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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May Bank Holiday weekend is always the Brixham Pirate festival.
Hundreds of Pirates from all over the country join together for a fun filled weekend of mingling, buying, and drinking. (Rape and pillage it seems is no longer in fashion for modern pirates).
Traditional, Steampunk, Gothic pirates all mixed together. Jack Sparrow and Bilbossa were there along with fortune tellers and mermaids. Plus the odd tourist who had come for the day not realising the town would be invaded by pirates. Many of them just bought a pirate hat and joined in with a smile.
This year we decided to go in costume so a massive camera bag wasn’t on the menu, so I didn’t take many photos. We only went for one day as the other 2 days of the weekend were rained out however it was a great day.
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