Good King Hal clog dancing outside Strode House. Total amount given by passers by? Not a toss.
A new academic year! Has there been a summer break? I think I missed it. With all that jousting and romping round the country I think I have an excuse for missing it. I drove up to Kent first of all to spend some time with Shelley, and then the following day I drove to Essex to see my lovely son James and his Mummy. After these two pleasant days of semi rest it was then time to don the robes and become Henry again.
West Leigh School is a lovely place - I was making my fourth annual appearance this year, booked as ever by the wonderful Bella Garrett. It was a bright sunny morning for the drive down there, proving that after all the rain and misery of the summer holidays it was inevitable that the sun would come out and the temperatures would go through the roof as soon as the kids went back to school. I was greeted with a hug and kiss from Bella, which was very sweet of her, and then a welcoming cup of tea. It was a big group today, over 120 year three children - all of them very excitable and loud. Their enthusiasm was very infectious, but it was sometimes hard to keep a lid on them as they got too excited! But we had a great morning and lots of laughs.
Bella very kindly wandered down to the local supermarket to get me a sandwich for my lunch and then it was on for the mad afternoon session. The stocks were a raging success, lots of laughs and whoops of delight from the audience. The jousting threatened to dissolve into chaos to begin with. During the first ladies race quintaines, quoits and lances went flying in all directions and several of the young ladies became distraught and claimed that the jousting was too difficult. So I stopped the race after what seemed like a lifetime of directionless galloping and quoits flying around the hall and gave them another run down on how to make the jousting easier for them. Still one of the little ladies, a cutie called Annie, claimed it was too hard, but luckily Bella persuaded her to continue to take part, and as it was her team won the ladies tournament! Then we found the gents champions, and they were very good, so it was obvious who was going to win the overall title. Yes, Annie and her hopeless ladies romped to a famous victory! So our very first score for the new year has a familiar ring to it!
GENTLEMEN 0 - 1 LADIES
Different year, same results!
The King is off to Castle Hedingham again this weekend for a wedding appearance, which should be fun, and the weather looks good. Then next week I am off up to Harrogate in Yorkshire for a school appearance.