House Capuchin Shield2*Apologies for this being late. Tech difficulties…. 

We had a quiet week, although Loren and Anja are getting their shop ready to re-open. Other than cooking most of this week was just project progressing. Lots of cookery this week. A couple bits of embroidery. Progress on the bones project, and a lovely snow photo shoot with Claire. 

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 – 2/21, 3/21, 4/18
  • 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:

Educational Events

Other Good Stuff

Knowne Worlde Entertainment Guide – KWEG – Entertainment List –

Dance Vids – 

Classes – 

Online Class: Apothecary Tools and Shops: Tools of the Trade with Viscount Seamus O’Caellaigh – EarlySweden – Join Viscount Seamus O’Caellaigh, OL for his class Apothecary Tools and Shops: Tools of the Trade. This is an introduction to Apothecary class covering the basic tools used by apothecaries. From mortar and pestles to alembics or herbals, the apothecaries of our period used many tools to treat the patients they saw.

LIVE Chat: The Life of Catherine Howard with Gareth Russell – The Tudor Travel Guide – On the anniversary of her execution, join me in live chat with historian, Gareth Russell, as we get stuck into exploring the life and death of Catherine Howard. Gareth is author of Catherine’s biogrpahy ‘The Life of Catherine Howard: Young, Damed and Fair.

Medieval Lighting: History with Candles, Rush Lights, and Roman Oil Lamps – Lynne Fairchild – Learn about the history of lighting through the centuries: Roman oil lamps, as well as medieval rushlights, Renaissance tallow candles, beeswax candles, and Victorian era paraffin candles. Also, learn suggestions if making homemade candles. What is your preferred type of candle?

Is the Sutton Hoo Helmet from “The Dig” Really an Odin Mask? – The Welsh Viking – The new Netflix film “The Dig” highlights the discovery of the famous Anglo-Saxon Sutton Hoo boat burial, and its magnificent helmet! It’s a beautiful movie, but is there more to this find than we thought? An exciting theory about this helmet suggests it was once worn as a mask of the Germanic and Norse god Odin (aka Ian McShane. Love American Gods!). What is the evidence for this amazing idea? Is there more to this than meets the eye? There’s a pun there, but you’ll have to watch to video to get it! 😉 I filmed this outside in Edinburgh to get my lockdown exercise, so there’s a little wind noise my editing didn’t quite get. Apologies in advance! Some great articles to read:……

Cookery – We got a quick soup made on Wednesday of beef broth, snap peas, carrots, microgreens, tomatoes and lil smokies. Not at all period, but the kind of throw-it-in-the-pot soup that cooks have done for millenia.

Thursday night some ingredients got prepped. Mostly it was boiling eggs and chicken for pickled eggs and mortar chickens. We also re-did the tail end of the naughty cake….recooked and added some more wafers and put it in jars so we can unmold it, later. …and forgot it entirely for Saturday, so it’ll show up in this coming week’s potluck…. 

On Friday Anja harvested a few greens from outside. In the evening lemon curd, maple candy got worked on and soup stuff prepped. She also found a package of kuba for another dish. ….and the maple candy didn’t set. It’s hard to get it to come up to temperature, so it because maple-flavored butter.

On Saturday we made Mortar Chickens, pasties, bacon and leeks, blackberry and custard tarts, and then finally, after the feast was done a soup of leftovers, to which we added some of the dried squash. 

Sewing – Anja didn’t get her pic of current progress on the snip case until Tuesday night and started another bob.

Anja’s seam ripper case…. uh-oh… see the mistake? 

Arlys posted two pix of her mini-needlebooks this week.

Elizabethan Plaited Braid Stitch Tutorial – Ars Amalie – Elizabethan embroidery is full of fun goldwork stitches – but how the heck do you do them?? In this tutorial, I’ll show you the basics of Elizabethan Plaited Braid stitch, as well as some fun historical background. More details about this and many other Elizabethan stitches can be found in Jacqui Carey’s books, Elizabethan Stitches:…

Explore the Bayeax Tapestry –…/discover…/explore-online/

Sundials, etc. – A test cut of the new bone material makes it look like the bones are less robust than usual treated the way they’ve been, so Loren is collecting up the rest of them, just dried, to run a load in the dishwasher with regular soap. 

Sawdust and Shavings: Breadboard end table top –

Thony Medina posted these pix on SCA Artisans – New Elk antler comb. As far as I can tell, the dots & circle dots were just for decoration. The symbol in the middle is a Troll Cross. It is for protection from evil spirits & creatures, Especially Trolls.

