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12 July 2014 @ 07:28 pm
Footsore, weary and more than a bit sunburnt - today was the 25th Abbey Medieval Festival and I enjoyed it no end! Camel rides, jousting, sword fights, stilt walkers and mead, and much much more. The only flaw was my camera dying - not really sure what happened there but it wouldn't turn on, so I was left with only my phone for taking photos and that was less than ideal. Of course as soon as I got home and tried my camera again it worked with no problems whatsoever.

This year I bought tickets to the joust as well, and it was fantastic! Three rounds of three contests each, so it didn't go too long. I'd have liked to have seen more, but can't complain as the joust tickets were only $4 each and I certainly got my money's worth. Interestingly, of the three competitors, two of them were women - one from New Zealand and one from Canada. And the Canadian woman won the contests that I saw, although there's still tomorrow to go.

Anyway, as a result of camera dying I didn't get too many useful photos. My pick of the bunch below the cut.

The three joust contestants must have been baking in their armour; the day had warmed up to 22 degrees after recording the coldest overnight temperatures in 113 years (trufax! It was 2.6 degrees overnight in Brisbane!)
This was the lady from New Zealand:

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The Canadian entry:
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And the lone male, from Victoria, Australia:

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Apologies for the quality of the photos but my phone doesn't have a useful zoom.

This is the hand-tooled leather journal I bought:

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Photo doesn't do it justice. Even the metal clasp has a Celtic design, it's just beautiful.

After we left the festival we continued north to Bribie Island. On one side of the island there's no surf at all, being protected by the mainland, while the other side is exposed to the sea and has a bit of a surf running Bought ice creams and walked along the beach, collecting shells, then back to the bridge across to the mainland.

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The calm side, where a number of yachts were anchored, with the bridge to the mainland in the background.

Awkward moment of the day - being in the queue for coffee right behind the guy I was seeing last year, and ended up dumping with the injunction "please don't ever contact me again". Awkward much? My first impulse was to run away (brave Sir Robin!) but I decided to act like a grown-up and stayed in the queue. Not sure if he noticed me or not, although he did pull his lady friend in closer to him so perhaps he DID see me.... *g* Still, awkwardsauce. Although I'm glad to think he's happy.
Current Mood: tiredtired
mrua7mrua7 on July 12th, 2014 01:47 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had a wonderful day, even with the awkwardsauce! We have a little Renn faire about a forty minute drive from here. Very cute, jousting, lots of cool vendors.

When I was able to walk (without the aid of a walker) I was hired with my friend to be a strolling musician...and we got to dress up in costume. Did it for quite few years, but alas alack I was forced into retirement.

There were archers, knights, juggliers, belly dancers...you name it. Even Harry Potter and his wizarding friends woudl show up...though they weren't exactly Medieval. :D

Love the leather book btw!
miwahni: pagan lleumiwahni on July 13th, 2014 10:48 am (UTC)
That would have been awesome, being a part of the faire! There were a lot of musicians present yesterday, including a lady in full costume who wandered around playing a recorder, and another couple who simply walked about with their Irish Wolfhounds. Gorgeous dogs. No Harry Potter, but did have the other things you mentioned.
ali15son: pic#123148060ali15son on July 12th, 2014 03:05 pm (UTC)
You sound like you've had a wonderful time ...glad you enjoyed your day out xx
miwahni: pagan lleumiwahni on July 13th, 2014 10:48 am (UTC)
It was fantastic, thank you!
entropy_houseentropy_house on July 12th, 2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a wonderful day out! Maybe the camera got overheated? I think that happened to my last one, and eventually it just turned up its toes entirely.
miwahni: pagan lleumiwahni on July 13th, 2014 10:50 am (UTC)
I don't know... certainly a possibility. It worked fine on Friday night when I checked the battery level, but it wouldn't even turn on yesterday at the Festival. Then last night back to normal. *shrug* I bought it in London in 2010 so it's not that old - and it's a long way to go for a replacement (but I'd suffer it if I had to).
entropy_houseentropy_house on July 13th, 2014 04:15 pm (UTC)
I bought my cameras on-line. Finding a store in my area with a decent selection was unlikely.

I can only suggest that in future you try keeping the camera as cool as possible- maybe covering it from direct sunlight would help?
byslantedlight: Doyle Camerabyslantedlight on July 12th, 2014 09:47 pm (UTC)
Looks like good fun - and how beautiful is that journal! Rats about your camera, how weird that it came back to life again later. A momentary haunting, perhaps...? *g*
miwahni: pagan lleumiwahni on July 13th, 2014 10:53 am (UTC)
A haunting, perhaps that's it! It was weird... as I mentioned in a comment above, it worked fine on Friday night when I checked the battery but wouldn't even turn on yesterday. When it did finally work, last night, I had to re-enter all settings for date / time etc so something had really gone wrong, as it usually holds those settings even if the battery is removed.
moonlightmead on July 13th, 2014 06:21 am (UTC)
Oh, that looks great! We have similar medieval (and other) days here, and I've been to a few, but I have never seen jousting! Brilliant! Fascinating that the women outnumbered the men - although I suppose equestrian events are the famous example of a modern sport that does not have separate male and female competitions.

I love your book!

Ouch for awkward moments, but it sounds like everyone was very civilised, so hooray for that.
miwahni: pagan lleumiwahni on July 13th, 2014 10:55 am (UTC)
The jousting WAS brilliant. Last time I went, I didn't buy tickets for the joust in advance and by the time I'd decided I'd like to see it all of the tickets were sold. So this year I bought prepaid tickets so as not to miss out.
Book is just gorgeous, I must say. And it smells wonderful!