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Herbs and potluck and garden and food and links, oh my! It was a busy week, even with a migraine clobbering Anja in the middle of it. No Herbs Workshop this week or this past week, next will be 7/29. 

Project Day is now open for in-person meet-ups as well as in the Virtual Realm! Potluck this month will be Virtual and Real-World! Herbs Workshop meets next on 7/29. All other meetings are on hold for the moment.

When will the rest of these open up in person? We’ll probably keep right on with the virtual ones side-by-side with the actual. 

  • Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Thurdays, 6am-9pm, starts this week!
  • Sewing Time – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 3-5pm
  • Project Day – At Ancient Light, Sundays, 1 to 5pm
  • Cheese and Wine happens irregularly, usually announced with little notice on our Facebook group.
  • Next Virtual Potluck – 8/15, 9/19, 10/17
  • No Winter Feast in 2021. We’ll revisit for one in 2022 sometime in the next two months.

Here is the direct Portfolio link which has all the past Project Day reports and various projects, original here:  and new one here: and number three is here:

Crown Tournament of the Middle Kingdom | SCA Midrealm Heavy Fights including FinalsLynne Fairchild – Welcome to the Crown Tournament of the Middle Kingdom, which is an event (typically) held twice a year to determine who the new Heirs are to the Dragon Throne by fighting in heavy combat with swords, shields, spears, bucklers, and other weapons. The winner of the tournament and their consort become the new Prince and Princess for 6 months (typically) and then, after their Coronation, become King and Queen for 6 months. After their reign as King and Queen for 6 months, they will step down and the new heirs will step up. I say typically because the pandemic has thrown a wrench into these plans. However, we are on our way to things going back to normal. The new Prince and Princess will be crowned King and Queen in September 2021.

Besides the Crown Tournament, there were also heavy and rapier tournaments, A&S displays, and more at this event. This is a glimpse into this wonderful day!

Congratulations to Duke Ullr Amaranthson and Duchess AnneLyse van Gavere, the new Heirs to the Dragon Throne! Draco Invictus!

Online Education

10/1-10/3 2021 – Daigaku-Ryo: Pan-Asia University = Constantinople to Heiankyō 2021 – October 1, 2021 — October 3, 2021 –

Other Educational Stuff

A Master List for finding classes, webinars and other things –

Other Good Stuff

Knowne Worlde Entertainment Guide – KWEG – Entertainment List –

SCA Iberia put out a whole bunch of videos from their most recent event, and keeps adding more!

There’s a YouTubechannel devoted to natural dyes! – HistoryScienceFiber

Dance Vids – 

Hearts Ease, a 17th Century English Country Dance | Step by Step Guide for SCA Dancing – Lynne Fairchild – Heartsease (Heart’s Ease) was a dance from John Playford’s 1651 book called The English Dancing Master. This is a 17th century English country dance for two couples (4 dancers). The original dancing instructions and music can be found here:

FULL class: 16th century dance – Villanella, Part I – The Creative Contessa – A full class on the cascarda Villanella by Fabritio Caroso (or rather, the first half of the dance – it was a two-part class I taught). Including cultural and historical tidbits to spice up the learning experience.

FULL class 16th century dance: Villanella, part II

Classes – 

NESAT XIII: The Lengberg Finds: Remnants of the Lost 15th Century Tailoring Revolution – This paper, “The Lengberg Finds: Remnants of the Lost 15th Century Tailoring Revolution” was presented on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at NESAT XIII, by Rachel Case, Marion McNealy and Beatrix Nutz. The presenters would like to thank the NESAT board for allowing them to put it on YouTube.

DIGGING UP ANNE BOLEYN and others | Burials in the Chapel of St. Peter Ad Vincula | History Calling – History Calling – In 1876, the Chapel of St. Peter Ad Vincula in the Tower of London was in need of serious repairs. This meant DIGGING UP ANNE BOLEYN and others who had been buried under its floor, including her brother, George Boleyn, sister-in-law Jane Boleyn and cousin (and fifth wife of Henry VIII) Queen Katherine Howard. In today’s History Calling video we’re going to look at what happened when the Victorians disturbed the burials in the Chapel of St. Peter Ad Vincula and at what the detailed description left of what were supposed to be Anne Boleyn’s remains can tell us about the woman herself, including some physical traits her daughter Elizabeth I may have inherited from her. In particular her skull will provide some tantalising extra details about the appearance of Anne Boleyn, for whom no contemporary portraits survive. We’ll also look at the evidence which suggests that this excavation was not the first to disturb the remains of the fallen queens and the others who lie beneath the chapel and at why no exhumation has taken place in the years since, nor is one likely. Finally we’ll consider how likely it is that the correct remains were identified and explore why Katherine Howard’s bones were not found. Other details about Anne Boleyn’s skeleton will also include a discussion of her height and even her finger bones. This video serves as a sequel to my previous videos entitled ‘Anne Boleyn’s execution: Hollywood vs History’ and ‘The death of Katherine Howard and Jane Boleyn’.

