The view of the car park as we arrived, a bit wetter than we hoped but if you wait for good weather in England . . . .
Despite the rain there was still a queue at the gate, but as we had learnt from last year and arrived late it didn't take too long to get in.
We were a bit disappointed with the lack of traders as we had money to burn. The number of traders has been in decline for several years. I do not think my favourite fabric stand was there (but I had got a lot of linen from him last year - so much he gave me a free silk bag). I did get a very interesting book called SWEET MEMORIES a selection of confections and their historys. http://www.museumofbrands.com/index.html
We made our way up to where the 10th Essex were camped (re-enactors of the Great War) to meet a friend. This meant that we were used as guinea pigs to test this years experience. Previous years they had re-constructed the trenches and field hospital and I would have been more that happy to walk through it again. But this year they had built a mine under enemy lines. If they wanted a good guinea pig they had one - scared of the dark and accident prone who better to take down a really dark tunnel. I think it is important that we remember what our ancestors went through in the past to ensure the freedoms we enjoy today and little snippets of time and space like this bring it home. We did the tunnel tour twice because we came back for the whole experience beginning with the royal flying corps. The trip through the mine was as good the second time.
With a crashed plane in the field and girls from the land army helping to get the harvest in.
The detailing is perfect.
The village square, police station, fire station, church, public house and various houses and shops - the work put in by this amazing group of people is fantastic.
It is also the best place to get a cup of tea. Forget about the food stands this is the place to be.
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