Whitby shown within North Yorkshire. Ordnance Survey OpenData Author: All in all, it was great family fun as well as a learning experience. The lyre player was excellent … lovely music… and two different woodturners were also great to watch. These are a few of the photos we took around the camp:. His cadaver was transported from the supposedly nearby village by a number of monks up to the abbey for burial — and the nuns were warned of a likely attack on the abbey. Needless to say, the nuns were outraged and terrified by the thought of pillaging and raping Danes.
But the corpse was blessed and arrangements made for Saxon warriors to defend the abbey:. In the morning we watched the two armies warming up and practising their battle techniques, and the actual battle was in the afternoon. It was difficult to take photos during the battle, when the warriors were half killing each other close to the lines of tape encircling the battle site.
Of course, the tape is vital for safety, but it meant that I have so many photos with green tape across the middle that are are unusable! Still, I found that most of my photos could be cropped to make good headers, as the one above. But, then again, how many headers can I use in one post…? Raids were common along the east coast of England during the Viking Age and monasteries, abbeys and such like would have been prime targets.
So much plunder, in the form of gold or silver cups, crosses and chalices would have been irresistible to marauding bands. And the poor nuns would also have been seen as easy rape victims. Whitby Abbey itself was destroyed by Viking raiders in Incidentally, the name Whitby means White settlement in Old Norse. As with most Viking and Saxon battles, action starts with the shield wall formation of the opposing sides, during which time the warriors hammer on their shields with their swords, spears or battleaxes, generally making a great racket and yelling profanities at each other.
All this is intended to intimidate and terrify their opponents. Then a number of missiles are hurled, including spears, rocks and stones — some via catapult — or arrows, if there are archers present. Once all these preliminaries are over, the two shield walls come together in an almighty clash and stab and slash out at each other in a effort to get through the wall of shields and kill or maim as many of the enemy as possible.
On this occasion, we were treated to an excellent display of swordsmanship. A new camera is on my Christmas list, so I hope Santa will be generous. It was a very enjoyable day, and I can only thank the various Viking and Saxon groups from around the country who came together to produce this event. The members obviously love what they do and are very proficient at doing it. Whitby is a lovely, quaint, old seaside town and fishing port, and is packed with visitors for most of the summer, even without any events being on.
Lowland — Highland Divide. Author Jrockley Public Domain. Fort William within the Lochaber region of Scotland. Achnacarry consists of a small hamlet, a private estate and a castle, and is located between Loch Lochy and Loch Arkaig in the Lochaber region of the Scottish Highlands see map s above.
The estate covers an area of 60, acres of beautiful and barren country with abundant wildlife including red and roe deer, foxes, badgers, Scottish wildcats pine martens and otters. Golden eagles, buzzards, peregrine falcons, merlins and sparrowhawks soar overhead and in the rivers and lochs are Atlantic salmon, trout and pike.
Our apartment was in the old stable block, converted into a number of differently sized apartments. We had one of the two larger ones upstairs on the right-hand side looking at the front of the building on the first photo below. Achnacarry has been the ancestral home of the chiefs of the Clan Cameron since The original castle, built by Sir Ewen Cameron of Lochiel around that date, was destroyed by government forces following the Battle of Culloden, since the Camerons played a major role in the Jacobite rising of This fact is well illustrated in the little Cameron Museum on the Estate, a short walk from our apartment, which is well worth a visit.
The castle we see today was built in It is on private land and not open to the public other than organised groups, so we could only photograph it from a distance. The first of these two photos the close-up is from Wikepedia:. Army Rangers and similar units from other allied nations — a total of 25, men between and The extensive estate was used for some very arduous training.
The Cameron family retains close ties with the Commandos and an impressive Commando Memorial can be seen at Spean Bridge, roughly 7 miles from Achnacarry. This one is from Wikipedia:. We had a brief walk around a small part of the estate on our first evening there — partly to stretch our legs but also to get a feel for the place.