What Medieval Animal Bones Teach Us – Medievalists – Digging up animal bones can teach us a lot about the Middle Ages – in fact, zooarcheologists are able to make them speak! Today’s guest is Erin Crowley-Champoux, a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities. She talks with Lucie Laumonier about zooarchaeology and how animal remains of the past can speak to social changes. Get the show notes at

Researching Your Persona in the SCA by Suvia filia Heriberti – Barony of Terra Pomaria – learn useful tools with Suvia filia Heriberti for creating and developing your persona in the SCA. Links on the YouTube (click through)

Make a Lavender Stalk Basket – Sally Pointer – After you have harvested your lavender for the fragrant flower buds, why not make use of the stalks by using them as the core in this simple coil basket. A quick craft project for a summers day.

Early Week – Some potluck planning happened. Monday evening a bunch of garden stuff got worked on and then on Tuesday Anja went down with a migraine “siege” that ate Herbs Workshop, as well as other things that had been planned for Tuesday/Wednesday.

Cookery – The pork roast got put by for the potluck and the pottage (barley and greens) started. The cacik was waiting for sour cream and got it and was consumed immediately. 🙂 So, of course, we had to make another batch. 🙂 Early Saturday morning, Anja set up the pottage from the greens that were harvested Friday evening. Anja did a bunch of set-up Saturday night to make things go more easily on Sunday, which is covered below….

Rosamonde Sherwood – It’s from this site… he has a YouTube video of him making these. The rising time on the video is much more realistic… up to 3 hours 1st rise , 1-2hours for 2nd rise. I added extra vanilla to everything. Make the topping in a zip loc…. Way less mess!

Eulalia’s paper on grains and flours – Grains and Flours of Medieval England

Eggs Poached in Wine – Medieval Recipe – Historical Italian Cooking – Today we prepare medieval poached eggs from Maestro Martino’s Libro de Arte Coquinaria, called ova sperdute in the original text. This source dates back to the 15th century.


  • eggs
  • sweet wine
  • verjuice
  • rose water
  • sugar
  • spices (ginger, nutmeg, cloves)

Other videos

Sewing – Anja was mostly working on mundane stuff this week, but did another installment on the tiny favor bags for the next feast, whenever it happens.

Weave Along with Elewys, Ep 19: Hochdorf 39 – Elewys of Finchingefeld – A look at a piece of weaving that dates back 2500 years, near Hochdorf an der Enz in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. This piece is one of several found in the Celtic Chieftain burial mound, along with a collection of riches–gold, furnishings, dishware, jewelry and more! Note: this is not a twist-neutral pattern, but I suspect that you can weave in reverse, as I showed in a previous video. Flip all your cards (S to Z or Z to S), and start weaving from line 32 (or 36–wherever you start) and work your way down to row 1. (Links on the YouTube)

Stinging Nettle Sprang Bag #3nettlechallenge 2021 – Sally Pointer – For my first go at the #3nettlechallenge 2021 I’m revisiting the flint scrapes, unretted, spliced, prehistoric style nettle cordage I demonstrated last year and seeing how this style of yarn holds up to sprang braiding. How far will three nettles go? There are other videos in my playlists that go into more detail about splicing and also sprang.

make a miniature camping scene with this doll tent diy –

Sundials, etc. – 

There’s a YouTubechannel devoted to natural dyes! – HistoryScienceFiber

Castle Kirk page on Facebook. They’re building a castle!

Herb Bunch – No workshop this week due to migraines. None next week, either. We’ll resume on 7/29. Most progress this week was garden tending. Some of the potted stuff is ready for sale, so we’ll be getting tags into those and getting a display ready.

