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David Smith

Chetwynd Medieval Fair at Shropshire Lavender Farm

I'm off to the Chetwynd Medieval fair at the Shropshire Lavender Farm, near Newport, TF10 8AH, where I'm standing in for the Head Troll and flogging meads and alcoholic Ginger Beer (with ice and a slice of lemon!). It's a gorgeous location, if you are in the area come and see for yourselves.

http://shropshirelavender.co.uk/
bodger

Thanks for the heads up on this one David. Its sounds like just the sort of event for us. If I can arrange animal sitters, we may very well see you there.
kat_lewis

Hopefully will see you there Sunday  
Polly

Has anyone got a post code that we could use for the Sat Nav?  

I'd love to go!  

ETA - I found it! http://shropshirelavender.co.uk/11_contact_us.html
bodger

We'll be there on the Sunday
bodger

An early start for us this morning. I'll quickly feed the birds and animals and then we're of to have a look at this event.
bodger

We landed at just after eleven and left shortly after midday. It was a small event but as they say, size isn't everything and it was interesting all the same.
Here are a few pictures.

Here's a picture of cornfields full of poppies taken from the car park.





Here are a few of the enthusiasts dressed in period costume.





Now do you see the pillock with the fag on ? The dummy had just fired his arrow straight into the tyre of the Range Rover belonging to one of the caterers. Needless to say, he was not the flavour of the month.





What an absolute pratt ! We saw him stick the arrow back into the hole he'd made in the tyre, cut the arrow off and then try and super glue the piece of wood into the hole as a make shift bung.





Here's another OTGer to add to our met list. This is David Smith. Nice one David, nice to met you.





Heres ye old warrener complete with hawk and ferrets.











The only downside to te day, was that the greedy beggars had eaten all of the pig roast yesterday and that for some reason, its replacement for today hadn't arrived by the time we left.





On the way out, we couldn't resist taking a couple of pictures of the beautiful village church.








Although we had a six hour round journey to go there, we had a most enjoyable day.
Pilsbury

David in kit !! excellent, even though we have traded at a few of his events I have never seen him in kit. fantastic.
and leave Fred the Arrowmaker alone, he is a sweet bloke really  
bodger

Freds very lucky not to have been traditionally hung drawn and quartered.  The lady with the catering van that had to be towed back home by the range rover in the picture didn't have a spare tyre.
kaz

Pilsbury wrote:
David in kit !!


Everyone was in kit  there was a lovely atmosphere there even though the weather was threatening to blow all the stands away
kat_lewis

yes I agree the atmosphere was great. The folk knew their stuff and made it interesting. The dancing was a bit (how can I put it ) weird but all the costumes and details were great. We had an enjoyable afternoon.
Bazzer

Nice share Bodge.

Love the period time piece Dave. Wrist sundial eh?  
David Smith

Ah, the medieval wrist-sundial, well spotted! But My excuse is that I'm not actually a re-enactor and only occasionally a historic trader, and that I needed to have a time-piece in order to meet the licensing requirements and not sell mead or ginger beer after hours.

You can only go so far with the "authenticity" (or stitch-nazi's as we like to call them!) or you'd have trenches as latrines, leprosy rife, and bubonic plague every other year. Plus no ice or lemons for the ginger beer (except for the seriously well off, possibly).

Thanks for coming along, and thanks for the pictures - I'll try and add a few if they look half decent  

As for Fred. ROFLMAO!!!!

Best wishes
David
David Smith

Hmmmm, technology, I wonder...


The Fair from Smith Towers, early Saturday morning.



Smith Towers



More of Smith Towers



The faded Trading Emporium









Best wishes
David
Polly

Looks like a fantastic day!  I love anything like that!

We didn't manage to get there - one of our neighbours asked to borrow our car to fetch his mum from Leicester - his daughter in law had nicked off with his and he's done us a lot of favours so you have to return them don't you?

