Major holidays (or three!) throw kinks into things. We didn’t have Herbs this week, and a lot of things got put off, but Project Day showed that a lot of House members stayed busy. A really big wrinkle is that we’re going to have to re-think the Feast. The virus is doing it again. We’re doing a re-think. Virtual? Change the date? What? See below in Feast Planning and please weigh in on the options! This coming week is still going to be a little “off” because of New Year’s, but should be more productive.

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 sachets
  • Herb Workshop, In the Garden – Irregularly scheduled. Please ask to join the facebook chat!
  • 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 – 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:

Misc – How did medieval Londoners celebrate Christmas? –


SATURDAY, JANUARY 1, 2022 AT 3 PM – Tymberhavene Yule – Social Gathering – 1225 Ferry Rd, North Bend, OR 97459-3619, United States – Come join Tymberhavene and celebrate our winter festivities!!!
Feast and Socialization! You will need your vaccine card or Negative Test in the last 72 hours and government issued ID, as well as providing contact information. Masks are required.
Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe to be necessary. See less

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JAN 7, 2022 AT 2 PM – JAN 9, 2022 AT 12 PMAn Tir 12th Night 2022 – DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport – Tickets – We welcome An Tir and the Known World to the celebration of our Crown and Kingdom. This grand celebration will be hosted by the Baronies of Wyewood and Madrone, on January 7th-9th, 2022 at the Double Tree by Hilton at Seattle Airport.
We are pleased to announce that room reservations are now open for An Tir 12th Night 2022. This grand celebration will be hosted by the baronies of Wyewood and Madrone, on January 7th-9th, at the Double Tree by Hilton at Seattle Airport. Our room rates are available for the 6th and 10th as well should you opt for a longer stay. The parking cost is contracted to be 50% off their daily rate, which at one time was $32 but may change before our event, thus an additional cost of $16/day per vehicle parked. Please understand this is an airport hotel, that dictates the parking market. You may reserve online with this link: may also reserve by phone. Please call toll free (800) 222-8733. Reference the group code: SCR, or the group name: SCA 12th Night

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2022, 9AM–7PM – Adiantum Mid-Winter’s Feast – The Long Tom Grange – Event by Barony of Adiantum and Nái Martyn
Public · Anyone on or off Facebook
Event Main Contact (Event Steward): Naible Martyn
Event site: Long Tom Grange, 25823 Ferguson Junction City, OR 97448
This is a Level 2: Branch Event where no Kingdom or Principality business is expected to be conducted event.
Join their Excellencies of Adiantum for a Midwinter Feast & Revel. It has been a long dark winter, but we are in this together. Let there be light, laughter, music and revelry.
All attendees will either show proof of full vaccination or show proof of testing within 72 hours of the activities pursuant to the Society’s Policy dated September 25, 2021.
“Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe to be necessary.

March 11-13th, 2022 The West Coast Culinary Symposium is coming to Caid. It is a full weekend up at a Camp Wrightwood of culinary classes, hands on workshops, lectures and all things food (and drink). People from all parts of the Knowne World, from beginners to advanced cooks, travel to enjoy being around like-minded foodies and to geek out about historical cooking. All are welcome and encouraged to come and enjoy the event! Registration for this event is currently happening with early registration discounts up until January 3rd, 2022. All those that are wanting to either reserve a bed for the weekend or day trip, need to please register in advance. Registration link to Google Form: you are wanting more details and updates on this event, please check out the FB event and add yourself to it as interested. FB Event link: Hope to see you all there!

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Dance Vids – A turbo buffet of medieval dance steps!!! #short – The Creative Contessa – Enjoy this demonstration of the primary steps from 15th century ballroom dance in bassadanza, the 6/4 meter that was considered the “Queen of Measures” in the late Middle Ages!

Classes – 

Why Did Medieval People Die Whilst Doing Their Laundry? | Hidden Killers | Chronicle – Chronicle – Medieval History Documentaries – Dr Suzannah Lipscomb takes us back to Tudor times in search of the grisly household killers of the Medieval period.
It was a great age of exploration and science where adventurers returned from the New World with exotic goods previously unknown in Europe. An era in which the newly emergent middle classes had, for the first time, money for luxuries and early consumer goods, many of which contained hidden dangers. Suzannah discovers that in Tudor houses the threat of a grisly, unpleasant death was never far away in a world (and a home) still mired in the grime and filth of the medieval period – and she shows how we still live with the legacy of some of these killers today.

  • 00:05 Sugar
  • 13:55 Chimneys
  • 25:24 Laundry
  • 32:32 Illness and Childbirth
  • 44:16 Incorrect Medicine

Henry VIII’s Armour of c. 1540 – Royal Collection Trust – Henry VIII’s armour is one of the highlights of the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. Join The Queen’s Armourer, Simon Metcalf, as he examines this extraordinary piece of history.

