A rainbow dress and a trip through time

A week or so ago we went to the historic town of Ludlow for their annual Food Festival.

As vegetarians we were pretty limited to what we could actually buy as the main products for sale seemed to be sausages and cider, however there were a few attractions. Firstly the festival itself was held within the castle walls which made for plenty of entertainment for the children; that and the circus skills tent. Emily can now officially walk on stilts and Toby can juggle…nearly! Thankfully there was not a clown in sight or otherwise Mummy wouldn’t have been seen for dust!

But I learned never to say never – I tasted some hot chocolate from an 18th century recipe. I don’t ever drink hot chocolate as a rule, but who could resist the display from the Copper Pot?

The copper pot

The copper pot – yes, that is liquid chocolate!!

A blend of chocolate (70% cocoa solids) Cinnamon, Cardamon and Long Pepper. This was not hot chocolate. This was close your eyes and be swept off to exotic lands in a cup.

Sorry, I zoned out for a moment there.

I also sampled something which I never thought I could or would try. Jerky. Not something you really get in the UK, and if you do its something strange in vacuum packs hanging in a forgotten corner. This jerky however was made from Tofu. Not very attractive looking little brown pieces in a bag gave me no trouble refusing a sample. Until I was told they had Marmite flavour. I must say, I am a convert. Vegan Marmite jerky is good! Even more so if the stall looks like this

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The children enjoyed watching butter being made Victorian style

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Although it was a fun afternoon I’m not convinced I would part with the £20 to get in again. Another visit to the castle is a must though.

And at least I finally managed to photograph Emily’s new “Itchy Rainbow Dress”

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About woodlandknitter

Who am I? A Mummy first a foremost to my two children, Toby and Emily. We took the decision to home educate the children after Toby had many problems within state education. Unable to send them to a Steiner school at present we base their education around the Waldorf ethos. This is working out wonderfully so far and we wish we had done it sooner. Secondly I am a fibre obsessive. Knitting, spinning, felting, dyeing or just generally stroking, anything goes. You can usually find us in the woods or up a hill, by the ocean's edge or climbing trees. Follow the little trail of yarn clippings and there we will be, me with some form of fibre in my bag at all times. #118 We try to live a simple, natural and holistic lifestyle, making sure that we connect to nature daily. Fairy tales and seeking out the enchanted in everyday life is a big part of our lives, as is plenty of craft and art. I am a new member of a medieval re-enactment group, the House of the Black Star and have met some amazing people through it. I have much to learn from them. In this blog I hope to inspire and share with you the things which inspire me. Feedback is always enjoyed and appreciated. Comments on my blog are always loved! I hope a little woodland magic makes you happy today! #037 Find me on facebook Ravelry Craftsy Etsy Pinterest
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2 Responses to A rainbow dress and a trip through time

  1. The rainbow dress is beautiful! Did you write the pattern?
    We are heading to spaghetti circus festival next weekend. I love the circus crowd and the play and skills we/they learn. Read mr Gallianos circus by Enid blyton lately??

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