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Garden winding down for the year. Progress on projects and feast. Sorrow for the loss of a House member’s daughter. Lots of links and learning.

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 and Sewing are ongoing. Masks required. When will the rest of these open up in person? We’ll keep right on with the virtual ones side-by-side with the actual. 

  • Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Thursdays, 7am-9pm Doing incense
  • 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 Potluck – 11/21, 12/19, 1/16
  • Winter Feast LVI, Norse Theme. Page here – More pages coming!

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:

It is with great sorrow that we found out on Thursday that Heather, Isabeau’s daughter, lost her fight against the COVID virus. Her lungs were just too damaged to function again. 

To Our dearest populace and people of An Tir,
We find Ourselves writing yet another unprecedented missive. Last week marked events never before seen in Our realm. But We do not write to discuss or engage on those matters. We write today to reaffirm Our pledge, Our oath, that We swore to our predecessors on the Crowns and Great Symbols of State. We write today swearing to protect and defend you, our populace, to the best of our abilities, through trials, tribulations, mirth, and merriment until our Heirs ascend these thrones. We pledge to uphold the ideals on which our great kingdom was founded. To honor the people who continue to be the beating heart of the land. In times when the Great Lion has been laid low, it is then that the Lioness, in her glory and grace protects the pride. You, dear populace of An Tir, are My pride and I will protect you as if you were my own cubs. We call it the Sable Lion Lands. In these times, we are together tested. We are the Land of the Sable Lions, one family, one pride, one An Tir!
Sable Lioness An Tir
[Your Scribe’s note] All information that is to be publicly known is included in the BoD info. Please do not speculate and rumor-monger. 

Greetings An Tir, 

Yesterday, October 27, 2021, the SCA’s Board of Directors met and took the following actions:

Motion by Ross Roegner to remove Emerson Waite (Christian Bane) as Sovereign of the Kingdom of An Tir, effectively immediately. Second by Dale Fong-Frederick. Opposed: None. Chairman Dan Watson exercised his option to vote and did so in favor of the motion. Motion carried. 

Motion by Dale Fong-Frederick to direct the Society Seneschal to issue a Temporary Removal from Participation in the Society to Emerson Waite (Duke Christian Bane) and to further direct the Society Seneschal to begin an investigation into possible sanctions up to and including revocation of membership and denial of participation, effective immediately. Second by Gigi Coulson. Opposed: None. Chairman Dan Watson exercised his option to vote and did so in favor of the motion. Motion carried. 

This sanction precludes attendance or participation in any manner at any SCA activity, event, practice, or official gathering for any reason, at any time. This includes a ban on participation in officially recognized SCA social media sites, officially recognized SCA electronic email lists, and officially recognized SCA webpages.  

Please note that Queen Helene is now acting as both the Sovereign and the Consort of An Tir.  Crown Prince Sven and Crown Princess Roukinn are still the Heirs of An Tir.  Coronation will still take place, as scheduled, at 12th Night in January.  All awards, peerages, and honors bestowed prior to these board motions are still valid. 

In service,  
Mistress Alianora Greymoor, OP 
Contingency Kingdom Seneschal of An Tir 

By now, most of you have seen the announcement from the Kingdom with regard to the Board’s decision. We understand that this may be shocking and raises many questions for which there may be no answers.
We have touched base with HRM Helene and She has our full support as She fulfills the role of both Sovereign and Consort. It is our understanding that She intends to complete her reign and we all are still planning for a 12th Night coronation.
We knew going into this, that our upcoming reign would not be completely “normal” due to Covid restrictions and precautions; however, neither one of us could have foreseen this decision from the Board.
As always, the health and well-being of the Kingdom, and her people, is at the forefront of our thoughts. Our goals for the upcoming reign have always included nurturing community, facilitating clear communication, empowering people, supporting inclusivity, encouraging creativity, and bringing back safe, “in-person” fun. These goals are even more important to us now.
An Tir has provided all of us chosen family and the feeling of home. It is our sincerest hope that we can take our shared love and passion for each other, our arts, our martial activities, our service and most importantly the community we have created together, and forge forward in a positive direction even in the face of adversity.
Please be kind to one another, offer your strength and support as you can, and be brave enough to reach out when your reserves are depleted.
An Tir’s true treasure is all of you.
Long live the Queen!
With warmest regards,
TRHs Sven and Rauokinn


