Monday, September 8, 2014

Renaissance and Stolen Diamonds

This past week was most eventful in a delightful way. As usual, we went to the farm market on Saturday, but this time our friend Connie, who sells Avon, needed someone to watch her table and she asked Emily to do so. You have never seen a prouder child of nine. The weather was semi-rainy and she only mad two sales, but she counted change, thanked customers, and watched the table like a real pro!

Then on Sunday afternoon, we attended a Renaissance fair. We saw scantily dressed wenches, richly dressed Lords and Ladies, a jousting tournament, showmen of every kind, and a blacksmith, watched
two performances by the Guinness world record holders, the fabulous Kamikaze Fireflies, and Emily rode a horse. We also celebrated the Queens birthday, and she even photo bombed a picture where Emily was posing with some regency gents!

Knights Jousting
Fiery Hoops

Kamikaze Fireflies
The Amazing Kamikaze Fireflies and Emily
Emily Riding
Ohio Renaissance Festival
Photo-bombing Queen

We ate turkey legs and fowl tidbits with chips, we learned how to dance around the Maypole, watched a game of kubb, talked to a scurvy pirate, and saw crystals, fancy baubles, and shiny bling. All of those fancy baubles reminded me of the book I read for this weeks review called The Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds by David A. Alder who writes this wonderful Cam Jansen series. Although not set in the regency times, it did contain lots of lovely jewelry stolen from a jewelers in the mall. Fortunately, Cam Jansen's photographic memory helps her and her best friend Eric track down the three culprits who were leaving the police stumped.

 Emily loves several mystery series for eight to twelve year olds, but the Cam Jansen mysteries are some of her favorites. So if you have a mystery lover of your own why not check out this wonderful series. And if you have a yen for a little bit of history, head on over to Waynesville, Ohio for the Ohio Renaissance Festival. You will be glad you did!

Well, that about wraps it up for this week. Join me next week for another exciting episode, same crazy time, same crazy channel. And feel free to drop by my personal website, Fun With Aileen, any day of the week for even more on reading, writing, my very own early grade chapter book, Fern Valley, and my sequel, Return To Fern Valley! I'm also on twitter @AileenWStewart if you want an extremely brief glimpse into my days.



  1. Thanks for sharing with the KLBH! I have boys so we never did much with Cam Jansen, but they are sure popular at the library. And if she likes those, I'll bet she'll soon be enjoying the American Girl mysteries and good old Nancy Drew (a little higher reading level).

    Rebecca at The Ninja Librarian

  2. Thanks for stopping by and leaving some comment love Miss Rebecca :0)

  3. What fun! My son got to participate in jousting at a medieval festival and even ended up in the local newspaper. We are also big fans of Cam Jansen. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving me some comment love. Way to go for your son!!!