Every year in August Pendennis Castle has a Medieval Joust.
This year the weather was perfect, warm, overcast with a slight breeze. I couldent have wished for better.
It’s a wonderful day out with falconry, jousting, jesters and gruesome tales from the hangman.
This year I got to see a gyrfalcon in flight, it was amazingly fast and fun to watch. They had to leave the eagle on a tether, as the castle is on a peninsula and they were worried about it getting lost so close to the sea, but the size of it would have me worried with that beak so close to the falconers face.
As usual the Jousting took pride of place with the jousting area getting more developed every year. Sadly none of my pictures worked out as my viewing position wasn’t the best so I have included a good one from last year.
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We visited Dunster castle while away for the weekend.
It’s a beautiful castle, you can see it from the road as you travel to Minehead.
The gardens leading up to the castle are beautiful and the rooms inside are furnished.
The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day.
Sometimes when I am wondering around places like this I wonder why we feel the need to look for beauty in other countries when we have places like this on our own doorsteps.
While there we saw statues of Blacamores holding lamps, and it made me realise how one person’s normality and expected behaviour can become another’s appalling behaviour.
And also while I didn’t take a picture of it there was a portrait of a lady of the house with her breast on view. That did make me laugh, covered from head to toe and yet able to have a semi naked portrait on display, again times change and so do customs and behavioural values.
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While we were in France we decided to visit Chateau De Pierrefords. It is where they filmed the BBC series Merlin. The Chateau looks lovely but inside it is a shell, perfect for filming but I am used to castles and historical houses being filled with many beautiful items for visitors to look at.
I suppose instead I should be glad that the Chateau survived fire, looting and destruction and was rebuilt, but it seems to me to be a shame.
It’s made me wonder if this is the case in all French historical buildings open to the public as Versailles was the same, only a few pieces of furniture the rest empty rooms. On a more practical note this means at least items wont get stolen and visitors can wonder around to their hearts content.
However they did have one interesting item, a suit of armour that was man sized. Usually the only armour you see is child sized, and I don’t believe that adult men who wielded great big swords and rode on large horses had shoulders and thighs that small. So it was nice to see a suit of armour that could fit a man. Up until now the only old armour I have seen that can fit a man is Henry 8ths. (As opposed to modern reproductions for Tourneys and exhibitions).