I shall keep my eyes peeled for next years event - if they have one!  Shame about the hog roast - my hubby would have either been well disappointed or one of the greedy buggers who'd eaten most of it before you'd got to it Dave!  
bodger

OMG ! Fred the arowmaker has joined the forum. Fred, I can only grovel and apologise for calling you a pratt and a pillock. I'm sorry, but it was meant in the best possible taste.
Welcome to the forum, I hope you can see the funny side, as it certainly amused us for the day..

Wait until I see that Dave Smith and thank him for bubbling me.
Bazzer

               

Got any 'umbles in stock Kaz. Bit of pie making today I reckon.
Polly

bodger wrote:
OMG ! Fred the arowmaker has joined the forum. Fred, I can only grovel and apologise for calling you a pratt and a pillock. I'm sorry, but it was meant in the best possible taste.
Welcome to the forum, I hope you can see the funny side, as it certainly amused us for the day..

Wait until I see that Dave Smith and thank him for bubbling me.


     
arrowmaker

[quote="David Smith"]Ah, the medieval wrist-sundial, well spotted! But My excuse is that I'm not actually a re-enactor and only occasionally a historic trader, and that I needed to have a time-piece in order to meet the licensing requirements and not sell mead or ginger beer after hours.

You can only go so far with the "authenticity" (or stitch-nazi's as we like to call them!) or you'd have trenches as latrines, leprosy rife, and bubonic plague every other year. Plus no ice or lemons for the ginger beer (except for the seriously well off, possibly).

Thanks for coming along, and thanks for the pictures - I'll try and add a few if they look half decent  

As for Fred. M
arrowmaker

[quote="arrowmaker"]
David Smith wrote:
Ah, the medieval wrist-sundial, well spotted! But My excuse is that I'm not actually a re-enactor and only occasionally a historic trader, and that I needed to have a time-piece in order to meet the licensing requirements and not sell mead or ginger beer after hours.

You can only go so far with the "authenticity" (or stitch-nazi's as we like to call them!) or you'd have trenches as latrines, leprosy rife, and bubonic plague every other year. Plus no ice or lemons for the ginger beer (except for the seriously well off, possibly).

Thanks for coming along, and thanks for the pictures - I'll try and add a few if they look half decent  

As for Fred. M
bodger

We did have a good time and enjoyed the atmosphere.
arrowmaker

[quote="arrowmaker"]
arrowmaker wrote:
David Smith wrote:
Ah, the medieval wrist-sundial, well spotted! But My excuse is that I'm not actually a re-enactor and only occasionally a historic trader, and that I needed to have a time-piece in order to meet the licensing requirements and not sell mead or ginger beer after hours.

You can only go so far with the "authenticity" (or stitch-nazi's as we like to call them!) or you'd have trenches as latrines, leprosy rife, and bubonic plague every other year. Plus no ice or lemons for the ginger beer (except for the seriously well off, possibly).

Thanks for coming along, and thanks for the pictures - I'll try and add a few if they look half decent  

As for Fred. M

David you made comments about me without knowing the full facts
1 The arrow release was caused by a small dog and child that bang into me
2 I tried to plug to get the vehical away and get it repaired
3 The spare WAS ALSO USELESS
4 I arranged to get someone to pick up the tyre and repair it.
5 I also paid for the call out and repair
If my actions after the accident make me a prat what dose it make you
for having a go at me without knowing the full facts.
Fred
David Smith

Fred, I didn't call you any names what so ever, I merely laughed - because, let's face it, it was FUNNY.

Glad it was just a tyre you hit, though. And good to hear you put it all right.

Best wishes
David
bodger

Hi Fred.
Dave didn't make the comments, I did. I've already said sorry for my comments and I'm sorry if I offended you. It was hilarious though     Maybe in a while, you'll be able to see the funny side of the incident too.
David Smith

Look on the bright side - a few years ago an artillery unit of the Sealed Knot managed to set fire to a field of corn and cremated a few cars parked next to it...

Best wishes
David
arrowmaker

David Smith wrote:
Fred, I didn't call you any names what so ever, I merely laughed - because, let's face it, it was FUNNY.

Glad it was just a tyre you hit, though. And good to hear you put it all right.

