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Berkeley Skirmish 2011

Another great day spent with Sal, who I rather naughtily wrenched away from her pressing dissertation in order to attend medieval shenanigans at Berkeley Castle. But we both had a terrific time at the Berkeley Skirmish, enjoying everything from cannon and handgun demonstrations to sword-fighting to jousting to a bird-of-prey display. The event was very busy and many people turned up wearing medieval garb!The events were not only enjoyable themselves, but the organisers and participants ensured that people were informed and educated about the various activities, and how they related to the history of the land. The falconry display provided a fascinating insight too into the origin of many English phrases.A thoroughly enjoyable day out and well worth the trip from London!I shot mainly with the Nikkor 70-200mm VRII, but also with the Nikkor 50mm F/1.4. I must thank Sal for taking the photos of me!Afterwards, we retired to Sal's house where I lazed in her fantastic hammock. :)

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Berkeley Skirmish 2011

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Another great day spent with Sal, who I rather naughtily wrenched away from her pressing dissertation in order to attend medieval shenanigans at Berkeley Castle. But we both had a terrific time at the Berkeley Skirmish, enjoying everything from cannon and handgun demonstrations to sword-fighting to jousting to a bird-of-prey display. The event was very busy and many people turned up wearing medieval garb!

The events were not only enjoyable themselves, but the organisers and participants ensured that people were informed and educated about the various activities, and how they related to the history of the land. The falconry display provided a fascinating insight too into the origin of many English phrases.

A thoroughly enjoyable day out and well worth the trip from London!

I shot mainly with the Nikkor 70-200mm VRII, but also with the Nikkor 50mm F/1.4. I must thank Sal for taking the photos of me!

Afterwards, we retired to Sal's house where I lazed in her fantastic hammock. :)
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We didn't venture into the Castle, so I took some photos from the grounds, this one with my phone, the N8.

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We didn't venture into the Castle, so I took some photos from the grounds, this one with my phone, the N8.
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Sword-fighting.

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Sword-fighting.
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Can be a dangerous game....!

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Can be a dangerous game....!
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It must take tremendous skill to spear a wild boar (this one is fake of course!) from a moving horse.

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It must take tremendous skill to spear a wild boar (this one is fake of course!) from a moving horse.
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Cabbages are the enemy!

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Cabbages are the enemy!
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I would close my eyes too!

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I would close my eyes too!
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Is that a head of smoke?

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Is that a head of smoke?
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Jousting.

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Jousting.
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Impact! Ouch!

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Impact! Ouch!
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Many people came dressed for the occasion!

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Many people came dressed for the occasion!
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The excellent falconry display.

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The excellent falconry display.
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Barn Owl.

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Barn Owl.
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Harris Hawk.

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Harris Hawk.
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Naturally I had to have a go!

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Naturally I had to have a go!
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The final skirmish.

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The final skirmish.
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Relaxing in Sal's hammock!

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Relaxing in Sal's hammock!
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salAug 1, 2011 04:54 PM

the 3 harris hawk pics are my favourites... and the medieval couple!

Pat PatrickDec 17, 2011 12:34 PM

Great photos, love to see other peoples views of the event & you have got some cracking shots there. See you in 2012? Cheers.

Reg EldridgeFeb 20, 2012 07:37 PM

Some really good photos here,well done. Shame about the "medieval couple",they are wrong in so many ways.

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