THE LIFE OF ELIZABETH I (part 1) | A dangerous childhood | Tudor Monarchs’ Series | History Calling – History Calling – TRAGEDY, LOVE AND SCANDAL. The life of Elizabeth I during her early years had it all. In this History Calling video (the 10th in my Tudor monarchs’ series and my first Elizabeth I documentary), we’ll take an in-depth look at the brief time Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I had together, before Anne’s fall in 1536 led to her daughter going from the Princess of England, to being declared illegitimate. We’ll learn about the father-daughter relationship between Henry and Elizabeth Tudor and the marriage between her final step-mother, Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour (who was uncle to her brother, Edward VI) which took place just weeks after Henry VIII’s death. This led to a dangerous childhood experience for the teenaged Elizabeth after she went to live with them and caught her new step-father’s eye and the scandal of Elizabeth I’s relationship with Seymour shocked contemporaries. I’ll talk you through what she and her servants had to say about the matter while under interrogation and how she responded to the rumours that she was pregnant with Seymour’s child. We’ll also look at Elizabeth’s education, her childhood homes (including Hatfield House), and at how King Edward VI and his sister got along. Finally, you’ll hear too about the beginnings of the difficult relationship between Mary and Elizabeth Tudor which would give the latter so many problems during her sister’s reign. Above all, this Tudors’ documentary will demonstrate that the story of Elizabeth I was extraordinary right from the beginning.

THE LIFE OF KING EDWARD VI | The Last Child King of England | Tudor Monarchs series. History Calling – History Calling – THE LIFE OF KING EDWARD VI, the LAST CHILD KING of England, was brief but turbulent. In this History Calling video, the latest in my Tudor Monarchs series, we look at the impact the life of the last Tudor King had on his country. This includes his relationship with his father, Henry VIII, his step-mother Catherine Parr and his sisters, Mary I and Elizabeth I. We will also look at his religious policies, uprisings including Kett’s Rebellion in 1549 and the destruction of his maternal uncles, Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley and the Lord Protector Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, both of whom were executed during Edward’s reign.

Early Week – A lot of mundane stuff was going on around the holidays. Anja was baking and embroidering and Tempus was still working on the bookmark pieces, which started getting assembled down toward the end of the week.

Cookery – We mostly did mundane holiday foods this week, but mince pies, peas in a bag, and the berry sauce got included in our Christmas dinner. Pirate marzipan went into holiday gifts for our kids, too. …and early in the week a few more tiny carrots from the garden!

Medieval Christmas Pie

Medieval England – the medieval Christmas Pie could contain a variety of shredded or ‘minced’ meats & off-cuts which may have included swan, plus fruit, suet and spices. Swans all belonged to the crown so this would have been a very aristocratic meal The swan skin was used to dress a goose as swan meat was not very delicious on its own. The pie was usually called a coffin for much of the year but at Christmas it was also known as a cradle, made of salt-crust pastry the pie case was not eaten as part of the meal (but could have been given as ‘alms’ to the poor), just used as a dish to bake the contents, when served the lid of the pie was removed and the contents spooned out to the diners – perhaps with the youngest having the first serving and making a wish. The pie was often guided with gold leaf, and could include a moulded baby Jesus – hence the term of cradle – but Oliver Cromwell eventually banned the tradition of the cradle as idolatrous.

Sewing – Keeping on with the bookmarks, none actually got finished this week, except for the snails.

[The first part of the live-stream below didn’t end up in the linked vid, but can be viewed here:

Renaissance Blackwork Embroidery | Patterns, History, and Step by Step Instructions – Lynne Fairchild – Learn all about blackwork embroidery, also known as reversible stitch or Holbein stitch, from potentially as early as the Egyptian (medieval) period up through the 16th century (Tudor and Elizabethan times).
Discover where to locate historical patterns, how to recreate these patterns, and watch step by step instructions on how create this lovely embroidery. Also included is a step by step tutorial on how to dress a slate frame.

Monster Loom Finish – Elewys of Finchingefeld – This is the short video I meant to release this morning. For those who witnessed the terrible raw footage of my weaving with the TV on in the background, I humbly apologize. That was never supposed to go public, and I’m very sorry. Making yards and yards of tablet weaving, made on a Monster Loom as a gift for Largesse.

Sundials, etc. – Mostly working on bookmarks.

Five Medieval Games to Get You Through Long Winter Nights (Chess, Backgammon, Halatafl, Queek, Raffle) –

The Overlooked Islamic Inventions Of The Dark Ages | Age Of Light | Chronicle – Chronicle – Medieval History Documentaries – Was the first computer invented in the Dark Ages? Join Waldemar Januszczak as he embarks on a fascinating trip across Europe, Africa and Asia, visits the world’s most famous collections and discovers hidden artistic gems, all to prove that the Dark Ages were actually an ‘Age of Light’.
Along with Christianity, the Dark Ages saw the emergence of another vital religion – Islam. After emerging in the near East it spread across North Africa and into Europe, bringing its unique artistic style with it. In the third episode, Waldemar examines the early artistic explorations of the first Muslims, the development of their mosques and their scientific achievements.

