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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