Here’s Emmeline in the gardens of the Palace, maybe that bright yellow coat will coax out all those daffodils. The place was packed with people from Tudor England demonstrating what life might have been like back then. We’ve been to a few place where they’ve done that and it really helps it all come alive for the kids. Here is Hazel (in the purple) participating in a courtly Valentines day game. The place was also packed with all kinds of beautiful little places and details. I was so loaded down with kids and gear that I didn’t take nearly as many pictures of all the amazing details as I would have liked. Hazel and Charlie are little sponges at these places (when they’re not whining or complaining or hungry). They are both really getting so much English history and how it all fits together. I love re-learning all that stuff as an adult too. It’s so dramatic and scandalous and makes so much more sense now. Hazel was especially interested in Henry the VIII (who lived at Hampton Court) and his 7 wives. Who wouldn’t get hooked on history with all the drama of Henry the VIII? Charlie is mostly interested in the wars and weapons and knights and castle fortifications. While Jeff and Charlie went to a Knights in training course, Hazel and Emmeline and I attended a dance class where they taught us some courtly dances and a country dance. We had to learn to bow to the queen and to our partner. We even got to whiney like a horse for one of the dances. Hazel was loving it. Emmeline was dubious and watched from the sidelines, trying to take it all in.
This is the armor room, and the only inside room that really spoke to Charlie. Big surprise.
The number of living quarters to walk through and things to take in was a bit overwhelming but I love it that when Hazel watches period piece movies (hopefully soon?) with me she’ll know what this all really felt like inside.
The Children’s audio guide was fabulous.
We’re going to have to go back for more, there was just too much to take in in one day. Thanks Nedra and Ron for the pass!