Our home is a castle!
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Once upon a time there was a magician and a knight.
They lived in a castle in the southwest of England.
Complete with turrets, flags and a secret fairy garden. Except… it’s our 1930s semi! My hubby Martin, 44, knew I was wacky when we first met.
‘I’ve been practising magic since I was three,’ I said to him. ‘I’m part of The Magic Circle!’
I told him I loved all things medieval, too. Instead of running a mile, he joined in!
Martin was once a jockey and loves anything to do with horses. So dressing up in some armour was right up his street!
On his last birthday, I was stuck for what to get him…
Something wacky, something to do with horses…
Then it hit me – jousting! So I bought him a jousting experience day with a group called The Knights of Middle England. Martin was over the moon. So much so, that he took up jousting as a hobby.
Soon, he was shooting arrows from the back of a horse!
And in May this year he became Britain’s Amateur Jousting Champion.
In September 2015, we got married.
He was like a dad to my twins Max and Evie, now 15, from a previous marriage.
Of course, our wedding
wasn’t a traditional affair…
We had our very own medieval festival! I proudly named it ‘Wedstock’.
And, as soon as we set down our bags in our new home, we started renovating. We don’t do things by halves! So, we hired local artist Martin D’arcy. He starting painting our 12ft-high, 80ft-long garden fence.
Forget about whitewash – we had fairies, an enchanted forest, flowers and beach themes, side by side. Next, I wanted a magic room. So our living room was turned into a psychedelic hangout, complete with illusions and bright lights.
As for me, I wanted my own ‘Diva Den’ – with purple velvet cushions, a giant Buddha and stuffed animals.
One day, we were walking past a charity shop when something caught my eye.
It was a real spinning wheel!
‘Wouldn’t that look great in a medieval dining room?’ I asked a grinning Martin.
We’d already started working on a themed lounge…
So we snapped it up. Then we asked Martin D’arcy to paint medieval castle-style bricks on the walls.
But he had to be careful not to make it look like a dungeon!
After two weeks the whole thingwas really incredible.
To finish off the look, we bought shields, coats of arms and suits of armour. Then we added candles, goblets, potion bottles and window shutters.
We throw the best dinner parties – complete with lute music!
When people walk in, they’re speechless.
All that was left to do now was the outside of our home. Martin D’arcy might as well have been on speed-dial.
We decided to paint it like a castle – turrets, flags, banners and all!
And we had a Doctor Who Tardis painted on the gate, too.
As you walk down the tunnelled garden path, the fence is decorated with the solar system.
The tunnel plays Doctor Who music, with flashing blue-andwhite lights.
Then you pass through a fairy-light curtain...
Before you come out into the garden, and next to you is a huge, 6ft ant and inflatable eyes in the bushes.
There’s a secret fairy garden hidden away, too. Oh, and not forgetting the Hobbit cottages at the end of the path.
Luckily, we have the best neighbours. They love our designs, and bring friends round to show them.
As for Martin and I, we’re always thinking about what we’re going to do next.
They say an Englishman’s home is his castle – well, ours is definitely fit for a king and queen!
We throw the best parties, complete with lute music
Welcome to our wonderland!
Us with artist Martin D’arcy Let the feast begin! Ready to receive lords and ladies in the banquet hall!