House Capuchin Shield2Some weeks fly past, often because of holidays that eat most of the time. Yeah, this week…. There are lots of links below and folks were busy on Project Day, but that’s the most of it. Hey, I managed a report this week! 

Gudrun checked in this week. She’s getting a 3D printer and wanted to know if there are things we’d like that she can do with it?

Also heard from Gogor, Sasha and Amor, mostly holiday wishes.

Ancient Light has closed for the month because of the virus, so you *might* hear about various projects getting kicked farther down the road, but a lot of what we’ve planned is cleaning and sorting. We’ll keep holding Virtual Project Days and Potlucks for the month of January. 

Hoping that everyone had a good holiday (whichever one/s you celebrate) and will have a happy, prosperous and *healthy* 2021! 

All meetings are on hold for the moment, although Project Day and the Monthly Potluck are being held in the Virtual Realm. We’re also doing mini-potlucks, just Anja & Loren and one other “pod” at a time. Let us know if you’re interested!

  • 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 Virtual Potluck – 10/18
  • No Winter Feast in 2021. We’ll revisit for one in 2022 next spring.

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:

William Shakespeare’s Christmas Carol – David Sharpe – The An Tir players to beg your permission to amuse and entertain you all, with our wee shadows upon the stage

12th Night! –

Educational Events

Classes – 

Royal University of the Midrealm – RUM – (more vids here:

Flying Chariots & Dragon Kings: The Chess of Medieval Japan

Unmaking a Boar – Duchess Vukasin discusses the manner in which a boar would have been butchered in the middle ages. She also presents several videos of her butchering work after boar hunts, describing the portions of the process that are shown in the videos.

Child’s Play: Easy Children’s Games and ToysDame Elizabethe Alles discusses some medieval toys that can be found or made today. The handout for this class can be found at:…

Elewys of FinchingefeldMammen 10th Century

Modern History TV – Why was this type of armour in use for so long? – Jason Kingsley, the Modern Knight, investigates an item of armour that, arguably, was in continuous use for almost 2000 years. What is it and why?

Early Week – There wasn’t much going except preparing for the holiday. That meant some cookery, but also finding and packing things for Loren’s and my kids. 

Cookery – This week was all marzipan and fudge and ham and devilled eggs, plus various vegetables. 

Hope made a mulling spice mix and asked for input. – cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom seeds, marjoram and whole cloves

Helen said on Sunday, “I’m going off to make leek soup to go with the seed nut bread and cheese for dinner…” Oh, that sounds so tasty!  


Christmas and Food in the Middle Ages –

Ypocras and Clareya – 15th-century Mulled Wines –

Fogones en la Historia – Endulzando la Navidad – Sweetening Christmas – Today we bring 3 recipes for sweets, widely consumed in the 16th century: – White delicacy – Cooked marzipan – Mexido eggs 

Archaeologists uncover ancient street food shop in Pompeii –

Some adapted medieval recipes –

Tasting History with Max Miller – Eggnog: A Christmas History

Royal University of the Midrealm – RUM – Feast Horror Stories And What to Learn From Them

Sewing – Just embroidery, although we’ve gotten more of the pouch frames. (Pix next week)

Lynne Fairchild – EASY Step by Step Bocksten Bog Man Side Opening Medieval Wool Cloak

Project Day – 

Anja posted, “Sorry I’m late! I was in back setting up some bread and getting the bones ready to boil some more.
<later> Totally bollixed the bread, burned it to inedibility. <sigh>
Arlys – – Um…whose??? … Whose bones? Should we be looking for anyone in particular?
Anja –<giggle> These are the lamb and beef bones from last week. They’re being de-greased, after being brothed. They’ll have to be boiled once more for sterilizing after drying.

Peggy posted later that she got called into work and was exhausted. 

