This section shows some of the pictures made while we're guarding the tower on sundays, members of Fectio, Corbvlo and Legio X Gemina taking turns.
October 17th, the last day
A rather bleak last day in which Andreas was joined by two of legionaries of Leg. X Gemina, Sander and Ronald. A day in which it also turned out that Andreas in his 4th-c. Late Roman clothing was much better adapted to colder weather than his 2nd-c. counterparts, who had freezing extremities despite the open fire. Gotta be a Late Roman, gentlemen! The tower will now be closed down for the winter. see you next spring!
A very nice day, sunny and clear skies, although the wind is clearly getting colder. Not many visitors, about 50, which was good because Andreas was on his own..again!
October 3rd, a slow day
A grey day, but dry and not cold yet. Andreas had the tower to himself, and not many visitors stopped by - just about 40. Too bad, he had a new cingulum to show: a late 4th c. belt from Argeliers, southern France, and a beauty it is!
Fectio was out in full force at the tower, for a change (that's me and Andreas), and we had the tower to ourselves. That meant a colourful row of shields in front and the draco flying from the battlements! The weather was fine again after days on end full of rain and wind, it turned out we had a lucky break and no less than 600 visited the fort! A fair number of these came to see us on the tower, mostly kids and their parents this time. So, we had our hands full of show & tell with eager little people, most of them very interested and waiting in line to try out our gear. We had brought a chair (fearing long hours of boredom) but as it turned out we hardly had a moment to sit down!
Me and my family took advantage of the summer's last nice sunday to cycle to the tower. It was windy but dry, not a bad last day for the summer. We found the tower quite crowded! Instead of just two 'guards', no less than five turned up! Gerard and Monty for Corbvlo, Jos, Sander and Maaike for Gemina.
September 5th, late summer
A very hot and humid day. Nice for the visitors, not so nice for the guards! But we had a new large jar to keep them supplied with water on the tower. Attendance was good.
August 29th, summer
After the summer break the season at the tower has started again. Andreas/Chariovalda, recently issued with his new Deurne Late Roman helmet, did the honours for Fectio. One problem though, due to some untimely gardening around the tower, the ground was too soft to attach the sturdy steel stairs. So, an authentic wooden ladder was the only option to get into the tower. Very period-wise, but not so good for the young and feeble!
July 11th, summer?
Last sunday before the summer pause, but it did not look like any summer at all? Showers, not too many visitors, temperatures below 20C. But then the rain really came down...
The tower was not exactly storm-proof, and I fear the door is on the wrong (western) side. Not exactly the best construction to keep the weather out! But it got better, and in the end we still had some 50 visitors. All in all a quiet but nice day. Now for that summer..
Despite the rain later in the day we had a few hundred visitors climbing the tower. Some of them just saw it for the first time, other made a day trip to see it. Very nice poeple on the whole, especially the kids. Next day on Monday, it was the turn of Corbvlo to do the honours.
May 23rd: First Sunday.
The first occasion of 'normal' guard duty on the tower after the grand opening, it was the turn of Legio X Gemina in the person of Jos/Josephus, who also works on the fort for his day job. Which I guess is only right, after all he helped build the thing!
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