It's hard to believe that it is TWO YEARS since I bravely clicked on 'Publish' and Sweetbriar Dreams was 'born'. It has been such a learning curve since then with different designs, templates and even cameras! But one thing that has been consistent is the variety of people I have 'met' along the way - my virtual penpals. It was slow at first as I learned the blogging protocol for myself, but in the end followers began to show their presence, my constant check on statistics became a thing of the past, and then some comments began to appear. I started my blog mainly for the love of crafts but my blogging voice just had to be the every day goings on in my little life, my love of capturing a moment in time and incorporating it into a post to look back on and remember. Unfortunately, I can't be a blogger that writes every other day, there really is not enough hours for me, so have kept pretty consistent to one blog per week with a little bit of 'Wordless' occasionally in the middle of the week. In between, I love catching up with what is going on in everybody's lives and admiring the photography. You all are such amazing, talented and have made this little corner of blogland very humble and happy indeed.
Two years ago I went to the Peterborough Heritage Weekend for the first time and my first full blog post was created here. Then last year another visit took place here. So, are you ready for a trip down memory lane? The usual requirements are needed i.e. your cup of tea and an indulgent biscuit, while I take you on the third trip to this amazing event set in the Cathedral Precincts and various other venues in the area. Look, Queen Katharine of Aragon is waiting for you...
Henry VIII was inside the Cathedral, flirting with his audience!
This fabulous weekend is partly set within the walls of the Cathedral. The green is totally taken over by tents full of various centuries of crafts, wares and history.
The Bishop and the Dean's gardens were opened too to set the scenes for various encampments. The Knights Chamber archway is one that is private but today it could be walked through and into the Bishop's garden for the Viking encampment (even the Morris Dancers trotted and rang their way through to take a look!)
The encampment was nearly empty when we visited which is such a shame as there is one particular Viking that I like to photograph but he was no where to be seen!
Such a setting, and obviously one that I know very well. The scaffolding in the background which I have previously shown in posts just shows the sheer scale of this meccanno set, and one that I have been told that I have permission to go on shortly... what a post that one will be!! In the shade, there were Viking children enjoying the old walnut tree.
We were drawn to the sound of drums out in the City Centre and were delighted to catch a few groups of Morris Dancers. The jangling bells and clapping of hands, so colourful.
I had some favourites though! This man's hat was amazing!
And this lot were ones that I really wouldn't want to meet alone!
I could have watched them all day!!
As D Day has now reached its 70th year, the event had World War I as its main theme. Here's a group of photos of these wonderful men and women who were totally in character.
Further on, there were more soldiers from a totally different era. The crimson in their jackets was so striking.
Then the Romans!
The Middle Ages were in the Dean's garden. I just loved this character with these amazing glasses.
And, of course, a posing Knight!
Phew! A busy and incredibly interesting day. My camera was working over time and so was everyone else's! I have never seen such gigantic cameras as those that surrounded me and all the people in costume were more than happy to pose for the cameras. A very happy day!
But at the end of the day I felt as wiped out as this soldier! Information overload and so many photos to put together for today's post.
I do hope you enjoyed this rather long Bloganniversary post and have enjoyed going back through the ages.
Here's to another year!!
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