End of the holidays :(

Today is the last day of my summer holidays.  When I’m not on vacation I’m at the St Joost Art Academy in ‘s Hertogenbosch which is in the Netherlands.  I’m now half way through my study and tomorrow I will be officially starting my third year.  I’m partly looking forward to this but naturally wouldn’t mind an extra month off, even though my holiday has already stretched to a grand eleven weeks. Due to the holiday being so long the teachers made us do a drawing a day, which I basically did, well… when I didn’t, I caught up on them on other days.  So since it’s the last day I thought I should share with you some of the things I did.  There was no overall theme and they really are just a bit of everything.  Back to the serious stuff tomorrow :S So here you go 😀


Little More Castlefest…

I completely forgot to mention one of the largest parts of Castlefest…. clearly still slightly munted…. the market.  Once again there were loads of great stalls, from Blacksmiths to Board Games.  I bought quite a few things and was very happy I did.  I had just played the game Carcissonne at Anouk’s so I managed to get that and have since played loads of rounds of it at home with Mummy Kirsten and brother Phoenix.  I also got some leather scraps for a dirt cheap price and I’m getting together with Emmy to make some things with the leather together in the last week of the holidays.  Just making the designs for that now 😀 while listening to my new Faun CD. Here are some of the other things I got.

So it was an alround great atmosphere as usual with lots of great people, music and far too many cool things to buy!

Castlefest 2011

Well a few days have passed and I seem to be fully awake again after having slept two nights in a tent, which in fact are closer to a few hours and having had three great days at Castlefest.

It was a long run up to Castlefest.  Together with my friends Emmy, Joni and Anouk we booked our ticket in November 2010 making them well in advance.  Then during my current summer holidays I was busy making my costume which I happily managed to complete a couple of weeks before the festival.  Here’s what it looks like, largely inspired by the jackets and tunics in The Robin of Sherwood series of course :D.




Well with the costume complete, stuff packed including tickets we were set ready to go and here we all are.  Me and Emmy at the Friday Omnia concert, which wasn´t too great sadly, they´ve changed a bit too much.  And then there´s Joni, Me and Anouk eating my Banana and Ginger Muffins after having just bought the new Faun CD Eden on the second morning.




There were some other cool costumes there too, although I wasn’t too good at taking photos this year.  The prize definitely went to the bloke in the snow white dress and being a Doctor Who fan I was thrilled to see a Tardis dress and it was good to see Willy Wonka and Jack Sparrow again.

Of course the Wicker Burning on Saturday Night is traditional for Castlefest.  Unfortunately due to the ridiculous amount of rain the Wicker Boar hardly even lit up this year, it certainly didn’t get as high as usual.  But although we were drenched we put down our umbrellas and danced in the rain to Omnia’s concert which was a lot better than their efforts on Friday and Sunday.

Speaking of music Faun were back of course, they played on Friday and I was so impressed, as always and as I mentioned before I bought their CD.  It’s absolutely brilliant and the art in the rather thick included book is great!!!  Returning again to Catslefest was also Valravn!  They were just as good as a couple of years back when I saw them for the first time.

The campsite was an odd experience, I’ve never been camping before and I don’t think what we did is what I could call camping either.  The amount of facilities was bizarre!!!!  Clearly my brain lives in the Stoneage.  Although it would have taken an hour for us to get from the campsite to the festival we were offered rides by fellow festival goers Robin, Nick and his girlfriend which turned the trip into 15 minutes and they were great company 😀




Well that was Castlefest in a nutshell and it was a very fun three days.  Left with some nice memories, new friends and lots of inspiration for costumes and clothing making 😀

I’m on my way…


Today I’m off to friend Anouk’s house, together with friends Emmy and Joni and then tomorrow we will be off to Castlefest for 3 days.  We will be camping in our tents and by the looks of it the bad weather is going to hold off, touch wood *touches wooden desk* so it would seem Herne heard me.  I’ve been to Castlefest three times before but this is going to be the first time going there for the full three days!!! When I get back I will post loads of photos 😀

Herne Protect Us!!!

The World is Too Much With Us

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon,
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers,
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not.–Great God! I’d rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.

William Wordsworth (1807)

The End of Robin

About two days ago I finished the last series of Robin of Sherwood with Jason Connery.  Although I found Michael Praed to be a far superior Robin in the earlier series than Master Connnery was in the last I was sad to see it end.  Especially since it ended rather tragically, but I will not say why in case any of you have not seen it, which you should.

I absolutely recommend this progamme, sure it’s a bit dated, and some, well… most of the fight scenes are pretty laughable but it really does hold a beautifully romantic view of the Hooded Man Tales.  You get to see Ray Winstone at work as a younger and slightly less rounded man, hear a great soundtrack by Clannad and get completely pulled into some brilliant and original story lines.  It has a mystical atmosphere and some great characters such as Nasir the Saracen and Much the Miller’s Son who you come across less often in other version of Robin Hood if at all.  And of course, which I haven’t even mentioned yet, the role of Herne who is Robin’s guide after having named Robin as his son.

The full Robin of Sherwood series can be perchased at Amazon.


As they say….. Herne Protect Us!!!