Stepping back in time …

Only for the fun parts, though. We went to the Renaissance festival and no one was locked in the stocks, beheaded or died of the plague. Heath and I haven’t been since the first year we were married and Katy had never been. When we went in 2000 it was the 15th year, this year is the 30th year and not only is it twice as old, it was twice as big and crowded.

We ran into the gargoyle right of the bat. Who knew gargoyles were nice?

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The Barely Balanced team of acrobats was very daring and funny. It’s a husband, wife and the husband’s best friend, all know as Small, Medium and Large.

Medium balancing on three balance boards.
Medium balancing on three balance boards.
I wonder if Large ever wishes he was small or medium?
I wonder if Large ever wishes he was small or medium?

Seige the Day. Catapults of all sizes and marshmallow ammunition.

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Katy takes aim
Katy takes aim

It’s May, so we checked out the Maypole Dance. Even with a short pole the kids weren’t tall enough to really wrap it up. But it was fun.

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We watched the jousting. I was in the back and it was hard to follow what was going on but I’m pretty sure this guy lost. Katy went right up against the fence, right were most of the action took place.

Medic, medic
Medic, medic

We looked in the little shops and in a hat shop Katy found the Sorting Hat. We offered to buy it but she decided she’d just get a picture.

And your house is ...
And your house is …

And we ran into Mother Goose

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And speaking of Mother Goose and fairy tales … There were some ladies spinning wool and I asked one of the ladies if that was the type of spinning wheel that Sleeping Beauty pricked her finger on. She said Sleeping Beauty dates back to 650 AD and the spinning wheel wasn’t invented until the 1200s. Prior to that they used a spindle like this:

Maiden with drop spindle (photo of painting swiped from internet)
Maiden with drop spindle (photo of painting swiped from internet)

and they could have sharp points. But as the tale got passed down it got changed to the spindle of a spinning wheel. She said Disney should have consulted her before making their movie of Sleeping Beauty. Also she said she only spins gold around tax time, she doesn’t want to upset the economy.

So it was a fun and mildly educational day.

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