December 15th, 2004



Just had a very nice birthday lunch at Blue, courtesy of katlinel. Chicken-leg with chorinzo, garlic, thyme and bean mash, with a glass of dry white. Lovely. Then a cheese-board and a glass of port. Just the thing, what with the weather getting all good and gothic outside.
  • Current Music
    Pink - God is a DJ


It was quite an enjoyable night. I was first to the hostilery we were using as our venue (on account of the large courtyard hidden behind it), and got a pint in. I don't usually have beer until after the fencing, as glitterboy1 suggested, but we're not normally meeting in a pub, either...). The instructor was not far behind, and then there was a newish member, and then S, and we got underway. Shortly after, L arrived.

First thing of note: my birthday present from L - a very nice cane, possibly made from Holly, for use in La canne Italianne. Considerably lighter and faster than the Hickory jobbie I already had, so much playing with that. L and I engaged in some twirly fun, making fools of ourselves, but it was enjoyable all the same, and good practice.

Free fencing with S next. She's coming on very well, and getting far too difficult to hit. Hurrah! Pause for a while, while the instructor took S through some Smallsword vs Backsword techniques, and then L and S did some free fencing. I was hoping for a rapier session, but the instructor hadn't brought those along, so we settled for some Smallsword vs Backsword freeplay. Using the actual steel is very different from the singlestick, but fun. It wasn't entirely authentic, since I was trying to parry the Smallsword blade, rather than break it, but still, a good laugh.

We then retired for more beer, and I got my second present from the group: a new singlestick. Hurrah! my current one has been through the wars a bit, and is covered in masking-tape bandages. It can't last long now. At least now I have a backup ready to swing into action!

The following beer session was enjoyable, helped by not being allowed to buy any rounds, on account of it being my birthday (or possibly on account of me now being officially Old, and not trusted with complex load-bearing tasks).

Now, of course, I have to worry about getting up for work in the morning. What's the point in that?
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    happy Chuffed with my new stick