Sunday, 26 September 2010

Days Out in Devon: World War II Reenactment

The Lovelygrey family spent a wonderful day yesterday at this annual event at Castle Drogo, one of my favourite National Trust Properties.  Although this place superficially looks like an 'olden days' castle it is, in fact, a twentieth century home, designed by the famous architect Edwin Lutyens for a property tycoon (Thanks Wiki!).

This living history reenactment had plenty to keep big and small boys entertained, weaponry demonstrations, beautifully restored world war II vehicles and a whole gaggle of US, German and British troops who took part in a very noisy and sometimes hilarious battle reenactment in the afternoon. Niall and his mum, Maire, a food technology teacher, came too. Like me, this domestic goddess was very pleased to find wonderful displays of kitchenalia and war time food, photos of which serve as handy teaching resources for her secondary school pupils. There were even spam fritters for sale on a stall outside the cafe. These are, to me, a bygone of the 1970s school lunch rather than reminiscent of wartime tucker. Fortunately, these was forgone because we had brought a tastier picnic.

An enthusiastic land girl volunteer on the British Legion stall also gave me the opportunity to undertake a piece of one-off work. My intention is to step up my volunteering activity without increasing my regular commitments. So I embraced the opportunity of taking up a two hour slot and somewhere, sometime in the run up to Remembrance Sunday, Lovelygrey and her sidekick Louis will be selling poppies at a place near you - if you live in South Devon!

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