Yesterday ws Viceroy!
We set off very early from Alaric and Nerissas (after staying the night),bend_gules
and her lord made for a full and chirpy car. The drive down to the site was foggy and I was worried that the day would be spoiled by being cold and wet. But when we reached the site (Mellow Farm
) the skys cleared and the day turned into a wonderful bright, clear (and warm!) sunny day!!! It was a real surprise for October.
The site was great - a large flat field for the tourney, a good sized modern barn for crash space and cooking and wonderful medieval barn for court and feast. I understand that the site was quite pricey but I definately think worth going back to again perhaps for a larger summer tourney event where people could camp.
So after a quick change it was time for Vitus and Guilettes final court. Lord Robert was heralding again and he opened the business saying that is was feast day of St Ethelburga (at which my ears pricked up) and that Edith of Hedingham should come up!!!
At this point my mind sorted of stopped working, I am not very good this sort attention and I was very aware of my heart pounding and being very red. Vitus said some truely lovely things about me and I was shocked to hear that I had had loads of recommendations for my AoA including serveral from outside Kingdom (which floored me totally). The scroll I was given had been made by the Queen herself . I understand from Nick that I got my "vivats" as I sat down, (very happy and totally embarassed) but I can honestly say I don't remember!
The rest of court went well (I think!).
Speaking to bend_gules
after court, she said my AoA was way over due, had recommended me herself, and the outside kingdom recomendations had come from attendees of KWHS in September which very flattering indeed. I got lots very lovely comments and hugs and then basically spent the rest of the day grinning like a nutter!
On to the tourney.
The tourney had 7 entranants and to my untutored eye it looked like a very well fought one as well, Baron Clancy won for his Lady Ursula.
The rest of the day was spent in chatting and enjoying ourselves, I finished of the garter and spurs for Duke Alaric and put it in the A&S display.
Before the feast the new Viceroy and Vicerine stepped up and ran a small court, and so once again as I lurked at the back of the barn was shocked (again) to hear my name and then to be given a small award for the best A&S entry in the display - a lovely piece of weaving by Jahanarbanu. My mind was slightly more clearer this time so I could enjoy the experiance more!
The feast was excellent, wonderful tasty food and interested chat and conversation and then the drive back to London and as Pepy would have it "so to bed"
I can't really sum up how happy I was with everything yesterday, the AoA was wonderful to recieve and getting the A&S was great as well, the weather was perfect, the site was excellent - a very happy person here!!!
and for those that are interested - here are the photos I took - Flickr