Bucknell

Trip Start Jun 11, 2008
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Trip End Aug 15, 2008


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The Willows, Bucknell

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Another long day, with long drives for Tom.  Today we visited Warwick Castle.  Thanks to advice from our host, Klaus, we found an all day parking spot just outside the path to the Castle, much closer than the main car park.  Today was another hot day.  Ruth tanned a bit and Tom wore his hat and sunscreen.

It is now school holidays so the Castle was crowded.  We arrived in time to see the Trebuchet loaded and fired.  The loading, and spiel, took about 30 minutes and the firing about 1 minute.  However it was spectacular.  In the preamble we learned that they would load all sorts of things in the sling such as rotten carcases (imagine how these would splat when they landed plus they might infect the water supply), fire and bee hives (also firing these at knights in armour).

Then we got good positions for the jousting demonstration and waited for that.  This was also good entertainment.  "King Henry VI" led the proceedings and explained that the joust was to take the place of the planned battle, with interjections from the jester Jess and four "knights", two from House of Lancaster (the good guys) and two from House of York (the bad guys), except we obviously had some York residents behind us, who loudly supported the bad guys.  Of course the Lancastrians won (unlike in real life, when they lost the Battle of Barnet).

After queuing for lunch we walked through the Castle rooms, returning outside mid afternoon to a change in the weather and thunderstorms.

We left the Castle and walked to St Mary's in the town.  This was well presented and the lady was very pleasant and informative.  As it was a two hour drive home, we stopped at a pub in a nearby town - one less meal at the Baron of Beef!
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