Alison R Reed (also writing as Marianna Bell and Michael N Allison)


29 June 2010

Posted by alisonreed on June 29, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Hello again

Well, the wedding was a great success!  The Pasha of Taff and I turned up in costume for the medieval banquet accompanied by the Pasha's bodyguard and our serving wench!  The weather in Somerset was glorious which was all the more surprising because the week before had not been very good at all.  The bride, groom and best man wore costume for the ceremony in the Tenants' Hall of Dunster Castle and being champion archers, they exited under an arch of longbows.  Peterkin, the fool, was tremendous.  From balancing an egg on his nose, to stilt-walking and fire-eating, he kept everyone laughing and certainly helped pass the time between meal courses.

We stayed in the pretty little town of Watchet with its harbours and narrow streets.  I took lots of photos and have been trying to find a way to 'stitch' them together into a panoramic view.  When I've got it sussed, I'll post it here.

Back to one of my novels, I was very pleased recently to find 'The Spry', a real Severn 'trow' (rhymes with 'crow' and is a type of flat-bottomed boat) in Blist's Hill which gave me a real sense of size.  A scale model of it was to be found in the British Waterways Museum at Gloucester Docks and that was of even more use as it clearly showed me the interior.  I was having a few problems with the plot because I couldn't clarify the sleeping arrangements on board and so wasn't quite sure where to put my heroine!  I can now get on with the next few chapters which will then go into the Walsall Writers' Circle folio for peer review.  

Well, enjoy the weather!

Best wishes


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