Today was the opening day of Canterbury Renaissance Festival of Northeast Texas. I was up a little early for me on a Saturday—but most of the faire folk never went to bed! I made tea in a travel mug to take with me and headed out the door about when I wanted to.
I arrived at the faire about half an hour before opening, giving me time to start going from booth to booth and taking photos of everyone’s wares. There are some seriously beautiful things for sale there! It was kind of different going to work instead of just going as a patron. I had to be sure to visit every booth and get at least a couple of photos.
While photographing the gorgeous stuff in the ceramics shop, my phone rang. I looked to see who was calling me and it was a foreign number, so I walked out onto the porch to take the call. It was a man calling from the UK—a man I’ve been trying to get in touch with, but for some reason I haven’t been receiving his emails. He got my phone number from a mutual friend and called me so we can set up a time to meet with him and his wife when I’m in the UK. I went to school with all four of their children. And, as it happened, his daughter was there with him, so I had a lovely chat with her since she won’t be able to be present when I visit her parents.
This is one of the things I love about technology. That I could sit on a porch overlooking a pond in East Texas, and be talking to a lady in England about our shared childhood in Africa! What a great way to start my day.
I spent several hours making my rounds as it got hotter and hotter. A couple of times I took refuge in my friends’ Floyd and Sarah’s booth, as they had air conditioning. I think I got photos of all the performers in addition to the vendor booths.
One of the food vendors made my day. I walked into the building knowing nothing except that they sold some kind of food there. I asked him what he sold and he held up a handwritten sign and I couldn’t believe my eyes. In addition to Scotch eggs (standard faire fare), he offers homemade coxinha (a Brazilian street food), arancini (Sicilian/Italian cheese & rice balls), and samosas with four homemade chutneys. Also baklava and homemade Italian ice cream. This guy is an actual chef and I literally wanted everything on his menu, although alas very few of the items are things I can eat! Everybody should go to the faire just to eat his food. Seriously.
One of my responsibilities was to take a family portrait of the royal family. So here they are:
Some of the nicest people you will ever meet!
I kind of felt I should stay and get some footage of the Highland Games, but when I saw no sign of them happening at the appointed time, I decided I needed to get out of the heat and head home. I stopped at Walmart and got the one food item I needed, then headed to pick up Sammy, who had just returned from an international student retreat.
Once we got back to the house, I decided to try making something that is a keto take on a high-carb food—chaffles (instead of waffles). I changed the recipe I’d seen to make it more something I thought my family would like. Basically, it’s beaten eggs mixed with a little almond flour and two kinds of cheese. And you cook it in a waffle iron to get cheesy waffles that you can use to make sausage or bacon sandwiches with. I was pretty full after eating a turkey leg in the line of duty, but I did try a chaffle and quite liked it! Another thing to add to my list of breakfast/brunch foods.