House Capuchin Shield2 What a holiday! We were so busy this week with celebrations and family that not too much other than cookery has landed in the report and that is irretrievably mixed with some very mundane-looking stuff that went out to family and SCA family.

This week’s report should come out closer to on time, likewise the one for the 5th, but the 12th Night report will definitely be quite late. Meetings are on time this week!

  • 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 – 1/19/20, 3/15, 4/19, 5/17
  • Winter Feast Date is 2/23/20, Theme German Renaissance

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 – Recording by Tessina Felice Gianfigliazzi. Yes, look at the color of his coat….

Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) (snagged from the facebook group)

SCA Giving Back – Nine Lives Tourney in the Kingdom of Meridies

This all began with the rescue of two cats in 2017, Maggie and Doby. There was no room at the no-kill shelters so Gwenndolynn ni hAilleachain and Erik Martel were asked to foster Maggie until she could be adopted. Severely malnourished, and of course pregnant, they began the process of getting her healthy.

One month to the day, two tiny tortoiseshell kittens were born in their sewing room. They were Bobbin (as she had no tail) and Tailor (who did have a tail, and was very, very small). Due to Maggie’s malnutrition, and her time outside, Tailor was born with a slight defect. With the help of their vet, who, like them, would not give up on Tailor, and had otherwise normal and happy kitten-hood. Sadly, at 7 months, Tailor collapsed and died very suddenly after being rushed to our vet. Everyone in the Barony of Iron Mountain knew about Maggie, Bobbin, and Tailor, and we were all heartbroken

Naz, in Thor’s Mountain, rescued a kitten about the same time as we had Maggie, and his name was Doby. Doby, like Maggie, had been abandoned and rescued, however, he was adopted from a no-kill shelter. Despite the care, he was weakened by his start and died very suddenly almost exactly a week prior to Tailor.

Baroness Rondalynne Seren and the populace of Iron Mountain decided that they could do something to help, to save abandoned cats from starvation and disease, in honor of these two kitties.

In June 2018 at Black Axe, the inaugural Nine Lives Tourney was held to raise funds for the local no-kill shelter to feed, house, and spay/neuter rescued cats. They raised over $1100 that year, but more importantly, other groups thought this was a great idea and also began fundraising for local pet charities through tourneys.

In 2019, at Black Axe, the second Nine Lives Tourney was held and expanded for heavy and rapier fighters. Master Wistric, Baron South Downs, issued a challenge. IF the tourneys could raise more than $1500, Sir Erik would fight at Castle Wars in the fall…wearing a catsuit.

Erik agreed, and well over $2500 was raised (because Meridians love a spectacle…and like to laugh). Thus, Erik Martel was forever deemed the Knight of Kittens. Mistress Elizabeth RaeFen and Countess Ellawin, taking …pity… on Erik, made mention that he shouldn’t be out there alone, and THL Lothan made plans and joined him in yet another catsuit for Castle Wars, and the Kitten Battle was born with its Cat “generals” leading either side.

The children of the Kingdom of Meridies glommed onto this, and the MOC began painting cat masks back in the summer for the children to wear at Castle Wars. Baroness Rondalynne and Mistress Gwenndolynn baked 200 sugar cookies with little mice images stamped into them for the kids (and adults) to enjoy, and cat ears were handed out to everyone who wanted (and didn’t already have) them. There was even a fighter dressed as a mouse on the field.

But unbeknownst to the Kingdom of Meridies, there was another brilliant, and secret, activity planned.

In the best-kept secret in the kingdom, Countess Ellawin, the Lady of Meridies and their Most Beloved Rose, donned the persona of Puss in Boots and began learning the art and skill of the blade.

She trained for months in secret, making her own cat armor, and authorizing for rapier. And then, at Castle Wars 2019, with the entire assembly watching, Her Excellency took the field representing all of the Kingdom of Meridies and challenged the best and noblest Master on the field—His Excellency South Downs, Master Wistric.

The video tells the visual tale, but behind it is the soul of Kingdom of Meridies: A people generous of heart, joyful in their participation, gleeful in their mischief, and gracious in all things.


What will they do next year when the Nine Lives Tourney returns in 2020? All we know is that these groups and many others continue to help some of the smallest among us who cannot help themselves.

Early Week – A massive shopping trip on Monday got all the ingredients for the cookery necessary over the next few days. …and then we had to get things stored to be ready for use.

Cookery – Three batches of cookies on Tuesday and one batch of candy. Started a tvarog.

Wednesday – Tvarog took longer to set up… cold in the shop. Potted cheese, potted ham, lots of prep

Thursday was supposed to be vanocka, but the only thing that got finished was tvarog and the pickled eggs.

Friday was all sorting and tasting, after the tvarog got spiced and boxed up. Wassail made in the evening.

Saturday started with a beef/veg stew. Wassail was re-filled. Pork loin pulled to thaw. Beet/horseradish relish finished. Hipocras mixes finished and one set up. Kuba started. More cacik made. Side dishes were next up, but prep was all that happened Saturday evening.

Sunday – I had to get the garlic baked for garlic butter, first, but that meant that the candy, which needs the microwave, had to wait…. We can’t run the convection oven and the nuker at the same time without tripping a breakers, so, 3 batches of candy that had to cool. One set up quickly and got boxed. The other three took awhile. While I was working on those I got the sweet potatoes baking. By then the garlic was cool, so I got the garlic butter made.


Once Tempus and Amor were back I set up the ptacky (which means little birds, it’s sausages in tomato sauce…). Next were the honey-ginger carrots, then corn pudding, then the sweet potatoes, which just needed peeled and buttered. While I was waiting on some of the ingredients I managed to get another one of the candies boxed.


Finally I got some pictures and then started setting up appetizers. …and went thud…and then got moving again just before folks started to arrive.

Sewing – A few stitches here and there, several pieces got mailed.

Sundials, etc. – More sanding and the rowan wand blank just needs wood butter, now.

Herb Bunch – Got some more nasturtium seeds into the planters and picked the last tomatoes. During workshop time we bagged and headered and talked.

Project Day/Potluck – Everyone started to arrive right around 2pm. We had some of the appetizers on the table, which worked pretty well. The roast had finished about 20 minutes earlier, so that was sitting for carving and pretty much everything else just needed to be set out. We nibbled for awhile and played “pass the baby”, who was dressed up in an adorable Santa outfit.

Eventually we pulled out the main course and ate. We also passed some Christmas goodies out to various people. We never managed a pic of the roast….

Tessa showed up with Amor’s b-day cake and she got a set of goodies in return.

More pix

Potluck Menu

Starters (Out at Noon)

  • Potted cheese
  • Tvarog
  • Pickled eggs
  • Pickles
  • Olives
  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Roasted garlic
  • Garlic butter

Main (Serve at 2) 

  • Pork Loin with Cherry Sauce or beet and horseradish sauce
  • Sauerkraut
  • Squash
  • Sweet Potato
  • Corn pudding
  • cacik
  • candied carrots


  • Fruitcake
  • Assorted Cookies & Candy
  • Birthday cake <grin>


  • Hipocras
  • Wassail
  • Cider

Music – Vánoční zpěvy českého baroka, Bohemian Baroque Christmas Songs


Anja, Loren, Amor, Stella, Sasha, Arthur, Raven, Sioned

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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 – 166+13=179 plus 2 puppets, 4 hippcras mix, 20 powder fort packets, 1 snip sheath w/snips, 5 tiny bobs, 1 large bob with tassle, 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 = 4009 handed off

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Last updated 12/27/19