But we did snap a few interesting features, in between fighting off swarms of midges! The trees were left to their own devices and grew in odd directions:. We had a long drive home the next day, so we decided to spend the day another sweltering one! The museum is only small, but interesting nonetheless, with history of the Cameron Clan, Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite uprising, the Commandos and links of the Camerons family to the royal family.
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Catherine is the god-daughter of the Prince of Wales and was six at the wedding. To finish off, here are a few general views from around the Achnacarry Estate. We spent ages at this waterfall, as did a few other people that day. Last year was not a good year for my family. We had so many illnesses to deal with, some of them worryingly serious. All in all, I got little writing done at all, either on my books or my blog. So this year has been a mad rush to get Book 3 of my Sons of Kings series finished, edited and formatted and published on Amazon.
And, at last, this is it:. It was uploaded onto Amazon a couple of weeks ago, so I can now start to relax a little and get back to writing a few blog posts.
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My trilogy has become a series or perhaps a quadrilogy. I had intended this book to be permanently 99p! In the northern hemisphere, March 1st is the meteorological beginning of spring and, in the southern hemisphere, the beginning of autumn. In the southern hemisphere, this equinox marks the astrological beginning of autumn.
The March equinox has long been celebrated as a time of rebirth in the northern hemisphere. Many cultures celebrate spring festivals and holidays around the equinox, including Easter and the Passover. It was named after Mars, best known as the Roman god of war, but he was also a god of fertility and agriculture. As the god of war, his month March marked the beginning of the season of warfare, which lasted until October.
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Chariot races, horse races and dressing and dancing in battle armour were just three of the ways in which Romans celebrated the skills of battle during this month. March brings breezes loud and shrill, Stirs the dancing daffodil. Another Saxon name for March was Lentmonath which is named after the March equinox and the gradual lengthening of days. This name gradually became simply, Lent — the 40 days leading up to Easter in the Christian Church, during which people traditionally fasted.
The birth flower for March is the daffodil narcissus — also known as the Lent Lily as it blooms throughout that period: The astrological signs for March are Pisces until the 20th and Aries after that:. My first image on this post shows a couple of wicker-built hares at Harlow Carr in Yorkshire doing just that. Below is a video I found which shows mad March hares in action — part of it in slow motion. There are several special days celebrated in March and these are just five of them: In Cornwall, March 5th is St. It always falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent.
This year it was March 11th — and a pleasant day I had, too. This is how Wikipedia describes it:. Author Ronhip Ron Hipschman. Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. He was a 5th century Romano-Christian missionary and is considered responsible for bringing Christianity to Ireland, as well as driving snakes out of the island. His day is celebrated in many countries worldwide, i. There are many historical events and birthdays in March, but this post is already long enough.
There seem to have been lions and lambs wandering about in no particular order this past month.
We were amazed by the colourful displays in the flower beds so early in the year — but it was lovely to see, even in the rain. I hope to be back on my blog a lot more often very soon. My next Month-by-Month post will be that last — meaning, I will have done all twelve months. February is the second month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars.
It is the shortest of the months, with only 28 days in common years and 29 days every fourth or leap year. Having only 28 days, February is the only month that can pass without having a full moon — as occurred this year when the last full moon was on January February is also the third and last month of winter in the northern hemisphere, the equivalent of August, the last month of summer, in the southern hemisphere.
January and February did not exist in the old Roman calendar. The winter season was a monthless period and the year consisted of only ten months. These photos were taken down our local lanes this week. No shortage of mud here! However, the painting was of a November evening after rain! You can see the painting here. In the UK, although February can still be cold, many of us start looking forward to spring. Some parts of the country can be covered in snow, while others see little but grey skies, wind and rain.
The unpredictable nature of the month forms the basis of this rhyme, which often means little to people, even in Britain:. And what is a dyke…? Simply another old English name for a ditch. In the UK there are a few special days to note, some of which are also celebrated elsewhere in the world.
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