Best wishes
David

In that case I am sorry but the the way it came over it seemed it was you anyway got a free coffee and burger once it was settled
Fred
arrowmaker

bodger wrote:
Hi Fred.
Dave didn't make the comments, I did. I've already said sorry for my comments and I'm sorry if I offended you. It was hilarious though     Maybe in a while, you'll be able to see the funny side of the incident too.

I will settle with you next time we meet I have a very nice broadhead that has your name on it.Yes I normally hit what I shoot at.    :devil:HHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Fred
bodger

The bacon baps were to die for.
Border

So if we read front page headline of the News of the Screws........."Man shot in the arse with an arrow, while eating a bacon bap".  

We will all know the story behind the headline.  
arrowmaker

Border wrote:
So if we read front page headline of the News of the Screws........."Man shot in the arse with an arrow, while eating a bacon bap".  

We will all know the story behind the headline.  


Another one with a broadhead on his name Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Fred
bodger

Or " man shot by arse with arrow while eating bacon bap"      
David Smith

I'd pay good money to see an arse eat a bacon bap, sounds well pervy! Probably one of those public school tricks that us state educated types never got round to....

Best wishes
David
arrowmaker

Watch it I had a public school education.The only thing it taught me was how to play cricket rugby hockey and girls were very very different to us.They did try to educate me but failed very bad.All the other subjects were a wastes of time on me did like history all these thing about the English knocking the cr*p about just about everyone.
Fred
Bazzer

I like Fred.
Welcome to the Dark Side.
Arrows up 'arris an' axes an' fings. LUV IT.
David Smith

Pilsbury, the reason I'm almost never in kit at my own events is that I need to be "visible" in a way that would not be possible in I looked like hundreds of other middle aged blokes with a beard or moustache in medieval costume.

So I tend to have the "Semper In Sturcus Sum" blue top and the Panama Hat so folk can find me if they need to.

I also have a rather superb "nobility" outfit, made by Kat of Kat's Hats which was a most generous gift from Roger Lankford of Lancaster's Armouries, but it is rather warm to wear in a heat wave, so the peasant outfit from Sally Green gets worn if it's hot.

Best wishes
David
bodger

Plus, I've seen his legs.    
arrowmaker

bodger wrote:
Plus, I've seen his legs.    
   

YUKYUK
David Smith

Hey, Bodger, it was not me who bubbled you, but a veritable living legend, none other than the resident falconer at Lancre Castle, Hodges Aaaargh.

http://www.livinghistory.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=21112

The Iron Dwarf, aka David Hodges, the inspiration for Terry Pratchett's falconer in Discworld. http://wiki.lspace.org/wiki/Hodgesaargh

He and Fred are bosom pals or something.  

Mr Hodges makes brilliant fireboxes, see http://www.medievalmade.co.uk/tools/  

Best wishes
David
arrowmaker

David Smith wrote:
Hey, Bodger, it was not me who bubbled you, but a veritable living legend, none other than the resident falconer at Lancre Castle, Hodges Aaaargh.

http://www.livinghistory.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=21112

The Iron Dwarf, aka David Hodges, the inspiration for Terry Pratchett's falconer in Discworld. http://wiki.lspace.org/wiki/Hodgesaargh

He and Fred are bosom pals or something.  

Mr Hodges makes brilliant fireboxes, see http://www.medievalmade.co.uk/tools/  

Best wishes
David


Who said Iron Dwarf and me are pals   he makes great iron stuff   but I owe him for one or two things    me has a nice broadhead that will make him a few inches taller even if he is only jumping up and down.        
Fred
bodger

What I'd really like to get my hands on is one of those cooking tripods.
Gareth

bodger wrote:
What I'd really like to get my hands on is one of those cooking tripods.



A little more patience please mate.

I am currently up to my eyeballs making Dog racing rigs and Bicycles at the moment .... .... Cooking pot Tripods and Camp fire braizers to follow in a few weeks. However, Pilsbury has seen the prototype and it has met with his approval
bodger

Whats a few years amongst friends?  When you're ready

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