House Capuchin Shield2Although our time is less limited than it’s been for a few weeks, it’s going to take time to get back up to speed on getting things accomplished! This week ended up being mostly research, except for an interesting mushroom and prep for things that will be finished this coming week!

Meetings should be at the normal times this week and we may have either a

Cutting the cap

cheese night or a wine night down toward the end of the week. Watch our Facebook group for that info!

  • 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
  • Next Potluck – 10/21, 11/18, 12/16
  • Winter Feast Date is 2/17/19

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:

We *are* the Society for Creative *Anachronism*! This is a photo of the latest SpaceX Falcon9 launch from Vandenberg, Sunday evening. This shot was by Reannag Teine, “Space X launch during teardown at GWW”. 

Early Week – Anja was stitching, as usual, and doing some research both on smocking (grandbaby on the way….) and on other rennets for cheeses. She found “cardoona”, which is made with thistle flowers! More in cookery, below.

Games box was found and games put away. One of the boards was washed since it turned tan (from optic white!) at Shrewsbury.

Ready to grind. This set is flaky and crunches easily.

A reply about Oak Gall Ink from Antonia – We made it one year at Egils and as I recall it was possible to make a usable ink in one session, grinding up the oak galls (the woody ones from twigs work much better than the ones on leaves) and shaking them up with vinegar, ferrous sulfate (moss-be-gone) and water; adding powdered gum arabic at the end to get the right consistency. Traditional recipes call for fermenting the oak gall and iron shavings.  I have all the ingredients but have never made it myself, except at the workshop.” (more in Project Day)

So we need to get some moss-be-gone. We have the vinegar and gum arabic.

Cookery – There are a lot of vegetable rennets out there. We’ve been playing, trying to find all the various ones. Thistle bloom is a new one in our list! The first cheese in the list below is made with it. It’s not one we’re going to attempt soon, since it has a long, finicky, aging process.

Louisa and Anja are hunting sources for sheep’s milk. There *are* dairy sheep in Oregon, but tracking ’em down, wow! There was a lot of that searching going on Wednesday. We were hoping to have Machengo cheese for Louisa’s feast in January, but it’s too spendy.

Sewing – Cuffs got started on Sunday. No pix until Friday, though. The collarband got trimmed.

Progress by Friday afternoon

Sewing Time – Saturday – More bookmarkers got worked on.

Herb Bunch

On Thursday we were offered a nice bolete (mushroom). Loren went to get it and Anja cut it up, and they put it into the dehydrator. Remember that we did this before with a different mushroom? So once this is done, we’ll pull pieces and try them in the lamps.



Setting up to dry

…and then we changed our minds and set up the dehdrator

After 1 hour, then 3 hours, then after 6  hours, and done at 8 1/2. Btw, it smells *horrible* in the dehydrator!

Oak Gall Ink – So Saturday evening (10/6/18) it took 2 hours to grind 8 oz of oak galls… Wow…. The we added the water to let it soak overnight. …and added water and added water, and two hours later added water…. wow…. The redness of the photos is from where they were taken.

…and of course, when Loren pulled out the two packages of oak galls he said, “Caesar got it wrong!” “Whut?” “Omnia gallia in *duos* partes divisa?”

Project Day – The big one for today was Iron Gall Ink and started Saturday evening, so it could soak overnight.

We used instructions from – MAKING IRON GALL INK –

  • 2 oz crushed oak gall
  • 1 pt water
  • Soak 24 hrs, then strain.
  • 1 oz ferrous sulphate (moss-out)
  • ½ oz powdered Gum Arabic
  • Mix well

So then, the ferrous sulphate became a problem. The name that we were given doesn’t seem to be stocked anywhere around here and most of the moss-killers are zinc sulphate. Loren talked about making our own and Anja kinda freaked (battery acid? Gleep!) but a lot of the packages of iron sulphate are 10 pounds or more (and $30) and we needed 4 ounces!

We did a lot of consulting online trying to work this out. Loren was researching and Anja embroidered. At about 5pm (when we were pretty sure that no one else was going to be here) he took off for Newport to see what he could find for ferrous sulphate. Anja was working on the gum arabic in small amounts during the late afternoon and into the evening, finishing before 9pm.

…but this is where we stopped. To be continued next week! Oh, …and embroidery….

Progress by Sunday evening

Miscellaneous pix

Music – Medieval Music Recorders Lucente Stella

EGMusic Classic – Published on Jun 13, 2017
Álbum: Medieval: Lucente Stella Artista: Pierre Hamon: Flûtes à bec (Recorders) Compositor: Anônimo Pierre Hamon: Spécialist de la musique médiévale. 01. Lai Du Ch Vrefeuille (Anonyme, XIIIe Si Cle) 0:00
02. Lucente Stella (Ballata Anonyme, XIVe Si Cle) 4:10
03. Belicha (Istanpitta Anonyme, XIVe Si Cle) 8:57
04. Mes Cuers Est Emprisonn S (Rondeau Anonyme, XIIIe Si Cle) 16:39
05. Nota (Anonyme, XIIIe Si Cle) 17:24
06. In Pro (Istanpitta Anonyme, XIVe Si Cle) 18:44
07. Fragmente (1968) (Makoto Shinohara (1931)) 24:22
08. Tels Rit Au Main – complainte 31:58
09. Non Perch’i’ Speri, Donna (Ballata Anonyme, XIVe Si Cle) 36:57
10. Chominciamento Di Gioia (Istanpitta Anonyme, XIVe Si Cle) 39:08
11. Black Intention (1975) (Maki Ishii (1936)) 46:04
12. Chanson Du Papillon (Chanson Des Indiens Du Pueblo Laguna) 56:09
Origem Musica Medieval – Tradução Português.


Updated Page – The fig sap rennet page –


Anja, Louisa (v), Amor (v), Loren

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Largesse Item Count – (includes gifts, prizes, auction items, etc.)

  • ASXLVII = 24
  • ASXLVIII = 88
  • ASXLIX = 794
  • ASL = 2138
  • ASLI = 731
  • ASLII = 304
  • ASLIII – 82 plus 25 pouches for block-printing, 25 unfinished pincushions, 1 sewing kit (except for bone needle), varnished stuff (124)
  • Total as a Household = 3766 handed off

moving writing pen motifIn ministerio autem Somnium! Anja, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin
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