Looking forward to Egil’s photos, once everyone gets home! We only have a few, yet. Some cookery during the week, a little carving, and that put paid to Anja doing embroidery! No pix, either, on the carving. Didn’t turn out….

There will be Herbs in the Garden on Wednesday, since it’s going to be dry. Masks required. We’re keeping right on with the virtual meetings side-by-side with the actual. 

Harvested greens, carrot, turnip & parsnip tops, Winter lettuce, dandelion, celery, lovage
  • Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Thursdays, 7am-9pm, on hold
  • 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 – Next Potluck – 6/19, 7/17, 8/21, 9/18, 10/16, 11/20, 12/18

First berries of the year! Tasty!

Winter Feast ASLVII, Norse Theme, 2/12/23 – Page here – https://housecapuchin.com/winter-feast/winter-feast-norse-feast-as-lvi-february-2022/ (Yes, this is for 2022, we’ll change the numbers closer in!)

Here is the direct Portfolio link which has all the past Project Day reports and various projects, original here:  https://housecapuchin.wordpress.com/portfolio/  and new one here:  https://housecapuchin2.wordpress.com/portfolio/ and number three is here: https://housecapuchin3.wordpress.com/portfolio/

Misc – Egil’s things – Apparently a wet and windy Saturday!

Today Their Royal Majesties made Duke Torgul a Lion of An Tir.
This beautiful stone scroll was crafted by Tryggr.
It was truly a historic moment for An Tir.

Ellen Purkerson  – I had a lovely time at the event today, and now I’m exhausted. It was very windy and rainy! I was having so much fun, I forgot to take pictures, but Nikolai took these before I left. I’m dressed as a Pict from 6th century Scotland. 😊

Helen Louise

Isabeau was asked, “How’s the arm?” Her response? “I’ll be a smart mouth and say…. still broken. Lol. We go to the dr again this thursday for another recheck. I’ve started doing finger, wrist and elbow stretches to tighten the tendons and ligaments in the shoulder. Still in the sling and belly band.”


JUN 17 AT 3 PM – JUN 19 AT 12 PM – Summits June Investiture – Penny Sturdivant Park
Event by Shire of Tymberhavene, Principality of the Summits and Kanavati Nakkan – Come one and all and bear witness as the Coronets of the Summits are invested to
His Excellency Tamawa Bato and Her Excellency Emma von Bern
Gates open at 3:00pm on the 17 and close at Noon on the 19th.
The Shire of Tymberhavene will host its traditional Soup and Bread welcome on Friday evening/night in the gazebo.
More details to come.

JUN 30 AT 2 PM – JUL 5 AT 3 PM – An Tir West War 2022 – Lazy J Ranch, 96029 Euchre Creek Rd Gold Beach OR 97444 – Event by A&W War: a War of the West & AnTir
Come once again to the beautiful, temperate coastlands and the epic war between the mighty Kingdoms of An Tir and the West. There will be battles, both heavy and rapier. There will be Arts and Sciences, rapier and archery, equestrian activities galore–and of course there will be fine merchants.

JUL 15 AT 2 PM – JUL 17 AT 5 PM – An Tir July Coronation – Clayton Community Fairgrounds, Event by Arnora Grimsdottir, Lilyanne Jennifer Williams and Jenn Harper – The Barony of Wealdsmere is proud to once again host July Coronation!
This event will be at the Clayton Community Fairgrounds in beautiful Williams Valley, WA – the same site as July Coronation 2019. This is a great site with plenty of room for camping, RV’s and buildings for activities out of the summer sun. This site offers potable water, showers and electricity.
For the most up to date info please go to: https://antir.org/events/july-coronation-2022/

JAN 13, 2023 AT 12 PM – JAN 15, 2023 AT 5 PM – An Tir 12th Night 2023 – Valley River Inn
Event by Barony of Adiantum, Pam Perryman and Esther Reese
Hello From An Tir 12th Night 2023!
12th Night 2023 will be held in the Barony of Adiantum (Eugene, Oregon). Our event site is the lovely Valley River Inn, which is happy to host the SCA again.
For those new to the site, the “SCA block” is the entire hotel! The staff is friendly, with many having been our hosts at past events in their hotel. They know us, and they love our events. At 12th Night 2020, fifty-three+ hotel staff worked with Gold Key to wear garb during the work shift. It’s a welcoming space that’s all ours for the weekend!
Your event Stewards are Dame Yseult of Broceliande Ol, OP (Pam Perryman) and Honorable Emma Haldane (Esther Reese).The best way to reach them is to send an email to 12thnight2023@antir.org.
The event email will be checked at least once a day, and usually several times a day.
Site Fee is $30.00, with a $5.00 discount for SCA members. There is no pre-registration or payment; pay and sign in at the gate.
The event page is hosted on the An Tir server, on the calendar page.
That will always be the most up-to-date place for information: https://antir.org/events/twelfth-night-2023/

