Saturday, 21 August 2010

Border Reivers at Birdoswald

Well, here I am back from this year's jaunt to the Lake District. As with any of our visits to Cumbria, a trip to Hadrian's Wall is always on the cards. This year we decided to revisit Birdoswald Roman Fort. Luckily for us, the day we went coincided with an English Heritage family day involving a Border Reiver re-enactment society.

As a result, I have decided to update the blog with a new banner photo at the top and a template overhaul. The picture is of a couple of the re-enactors going at each other hammer and tongs. On the left is a Graham and on the right is an Armstrong. Due to our positioning on the right hand side of the field we were naturally inclined to support the Armstrongs. Over a best of three combat (with different weapons) the Armstrongs came out just ahead!

Before the main event, the kids were involved in drawing and colouring pictures of Vikings, dressing up as Dark Age warriors and maidens, solving a find the rune puzzle and listening to a Reiver bard tell the story of a famous Reiver's search for a wife. A most enjoyable day was had by all, made all the better for the bottle of mead purchased; something I have not drunk in many a year!

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