Back in July last year we attended a lovely Food and Craft fair at Mapledurham House. Lola, the Event Manager there asked us if we would like to join them for their war re-enactment weekend in April the following year. Without thinking too much we accepted, in awe of the beauty of our surroundings. April soon came around and on this visit we found ourselves not at Mapledurham as we knew it but taken back in time to World War II.
Tanks, gun fire and deep mud gave us a glimpse of the harsh reality of the war whilst the jitter bug, troops at ease and the ministry of food showed the hope, camaraderie and fortitude.
Our vintage horsebox came into it’s own, and our speciality coffee seemed much appreciated.
We dressed up a little, tweaked our menu and made new friends.
Between merrily churning out Cappuccino, Americano and tea in tin mugs I found this quite an emotional experience. I feel I have learnt something about the war that they can’t teach you at school. Not battles, dates and politics, but about the people and spirit of the era.
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