Anja was doing some research on broomcorn and corn brooms, having been sparked off by the thatching and culinary discussion on the Medieval Gardening group. There’s a date for north/central Europe. “The beginning of broomcorn millet cultivation in this region is dated to 1230–1160 cal BC (68.2% probability) or 1260–1140 cal BC (95.4% probability).” She found a wiki on sorghum (who knew broom “corn” was sorghum?) and a how-to here: and history…. “According to our preferred model, broomcorn millet was probably first cultivated in central Europe in the mid-fifteenth century cal BC (1470–1400 cal BC [68.2% probability] or 1490–1330 cal BC [95.4% probability]), soon after its appearance in the Carpathian Basin. It seems to have appeared almost simultaneously in southern Poland, the Czech Republic and southern Germany.”


Broom corn in North/Central Europe! “According to our preferred model, broomcorn millet was probably first cultivated in central Europe in the mid-fifteenth century cal BC (1470–1400 cal BC [68.2% probability] or 1490–1330 cal BC [95.4% probability]), soon after its appearance in the Carpathian Basin. It seems to have appeared almost simultaneously in southern Poland, the Czech Republic and southern Germany.” “

Eleanor De Bolton wrote a bit about modern vs. tradition wheat and thatching over on the gardening group. When I asked some questions she recommended this good article about wheat. –

Project Day – Went entirely over to potluck since everyone was busy except for Gudrun, who is working on some mundane projects. We had a good chat, though.

Anja – Oh, goodness. I thought I checked in here first thing? Must have nuked the link before I did. Well, I’m here. I’m threading small pouches with drawstring ribbon. I’m leaving them untied, yet, because I had a brainstorm. These are the “feast” pouches that are supposed to get some spices, sugar, salt, that kind of thing, but it occurred to me that having one of the key bottle openers on each, actually using it as the pull for the tie, would be a good idea! …ok why can’t I find the pic for those?… Copied from Amazon, instead….

Anja – I’m doing *really* well this week. I thought I had put an event page together for this week’s stuff? Well, I have one, now.
Anja – We have a bunch set up for largesse, already.

Anja – Heading in back to set up cookery.

Anja – Parry of pesoun started. Pottage warming. Carrots are next.

Anja – All of these are ready and the pork roast just needs to be warmed.

Anja – Nibble tray is being consumed.

Anja – Trying to work out dessert. I’m getting tired…. Lotsa customers today.


Anja – Barley and Greens Pottage – Barley, pork broth from the roast, de-greased, greens from the garden (turnip top, lettuces, dandelion, plantain, radish thinnings, marjoram, carrot tops, onion greens) onion, canned mushroom, salt, caraway, leeks.

Anja – Perrey of Pesoun – Peas, butter, saffron, salt

Anja – Sweet Carrots – Carrots, honey, salt, nutmeg, butter

Anja – Pork Roast (from last Sunday) – Pork tenderloin, onion, mushroom spice, salt.

Anja – Gonna be AFK. We’re eating.

Anja – Food was really good! Too full for the afters. We’ll have them as a midnight snack. Pix later. We’re going to bed.

Helen Louise – Very cool!!!



Main dishes


Potluck Menu

Nibbles – Clkws, starting left, honey butter and honey/fig jam on a roll, dill havarti, “sharp” cojack cheese, roll with garlic butter and hot pepper jam, black olives, pickled beets


  • Bread
  • Garlic butter
  • honey butter
  • Dill Havarti
  • Cojack cheese
  • Black olives
  • Pickled Beets
  • Honey/Fig jam
  • Hot pepper Jam


  • Barley and Greens Pottage


  • Cherry Wine
  • Spring Water


  • Pork Roast
  • Sweet Carrots
  • Perry of Pesoun


  • Comfits
  • Red, white and blueberry bread with honey-butter
  • Fruit basket

Process pix and descriptions

Bread rolls

Bread was purchased rolls

Garlic butter & honey butter – Same process for both. Put a stick of butter in the bowl, add spices/honey/salt/whatever, nuke for 20 seconds, stir really well until the butter creams. Garlic butter had TBSP garlic powder, tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp salt (because Loren likes it salty!) Honey butter had blueberry blossom honey, 1/2 TBSP freshly ground nutmeg and orange sanding sugar, so that it would be obvious which was which!

Dill Havarti, Cojack cheese, Black olives, Pickled Beets, Honey/Fig jam, Hot pepper Jam all in the nibbles tray above.


  • Barley and Greens Pottage


  • Cherry Wine
  • Spring Water

Main (some pix above)

Pork Roast

Sweet Carrots

Perry of Pesoun


  • Comfits
  • Red, white and blueberry bread with honey-butter
  • Fruit basket

Miscellaneous pix

Betty Milton – Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Pub in Nottingham, England is one of the oldest pubs in the UK. This historic pub is worth a special trip.


