Sir Jasper and Sir William - the Hinge and Brackett of the Knights of Royal England.
Another day, another jousting show at Leeds Castle. Oh, and what was this strange yellow hot thing in the sky? The sun, you say? But it's burning my eyes... Oh what a difference 48 hours makes - from being virtually drowned on Thursday, here we were on the Saturday roasting under the sun. Lady Emma from the Tudor Roses was there again, along with new Rose Lady Rachel who had travelled up in the wee small hours from Cirencester in Gloucestershire, for which she deserved a medal. Emma was joined by Lord "Sideswipe" Wilkins and her two lovely sons who were dressed in superb mini Tudor outfits and looked just wonderful.
With the nice weather we had a big turn out for the shows, and with more people there we always respond better when doing the shows. Lots of laughs and some good jousting by the boys, Sir Sam of Castille in particular took a massive blow from Sir Jasper in the first show which brought an audible gasp from the audience. During the second show, young James, aka MUNGO!!!, somehow managed to stumble and fall through the fence surrounding the arena which gave us the best laugh of the day amongst ourselves. My little mate Owen was there again with his Mummy, this time decked out in a superb Tudor King outfit. He has promised to return tomorrow as a Knight - I can't wait to see the garb!
After the show we had a little wander around, while the Knights of Royal England's younger sect, namely James, Sam, Ashley, Dan, Lucy et al, set up a long water slide and proceeded to career down it at breakneck speed risking life and more importantly limb, all in the name of having a laugh. Oh, to be young again...
Tomorrow is the final day at Leeds for this particular run, and the weather forecast is actually getting better, so fingers crossed we will get away without too much interruption from the rain. This has been such a fun week - I don't want it to end.