The weekend was one of new experiences, from the use of the hot drink holder in my car to firing off cannon.
I was enlisted into the Earl of Nothampton's Regiment of Foote after attending the regimental dinner earlier this year. Since then I've been trying to find a spare weekend to go along and actually take part in some re-enactment. Last Friday I finally headed of to Castle Fraser for a weekend of muskets and beer.
The drive was a rather unremarkable 6 hours of me looking out for mountains (which I didn't see) and speed cameras (of which there where a fair few). Once I arrived camped up with Bu and Mel and the rest of the regiment. A quick costume check revealed my large green coat is perfect for the regiment so I only needed to borrow some britches and a hat. The re-enactments are fun involving burning large amounts of black powder combined with a fair amount of marching. I'm planning on getting my shotgun license sorted out so I can draw powder and actually fire next time.
In terms of effort its quite an easy weekend. We were only marching about for about 4-5 hours of the day leaving the rest of the time for sitting round the camp fire, drinking beer and singing songs. The people I met where all really friendly and easy to get along with. All in all a very nice weekend which I'll hopefully get to repeat in a more local setting in September at Chirk Castle.