Life always goes in stages and cycles. One thing ends, life and time moves on, new and other things begin. It happens all the time: the seasons of the year, friendships or relationships of any kind can change. We change residences, schools or jobs. Sometimes our bodies change and so does our wardrobe. Change; it's part of life.
I think part of my mood lately is that I'm sensing another change coming, one I have mixed feelings about.
You all may have guessed I have a strong passion for one of my hobbies. Something that I love to do. For the last 8 weeks I have been spending time with some dear friends. I've also made new friends and have missed seeing old friends. The Scarborough Renaissance Festival is closing for the season.
Well... now that I think about it, it's been the last 16 weeks that I've been lucky to do something that I love. The 8 weekends prior to Scarborough I attended the Sherwood Forest Faire near Austin. I was down there every other weekend. There too I enjoyed the company of close friends and made many new friends.
But now the faire season in Texas is over until October when the faire near Houston starts.
Why the mixed feelings? I'll miss seeing my friends. I'll miss being a camera whore! (yes, all us playtrons* of the rennaisance faire admit we like being photographed)
But I'm kind of happy too, I can rejoin regular society and have a real weekends with limitless activities! I can lounge by a pool, go to movies and out to the bars to dance the two-step with a hot cowboy! I can plan real get-togethers with my new rennie friends although I'm sure we'll end up telling stories that begin like this: "OMG! Remember that weekend at [any of the 3 faires we went to]... That was so much fun!"
Plans are being set up to keep me busy during the summer; trips, weddings, get-togethers and all sorts of outings. This is the new door opening as I close the faire season behind me.
Here are some pictures of my final days at Scarby, 2011.
There are also pictures of some of my close friends.
It was hot! Even in a kilt and sleeveless shirt.
Mistress Eleanor Sage (one cast member and a good court dance partner)
The lovely Rosie Ruckus
Robert (together we can always find trouble) lol
Eva. Also a great dance partner at court dance.
Taylor and Stephanie. Very period correct in their costumes.
Sunday in the more formal kilt look
A new friend AJ.
Huzzah and farewell dear friends, 'till we meet again.
*Playtrons are patrons who show up in costume who are there just for the fun of it. "Mundanes" are the people who attend the faires in regular clothes.