Herb Bunch – No workshop this week because of the holiday, but we did get some pictures of the garden in the snow.

Project Day – The day after Christmas isn’t usually busy, but a lot of people chimed in.

Helen Louise – Hi all, just sewing new linen mens’ under-tunics today. Watching the snow fall…

Arlys had trouble finding the event again, but we got her there. She posted, “My Project Day thing is continuing to make a card version of SHUT THE BOX, a game which is great fun but excessively noisy if you have a fancy board. Not sure if I’ll be marketing this or not. If I do, it will be under Otherland: When Margins Speak. The theme is BIRDS AND BEASTS. Here’s the 2 I just did today.

Emma posted a bunch of pix, “I want to finish this, this weekend. I’m going to do a simple brocade. It’s a 5 x 7 plus ruffle bag. Donating it to kingdom largesse. I’m doing smaller ones for Summits, in blue and white. The blue is red heart acrylic, you could drop a bomb on it.”

Feast Planning – Transcribed dialogue about the feast.

  • Anja – Well, a non-so-fun xmas present. The Garden Club is iffy about whether we can do the feast there because of the virus. I’m getting iffy about it because of the virus, too. Weigh in, please!
  • Helen Louise – Can the date be changed. February might be a hard month with the virus.
  • Anja – I have no time after that point to work on it, because of the shop. Next opportunity would be Jan/Feb 23. It’s not like we *couldn’t* slide it over a year and do a virtual one, but I’m going to be very disappointed…
  • Emma – Better disappointment than illness or death. Cancel. Roll it over, have a virtual one this year.
  • Anja – Kinda what I’m thinking.
  • Stella Blue – Is the Garden Club scheduling any events there? Is it a numbers thing? [attendance limits]
  • Anja – No, it’s a virus thing. They’re talking about shutting down until Omicron isn’t so much of a threat. For them it’s a liability thing…. …and it looks like they’ve dumped several scheduled talks and things and I don’t see their Valentine’s sale listed anywhere.
  • The kiddos can’t make it, either. James and Josh, I mean. Josh was in an accident and isn’t going to be able to fly out, which leaves Josh with no transport, since he doesn’t drive. Sash is going to have to give it a miss, too, since he’s worried about the virus, as well.
  • They’re predicting that Omicron will peak in Oregon during the first week of
  • When Omicron started looking nasty I held off on the invites. Now, I’m glad I did. Easier to put ’em out later than to cancel after they’re out.
  • Arlys – It sounds like a pass, try again next year. However, it also sounds like you pretty much have the recipes for the feast planned, and you could, if you want, post the feast, recipes and all, for others to try and enjoy, and give it the research and incentive you all put into it.
  • Anja – Kinda the direction I’m thinking, and hoping that folks will try some of the recipes and post pix, as well. There are a bunch of recipes that no one has tried, yet.
  • Arlys – One thing that would be kind of cool would be why you chose certain dishes for which courses–was there some kind of formula the culture used, or was it a lot more “Found a bunch of frozen peas out there in the snow–let’s make pottage!”
  • Anja – <grin> Most of those are from “An Early Meal”.
  • Arlys – Just don’t mess with the laying hen! Early to whom?
  • Anja –  Oh! It’s a heavily researched book on Norse… viking-era… foods. Hmm…
  • This is the foods page that we started late in the summer…. I’m editing at the moment.…/foods-from-the-norse…/
  • Arlys – Looks tasty. Except for the Cod From Somewhere Not Valhalla.
  • Anja – 🙂 If someone really knows how to fry fish, it’d probably work. It’s just not something I’ve done.

…and two ideas about what to do beyond the above.

Anja –

Hmmm…. I think I’m going to post this as a challenge to all of you. I’d *really* like to get a good feast cookbook out this year, if we’re not going to do the feast, but I’d love to have more input. Right now, almost all of it is stuff that Loren and I have been doing. We have 6 weeks from today. What I’d love to see from each of you is:

  • One relatively current picture in garb, Norse, if you made new for this…
  • One pic of feast gear with food. I’m currently doing a list of “buy this instead of cook” foods.
  • One trial run dish, some of these are *really* easy and I’m re-vamping recipes as I go.

This would probably cost you a few hours, is all, and I can make a mosaic picture for the start of the book of everyone who participates.

