21 Aug 2012

A Quiet Moment

Bristol Faire is always busy and full of sound, except here and there you find moments of tranquility.  Usually you find these moments down by the Royal Court’s area in between their sessions.

They have several little tent “houses” set up for some the more major players in the court, such as the Archbishop of Canterbury.  I must say his is my favorite of these little tent houses; it set up as a parlor where he can meet with people, or play a game of chess.  Most of the time this parlor is passed by if he is not there, but every now and again someone takes advantage of the chess board just sitting there.

Early in the day I spotted the chess board and stopped to take a couple of quick photos, only briefly wishing my friends and I had split up to catch different shows.  To be honest I’d have gotten my butt kicked by either of them, I’m just not that great at chess.

Still, I always admire the more detailed chess pieces, and this set looks like they’ve received some good use while being well cared for.

Later on in the day I wandered back to court to see if there was anything interesting going, and I spotted a young couple who had sat down to take advantage of the shade, chairs and chess board.

I admit, it made me smile.

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