House Capuchin Shield2Tourists and plague. Plague and tourists. Summer. <sigh>

With no way to meet in person it’s been difficult to keep enthusiasm up for group projects, so we’re all just working on personal stuff, trying to make things that will enhance our “game” when we can get back together.

Lots of classes have been going on and this weekend is a Grand Ithra that starts in just a few hours from now. It looks fantastic!

Class and cookery links have been the big ones this past month and in some of the reports what we were working on was so much the least of it as to disappear!

2nd batch with one with chopped lil smokies, bottom are fig jam to the left, wild blueberry to the right

Anja and Loren did a lot of cooking this month, mostly learning how to make various tarts, from egg custard, to fruit, to egg and cheese. We’ve had a bunch of new recipes for this, historically based, if not perfectly period. They’re also working on cordials of various sorts and will probably be starting another mead or metheglin this weekend. Butr’d Wortes were another new one this month and we’ve also been following Volker Bach’s translation of a 1460 cookbook by “Master Hans” from 1460.

Cardoons fruit/bud

Herbs are being worked on constantly. Watering and tending are the largest part of it, but harvesting is constantly happening, as well. One crop was the fennel blossoms that went entirely into a batch of sausage put by for winter in the freezer. We’ve tried various recipes with sweet cicely in them

Lettuces, dandelion and sorrel

that aren’t quite what we were aiming for, so a lot of those are still being worked on. A lot of the Butr’d Wortes from the potluck came directly out of our garden-in-buckets at Anja and Loren’s shop. The cardoons had one tiny blossom this year. We’re hoping they’ll do better next year. The various fig trees are doing well, several need to be planted still. We were also gifted a batch of Egyptian Walking Onions that should be getting planted this week.

Loren’s newest needle

Bone needles and little wooden animals get made this time of year, because they don’t take up a lot of space and materials and are something that can be picked up and put down. Likewise many pincushions, only a few of which have actually made it into the reports.

Scissor bob

Anja has been working on an ethnic rag doll. That’s our featured photo, here. Other sewing has been happening. Claire finished a re-make of a fur collar last weekend. Kiss-lock pouches, and various embroideries are going on and some very mundane sewing, as well. Amy is working on her lucet cords.

North garden

This month (these are standard meeting times) 

  • Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 11am-1pm
  • Sewing Time – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 3-5pm
  • Project Day – At Ancient Light, Sundays, Noon to 6pm
  • Cheese and Wine is an occasional meeting. Watch our Facebook group for notices!
  • Potluck is usually 3rd Sunday of the month. In garb (if you can) and bring a dish to share! Next on 12/15, 1/19/20
  • Winter Feast Date is 2/23/20 Theme is German Renaissance


Cardoons fruit/bud


Done! No thanks to the kitten who was attacking the bottom as I tried it on. I’m definitely going to have to start dressing when I get to day trip events instead of at home.

…and this coming week’s (live by Monday) Activities through 9-6-20 Grand Ithra –

Here are the direct Portfolio links which have all the past Project Day reports and all the various projects, just whomp through pictures until what you see appeals to you, mouse-hover on the pic and then hit “view” when that shows.

…and to get to Ancient Light –”/ancient+light+waldport/@44.4266636,-124.1371198,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x54c1c24bf1be429f:0x69542f3011d51d41!2m2!1d-124.06708!2d44.426685

moving pen motifIn ministerio autem Somnium! – Anja Snihova’, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin.