Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve at Last

As the people of Castleville gather around their new fondue pot, a special visitor, straight from Santa's Workshop teleports in to deliver presents.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Fondue Anyone?

"I have been saving a special surprise," announces the Queen. "Gather round, and we shall have fondue! Look at that yummy cheese melting over the flame!"

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Peace at Last

"Boys! Boys!" says the Queen, "I will have none of your fighting this time of year. I have brought the Owl of Peace. Greet him gently, and apologize to your friends."
"Your Majesty! We will stop at once!" says Sir Edgar, "But please know, we would not have hurt anyone. The missiles raining down from above, they were marshmallows! And the arrows, pretzel sticks!"
The Queen and her men at arms have a good laugh over the food fight.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Little Retialiation

Sir Edgar has friends with long range armaments, and he asks on of them, the crossbowman Steve, to send back a little return fire. Things are getting dangerous around here!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Look Out Belooooooow!

Someone has decided to use Sir Edgar as target practice himself! Watch out!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sir Edgar

While the practice dummy is free, Sir Edgar decides to practice his spear work. You can learn a lot from a dummy! :)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Oink Oink 2!

Even Petunia gets in on the snack time action, with her favorite food, apples!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Hot Cider!

Nothing quite like a hot mug of cider after a long day of practice. Beth, the serving wench and admirer, serves it up to the men at arms.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Oooooh. Ahhhhh.

Practice time brings out all the ladies :)

Only 9 days til Christmas!!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Practice Time

(This post is brought to you by my new camera. OMG it's so cool!)
Before the guards can take on the sword in the stone, they must get some practice in. Luckily a new practice dummy appears just in time! Swing that sword :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Santa's Early Delivery

Santa's come early this year, and he's left a very special delivery! A sword in a stone!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Contest Finale

The last contestant to come forward is the great Stefan, the sword juggler. He throws his swords up with glee, without ever missing a mark.

The Queen at last must make a decision.
"Dear contestants! Thank you all for coming forward to share your skills with us during this season of magic. I fear that I could never choose just one winner among you. So therefore, I bestow the Queen's Prize on... everyone!"
And the Queen descends from her throne and gifts each contest with a beautiful jewel.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Oink Oink!

Next archer Tom comes before the Queen with his trained pig, Petunia.

Tom has no fears that Petunia will appear on the Christmas dinner menu. Petunia can stand on two legs! Look at that!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Performers Continue

The guardsman chooses to go next. What is his trick? Balancing on a wall while wearing handcuffs! What a talented guy!

Friday, December 10, 2010

The First Performer

The first performer is ... a skeleton? He crawled out of the closet to do his skull and crossbones dance!

Announcing a Contest

(This post is a day late - brought to you by final exam grading time!)
Queen Merry has her men at arms bring out a chest.
"Hear me merry-makers! Come one come all! Tell me a joke! Perform a song! Stand on your head! Or dance a jig. The best of all of the performers will receive a token of my favor from this chest."

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Time with the People

Queen Merry can think of no better way to enjoy the Christmas season than to spend it among everyone in Castleville. Like all queens though, her delicate feet cannot stand in her delicate shoes all day! Her throne is promptly fetched and the Queen sits daintily upon it.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Fanfare! Fanfare!

Queen Merry steps out on to the turret and surveys her people. Graduate they notice her presence and grow quiet.
"Good evening all! I declare today the official start of the holiday merrymaking season!" Announces the queen. "Let us suspend work for the day, and gather about to dance and play!"
So the blacksmith put down his hammer, and the archers their bows. Everyone gathered together and did first official holiday dance of the season.

Monday, December 6, 2010

A New Suit of Armor

More gear is appearing. I wonder if all of this could be prelude to a joust? The mystery of the holiday season is yet to unfold :)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Spear Ho!

As the haggling continues over at the blacksmith's shop, a cart of spears rolls up towards the castle. It's as if the cart has a mind of its own! Maybe tomorrow we'll find out what it's up to :)

Saturday, December 4, 2010


Word travels fast of the blacksmith's visit, and many people pass through to see his wares. The local maceman is looking for new bling to compliment his armor.
"I wear the emblem of the roaring lion. Have you any pendants with this sign?" He asks.
"Aye. Here is a pendant for a warrior such as yourself. Hand stamped out of the finest iron. It will both frighten your enemies and stop the fastest arrow," offers the blacksmith.
The maceman eyes the pendant warily. "Stop arrows you say? I have never seen such a thing." And thus the haggling begins in earnest.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Shop is Open!

The two archers waste no time in bringing down the rack of unkempt weapons. Having a blacksmith in town is a lucky site indeed. Let us hope however that they do not have cause to use those weapons anytime during the holiday season!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Swords for Sale!

All was so quiet that the guardsman on patrol had dozed off. His horse on the other hand was not so inattentive. He got a whiff of the stranger from a distance and trotted up to him. You can imagine how started the guard was to see his horse being fed a handful of sugar by this nefarious looking stranger.
"Ho there," said the guard.
"How do ye do?" said the stranger. "I be a blacksmith. Knives I sharpen, and swords I sell. I also have one or two things in me pack that your sweetheart would find delightful on Christmas morning."
"Welcome to Castleville!" the guard said. Then yelling up to the archers on the turrets, "Spread the word, there is a blacksmith at our gates. Should anyone need a sword sharpened, or a new knife, invite him to come out."
The archer passed the word along and several residents of the castle came to inquire about his wares.
"Quite a friendly castle you have here." The blacksmith remarked to the guard. "Ye have welcomed me well, and I will stay the season and ply my trade."

Thus the holiday shopping season begins.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

All is Quiet

I'm baaaack, a least for the holidays :) This year's Lego holiday adventure comes courtesy of the Kingdoms Advent calendar.

Christmas 2010 brings us to the royal castle. It has been a quiet time in the land of Castleville. Once there were tremendous dragons and huge giants attacking the castle. The valiant knights fought back however, and all has been quiet for quite some time.

The guards continue to patrol the grounds, as much to exercise their horses as for any fear of danger. Perhaps they should be afraid, that looks like a nefarious character approaching the castle!