The Morris Men of Little Egypt
A Bloodless Crusade
"Ibal mès un repetit à la padeno qu'uno auco que bolo à la
|We had been given the use of one of the splendidly spacious gathering rooms
in the chateau.|
The walls were adorned with some murals outlining the appalling suffering of the 13th Century Cathars.
|It was an interesting juxtaposition of the required dress code for the evening - "The Englishman Abroad" -
and the simplicity of the Cathar lifestyle.|
Fred and Binkie joined in the spirit of the occasion.
So did Tommo, Doods, Bob, Gilberta and Dave.
|Geoff, Barb, Pat (sans chapeau) and Christine made the most of the opportunities, while Sebastian, Dave and Nina were ensconced at the back of the room, ready for anything the evening might produce.|
|And all round the room, anticipation and excitement rose at the thought of more food and wine.|
|In preparation, the musos played and some basic dancing happened ...|
|... while the massive buffet sat temptingly to one side.|
Quite where we were expected to put this marvellous food - especially after the Duck As-sault at lunchtime - I don't know.
But somehow we managed - and delicious it was, too.
|A strange knotted-handkerchief hierarchy developed during the evening,
making some of us wonder if an esoteric ritual, to which we were not privy, was taking place ... .|
It may have been of course a means of deflecting the Sebastian effect. You can tell from these pictures that he got about a bit.
|And our suspicions were roused further by the strange full-facial version which appeared very late on.
Whatever the truth of the matter, the whole evening was convivial in the extreme, there was some lovely and appropriate singing, and the party dispersed around 23.00 hours to prepare for another day, Saturday.