Spring last year - you remember? Sunny and warm. Dry. No wind. Ring any bells?
With winter showing no sign of abating for the time being, we plod on through what must be the longest season in the history of humanity. According to my records winter started on June 6th 2012 and is still going. So that's global warming that is... Climate change? Yeah, that as well. All I know is that I have icicles on all of my exposed areas and permafrost in my codpiece.
My latest Henry shenanigans saw me last Saturday (the 16th) bowling up at BBC Somerset in Taunton for an appearance on the Emma Britton Show. This was a bit different to my previous appearances as it wasn't as just one of her panel commenting on certain news items. This time I was to be interviewed as one of her "Somerset Lives" series. I was following in the footsteps of Michael Eavis and Tara Newley, so in my own warped little mind I was hugely famous for a day. I got to Taunton early and had a nice wander round the shops - it is a fine town for shopping, but as I was virtually skint it was more a case of pressing my face against the glass and looking longingly in at the goodies inside until I was chased off by irate shop girls. I walked up to the BBC studio in Park Street and was greeted by Emma with a big hug, which was nice. I sat in the Green Room sipping tea and receiving messages of good luck from various friends around the globe who would be tuning in, including Amanda and James in Essex, and Shelley and Sir Owen in Maidstone. And then I was on! It was a nice relaxed interview, lasting about half an hour and lots of laughs. If you got a chance to hear it I hope you enjoyed it and if you didn't........ what the HELL were you doing??? Emma successfully grilled me about all aspects of my life and I did my best to answer the questions and be entertaining, so hopefully that worked!
On the Sunday I popped over to Barrington Court to see Matthew Applegate and drink more tea. We had a nice relaxed chat and I offered some ideas to him for various Henry walkabouts over the summer, should it ever decide to put in an appearance, and the possibility of a one day "Tudor Festival" - watch this space for more...
Monday I was back on the road, driving up to Essex ready for a Henry Day at a new school for me - Woodham Ley Junior in Benfleet near Southend. As I drove into the car park, the lady who had just driven in in front of me saw me parking and shouted "You MUST be Henry!" which I took as a compliment. What a lovely school! It was a fabulous day - great fun. A nice group of about 60 children, mixed across years 3, 4 and 5. I did my opening bellow ass Henry to the group and one little girl immediately dissolved into tears and threw herself at her nearest teacher, before being lead sobbing from the room. And that was the last I saw of her for the day. I hope I haven't damaged her permanently. The rest were a really lively group, ready to laugh and join in with everything. After lunch we had more fun and nonsense and ended up with a joust that was absolutely deafening. Inevitably the ladies romped to an easy victory that now moves our score on to:
GENTLEMEN 12 - 20 LADIES
This is like England v San Marino. Or England v Wales at rugby if you follow my drift. I can almost declare this contest over already. Come on Gents!
I had an evening with Amanda and James, my lovely son watching old Doctor Who episodes with him - yes, I am truly slowly turning him into an anorak. The next day I drove down to Kent to spend the day with my lovely Shelley, before heading back to Somerset that night. It was a nice little trip but over too soon.
And so the Easter Holidays are virtually upon us. You can tell this by looking out the window and seeing elderly people being mauled in the streets by muderous gangs of rabid starving Polar Bears. When IS spring going to start? It must be soon. Even Carol Kirkwood has disappeared from BBC Breakfast. She's probably frozen in her dressing room. My next Henry appearances are next weekend when jousting returns (ice storms permitting) at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire, and then I shall be back at Bourne Hall Museum in Epsom after that for a day of Henry's Horrid History on April 3rd. Book early to avoid frost bite.