Travel back in time with me to another stop on my 2009 Europe trip, central England! I visited Andy’s family in the Midlands and bounced between Leicester, Nottingham and Birmingham while enjoying the company of his parents Fliss and Harry, twin sister Elizabeth and her family, and older sister Helen.
The main attraction of the weekend was a day at Tamworth Castle in Staffordshire to participate in a Sealed Knot battle reenactment. The battle was between English Royalists and Parliamentarians. Before I knew that which side we were on, Andy instructed me to yell ‘God Save the Queen!’ or some nonsense, and that might have been what led to this:
Wait, let me show you a full-length shot so you can see my costume in all its glory:
We couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather on that English spring day: warm, sunny, and blue skies, much like this week was here in New York. I was a designated water carrier, so most of the time I was on the sidelines. That was fine with me, I just loved taking it all in and snapping photos.
When the battle and tomfoolery were over, we hung out in Elizabeth’s caravan, where we ate lunch and I presented Fliss with a bottle of her favorite beverage.
Then we toured the castle:
The view from the top was spectacular:
It was so much fun to be thrown right in to this event on my first trip to England! And of course, the Milfords are all so welcoming and kind. They treated me like family even when Andy and I were on a break, which was more than I could have hoped for. I’m so blessed to have two loving and supportive families!
Andy and I are both looking forward to when we can finally travel together to the UK- there’s so much more I need to see!
Have you ever taken part in any kind of historical reenactment? Do you have a favorite part of the UK you think I should visit?
This is part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Today’s theme was E for England. Coming up next week are posts on fear, gratitude, Harrisburg, and more. Thank you so much for visiting!