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Open Monuments Weekend - Fort Vechten
saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 2005

We teamed up with Legio X Gemina again for our second Open Monuments weekend. No separate locations this time, but a full weekend at the tower. Saturday turned out to be quite good, despite persistent warnings of heavy showers, which the public seemed to have taken notice of. Nevertheless, when the sun kept shining (it was hot and damp) their numbers swelled. During late afternoon the clouds suddenly seemed to form thunderstorms, so we loaded up the car in a hurry, to leave the Legion to guard the camp and tower..

Day 1 -

Saturday

Early morning, and the legionairies are setting up camp beneath the watchtower.
Early morning, and the legionairies are setting up camp beneath the watchtower.
"Hire me!" Are there mercenaries?
"Hire me!" Mercenaries?
Ever heard of 'soft targets'? This is 'soft target practise'..
Ever heard of 'soft targets'? This is 'soft target practise'..
Proper practise with the ballista.
Proper practise with the ballista.
Kids having a birthday..
Kids having a birthday..
..well, they had the day of the year! Gemina is always willing to turn a birthday into something special.
..well, they had the day of the year! Gemina is always willing to turn a birthday into something special.
And the kids loved it! They all carried a pilum and a scutum..
And the kids loved it! They all carried a pilum and a scutum..
Me and Chariovalda lounging about in the camp of Leg. X Gemina.
Me and Chariovalda lounging about in the camp of Leg. X Gemina.
More kids hiding behind the large scutum..
More kids hiding behind the large scutum..
Suddenly..
Suddenly..
..the skies darken and thunderclouds start billowing high in the afternoon sky.
..the skies darken and thunderclouds start billowing high in the afternoon sky.
Like many visitors, we decided that closing time was leaving time!
Like many visitors, we decided that closing time was leaving time!

The Rain did not fall then, but it did during the night! We expected a flooded site, but the grass was hardly wet - apparently, the Romans chose a well-drained spot for their fort and the surrounding vicus. Next morning, all was grey and damp, no wind at all. Nontheless, many visitors turned up and things got quite busy. Unfortunately, not for me as I had to remain home to care for a sick kid.

Day 2 -

Sunday

The campsite, after a rainy night on a misty and grey Sunday morning.
The campsite, after a rainy night on a misty and grey Sunday morning.
More members of Legio X Gemina turned up.
More members of Legio X Gemina turned up.
Scuta et turrus.
Scuta et turrus.
Sander points the ballista.
Sander points the ballista.
Fectio joins Legio X Gemina on the morning parade.
Fectio joins Legio X Gemina on the morning parade.
The Sunday was quite busy..
The Sunday was quite busy..
An impressive array of shields, but not every scutum has a miles to carry it..
An impressive array of shields, but not every scutum has a miles to carry it..
Lonely Late Roman, impressive nonetheless - Chariovalda the Salian Frank.
Lonely Late Roman, impressive nonetheless - Chariovalda the Salian Frank.
Camp life.
Camp life.
Camp fun.
Camp fun.
Gas attack!?!
Gas attack!?!

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