House Capuchin Shield2It’s been another quiet week. House members have been very busy: Amy with school, Anja and Loren with the shop, Gogor and Sash and Kaylee with work, Stella working on her various projects, but we’re getting things done and always setting up new projects.

Next week House members may get to Adiantum’s Birthday Bash, but since Loren and Anja aren’t going to be able to go, all meetings are at the normal times this week.

  • Loren & Needle

    Sewing Night – At Ancient Light, Thursdays, 6-8pm

  • 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 & Wine – Watch the schedule or the Facebook group! This is going to be irregularly scheduled for when tasks need to occur.
  • Next Potluck – 5/21

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:

Early Week

Other than unpacking and Anja trying to find her strayed pincushion there wasn’t that much going on. Anja did manage to spend a little time with the period foods list again, though, getting some things added. (Found the pincushion on Tuesday….) Stella stopped by with some finds for beading or painting and Amy stopped to let us know that while school has eaten her, she hopes it will eventually spit her back out!

The new Bardic Champion, Conchobar (pic by Jill Blackhorse)

Then on Tuesday Night, on the An Tir list on Facebook, Styrkarr Jarlsskald posted:

Missive from the King and Queen:

Due to the death of our beloved Kingdom Bardic Champion, Conchobar, We present the following:

The remainder of Conchobar’s term in the office of Bardic Champion will be divided between three noble and worthy bards: As second place at KASB, We give Lady Sholeh of Susa, of the Shire of Couer du Val, the honor of serving as Our Bardic Champion through July Coronation and give the Champion’s Challenge during our successors’ Coronation.

Following July Coronation, Mistress Ismenia, a well-serving prior Bardic Champion, will take up the cloak and serve Our successors through An Tir Collegium.

Following Collegium, Master Martin le Harpeur, another well-serving prior Bardic Champion, will take up the cloak and serve until a new Bardic Champion is selected in the usual manner at Kingdom Arts & Sciences and Bardic next March.

Hlutwige and Conchobar

We charge all three of these noble Champions to honor the memory of Conchobar by hosting a bardic activity in praise of, and in honor of Conchobar. Our three Champions may interpret this mandate as they see fit. Please join us in honoring these three Champions as we honor the memory of Conchobar (Russ Gilman-Hunt) over the remainder of his term.

In love and service,

Styrkarr and Stjarna
Sable Lion and Lioness, An Tir

Sewing Time – Got well scattered through the week. Loren was working on needles and Anja more pincushions. Most likely Stella was crocheting, but we didn’t see that until Sunday!

Herb Bunch – Most of what we did today was make seed-starting pots and talk about some of the seed that we have, mostly about the gourd, but also a little about chives and leeks and how are we going to grow the shallots without something eating the bulbs. Some lungwort and bergamot got harvested, dried off and hung for drying. We had a “friend” visit on the bergamot, probably the same guy that was chewing the leeks, yesterday!

Project Day

Started with clearing space to work. *How* does that table fill up so fast? Anja got going on more of the “period foods” list, finding some of the obscure things that have come up in the last few weeks of research. She and Loren also talked over how to finish the Latgallian Headdress, since they’re looking at buying materials soon.

Loren started in on a curved bone needle (suggested by our son, Amor) and when Amy got there, she and Anja worked on cup covers and embroidery and we all talked about SCA politics, period foods, the possibility of doing a Russian Feast and lots of other things.

We also talked about doing pool noodle stick horses as a way of making a stick horse suitable for someone small, since if they bop someone with it, or fall on it, no one will get hurt!

Miscellaneous pix

Music – Listening to

New Book

How To Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life by Ruth Goodman (Author), Liveright; 2017), ISBN-10: 1631492535, ISBN-13: 978-1631492532

Anja got this book after hearing from Seamus that he was reading it. It’s got a marvelously chatty style and is a good secondary source, with some primary from Ruth’s own experience. We’re familiar with “Secrets of the Castle”, the BBC series about Guedelon Castle, which she also did, but her first love is the Tudor era and it *shows*. This is an easy, fast read even though it’s information-dense. The biggest problem is that she cites sources, and then doesn’t tell you where the info is in the source, or where to find the source! …and some of these are really obscure texts.

Updated Pages

Lists of Period and Non-Period Foods –


“OMG – can’t stop laughing! But I will never again trust Google’s helpful offers to translate pages. I’m looking at Cantiga de Santa Maria #10, “Rosa das Rosas” which is in 13th c. Galician Portuguese. The phrase “dona das donas” (referring to Mary) was translated thus: “doughnut of the doughnuts.” 😂 Our Lady of Sprinkles, pray for us!” – Joan Hall – Facebook 4/21 (used with permission)

Loren, Anja, Stella, Amy (Herb Bunch, 2)

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Largesse Item Count – (includes gifts, prizes, auction items, etc.)

  • ASXLVII = 24
  • ASXLVIII = 88
  • ASXLIX = 794
  • ASL = 2138
  • ASLI = 731 plus 3 sewing box (in process), 1 fid, 1 awl, 4 needles, 32 pincushions, varnished stuff (124), 3 hats
  • Total as a Household = 3359 handed off

moving writing pen motifIn ministerio autem Somnium! Anja, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin
Page Created 4/17/17 & published 4/23/17 (C)M. Bartlett
Last updated 4/23/17