Winterfest, Take 2

This time two years ago, I took my two youngest children to Winterfest in Sydney, our first medieval fayre. This year we made the trip again, partly because we had so much fun last time and partly because our friends, Tim and Ruth, had an awesome stall there, selling their beautiful wooden swords, surprise puzzles, castles and other things. We always love seeing their stall in action! And of course the  yummy food, fighting re-enactments, jousting, birds of prey and all sorts of other medieval delights!

I had some very strange people accompanying me to Winterfest this year! :)
I had some very strange people accompanying me to Winterfest this year! 🙂
And they weren't particularly friendly either!
And they weren’t particularly friendly either!
See what I mean?
See what I mean?
But really, underneath all that metal, they're actually very friendly
But really, underneath all that metal, they’re actually very friendly
And they're very good at fencing!
And they’re very good at fencing!
See what I mean?
See what I mean?
The smile of success!
The smile of success!
The mock fighting was VERY loud and good for a laugh, too!
The mock fighting was VERY loud and good for a laugh, too!
The warriors were pretty friendly when they weren't fighting. They didn't even eat the kids!
The warriors were pretty friendly when they weren’t fighting. They didn’t even eat the kids!
A knight on horse back getting ready for jousting - always an amazing spectacle!
A knight on horse back getting ready for jousting – always an amazing spectacle!
The competition! (Does anyone else find themselves thinking of "A Knight's Tale" whenever they see jousting? We LOVE that movie!)
The competition! (Does anyone else find themselves thinking of “A Knight’s Tale” whenever they see jousting? We LOVE that movie!)
JOUSTING! Yeah!!
JOUSTING! Yeah!!
The jousting assistant dude was hysterical
The jousting assistant dude was hysterical
The "Birds of Prey" demonstration was informative and really fun! They're a conservation group, so it was good to know they look after the birds well.
The “Birds of Prey” demonstration was informative and really fun! They’re a conservation group, so it was good to know they look after the birds well.
Owls, as it turns out, don't seem particularly "wise" at all!
Owls, as it turns out, don’t seem particularly “wise” at all!
The mighty falcon!
The mighty falcon!

Just before we left the Fayre, I discovered the most amazing book at “The Medieval Shoppe”. It’s a book all about Viking costumes and even includes patterns. Both of my kids who were with me are super keen to help me make some clothes and although the book wasn’t cheap, it will hopefully save us lots of money in the long run, because buying the clothes is very expensive too. The man holding the book had met the author, Nille Glaesel, when he was holidaying in Norway. Nille has spent years creating reconstructions for museums and re-enactments. She had just published the book to share her love of the costumes, and some of her patterns, and was shocked that he was keen to distribute it in Australia. She had no idea that any sort of re-enactment societies and fayres exist here! He ended up getting to spend some time living in a Viking Long House in the far north of Norway, that had been built by the author’s son. I couldn’t resist taking a photo of him with the book! I love being able to purchase a product that has a story attached to it! Now to get around to making something out of it! 😉

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Karen Lee

FAMILY: Married since 1989 (does that make me old?), a full-time Mum since 1993, and unschooling my kids since 2005. On a journey of learning to live free and fully loved as God intended, following Jesus rather than an institution or "religion". Caring for the world and its people as best as I can.