Dance Vids – Danza del Oso (Baile Medieval) – Danza para la conmemoración de la quema del Castillo de Ólvega – Aula de Música Villa del Moncayo
Song – Danza del Osos
Artist – Danzante Banda Celta
Album – Danzante

Classes – 

Trees have histories too – A conversation with Alexander Olson about the secret lives of olive trees and oak trees in Byzantium. Contrary to what you may think, these were not cultivated consistently in the Mediterranean ecosystem of the Middle Ages; their uses to the human population fluctuated over time, giving the trees a history of their own, albeit one shaped by that of the people around them (and vice versa). – Medievalists

Across the Strait of Gibraltar: Chroniclers from Iberia and North Africa – 272 views May 22, 2022 We are bridging communities across the sea in this episode of the Medieval Grad Podcast. Emma Snowden talks with Lucie Laumonier about her dissertation, “Bridging the Strait: The Shared History of Iberia and North Africa in Medieval Muslim and Christian Chronicles.” She looks at the Strait of Gibraltar as a point of connection between Iberians and North Africans as well as between Christians and Muslims. Her work is based on fascinating chronicles written in North Africa, Al-Andalus and Christian Iberia, and how these chroniclers wrote their shared history. – Medievalists

536 AD: The Worst Year In History? | Catastrophe | Full Series | Chronicle – From late 535 AD to 536, written records from across the world suggest a mysterious climate catastrophe. Dubbed the year “without a summer”, the sun was completely dimmed and shadows were invisible even at noon. The cause of of the “worst year to be alive in history” has been long uncertain. Was it a comet? An asteroid? A volcano? Archaeologist David Keys reveals the latter is to blame for the Dark Ages of famine and plague that shaped the world order of today. – Chronicle – Medieval History Documentaries

How Did The Inquisition Really End? | Secret Files Of The Inquisition | Chronicle – In this fourth and final episode, we take a look at the demise of the Holy Inquisition that wreaked terror over Europe for centuries. When a Jewish boy is kidnapped by the Vatican, he becomes a symbol for an embattled pope. The boy’s father and the Emperor unleash the forces that bring about the end of the Inquisition. – Based on previously unreleased secret documents from European Archives including the Vatican, Secret Files of the Inquisition unveils the incredible true story of the Catholic Church’s 500-year struggle to remain the world’s only true Christian religion. It traces Catholicism’s determination to maintain power at any cost in medieval France, 15th century Spain, Renaissance Italy and even into the 19th century. Historians, experts and Church authorities advise on the handling of this controversial subject matter. – Chronicle – Medieval History Documentaries

Early Week – Not a lot happening. Watching the storks… In Central Europe storks have been considered to be good luck for a long time. They’re cited in period as bringing rain for the grain, and keeping pests from the livestock. Now we have webcams and people watch avidly. This is my favorite nest this year. 5 chicks, I think? Two batches hatched 3 days apart. In Slavetin nad Metuji – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ecei6HBGpwo

Cookery – Sweet/sour cabbage got made on Tuesday. We harvested greens for a soup on Wednesday and that cooked with chicken Thursday night. Anja made sugar-preserved strawberries on Thursday. Pickled cheese was on Friday, along with sesame chicken.

Strawberries at 48 hours

“Pickled” Cheese

We all eat white bread because of 7th-century missionaries to England https://www.medievalists.net/2022/05/white-bread-england/

Ribe VikingCentre Cheesemaking! – https://www.ribevikingecenter.dk/en/learn-more/food/food-cheese.aspx – Includes recipes for: Curd cheese, Sour-curd cheese, Smoked cheese (over an open fire!) Hard cheese & Salty cheese.

Whole Almonds Crushed To Make Flour? – Almond Cheesecakes – Townsends – OoP, but it sounds tasty and is similar to recipes from late period.

Sewing/Textile – 

Unique Viking textiles found in woman’s grave https://norwegianscitechnews.com/2021/05/unique-viking-textiles-found-in-womans-grave/

Fascinating find! Extant Norse garb remnant with horizontal ribbon applique decorations.
Historiska museet is at Historiska museet. Stockholm, Sweden – Vikingarna var förtjusta i siden!
Det här textilfragmentet kommer från ett plagg som burits i vikingarnas Birka. När det var nytt var tyget, som banden suttit fast på, färgsprakande!
Plagget kommer från en dubbelgrav på Birka, Bj 735, och båda personerna i graven kan ha haft varsitt brickbandsprydda sidendekorerade plagg.
Plagget, eller sidendekorationen, är vävt i samitum-teknik och det finns tre fragment bevarade.
De dekorativa banden är band vävda med brickor, ofta med lintråd och silketråd i varpen och med silver- eller guldtråd som ett extra inslag, sk broschering. Brickbanden skiljer sig åt i mönster och hur många brickor de är vävda med. De smalaste banden är vävda med 21 brickor och de bredaste med 32 brickor. Men vissa variationer finns även inom fragmenten.
Banden har en tydlig bård på vardera sida och en mönsteryta i mitten. Majoriteten av banden har bårder som är vävda med tre brickor i kanten där silverinslaget vänder under dessa så de inte syns i kanten. Vissa band är emellertid vävda av två brickor där silvertråden alltid går över varptrådarna och sen en bricka där silvret går under. Bården är lika under hela vävningen medan mönstret plockas så att två trådar från brickan, där varpen skall täcka mönsterinslaget, kommer över silvertråden. Brickorna träs från samma håll, men varianter förekommer. Vävningen görs med vartannat botteninslag av tvåtrådigt silkegarn (cirka 60/2 ) och vartannat mönsterinslag som görs med dubbel heldragen silvertråd 0,3 millimeter i diameter. Vissa av banden är påsydda med kaststygn medan andra har sytts fast med täta langettstygn.
Tänk om vi kunde få se hur det sett ut för över 1000 år sedan!
Fragmentet finns utställt i utställningen Vikingarnas värld.
617959_HST, Gravfynd från Birka, Bj 735, Adelsö socken, Uppland. Foton Ola Myrin, SHM, CC BY.

