House Capuchin Shield2Before the Plague hit a lot of stuff was easier. We’re all having to learn new skills. The marzipan for the auction is coming along. All the doughs are done and packed and Anja is starting on the “fancies”. Other than that folks are just continuing with projects. 

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!

When will we be able to do these in person? We’ll probably keep right on with the virtual ones side-by-side with the actual. 

  • 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 – 4/18, 5/16, 6/20 
  • No Winter Feast in 2021. We’ll revisit for one in 2022 sometime in the next two months.

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 – Sisters Interview with Mistress Yseult, Summits (An Tir)

Educational Events

 Other Good Stuff

Knowne Worlde Entertainment Guide – KWEG – Entertainment List –

Classes – 

Hans Holbein the Younger: A collection of 119 paintings (HD) – LearnFromMasters – Hans Holbein the Younger: A collection of 119 paintings (HD) Description: “Holbein was one of the most accomplished portraitists of the 16th century. He spent two periods of his life in England (1526-8 and 1532-43), portraying the nobility of the Tudor court. Holbein’s famous portrait of Henry VIII (London, National Portrait Gallery) dates from the second of these periods. ‘The Ambassadors’, also from this period, depicts two visitors to the court of Henry VIII. ‘Christina of Denmark’ is a portrait of a potential wife for the king. Holbein was born in Augsburg in southern Germany in the winter of 1497-8. He was taught by his father, Hans Holbein the Elder. He became a member of the Basel artists’ guild in 1519. He travelled a great deal, and is recorded in Lucerne, northern Italy and France. In these years he produced woodcuts and fresco designs as well as panel paintings. With the spread of the Reformation in Northern Europe the demand for religious images declined and artists sought alternative work. Holbein first travelled to England in 1526 with a recommendation to Thomas More from the scholar Erasmus. In 1532 he settled in England, dying of the plague in London in 1543. Holbein was a highly versatile and technically accomplished artist who worked in different media. He also designed jewellery and metalwork.”

Researching & Experimenting with Historic Hairstyles with Braiding – Lynne Fairchild – Follow me as I research and experiment with different medieval and Renaissance hairstyles, including hair braiding and hair taping from the 14th century, 15th century, and 16th century. I am looking for a historically accurate hairstyle that keeps my long hair up and off of my face, but that’s also quick to do and won’t fall down easily. So no using elastic hair ties or hair clips. Just a needle and thread!

Music credit: Deep Woods 3 by PeriTune |​ Music promoted by​ Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)…

Early Week – Bits and pieces of projects being worked on. Sasha got a care package Tuesday night and I made another batch of capouns in conscys, just because I had the ingredients. 

Cookery – Prep for setting up a *lot* of marzipan went on in the early week. There was a lot of organizing to do and some deep cleaning, so that photos would look good. A lot of this is going into a class and the marzipan itself to an auction. Mid-week doughs got started. Almond with vanilla, then almond with rose, then pistachio with rose, then by Saturday, almond with orange blossom, filbert with vanilla and filbert with rose. Once those were done we were just waiting for the tins which we supposed to arrive on Friday and didn’t until Monday, so those pix will all be in the next report. 

How To Feed A Roman Emperor: Vitellius & the Year of 4 EmperorsTasting History with Max Miller – LINKS TO SOURCES

  • Apicius, De Re Coquinaria (translated by Elisabeth Rosenbaum and Barbara Flower):
  • The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius:
  • 69 AD The Year of Four Emperors by Gwyn Morgan:
  • Some of the links and other products that appear on this video are from companies which Tasting History will earn an affiliate commission or referral bonus. Each purchase made from these links will help to support this channel with no additional cost to you. The content in this video is accurate as of the posting date. Some of the offers mentioned may no longer be available. Subtitles: Jose Mendoza


Stinging nettle, wild garlic, poppyseed and acorn flour bread – Sally Pointer – Bored with recuperation after surgery, Sally escapes for a short hedge-bothering session and bakes bread rolls made with foraged stinging nettle, wild garlic, poppyseed and acorn flour.

Sewing – Just keeping on….. Close to the end of that project. 

Wonderful article about a textile find, a men’s coif! –

Herb Bunch – Mostly tending again this week. A lot of plants are going to need to be separated in the next few months. The mother aloe has 1/2 a dozen babies. There are tiny jade plants in a lot of unusual places. Several of the other succulents have dropped leaves which have rooted. 

Project Day – There wasn’t a lot this week. Folks were busy with mundane concerns. We’re going to try having a vido chat open from 3-4pm on Sundays for awhile. 

