As you can imagine, we’re trying to make the most of our weekends since we only have TEN left. Last Friday we had two lovely ladies arrive for a visit that we used to work with in the Antarctic. So we got out on Saturday and knocked the British Library and Lindisfarne Gospels off my bucket list. Sadly, I was a bit disappointed with the gospels, as they were open to an unilluminated page. What’s the point of that??

But there were a lot of other amazing things there, like a Gutenberg Bible, William Tyndale’s 1534 English translation of the New Testament that was the personal copy of Anne Boleyn, original sketches by da Vinci, manuscripts from Shakespeare and Jane Austen, sheet music by Handel, a fair share of other illuminated manuscripts, and last, but not least, one of Robert Scott’s Antarctic journals. Always a hit with the Antarctic crowd. 🙂

We also added a couple pubs to my collection, and had a lovely (and inexpensive at £25 for two!!) afternoon tea at the Hilton near Euston Station. They have a lovely Victorian conservatory…that heats up quite a bit when the sun’s out.

The Victorian conservatory at the Hilton Euston.

The Victorian conservatory at the Hilton Euston.

Yummy desserts on the tea tray.

Yummy desserts on the tea tray.

On Sunday, we talked the ladies into joining us on a family outing to Dover Castle for St. George’s Day! Our English Heritage memberships were still active, so we got to waive the £18 entry fee, yay! Unfortunately it was cold and windy and wet, and we’d underdressed because it had been practically toasty in London the day before. So we were a bit cranky by the end.

Our son checking out the village.

Our son with St. George’s flag checking out the village.

Some skins and chainmail.

Some skins and chainmail.

Kitchen.

Examples of medieval ingredients.

But we accomplished our mission. We got to see Dover Castle, check out the Roman Lighthouse, get a glimpse of the White Cliffs, and most importantly…watch St. George battle the dragon!!

The dragon waiting for his cue.

The dragon waiting for his cue. Love the costume!

Dragon menacing the villagers.

Dragon menacing the local villagers.

The battle!

The battle! There was a horse involved earlier, but the grass was too wet and slippery. 

The dragon loses the battle and all confidence...until he is  a shell of his former self.  ;)

The dragon loses the battle and all confidence…until he is a shell of his former self. 😉

 

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