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Fort Vechten
Sundays in 2007

Saturday 15th November 2003, the groundwork was laid for a replica of a Roman watchtower as could be found all along the Limes. This turris or watch-
tower has now been built between the
19th-century fortress and the field which still covers the remains of the castellum Fectio. The tower was officially opened on May 16th, 2004. Every season since then the tower is open on Sundays from about April until late July, and August until late October. During some of these Sundays (and of course the Open Monument Weekend in September) the tower is guarded by a patrol of Roman soldiers, and sometimes that guard is provided by Fectio.

Fort Vechten, southeast of Utrecht.

Detailed image of the area.

October 14th: Last guard duty at the tower.

Beautiful long shadows at the Limes here at Fectio. The tent billowing in the wind - a good shelter. We are visted by our ladies!
It's the last guard duty, and again we have a real good day for it. Warm in the sun, but already getting cold in the sahadow due to a strong wind that had our draco dancing and the sides of our tent buckling against the ropes. The ladies also visited us at our remote spot, a welcome relief from the uneventful guard along the Limes..

Me and my girl. Fighting with my son... .. and he wins! Draco dancing in the strong winds.. My wife is being guarded by our son. Ending the last guard duty, a lone Late Roman..
Posing with my daughter, fighting with my son - not a bad way to spend the day. But when the lengthening shadows finally reached our warm shelter, they all went home, leaving a lone Late Roman guard to finally gather all our belongings, loading up to go home for the last time this year.

October 7th: Corbvlo is again at the tower.

There's Romans at the tower!
There's Romans at the tower!
Tiberius and Jurjenius from Corbvlo have guard duty today.
Tiberius and Jurjenius from Corbvlo have guard duty today.
Jurjenius.
Jurjenius.
Again a good day to be guarding the Limes...
Again a good day to be guarding the Limes...

September 2nd: Corbvlo is once more at the tower.

Gerard, Jurjen and Dalou supping their lentil soup.. .. occasionally holding up the locals, demanding passwords and 'gifts'. mending material seemed all the rage that day. Turris a hut was the first sign of the coming important weekend Conspicuous names inside?
A very fine day, and we visited Corbvlo during their relaxed guard duty. Gerard, Jurjen and Dalou only took time from supping their lentil soup when occasionally holding up the locals, demanding passwords and 'gifts'. Besides that, mending material seemed all the rage that day. On the rise to the east, a hut was the first sign of the coming important weekend. Conspicuous names inside?

August 26th: Back from the holidays

We returned to the tower in August. The summer was still going for us, although there was a lot of wind at times. Not too bad for our new tent though, which we took with us for the first time.
We returned to the tower in August. The summer was still going for us, although there was a lot of wind at times.
Not too bad for our new tent though, which we took with us for the first time
.

The Roman tower in late August, 2007. Jeroen had fun playing with the new tent.. - watch out for that javelin! .. fighting his old man .. Of course, I had to kill him - many times!
We had a very good day, never a dull moment. Jeroen had fun playing with the new tent and
fighting his old man - watch out for that javelin! Of course, I had to kill him - many times!

We had plenty of visitors, including our local Frenchman Lafayette .. .. and his motorised transport! Many kids wanting to be dressed up as a Roman .. .. as well as their parents... Chariovalda and the Roman tower. But we also had some very good conversations about Roman times.
We had plenty of visitors, including our local Frenchman Lafayette and his motorised transport :-) Many kids wanting
to be dressed up as a Roman, as well as their parents... But we also had some very good conversations about Roman times.

June 3rd: Corbvlo is at the tower.

Corbvlo at the tower. Corbvlo had a good day for keeping watch! Jurjenius miles. The NE edge of the Roman fort, looking N. Tiberius and Jurjenius informing the civilians.
Our friends Tiberius (Gerard) and Jurjenius (Jurjen) of the group Corbvlo had a very nice day keeping watch over the Limes. Jeroen and me were on our way to the site of the original fort of Fectio, which was unusually open to the public. The orchard which covers the site, had been used for an art project: by following a route, parts of a novel could be found. Well, it was hot and humid, and I'm sure I missed some parts! It was interesting to get a 'feel' of the site, which is impossible otherwise. I found that the orchard lies quite high above the surrounding land, and that it's large too. After getting tired of running around we had a nice chat with our friend before cycling home again.

May 6th: The Limes suffers under a record drought.

We returned to the tower in May in a record drought. Luckily there were still some patches of shade.
We returned to the tower in May in a record drought. Luckily there were still some patches of shade.

By start of early May the country had been suffering from a record drought that had lasted an unprecedented 45 days. The air became so dry that vision increased to 75 kilometers (source: KNMI)!
Well, for us the weather was great - not too hot and perfect to camp at the foot of the tower. We draped our cloacks on the grass to display the equipment, and enjoyed what we brought with us, added to by the food from the Fort. Not too many visitors, probably the forecast had not been inspiring enough to get many people biking. But those that came were interested enough, and we had a nice day out.

We had some very interested visitors.
We had some very interested visitors.
Jeroen at the usual spot.
Jeroen at the usual spot.
We had great weather that day.
We had great weather that day.
Posing visitors.
Posing visitors.

The draco is flying bodly against a darkening sky.
A Napoleontic traveller..
A Napoleontic traveller..
Another posing visitor.
Another posing visitor.
Throwing a plumbata - sequence from right to left.
Throwing a plumbata - sequence from right to left.

That afternoon, the record drought came to an end. When we packed our belonging together a few drops were felt - they evaporated before they hit the ground. But then the rains came - finally - and they did not stop for two weeks. Finally a more normal spring had set in.


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