Miscellaneous pix

Music – Cantigas de Santa Maria – Clemencic Consort – Musica Medievale – Ensemble: Clemencic Consort Album: Troubadours / Cantigas De Santa Maria (CD3) • This 2021 is the anniversary of the 800 years from the birth of Alfonso X El Sabio. To celebrate him, this year I’ll share many versions of his Cantigas! This is the third video about it, you can easily find the others on the channel. This third version of the Cantigas is from the Clemencic Consort, one of my three favorite ensembles for medieval music. As always, Clemencic’s conducting prefers to approach historical accuracy with courageous and often not easily accessible choices for a not accustomed ear to medieval music. The musicians who accompany him in this first volume are among the best with whom Clemencic has worked over the years including René Zosso on vocals and hurdy-gurdy and soprano Pilar Figueras. • Alfonso X was born in 1221, he was King of the Romans, of Castile and León. His father was Ferdinand III, a liberal man called “the Saint” and the “King of religions” as during his reign he managed to make Christians, Muslims and Jews coexist in peace. His mother was Elisabetta Hohenstaufen, nephew of Frederick Barbarossa. From the sources that speak of his life we ​​know that in his youth Alfonso was surrounded by numerous paramours and politically helped his father in many military campaigns, but it was his love for Art that made him immortal with the nickname “El Sabio”. In 1254 Alfonso endowed with many privileges the school of Salamanca, founded by his grandfather, and thanks to Pope Alexander IV, he obtained permission to make the school an international university allowing its graduates to teach anywhere, except Paris and Bologna. Alfonso tried to bring together all the knowledge of his time in the language spoken by his subjects by founding the School of Translators of Toledo; the Muslim and Jewish sages of his court translated ancient Arabic and Hebrew works into Castilian. His scientific, historical and literary work was fundamental; promoted the drafting and publication of a series of authoritative texts in various fields of artistic and scientific culture such as the Alfonsine Tables: astronomical tables capable of providing the positions of the Sun, planets, stars and the dates of eclipses. He was also an excellent poet and even the author of one of the first treatises on chess. However, it was Music that handed it over to legend thanks to the collection of the famous Cantigas de Santa Maria, monophonic songs of the XIII cent. now preserved in Madrid and Florence, containing an enormous number of compositions and representations of musical instruments and players. The outset of these compositions can be traced back to the troubadour art, which were so successful as to induce Alfonso X to use both the language and the form. Marian devotion was particularly in vogue in this century, the collection sees the participation of aristocrats and courtiers, bourgeois, friars, clerics and jesters of humble origins, but protected in the courts. King Alfonso himself composed cántigas, some of which incite poets and jesters to dedicate their efforts and inspiration to the “Santa Dama”. In addition to the Cantigas de Santa Maria, the Cantigas de Amigo, popular, melodious and melancholic, also spread in that period, showing some contact with the Mozarabic kharge in Arabic-Hebrew composed in the XI cent.. The work has great importance from a triple point of view: literary, musical and pictorial. Alfonso X inherited from his father Fernando III his musical chapel which brought together interpreters and composers of various cultures and who formed part of the alphonsine court, similar to his School of translators or scriptorium regio. He seems to be surrounded by them in some miniatures (50:59). The melodies are influenced by Gregorian monody, popular lyric and troubadour songs. The Codices of the Escorial Library are adorned and profuse with miniatures, fundamental for the reconstruction of 13th century musical instruments: flutes, hurdy-gurdy, psaltery, lute, vielle, cítara, guiterne, harp, castañuelas, bagpipes, dulzaine…

  1. Prologue – Porque Trobar
  2. Cantiga 2 – Muito Devemos Varoes
  3. Cantiga 30 – Muito Valuera Máis
  4. Cantiga 264 – Pois Äos Seus Que Ama 
  5. Cantigas 5 & 59 (Instrumentales) 
  6. Cantiga 47 – Virgen Santa Maria, Guárda-nos
  7. Cantiga 322 (Instrumentale) 
  8. Cantiga 37 (Instrumentale)
  9. Cantiga 340 – Virgen, Madre Gloriosa
  10. Cantiga 166 (Instrumentale)
  11. Cantiga 100 (Version I) – Santa Maria, Strela Do Dia
  • Conductor, Liner Notes, Recorder, Crotales – René Clemencic
  • Hurdy Gurdy – René Zosso
  • Soprano Vocals – Pilar Figueras
  • Countertenor Vocals – Zeger Vandersteene
  • Baritone Vocals – Pedro Liendo
  • Bombarde, Chirimia Gigante – Alfred Hertel
  • Goblet Drum (Zarb) – Djamchid Chemirani
  • Vielle – Michael Dittrich
  • Zither (Tympanon), Carillon, Drum Tabor – Johann Krasser


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  • 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, 48 key bottle openers

Total as a Household = 4061 handed off

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