House Capuchin Shield2Everything went sideways until Tuesday, when Anja dragged herself to the computer to get posts out and Loren actually made it to the grocery store. Some cooking got started but we don’t have pix of everything, yet.

Because of Loren and Anja both getting sick we’ve

Cutting from the bone

put the potluck off to next weekend (12/22). Besides, some of their kids and grandbaby will be there!

So this week is going to be all holiday stuff, but a lot of it is period. We’ll be making an incense/sachet in Herbs on Saturday, there are probably going to be a couple of cheese-makings.

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    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 happens irregularly, usually announced with little notice on our Facebook group.
  • Next Potluck – 12/22, 1/19/20
  • Winter Feast Date is 2/23/20, Theme German Renaissance
Beet Greens for stew

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:

Investiture Pics

…and Stella’s edit version of the Morning Court pic

Cookery – Starting on Wednesday various cookery began to happen. Hippocras mix was first, then a beet/horseradish relish, then beet greens were prepped and put by for stew. Cacik for snacking got salted and put by. Cherry sauce for the pork loin got done.

We had tracked down a box of very old wines, some that had been set up as an A&S project in the fall of 1987 where there was a marvelous grape harvest. We had been told, “We have all we want. Please come get the rest!” Anja and Morwyn of Wye harvested all one afternoon. Morwyn got one basket and Anja had 1 1/2 *large* laundry baskets’ full! We and the kids ate quite a lot both that day and for a couple days after, but the majority went into a 5 gallon carboy. It was still quite green at Christmas that year, but we made mulled wine of it and put the rest by to age… and then we moved, and life was crazy for a decade, and we moved again, and then a 3rd time and at that point the case that was left floated to the surface.

So Loren decided to try one. The first problem was that the cork disintegrated when he tried to pull it. That took some effort to sort out, since what was left needed to be carved out of the bottle, then the wine strained. We tasted it and it was quite sour. Anja thought it had a lot of character, but Loren really likes sweet, so we took some sugar lumps and tried it with that, and upon approval, added a bunch to the “keeping bottle”.

More on Sunday’s write-up.

Sewing – Anja finished the collarband on Sunday and started the cuffs. It had gotten this far at the beginning of the week.

Collarband as of 12/8/19

Collarband, 12/15 morning

Sundials, etc. – Only sanding and the wine.

Herb Bunch – No workshop this week and no plant tending… Liqueurs on Sunday. (so pix there)

Project Day – Stella stopped by to say hi after mass and then we turned to cookery.

Liqueurs first…. straining and bottling took all afternoon, and one was still straining at suppertime. Two small bottles were put by to age and for competitions and then rest was put by for over the holidays.

Potted ham got started, but we’re having trouble getting good horseradish, so you’ll see pix next week of the finished product. Cutting up the ham was first. When we get a big ham like that, fat and bits go for potted ham, slices for main dishes, rind, bone, juice and “ickies” (Loren’s term) into the crockpot for broth. You can see the whole thing in process in the first pic. A bowl with stuff for the potted ham on the left, then the partially disassembled ham (going right across the top), then the crockpot, then the food processor bowl. On the cutting board, there’s a stack of slices, some with the rind off and a section to the right where there was a fat layer between.

So, after a lot of work, we have a box of slices which will go into sandwiches and casseroles. Two small boxes are scraps that are going into potted ham once I have horseradish. A crockpot of the bone, rind and fatty bits is going at the moment and the shop smells delicious! That’s going to be degreased and picked over and the broth will go into a soup, eventually, but for now it’s going into the freezer. The bone is going to be re-boiled, scrubbed and dried and eventually become needles, bone rings and other carving.

…and that was pretty much what got done!

Miscellaneous pix



A Medieval Christmas –

Anglo-Saxon Christmas –

A Tudor Christmas –

The Worst Time in History to Be Alive According to Science –

A Brief History of Cheese – – Check out our Patreon page: View full lesson:… Before empires and royalty, before pottery and writing, before metal tools and weapons – there was cheese. As early as 8000 BCE, Neolithic farmers began a legacy of cheesemaking almost as old as civilization. Today, the world produces roughly 22 billion kilograms of cheese a year, shipped and consumed around the globe. Paul Kindstedt shares the history of one of our oldest and most beloved foods. Lesson by Paul S. Kindstedt, directed by Charlotte Cambon.

Skara Brae –

Iron Age shield found in Pocklington is “one of most important ancient finds this millennium” –

Listen To The World’s Oldest Known Secular Norse Song From Codex Runicus – A Medieval Manuscript Written In Runes –

Fior di Battaglia Flash Cards –

Pasta R Period –


Sam Bartlett – Absolutely nothing in the mechanism that couldn’t have been built then, if only somebody had thought of it ….
Peggy Vlach – My son and I were looking at pictures of the crossbows buried with the terra cotta warriors and they are basically compsite/horsebows with a stock attached.
Sam Bartlett – And similar devices in close temporal propinquity in ancient Greece and Syracuse, though Greek engineers fairly quickly discovered how to apply twisted skeins of cord to the problem of how to tension a bow string (hence the development of ballistas, from handheld size to to the monsters eventually built by Rome for siege engines). There was even a Chinese design of a cranked repeating crossbow though they were small and not very powerful, more of an annoyance to someone in armor. I think the fascinating thing here is the idea of a magazine for a regular full strength war bow that does not seem to have any previous historical analog, but without any technical impediment to its construction in period. The potential increase in the size of volleys, along with the improved mobility of archery forces, leads to some really interesting speculations as to “what if”, and not only in our historical time periods. Even in Colonial times, the Native American population and the European settlers were roughly at a standoff in terms of weaponry effectiveness, until the development of repeating firearms ….. What if the Iraquois Confederacy had had repeating rapid fire bows? The United States could have looked a lot different ….. 🤔


Anja, Loren, Amor (v), Stella

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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 – 146
  • ASLIV – 165+1=166 plus 2 puppets, 20 powder fort packets, 3 snip sheathe w/snips, 9 tiny bobs, 1 emery,  lucet cords, 1 bamboo needlecase, 1 bone needle, 25 pouches for block-printing, 1 medium pouch, 4 small pouches, 12 bookmarkers, 18 unfinished pincushions, 1 sewing kit (except for bone needle), varnished stuff (124)

Total as a Household = 3995 handed off

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