Printemps des plaisirs au Moye-Age – Musica Medievale

Ensemble: Perceval & Sanacore

Album: Printemps des plaisirs au Moye-Age: Lyrique courtoise XIIIème Siècle Video: Livre de la chasse (XIVth cent.)

Printemps des plaisirs is a musical evocation of a spring day in May in the Middle Ages. In feudal times spring gave rise to all sorts of popular celebrations (popular » in the broadest sense of the term). Such fétes de mai were obviously associated with love, amusement and dancing. Many courtly works were devoted to the subject. The troubadours of Southern France and, more especially, the trouvères of Northern France (non-clerical intellectuals) were often inspired by the exuberance of nature at that time of year. The chansons de mai (‘May songs’) take many forms, including dances, reverdies, motets and pastourelles. They are all descriptive in character and inspired by popular and rural subjects. In this they differ very clearly from the rest of the courtly repertoire, which is generally introspective and devoted to the sentiments.

  1. Anon. (danse de Mai): A l’entrada del temps clar
  2. Anon. (pastourelle): Quant voi la flor nouvele
  3. Jean Erard (reverdie sur une chanson de gaite): En pascour un jor erroie
  4. Guillaume le Viniers (reverdie avec des refrains): En mi mai quant s’est la saison partie
  5. Anon. (motet à 2): Au tans pascor
  6. Colin Muset / Jehan de Lescurel (chanson de jongleur): En mai, quant li rossignolet
  7. Anon. (motet à 2): Quant voi la fleur en l’arborie
  8. Anon. (motet à 3): Biau dous amis / Au douz tans
  9.  Raimbaut de Vaqueiras (estampie): Calenda maya
  10. Anon. (reverdie à refrain / motet à 2): En mai, quant florissant prey
  11.  Moniot d’Arras / Lescurel (reverdie): Ce fu en mai
  12.  Anon. (motet à 3): Tuit cils / Li jalous
  13. Anon. (danse): Quan lo gilos er fora
  14.  Châtelain de Coucy (reverdie avec des refrains): Quant voi esté et le tens revenir
  15.  Anon. (motet à 2): Hui main au doz mois de mai
  16. Perrin d’Angicourt (canso): Quant voi le felon tens fine
  17.  Anon. / Lescurel (pastourelle à refrain): Au douz mois de mai joli
  18. Jean Erard (reverdie avec des refrains): El moi de mai par un matin
  19.  Adam de la Halle (motet à 3): L’autre jour / En mai, quant rosie

Performers – Perceval: Katia Caré (voice, recorders), Jean-Paul Rigaud (voice), Gisela Bellsolà (voice), Alain Barré (flute), Jean-Pierre Dubuquoy (vielle, rebec), Jean-Luc Redureau (shawm), Christophe Tellart (symphonia, bagpipe), Vincent Richard (percussion), Guy Robert (recitation, harp, guitar, psaltery); Sanacore: Anne-Eléonore Bovon, Anne Garcenot, Christine Laveder, Tania Pividori (chorus, bird songs)

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Derbyshire cave house identified as ninth-century home to exiled king – Anchor Church cave is thought to be one of the oldest intact domestic interiors found in the UK –

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Video Links

Castell Caernarfon / Caernarfon Castle – cadwwales


Michael MacLeod – That moment when you’re about to get mad at your wife for using your spare rapier gauntlets to prune her garden and you realize that they are actually… ahem … her leather gardening gauntlets that you found at the hardware store and thought, “Hey, these would make great spares for my rapier gauntlets…”
Sorry, honey.

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Largesse, Gifts and Auction items
·         ASXLVII = 24
·         ASXLVIII = 88
·         ASXLIX = 794
·         ASL = 2138
·         ASLI = 731
·         ASLII = 304
·         ASLIII = 146
·         ASLIV & ASLV = 230
·         ASLVI = 176 plus 4 puppets, 4 powder fort, 8 cheese spice and 9 powder douce packets, 1 kiss-lock pouch, 9 tiny bobs, 7 pincushions, 3 pins, 3 snip case w/snips, lucet cords, 25 pouches for block-printing, 2 medium pouch, 4 small pouches, 12 bookmarkers, 14 unfinished pincushions, 1 sewing kit (except for bone needle), varnished stuff (124), 2 emery strawberries, 1 woolen spool-knit cord, 48 key bottle openers
Total as a Household = 4237 handed off

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