A Blustery Day
On Sunday morning we went to
the Great Plains Renaissance Festival.
It was at the
One of the first things we were greeted with as we entered the Faire site was a troop of Belly Dancers. They had been dancing off an on for two days. Wink was amused by their sun burns. Looked uncomfortable to me.
There were suitable Royalty tents. This seems to be some sort of fiefdom. The king and queen were in another tent.
There were merchants on site, so that should one choose, one could buy period clothes to adorn yourself for the Faire. There was a wide variety of wares from clothes, leather goods, weapons, honey, pottery to toys but no musical instruments.
There were at least three arenas where combat was taking place. We did not witness the joust but we saw mock combat in to the two opposite corners of the Fest.
There were adult weapon vendors and there were several choices for toy swords for the kids. We watched two young brothers duke it out with padded toy swords near one of the combat arenas.
Weapons for Mock Combat
My axe throwing had not improved from two summer ago. I liked the Larkspur, CO axes better. These were not well balanced. They had knives and ninja stars to throw as well.
I got talked into buying a costume for me. Wink said it looked entertaining and wanted to get a set for Rod as well.
Some of the Vendors put on displays. Here is a sample of chain mail being put together. It seems like a lot of tedious work.
Chain Mail Assembly
There were several mini-theaters set up around the festival. We listened to some bag pipes before lunch. There was a MIME after the pipes. Later on we enjoyed a show by The Amazing Whip Boy which was pretty funny.
They did have a pub at the Faire. I got a glass of blackberry mead and Wink had a pumpkin spiced beer. We had popcorn chicken and a fried onion for lunch.
We worked on the yard Saturday. Took a drive to Lowe’s and got cleaner and primer to stain the deck. Last year we paid to have the deck stained but the stuff they used has all washed off. It should have lasted three years at a minimum. So we washed the deck and now need to let it dry before we can prime it. Of course it rained today and leaves are starting to fall…
One can tell it is fall around here. The migratory birds fly through here. You can hear them in the trees and see them under the feeders.
Wink found a bird nest in the potting soil!
We bought some mums to put in the planters out front and some sweet smelling pansies for the deck planter. Next we’ll have to buy a pumpkin or two. It has been so warm (85-90) during the day that we haven’t really felt like it’s fall. The Andover Farmer’s Market ended last Wednesday-very sad. Guess we’ll have to resign ourselves to store bought tomatoes and melons, oh well.
Spiders made the front
page of our newspaper. It has been a wet
summer and there is a spider bloom in
ahead. Will try to update again
next weekend. We still need to
get going on the
Mark and Wink.