Breakfast TV on Tudor Vision. Joining Henry and Liz on the sofa this morning will be lovable brain box from Holland - Erasmus; chum of the King - Robert Aske; and Perkin Warbeck - crazy name, crazy guy! Stay tuned.
The middle of last week found me down in Folkestone in Kent to begin with, having dinner and meeting with my new brilliant agent, the legendary Michelle Coda. I stayed the night with her and her other half Matt, and Michelle's little daughter, Victoria. In the evening her parents Frank and Debbie came over and much wine was drunk and food eaten, which always seems to happen when Frank and Debbie Coda are on the scene. I began the long drive back to Somerset on the Thursday lunchtime, but this time with one passenger missing - my poor old sat nav, the one dubbed originally Doris II by me, but later and more poetically Kanuna by my son James, she is no more. Her power supply has broken and really I was just looking for a good excuse to get rid of her! She had never been that good to be honest. She can find easy addresses brilliantly - if you want 57 Hannover Street in Oldham or something, she can take you straight there. But ask her to find some house in the middle of nowhere - hopeless. You'd key in the post code for Little Rustic Farm, near Wurzel Village in Devon and she'd say "Well, I can't find that address, but I can find Rustic Road slap bang in the middle of Exeter, would you like to go there instead?" which is about as helpful as finding a man who is drowning and asking him to hold your anvil. So Friday's appearance back at the wonderful Hugh Sexey Middle School in Blackford near Wedmore would have to begin with me finding the school manually. I printed out directions from Google Maps and felt confident I could find the place the following morning.
Twit. Total and utter twit. Of course I wouldn't be able to find it with printed out directions from Google Maps. I couldn't even find it with Kanuna in previous years. Somehow, through luck more than judgement, I found myself in the village of Blackford and asked a very nice lady taking her dog for a walk where I could find Hugh Sexey School - a question which, asked in any other village in the UK would have probably resulted in a slapped face for me. So here I was back at this lovely school, surrounded as ever but a veritable bevy of beautiful teachers. It seems a pre-requisite to work at this school is you have to be female and attractive. And I am not complaining! Always makes my visits more fun for me!
Well, we had a great morning - it was a big group of about 100 children I suppose, and all of them in fantastic costumes. Loads of laughs in the morning, and some really sound and impressive Tudor knowledge displayed by the children. We started a little late because of a morning assembly in the hall, but we soon caught up. For lunch the children had all brought in packed lunches, and as in previous years I was asked to judge which I thought were the most authentically Tudor of the foods. One little girl had a yogurt frube drink and a chocolate bar and was surprised when I told her they weren't terribly authentic. I was treated to a lovely lunch of pasta bolognese, followed by a chocolate cake in custard. Terribly healthy! I also shared a bottle of red grape Schloer with the teachers, with us all pretending it was red wine - but it was obvious it wasn't as we all went back to work after lunch!
The afternoon was loud and fun, culminating in yet another brilliant Jousting tournament, but this one ended in that rarest of occurrences - a win for the Gents! This makes the updated score:
GENTLEMEN 15 - 26 LADIES
Still a big lead for the ladies, but the gents are at least hanging in there. We finally finished with some photos with the group, and a parade of the children's costumes with me picking the best. I was absolutely cream crackered by the time it was for me to pick my way home. But any ideas I had of a quiet lazy evening snoozing on the sofa, well, I could forget all that.
You may remember I modelled for the Shepton Beauchamp art group recently, in my full Henry gear, and I was heading back there for a return visit by popular demand! I wore a different outfit from my previous posings and we had the usual banter and laughs with the ladies there present. A very pleasant evening, and proof, if you ever wanted it, that not only Lily Cole is a "model" in this family. So now you understand the title of the blog - Sexey Model? Geddit? Oh never mind...
I have purchased a new sat nav today - not sure of her name yet. Any suggestions from readers of this blog? She will first be used "in anger" on Bank Holiday Monday when I am back at Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe in Gloucestershire for another Tudor "fun" day. Looking forward to seeing my Queen's again as the Tudor Roses will be out in force again. Smashing!