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Fort Vechten
Sundays in 2005

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 16th: Last day.

The last day should be the best. Actually, it was not the last day of the season (we have one afternoon inside a museum coming up next week), but surely our last day outside, and our last day at the tower. And if the'll be no funds next year, this may have been the very last day of our 'watch duties'! But today we had the best weather to enjoy that posible last day. Not warm, but the brightest of weather you can imagine. And visitors too - there was a special weekend at the main fort, and hordes of visitora took the chance to pay us a visit. Never a dull moment! Just before closing time, to noce guys on their motorbikes stopped by, and I had the chance to have some nice pictures made..

Fectio has the tower. It's such a tranquil place when there are no cars parked all around!
Fectio has the tower. It's such a tranquil place when there are no cars parked all around!
The fort was blocked for cars, just bikes and pedestrians allowed. Great!
The fort was blocked for cars, just bikes and pedestrians allowed. Great!
Loes and Gijs as Roman recruits.
Loes and Gijs as Roman recruits.
Basking in the sunshine.
Basking in the sunshine.
Watch out from below! Taking pictures for the manual.
Watch out from below! Taking pictures for the manual.
Modern knight! Well, it's a Matchless V-twin 1000 cc Model-X to be precise.
Modern knight! Well, it's a Matchless V-twin 1000 cc Model-X to be precise.
Imagine riding one of those in a joust... The one on the right is a 1939 Triumph  Speed Twin 5T 500cc.
Imagine riding one of those in a joust... The one on the right is a 1939 Triumph  Speed Twin 5T 500cc.
Packing up, ready to leave. For the very last time? Well, for 2005 anyway.
Packing up, ready to leave. For the very last time? Well, for 2005 anyway.

September 25th: Free F(or)all!

Well, you know it's true what they say - what goes up must come down. So when last time's 'watch duty' had been great, this time it was a deception. The weather was fine, true, but somehow that also cause many visitors to come and visit the fort. And that's good of course, but most of them came by car, and the little car park was soon filled up. before we knew it, a number of car was parked on our field, drawing more and more, until we had two dozen cars parked around us. Not very nice, re-enacting on a parking lot, I can tell you that!
Luckily, the cloud had a silver lining - my shelter experiment went fine. A spear and two javelins tied together, some fabric tied to the ground and - hey presto, a Late Roman shelter! Made from material carried on the march, this works fine when you need a spot to leave your stuff during the day.
Hieronimus/Jeroen had fun 'guarding the tent' and playing with other boys who came to visit. He enjoyed his new cloack very much, too1

Pater et filius.
Pater et filius.
Our top floor.
Our top floor.
A little Roman!
A little Roman!
Dressed-up daddy.
Dressed-up dad.
Tent-experiment
Tent-experiment
Jeroen's corner.
Jeroen's corner.
Looks good.
Looks good.
Just for practise, I tried out an experiment to build a Late Roman shelter.
Just for practise, I tried out an experiment to build a Late Roman shelter.
Andreas holds the fort.
Andreas holds the fort.

The field still free from intrusive cars, a quiet day in the fall that got quite busy..
The field still free from intrusive cars, a quiet day in the fall that got quite busy..

August 21st: Late summer.

We made the local paper!With the holidays over we returned to the tower. It turned out to be a very nice reunion, with great weather, interested visitors and very good food! We had special guests, the Junior club of Museum Dorestad was coming to visit us, on their annual trip no less. We spent a very busy morning answering all the kids' questions, dressing them up in our gear. The kids were very enthusiastic, one of them already being a regular expert! And when it was time for lunch, we were kindly invited to join the group, an opportunity we would not miss! I had Jeroen with me that morning, and a hungry 4-year old boy is not the one to miss the chance to feast on pancakes.. It was all very pleasurable, both for us and for the group. I was told later that on the journey home, the kids did not stop asking questions! And we even made the local paper!
The day itself was not that hot, and the number of visitors was much higher than we had expected, so soon after the holidays. But apparently a large number of people used the warm weather to enjoy a (maybe last?) bicycle trip. Anyway, we had a quite busy day.

Recruits?
Recruits?
No, these are the kids from the Junior club from Museum Dorestad, Levefanum.
No, these are the kids from the Junior club from Museum Dorestad, Levefanum.
Question time!
Question time!
We enjoyed a very good lunch!
We enjoyed a very good lunch!
Guard on the Limes.
Guard on the Limes.
Like father, like son. Combimed picture of two generations of volunters!
Like father, like son. Combimed picture of two generations of volunters!
So, you still want to join the legions, lad? Of course, after he had donned armour, it was grandpa's turn..
So, you still want to join the legions, lad? Of course, after he had donned armour, it was grandpa's turn..
..grandpa obliged..
..grandpa obliged..
..but getting rid of the armour afterwards was easier said than done!
..but getting rid of the armour afterwards was easier said than done!

The tower during a warm day in late summer..
The tower during a warm day in late summer..

July 10th: Another hot Sunday..

I don't know what's with this season, but so far, every time we had an event in the open (including the grand opening as well as Nijmegen), the temperatures reached 30 degrees! Today it was the same - impossible to keep watch on the tower, we moved to the shade of the trees after lunch when my son Jeroen joined us. There weren't that many visitors anyway, so we even had time to polish and repair the kit. Speaking about visitors.. the local ducks (which we dubbed 'Maximus' and 'Galla') were there again, this time joined by a rooster, which we immediately dubbed 'Gallus'! Jeroen had a very nice afternoon chasing and feeding them.

Armoured guard.
Armoured guard.
We stuck to the shade, mostly, only ever so often venturing out on the road.
We stuck to the shade, mostly, only ever so often venturing out on the road.
Jeroen also had his kit..
Jeroen also had his kit..
Double the guard!
Double the guard!
The tower in full summer, nice to see but hard to stay inside.
The tower in full summer, nice to see but hard to stay inside.
Andreas (Chariovalda) on guard duty.
Andreas (Chariovalda) on guard duty.
Despite the heat, we still had some people driving by...
Jeroen (Hieronimus) chasing Galla & Gallus.

June 19th: Hot Sunday!

Our first 'regular' guard duty on the tower after the grand opening, and it was again more than 30 degrees!

Mars? A pagan!
Mars? A pagan!
Despite the heat, we still had some people driving by...
Despite the heat, we still had some people driving by...
Shiny stuff!!
Shiny stuff!!
The new lorica squamata is nearly finished and we decided to try it on.
The new lorica squamata is nearly finished and we decided to try it on.
Looking good!
Looking good!
The new armour clearly fits Chariovalda too.
The new armour clearly fits Chariovalda too.
The tower, shimmering in the heat.
The tower, shimmering in the heat.
Maximus & Galla.
Maximus & Galla.

Nearly summer, blistering heat.
Nearly summer, blistering heat.

June 12th: Just a Sunday.

A week before Fectio is due for our first 'regular' guard duty on the tower after the grand opening, it was the turn of Legio X Gemina in the persons of Sander and Arie (almost unrecognisable with his beard), who had a very quiet day by the looks of it.

Sander en Arie (met baard).
Sander en Arie.
Marrit & Jeroen posing, in their usual spot.
Marrit & Jeroen posing, in their usual spot.
The small red car belongs to the Roman guard on duty..
The small red car belongs to the Roman guard on duty..
The new sign.
The new sign.
Soldier Sander.
Soldier Sander.

A 180-degree panoramic spread facing west.
A 180-degree panoramic spread facing west, it's nice and quiet.


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