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2021 AT 7 PM – Adiantum – Medieval Arts and Sciences – Event by Barony of Adiantum and Bonnie Williams – Adiantum Arts and Sciences – Medieval Beekeeping, description pending – Presented by Baron Hrodr-Navar Hakonsson OP, OL (AKA Steve Alter)
A&S Competitions: A round table discussion
I didn’t expect the Spanish InquisitionAs in-person events resume, it’s time to be thinking about A&S Competitions. Some people love them, some are intimidated by them, and some feel that those two words should never be uttered in the same breath (like “fun run” or “white chocolate”).
So let’s talk.
As the current A&S Champion of both Adiantum and the Summits, it will be my honor to organize the next competitions. I would like to explore ways to increase participation and improve everyone’s experience, but I can only do that with your help. So please come and talk about why you do or don’t enter…I’d like to hear as many viewpoints as possible.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2021 AT 10 AM – 8 PM – Summits Winter Investiture – Philomath Scout Lodge – Event by Shire of Coeur du Val, Principality of the Summits and Jacob Sanchez –
Good people of An Tir, join our Alpine Highnesses Kenric and Dagmar as they bestow the Summit Coronets unto their heirs, Viscount Luciano Foscari and Signora Tessina Felice Gianfigliazzi. To the rapier fighters of the Summits, bring your courage and steel for the tournament that decides who will stand with Their Alpine Highnesses as their Captain of Cats.
Additional details will be provided as they become available.

Classes – 

Basque Origins | DNA, Language, and HistoryStudy of Antiquity and the Middle Ages – From the Spanish and French valleys of the Western Pyrenees to the Atlantic coast of the Bay of Biscay, the historically isolated Basque people have lived for millennia. In this diverse and fertile region, the Basque have retained their unique non-Indo-European language and dialects, Euskara, as well as their own cultural and regional identities. As the surrounding populations of Europe have shifted over the ages again and again, the Basque people remain. Known today by its inhabitants as Euskadi, País Vasco, or Euskal Herria, the Basque Country has become a region famous for its cuisine and wine of ancient grapes such as Tempranillo, of traditional fishing villages and picturesque cities. Tourism has replaced much of history’s strife. But defining Euskal Herria is as difficult as defining the word Herria itself. In Euskara its root herri can mean everything from village to population to nation. Euskal Herria is the collective identity of this ancient people. Basque Country has historically comprised of settlements located along the western edge of the Pyrenees, currently organized in seven provinces: Gipuzkoa; Bizkaia; Araba; and Nafarroa on the southern side of the Pyrenees and Zuberoa; Lapurdi; and Nafarroa Beherea on the northern side. Euskara has five main dialects, a non-Indo-European language isolate with no close relationship to any other extant language. Overall, Euskara is spoken by nearly thirty percent, or three-quarters of a million Basques. The vast majority are in the Spanish region. Only seven percent are in the French portion. The French dialects are Navarrese– Lapurdian and Souletin, and the Spanish dialects are Upper Navarrese, Biscayan, and Gipuzkoan. These dialects are sometimes mutually incomprehensible, especially in the case of Souletin. Studies suggest that these dialects branched from a unified Basque language sometime during the Middle Ages and developed according to geographical, cultural, political, and administrative reasons. Although structurally unlike any Indo European language, the official Euskara Batua today contains many loan words from Romance languages –up to 40% of its vocabulary, and a modified Latin script. The mystery of Euskara’s long linguistic isolation has led to many theories of its origins and possible related languages. Most of these hypotheses are very tenuous, such as Basque-Iberic comparisons based on fragments of extinct variations of Vasconic, Auquitanian, and Iberian tongues, or they are based on coincidence and pseudoscientific speculation, ranging from the popular assertion that the Basques are descended from Old Testament patriarchs to the folk beliefs that Basques are related to the distant Kartvelian populations of Caucasus Georgia to a slightly more plausible relation to the ancient Chechen language, neighbors of the Georgians whose language structure appears closer to Euskara. These models of Dené-Caucasian language families might mean that the Basque and their ancestors originated from the Caucasus. But only the latest genetic studies of modern Basque samples have reached clear conclusions.

Treason in the Middle Ages, with Amanda McVitty – Medievalists – Traitors were the ones who suffered the most grisly executions in medieval Europe, but treason is in the eye of the beholder, changing over time along with culture, language, and ideas of nation. This week, Danièle speaks with Amanda McVitty about the changing face of treason in medieval England.

