed :) and then stayed hidden so not chased off site as became a
part at flag down.
Sat night was the annual boat race night, and a
lovely evening on the frontsward. I did notice as the week went on,
more and more people eating in the stableyard, and although i see that
that is easier now service is there, i do miss the sight of everyone
eating on the barnsward!
So, I loved being a dyer! it is a great
station full of lovely people, and it also has really interesting things
to do, and so totally bought by the dyeing bug and the interest on
seeing what colours might appear! Am really hoping to be a dyer next
year as well :) . Have to say that unfortunately had a migraine on last
weekend, but SB did the breakfast, and it didn't hold me back, and on
the last day i think the kentwell lurgy was lurking, so felt rubbish by
the end! but the dyers is fab :) .
DH appeared to enjoy being a
builder, nice ppl with him, and got to do something practical that he
could see was useful - i rebuild a tumbling down hovel! he did end up
leaaving one day to race back to see his dad in hospital, but luckilly
his dad was better than he thought. In fact he even stayed in costume
for the ceilidh :)
SB was in the stillroom, and worked hard
therre, and lots of people came up to me to say how hard she worked, how
helpful she was, what a lovely girl she is etc and I felt very proud
and happy :) . She was very happy with the extra bits of kit she had -
hatpins and snips etc :) and also making her purple potions. in the
evening she was lovely to help me with getting dinner and washing up,
all done with good grace, so then she could go and play with friends in
good conscience. She had a bit of a rough ride with the group of friends
she has known for years which was a surprise, and not particularly nice
to watch or deal with, but i think she did deal with it with dignity.
Luckilly she also has other friends to value her.
FrB was a bit of
a hard one to keep tabs on, and was in the pottery, but did a lot of
wandering off station, and unfortunately did get us all into trouble by
breaking rules, despite me telling her v carefully not to do it. sigh!
however, I did my best to get her some good experiences, such as invited
to low board at the gentry, to be able to have a go at spoon carving
etc and making her life straightforward. Most people on the manor knew
who she was, as despite not always doing what she is told, she is a
lovely girl :) and the pleats on her red bodied petti were lovely!
adores kentwell, and she had a great time as always. she was v helpful
for me, as we were stationed near, and since FrB had decided not to be
helpful! she enjoyed the barnschool and the potters, and hopes to be
with the carvers next year for at least a part of it. she was helpful on
the dyers too, and learned to make skeins with the reel, found bark
chippings for us, and made us giggle :)
So , there you are, a fab
time at Kentwell. Now I have recovered, looking forwards to next year!
and have to my sewing list a cloak each for sb and bb, a long apron for
me, a big drapy jacket for me since i didn't get to have a gown, and
finish dh doublet.