Helen posted, “I’m making a 1960 peasant blouse for daughter
Anja – Just cut and sew, or are you doing any embellishment?
Helen – I embroidered daisies on it
Helen – Also just made that viking seed bread to have with cheese later tonight
Its 5 eggs 1/2 cup of oil and seeds and nuts
So good toasted with cheese
Anja – Sounds like it should be. We’ve mostly been adding seeds and things to regular wheat bread.
Helen – I added almonds to this bread…
Anja – Making your own cheese? Or what variety?
Helen – I do make a soft white cream cheese but I’m eating brie today
Anja – Yummm…..

Later Isabeau posted, “Not medieval, seasonal project.”

Miscellaneous pix

Merry Christmas from DGB Conservation Studio by Dana & Marie –
From –

Historical Textiles – Lots more pictures on each days’ posts! Look at the right-hand column to access the rest of the calendar (up to today’s date….) –

Music – Medieval music to drive the cold Winter away… – Musica Medievale

Ensamble: St. George’s Canzona, Directed by John Sothcott
Album: To drive the cold winter away – A fireside presentation of music for merrymaking down the ages

Entry Of The Minstrels And Waits:
1 Branle De L’Official (1588)
2 Pavane – ‘Good King Wenceslas’ (1582)

Festivities In The Tavern:
3 The Dressed Ship
4 Staines Morris / Here We Come A-Wassailing (Trad. North Of England)
 5 Green Garters
6 Fandango

A Medieval Holiday:
7 Edi Beo Thu (English 12th Century)
8 Salterello (Italian 14th Century)
9 Alle (Psallite Cum) Luya (French 13th Century)
10 Rosa Das Rosas (Galician 13th Century – Cantigas Of King Alphonso The Wise)
11 Ductia (English 13th Century)
12 As I Lay (English 15th Century)
13 La Manfredina (Italian 14th Century)

Festivities At The Manor:
14 Fanfare Written-By – John Sothcott
15 All Hail To The Days (To Drive The Cold Winter Away) – (Trad. Tune) Lyrics By – T. Durfey
16 Captain Digorie Piper’s Galliard Written-By – J. Dowland
17 I Saw Three Ships (Trad.)
18 Peasant Dances (Tanz Der Bauern Und Tanz Der Büaerinnen) Written-By – M. Praetorius
19 God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (Trad. London) ‘

To Entertain A King’:
20 Fire Dance (Feuertanz) Written-By – M. Praetorius
21 Stepping Dance (Schreittanz) Written-By – M. Praetorius
22 Windmills (Die Windmühle) Written-By – M. Praetorius
23 Village Dance (Dorftanz) Written-By – M. Praetorius
24 King Of Denmark’s Galliard Written-By – J. Dowland
25 Sailor’s Dance (Schiffertanz) Written-By – M. Praetorius
26 Fishermen’s Dance (Tanz Der Fischer) Written-By – M. Praetorius
27 Festive March (Aufmarsch) Written-By – M. Praetorius

Baritone Vocals, Percussion, Bells – Ray Attfield
Citole, Gittern, Lute, Percussion – John Grubb
Coordinator – Roy Carter
Cornett [Cornette], Recorder, Snare [Pipe And Tabor], Crumhorn, Dulcian [Curtal], Percussion – Michael Oxenham
 Design – Bob Fell
Directed By, Arranged By, Recorder, Rauschpfeife, Citole, Rebec, Vielle – John Sothcott
Engineer [Balance Engineer] – Bob Auger
Performer – St. George’s Canzona
Producer, Recorder, Gittern, Rebec, Fiddle [Medieval], Percussion – Francis Grubb
Rebec – John White
Rebec, Countertenor Vocals – Derek Harrison
Recorder, Crumhorn, Percussion – John Lawes
Recorder, Crumhorn, Shawm – Leila Ward
Soprano Vocals [High Soprano] – Rosemary Harrison
Soprano Vocals [Low Soprano] – Mary Sothcott

Early Music in a different way 😉 – M. Praetorius (1571-1621) – Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (Crumhorn and Viol Consort) – CHRISTMAS CAROL – Premiered Dec 24, 2020



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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 – 227 (included 3 balls) plus 4 puppets, 3 hippocras mix, 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, 1 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

Total as a Household = 4058 handed off

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