Early Week – Anja managed to get the report out Sunday evening. Loryea was doing some cookery, but she rarely takes pix or writes anything up. Anja loaned her a cheesecloth for making paneer. Anja got to Adiantum’s A&S on Tuesday, working on a bookmark for most of it. It was supposed to be on period ceramics, and was, just not with the original person who posted a link, instead. (Below, under sundials….)

On Wednesday Loryea sent Anja a batch of carrot halvah! It was really tasty, not much like the standard sesame seed version, but probably much like the halvah referred to in the 7th century. On Friday she sent a batch of a quince compote.

Cookery – Other than cooking up the harvested green beans, the other thing that got made was a vegetable chowder with poached eggs.

450 Year Old Pumpkin Cheesecake – Tasting History with Max Miller – (take “pumpkin” with a grain of salt!)

How Traditional Cornish Pasties Are Made | Regional Eats – Food Insider – Made with a golden pastry enveloping a tender beef and vegetable filling, Cornish pasties have humble origins. Originated as a portable lunch for workers and notably miners, everything in a pasty — from the pastry dough to its fillings — is made to withstand a journey underground without falling apart.
For more, visit:

Bread From Acorns (1933) – A/V Geeks – ( b/w, silent) Guy D. Hasselton’s Travellettes presents… Featuring Maggie nee Tra-Bu-Ce. Photographed by Guy D. Haselton. Copyright MCMXXXIII Passed by The National Board of Review – About how Native Americans used acorns to make bread.

Sewing – Not much this week, Anja hands are still messed up.

A marvelous shoe project (selected photos) – Emil Lagerquist added 26 new photos to the album: Post essay project: Reconstructing a rare painted medieval shoe. – It’s done! Pictures of the brightly painted reconstructed shoe at the back of the album – don’t miss out on the process that took me there, I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. But the most satisfying thing about this project for me has been about how much I have learned and enjoyed exploring art, craft and archaeology at once.

Sundials, etc. – 

Czech scientists brew beer according to 3,000-year old recipe

Scientific Study of the Tomb of the Black Prince

The Hunterian Psalter

A selection of images from Glasgow University Library MS Hunter 229 (U.3.2) – The Hunterian Psalter is a twelfth century illuminated manuscript, thought to have been produced in England c. 1170. It is regarded as the greatest treasure of William Hunter’s (1718-83) magnificent library of books and manuscripts. This high quality volume of over 200 vellum leaves has not yet been digitised in its entirety, but a selection of images from the manuscript are presented here. This virtual display includes all the full page miniatures and a good sample of the historiated and decorated initials that adorn the pages of the text throughout. It has been mounted on the Special Collections web pages as part of the 2007 Hunterian Museum bicentenary, celebrating the arrival of Hunter’s collections at the University in 1807. The manuscript itself is on display as part of the Hunter: Man, Medic and Collector exhibition in the Hunterian Museum until October 2007. For a more detailed introduction to the Psalter, see the Book of the Month for May 2007. –

Tile Painting – Reannag Teine – Powered by Restream – Many cultures had decorative tile work as a part of daily life: be it in public places or in the homes of the wealthy. In this class we will see several different cultures’ tile work and create one of your own on a pre-bisque fired tile. The result will be a tile usable as a trivet/coaster or for installing in a tile treatment. Participants can either watch along or contact at least week in advance at… or email to purchase a supply kit and have it shipped to them. (Recorded during Known Worlde Science Symposium 2021) 🙂

Fire Starting: No Matches, No Lighter – The American Frontier – Townsends

medieval housebuilding – Johan Käll – A compilation of sessions where we build a medieval swedish style log house, based on surviving examples.

Repairing Pottery With Gold // Kintsugi Project Journal – The Creative Contessa – Join me in exploring the fine art of Kintsugi, a Japanese repair technique using gold that has existed since the late Middle Ages (15th century, or Muromachi Period). Don’t throw away your broken pottery – put it back together and make it more beautiful than ever! Embrace the imperfections!

Herb Bunch – No workshop this week, but a lot of work in the garden. Anja had a bunch of tiny garlic cloves from the Farmer’s Market. We sorted the large ones out for cooking, but then still had a hundred or so. We then sorted elephant garlic from regular cloves and started planting. We’ve about 20 yet to go, but most of them are in, now.

Also, the last of the beans were harvested. The storms this last week shredded the foliage, which was decomposing on the vines, so they were cut (leaving the base of the plant, dunno if they’ll vine more) and untangled from the climbing strings and the last beans cut free. Those were part of supper on Wednesday, along with some carrots and green onions.

