Way back at the end of May, I took my eldest daughter to the Crewe Steampunk Convivial. I almost missed the event, since it coincided with the weekend when I exhibited at a Rosemary Douglas mind, body and spirit event. Who knew there was so much to do in Crewe? Anyway, we caught the last day of the Crewe Steampunk Convivial, and I am very glad we did. We saw some huge steam engines, as you would expect. We saw lots of people around the town dressed in their Victorian explorer finery. We saw the performance arena, the brewery tent, and the indoor Steampunk market.
One of our favourite experiences that day was an encounter with the Time Travelling Tea Tent. Walking through the grounds of an old, abandoned church, we saw the tent as we rounded the side of the building. We then saw Dr Davis and Lady Barnes, enjoying a cup of tea in the sunshine. It was fabulous! We met Horatio the busy Hamster, who provided power for the various machines and technology. Dr Davis showed us his new invention, the Windle, that is designed for reading on holiday. I thought it was rather special!
Lady Barnes showed us around the installation, and explained that the couple spend their days travelling through time and space, drinking tea in all sorts of strange locations, and meeting all sorts of strange creatures on their expeditions. If you ever see the Time Travelling Tea Tent when you are out and about, I encourage you to take a look for yourselves. It is a delightful curiosity!
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