Estella –

~~~House Capuchin 1st Annual Moveable Feast~~~I don’t know if this idea has merit… apparently, there were groups of nomads in Europe and Asia. Since we don’t know when and where we can meet again to feast together, how about the concept of a “mobile” feast? If we decide we’re going to meet at one of several location choices within a certain time frame [June and July, for example] everyone [not just some] would have time to prepare and bring “nomad” food~ pre-prepared, minimal fuss, no on-site cooking, food able to be served at ambient temperature. “Presentation” counts. Pasties. Breads, cheeses, cakes, dried meats and fishes, etc. Even the laziest could bring some nuts or dried fruit in a beautiful vessel.It would be a somewhat spontaneous gathering, wherein lies the charm… [I love Romani garb…]Music and dancing and story-telling, walks on the beach, no one gets “stuck in the kitchen” ~no washing up, all dirty feastware and serviceware goes home with its owner. “Simple and efficient” is the challenge.Location? as impromptu as meeting at a beach~ Fogarty State Park picnic tables worked for a friend’s memorial.or… we could work out a minimalist version of whatever meeting rooms the local hotels are offering. We have good references from the Garden Guild, etc.? The public bawdiness charge was dismissed and we’re good with the constables again?

[Please weigh in on this in the comments section here or over in the House Capuchin Facebook group!]

Miscellaneous pix

More from Rosalie’s Medieval Woman

MusicA Medieval Christmas – Ensemble: Sospiri – Christopher Watson, dir.
Album: Medieval Christmas, Video: Psalterium Romanum, XIVth cent.,

1 Noël I
2 Riu, riu, chiu
3 There is no rose
4 Lullay: I saw
5 Verbum Patris
6 Alleluya: A nywe werk is come on honde
7 Angelus ad virginem
8 Noël II
9 Coventry Carol
10 Nowell, nowell
11 Bransle de l’Official
12 Puer natus est nobis
Lionel Power
13 Sanctus
14 Edi be thu Heven-Queene
Hildegard von Bingen
15 Virga ac diadema
16 Noël III
17 Gaudete!
18 Hayl, Mary, ful of grace
19 Viderunt Omnes
20 Synge we to this mery cumpane
21 English carols

Claire Eadington, Sophie Biddell, Miranda Laurence, John Stainsby, John Duggan, Christopher Watson, Will Dawes: chant
William Lyons, Nicholas Perry: pipes, hurdy-gurdy, recorder and shaw
Christopher Watson, dir.

CHRISTMAS SONG 🎄🎅🏻- XVI Century VERSUS XIX Century – Early Music in a different way 😉 – Hello friends!
This is my quick and fun version of In Dulci Jubilo (arr Batholemew Gesius) and Jingle Bells for crumhorns.
Thanks for your support during this year.
Merry Christmas!

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(12/21) On this Day, in 1421: Jan Žižka defeated the imperial forces at the Battle of Kutná Hora

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Video Links

IS THE ISLAND OF HY BRASIL REAL? Famous mistakes on old maps | A phantom island | History Calling – Today we ask, is the island of HY BRASIL real, or is this one of many famous mistakes on old maps and an example of a phantom island? The evidence for and therefore the history of the island of Hy Brasil, is rooted in its appearance on old maps from the 14th to the 19th centuries, but despite numerous expeditions to find it, it has never been located. Thanks to cartographers’ persistence in showing it however (usually off the west coast of Ireland and sometimes joined by the equally fanciful island of Mayda, aka Demar), along with some reported sightings and the occasional work of fiction dressed up as fact, an entire legend has grown up around what is supposedly a paradise inhabited by an old living in a castle and black rabbits and which only appears out of the mist on one day every seven years. What seems more likely is that was one of the countless mistakes on maps created before modern navigational instruments and that that the mythical island of Hy Brazil (as it is also sometimes spelt) is just that, a myth. In this video from History Calling, we look at the evidence for the island of Hy-Brasil, including some beautiful old maps and written publications, as well as what modern science shows us through satellite images from NASA. Maps studied will include the Mapamondi of 1387, a portolan chart of Europe by Grazioso Benincasa from 1470, an image created by Abraham Ortelius (1570) and a 1769 map of Europe. By the end of the video we’ll have an answer to the question, what is Hy Brasil? Island, rock or legend? This video will also include a discussion of the famous but fictional story which many mistakenly cite as though it’s a real historical source, ‘O-Brazile or The inchanted island’. This was published in 1675 and written by Richard Head, but attributed to the invented figure of William Hamilton.

Thornbury Castle: The A-Z of Tudor Places – The Tudor Travel Guide – #thornburycastle #castle #tudorhistory – In this episode of the Tudor Travel Guide’s A-Z of Tudor places, Sarah explores the Tudor history of Thornbury Castle in South Gloucestershire. Built by a rival to Henry VIII’s throne and visited by Anne Boleyn during the 1535 progress, it is now a luxurious hotel and is one of the only places where you can sleep in the same rooms once occupied by Tudor royalty.

New and Updated Pages


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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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