I love the Brixham Pirate Festival.
Every year I turn up dressed to kill and just soak up the amazing atmosphere. Pirates of all ages, and all costumes from the simple to the historically accurate.
Scoundrals and scallywags, with ladies, wenches and strumpets.
The weather was amazing, the drink was flowing and as usual everyone was friendly and willing to chat over a drink or two.
Sea shanties and dance groups, partying on a Spanish Galleon as night fell, then up again to watch a raiding party board and fight.
The recoats fired their cannons, and the pirates their flintlocks, and a great time was had by all.
These are a few of the characters that make Brixham such a success.
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I had forgotten these photos hidden left on my memory card.
Knightshays is a wonderful house, filled with intricate dolls houses almost as fascinating as the main house. Each time I have visited it has been pouring with rain so I have not ventured into the gardens. It is my goal this year to visit in the summer and see the grounds as well as the interior of the house.
Saltram House Plymouth.
each Christmas we try to do as many places as we can, they are an amazing joy. and it keeps the child in me alive, each time I look at the pictures it brings back memories.
Every room was another fairy tale and the gardens were lit with many coloured changing lights.
It was a magical experience with thousands of fairy lights and decorations. The photos don’t really do justice to the experience.
A wonderful night full of magic.
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It’s that time of year again where all the National Trust properties get out their decorations. I try to go to as many as I can so there will be a few of these, also as I don’t have a lot of time to update this blog the photos will probably continue well past Christmas as I catch up.
Lanhydrock has a group of staff who are dedicated enough to also create all the food for the houses decoration, something which surprised me. So any food shown in these following photos is real.
The recipes are also original recipes from the time, the mincemeat one surprised me, I wonder when the meat was removed.
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It’s been a hectic few months, so this blog was put on hold, however just in time for Christmas I am starting up again.
Buckland Abbey had a Christmas faire it was packed and very busy, but as a bonus Andrew Logan had a display of some of his artwork throughout the Abbey. The art was very bold and bright, all bling and glitter, and if I had read about it before I went I would have assumed that it wouldn’t fit the surroundings.
However the contrast between the very old building and the ultra-modern art worked amazingly well.
I loved it, the way the light made the large glass pieces glow, or the shadows created by placing in more shadowed areas. The glitter and sheer unconstrained joy of the smaller pieces. It was a surprising and most welcome addition to the faire, and Andrew Logan has a new fan.
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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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At the end of May I went to Disney Paris. Its not somewhere I have visited before as I thought it was mainly for kids and I get bad motion sickness so don’t do thrill rides.
We had planned to go when the weather was supposedly about 18-20 degrees centigrade instead we had a mini heat wave and it turned out to be 27-30 degrees. So instead of a quiet mid week warm experience we had blazing hot sunshine and packed with people. (Why anyone would want to go in July and August amazes me).
I soon realized that Disney is not what I expected, it’s all about the rides, the characters are mainly locked away from the public, you could be at any ride based park without them. The toilets were disgusting and the ques were huge. Fast food HA! The ques for food were as long as for the rides, again at least an hour.
Disney is not for children, 40 minutes to have your photo with Minnie Mouse and 80 minutes for Belle? That’s just not suitable for kids especially not small ones. And queuing in hot sun for over an hour to go on rides is appalling for children. The Disney Princesses are locked away forcing you to que to see them, everything requires you to que.
I did enjoy it but it’s an adults playground in spite of the cookie cake type of buildings and look of the place.
If you’re expecting to see Disney characters walking around and easy interaction then you will be disappointed.
However the Illuminations and fireworks over the castle are amazing and well worth staying up for. Sadly my camera died just before they started so I was unable to take any photos.
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