On Thursday some other planting got done along with garlics. Anja had some iris tubers and planted 3 in a planter that will get used at her shop. The rest are going into a large bucket, the one that had a lot of Stinky Bob earlier in the year.

More seeds are being harvested and stored, as well.

Project Day – Anja was dealing with a blocked-up ear, so Loren ran the shop while she worked on a bookmark and this report. She also did a little embroidery and then sorted and prepped some dried herbs and seeds.

Helen Louise commented, “Just working on quilts for holiday gifts today… then taking the littles to Trunk or Treat and Halloween parties…”

Ailantha says, “Working on Archery finger guard for a granddaughter today. Pics soon.”

Arlys posted on Monday, “I didn’t do anything SCA yesterday, and was fb detained, but have been making colorful and shiny bead strands to decorate NIWA’s huge space at the Portland Holiday Market at the Expo Nov 18-20 because I promised the organizer I would do lots of shiny. She said I could sell them too. I currently have a large wad (technical term) of them done, with a few more to go. NIWA =Northwest Independent Writers Assocation. WE WRITE BOOKS!! 😃

Miscellaneous pix

Fashioning the Self in Slavery and Freedom – In her “Historical Correction” series, artist Maxine Helfman photographed black sitters in a style of portraiture that is historically associated with European elites. In particular, Helfman was inspired by the somber aesthetics of Dutch and Flemish “Old Masters,” like Frans Hals, Peter Paul Rubens, and Jan van Eyck. She asked the models adopt the austere and haughty bearing of an aristocracy, eliminating superfluous details so that viewers could focus on their grace and beauty. She shot from a slightly lower plane to place the models compositionally in positions of authority.


𝔅𝔢𝔰𝔱𝔦𝔞𝔯𝔦𝔲𝔪 – 𝔐𝔲𝔰𝔦𝔠𝔞 𝔐𝔢𝔡𝔦𝔢𝔳𝔞𝔩𝔢 – Ensemble: LaReverdie – Album: Bestiarium
Video: Ms. Français 1586, F.103

1 Chaconette – A la cheminée – Veritatem (Motette) / Anonimo Francese
2 Par mantes foys (Virelai) / Jean Vaillant
3 Ihr alteri weib frewet eb / Oswald von Wolkenstein
4 Aquila altera – Creatura gentile – Uccel di Dio (Madrigal) – Jacopo da Bologna
5 Aquila Altera / Dal Codex Faenza
6 Canto delle scolte / Anonimo Modenese
7 En ma forest (Pastourelle) / Anonimo Francese
8 L’autrier jost’una sebissa (Pastourelle) / Marcabru
9 Ich was ein chint so wohlgetan / Dal Codex Buranus
10 Lucida pecorella (Madrigal) / Donato da Firenze
11 Na coire ar na sleibhtibh (Double Jig) / Tradizionale Irlandese
12 Fuweles in die frith / Anonimo Inglese
13 Oseletto selvaggio (Madrigal) / Jacopo da Bologna
14 Bryd one breere / Anonimo Inglese
15 L’Aspido sordo (Madrigal) / Donato da Firenze
16 Ar bleizi-mor (Les Loups-de-Mer) / Tradizionale Bretone
17 I fu già bianch’uccel (Madrigal) / Donato da Firenze
18 Con braccia assai / Giovanni da Firenze
19 Wohlauff gesell wer jagen well / Oswald von Wolkenstein
20 Chosì pensoso (Caccia) / Francesco Landino

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Kašperk Castle –

Did Vikings and their stowaway mice beat Portugal to the Azores? – Evidence from animal remains shows Norse seafarers settled on the islands centuries before Portuguese explorers –

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Video Links

Major new excavation to reveal Gobekli Tepe secrets – Hidden History – Thanks to new excavations, could answers finally be coming as to how supposed hunter-gatherers constructed the incredible Gobekli Tepe and similar megalithic sites?

New and Updated Pages

Norse Clothing –


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Largesse, Gifts and Auction items
·       ASXLVIII = 88
·         ASXLIX = 794
·         ASL = 2138
·         ASLI = 731
·         ASLII = 304
·         ASLIII = 146
·         ASLIV & ASLV = 230
·         ASLVI = 177 plus 4 puppets, 4 powder fort, 8 cheese spice and 9 powder douce packets, 1 kiss-lock pouch, 10 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 = 4238 handed off

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In ministerio autem Somnium! Anja, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin
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