Mid-Winter Feast – Saturday was Adiantum’s Midwinter Feast. Anja attended a lot of the classes, while cooking. Court was good. The feast was ….pretty much absent. People wrote a little about it, but that was all. The bardic, though, went really well. Our feast menu & pix are below. No recipes this time. 

Hope’s feast offerings

Project Day – 

Hope says, “I’m a little worried about that apron dress I’m trying to make.”

Claire says – “This pretty much sums up my day so far. The cookies got baked yesterday and decorated today. Also have a small loaf of bread rising for dinner. Since Sundays are steak nite anyways, we’re vamping it up for Valentine’s dinner, tenderloin for hubby and bison and crab for me. Luckily most of it was already in the freezer (I stock up when I see a sale). We don’t go out anyways on a non-pandemic snowy year so no plans ruined here!” The garb pix are AnTirSnowChallenge and used with permission.

Feast Menu

  • Nuts
  • Dates
  • Honey/fig spread
  • Brie
  • Dill Havarti
  • lemon curd 
  • Pickled egg
  • bread
  • butter


  • Pottage of barley, rice, greens and chicken
  • Mortar Chickens
  • Pasties (pork/lamb/fruit/nuts/powder douce)
  • Kuba
  • Bacon and leeks


  • pies custard, berry
  • comfits

Anja and Loren’s

Music – Fragments for the End of TimeMusica Medievale – Ensemble: Sequentia Album: Fragments for the End of Time Video: Apocalisse, Ms. Latin 14410 (XIII cent.)

From the booklet of the album: From the time of Christianity’s introduction into Europe until the end of the first millennium, apocalyptic images of the End of Days and the Last Judgement were widespread, both in texts and in the visual arts. These images, based largely on the Biblical Revelation of John, at times bear a remarkable similarity to the pagan Germanic descriptions of the world’s destruction during the final terrible battle (Ragnarök) between the gods (Odin, Thor, etc.) and their mortal enemies, the giants. These disparate sources share certain characteristics: the terrifying words of female oracles; the sounding of the horn; the massing of armies from below and above; the breakdown of material reality and the final destruction of the world by fire. The image of the Apocalypse which most readily comes to mind is associated with the almost incomprehensible mystery of the ‚end of time’, filled with terror and destruction. We envision the chilling image of the four horsemen mercilessly riding down upon our doomed world. But the Greek word apokalypsis actually means unveiling, or revelation, an image strongly linked to our mortal desire for access to the mysteries of existence, to our almost physical longing for union with creation and with the deity. John’s Book of Revelation is not only a faithful report of what he saw and heard in visions on the island of Patmos, but it is also filled with the feeling of his impatience and desire. In all these senses of the word, medieval artists created an especially powerful body of sung poetry, often in obscure images and language, visionary and prophetic, to prepare the singer and listener alike for a particular inner voyage of comprehension, and to awaken the soul to the experience of ‚seeing’ that which is one day to be revealed. The instruments used in this concert include reconstructions of Germanic harps (based on 7th century instruments from Oberflacht, near Stuttgart), an early medieval triangular harp, and copies of medieval transverse flutes (including a flute made from a swan’s bone, based on an 11th century instrument unearthed near Speyer).

  1. Fortis Atque Amara – Frankish sequence, IX cent.
  2. …Sin Tac Piqueme, Daz Er Touuan Scal – The “Muspilli Fragment”, Fulda IX cent.
  3. Unsar Trohtin Hat Farsalt – Instr. vers. of the “Freisinger Petruslied”, Bavaria IX cent.
  4. Thes Habet Er Ubar Woroltring – “De die Iudicii”, gospel book of Otfrid von Weissenburg, Alsace †875
  5. Adducentur – Frankish sequence, IX cent.
  6. Geng Imo Tho The Godes Sunu – From the Old Saxon “Heliand”, Fulda IX cent.
  7. Occidentana – Frankish sequence, IX cent.
  8. Iudicii Signum – The prophecy of the Erythraean Sibyl, Aquitaine XI cent.
  9. Scalam Ad Caelos – Frankish sequence, IX cent.
  10. Summi Regis Archangele Michahel – Sequence by Alcuin, IX cent.
  • Flute: Norbert Rodenkirchen
  • Harp: Norbert Rodenkirchen (song 2)
  • Voice, Harp, Symphonia: Benjamin Bagby




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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 – 230 plus 4 puppets, 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 = 4061 handed off

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