from all over Europe and the America's meet up for battle
Report of the event: Part 1
More pictures: Part 2
pictures are ©Orkneys
Link to the local
newspaper in Höchstädt
pages of photos of the battle [thanks to Blood's for providing the link]
two days of driving through England, France, Belgium and
Germany, we finally make it to Blindheim on Tuesday
arrived we were greeted by the sight of this derelict
farm building next to the campsite. It was built in 1604
and was one of the two mills mentioned by M. Tallard and
Marlborough in their letters as marking the place where
it was safe to cross the marshland towards the
battlefield. Sadly this building is now condemned, but
much loved by the locals who wish to save it from
all the water for our campsite came from its original
well which has the reputation of being the cleanest
water in the area, cleaner even than Blindheim's tap
water [or so the locals told us].
news of our event had spread far and wide. Journalists
from Munich were interviewing us. Even National
Geographic came and took pictures. This lovely family
who spoke excellent English traveled for two hours so
they could come and see us. Orkney's youngest member
[with sword] had fun playing with the boys. Language
barriers appeared to be no problem throughout the event
as our children from Italy, England and Germany mixed
and played football together on the campsite.
Tuesday night, 11pm and the locals still insist on
coming into our campsite. At two am we had lowered the
barrier and glances across from our campfire showed that
people were still attempting to come and talk to us! The
event is still several days away.
The last three days in Germany were extremely hot. 30C
average temperatures. We all broke out in a sweat
with little effort and were constantly pestered by
thousands of flies. Orkney's nominate Linda as 'Fly
Whacker General' and present her with a fly swat.
Then, disaster strikes. At around 6pm the region is
suddenly and unexpectedly struck by the worse storms in
20 years. Trees snap, rain is torrential and wind is
extreme. When we return to our campsite after a shopping
trip we find all our tents destroyed.
the storm we survey the damage and rebuild our tents.
The Blindheim residents were fantastic and gave us
shelter, blankets, beds and somewhere to dry all our
drenched clothes overnight. In the morning we find our
kettle crushed but thankfully little other damage. Some
of our possessions had been blown away by the wind and
lost. Locals told me that a mini-tornado had struck the
area and was making weather news.
toilets, cunningly disguised as a reed bed, mysteriously
survive the storm and a huge branch that broke off the
tree above them.
evening, our tent gathers an international repertoire
and we learn how to shout rude stuff in Norwegian,
Breton, Dutch, Czech and German...thanks to Stein
for the excellent Norwegian lessons ;-)
The event now begins
in earnest and opens to the public officially. Back in the
camp site we found re-enactors from Britain, Norway, America,
Holland, Italy, France, Hungary, Czech Republic and Germany.
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