Translation – The vikings were fond of the sidelines!

This textile fragment comes from a garment worn in the Vikings Birka. When it was new, the fabric, to which the straps were attached, was colorful! The garment comes from a double grave on Birka, Bj 735, and both people in the grave may have had brick tape-decorated side-decorated garments. The garment, or side decoration, is woven in summit technique and there are three fragments preserved.

The decorative ribbons are ribbons woven with trays, often with linen thread and silk thread in the warp and with silver or gold thread as an extra feature, sk broschering. The trays differ in patterns and how many trays they are woven with. The thinnest ribbons are woven with 21 trays and the widest with 32 trays. But some variations are also found within the fragments. The ribbon has a clear width on each side and a pattern surface in the middle. The majority of the bands have borders that are woven with three trays on the edge where the silver section turns under these so they are not visible on the edge. Some bands are sometimes woven by two trays where the silver wire always goes over the warp wires and then a tray where the silver goes under. The board is equal throughout the weave while the pattern is picked so that two threads from the tray, where the warp should cover the pattern element, come over the silver thread. The trays are wooden from the same direction, but variants exist. The weaving is made with every second bottom layer of two-thread silk yarn (approximately 60/2) and every second pattern layer made with double full-stretched silver thread 0.3 millimeters in diameter. Some of the ribbons are sewn with throw stitches while others have been sewn with tight langet stitches.

What if we could see what it looked like over 1000 years ago!

The fragment is exhibited in the exhibition The World of Vikings. 617959_HST, Grave finds from Birka, Bj 735, Adelsö parish, Uppland. Photo by Ola Myrin, SHM, CC BY

Weave Along with Elewys, Ep. 28: Ladoga Tablet Weaving–the Easiest Pattern Ever – 1,347 views Premiered May 24, 2022 This pattern, from the 8th to 10th century in the Staraya Ladoga area, about 120 km East of St. Petersburg, Russia, is one of the easiest period patterns ever. If you are a beginning tablet weaver, this is an excellent project to start on! – Elewys of Finchingefeld (More info on the YouTube link!)

16th & 17th Century Skull Caps | Zucchettos in History – A zucchetto was a small, hemispherical, form-fitting skullcap worn by scholars, clerics, and clergymen in the 16th and 17th centuries. Clergymen can still be found to wear these caps in the present day. – Lynne Fairchild (more info on YouTube page!)

Sundials, etc. – 

How to Make a SCROLL CASE for the SCA | Step by Step – Follow along step by step on how to make a simple scroll case folder, using scrap fabric and cardboard! Scroll cases are wonderful for any scribe to have to transport scrolls to events. – Lynne Fairchild

Herb Bunch – Herbs in the Garden on Wednesday got a lot done! Succession planting of carrot seeds was one. Lots of geranium stuff and I did a short write-up, below the pictures, since they’re just barely period….barely. Lots of weeding, moving plants around and watering. The figs have leaves, the blueberries are definitely setting fruit and the spiders have hatched!



Other plants

Spiders – Wee baby spiders! Bugs/pests we’re gunnin’ for ya!


Geranium/Pelargonium (quotes from  Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelargonium )

Pelargonium, called “Storkbills” to distinguish them from the “Cranesbills”, which are the Mediterranean geranium “Pelargonium species are evergreen perennials indigenous to warm temperate and tropical regions of the world, with many species in southern Africa. They are drought and heat tolerant, but can tolerate only minor frosts. Some species are extremely popular garden plants, grown as houseplants and bedding plants in temperate regions. “

These are the common houseplant and the grouping includes the scented geraniums. They’re easy to propagate from cuttings, just whack off a piece and either drop it in water until it sets roots, or poke them directly into the dirt.

“The first species of Pelargonium known to be cultivated was P. triste, a native of South Africa. It was probably brought to the Botanical Garden in Leiden before 1600 on ships which had stopped at the Cape of Good Hope.

“Other than being grown for their beauty, species such as P. graveolens are important in the perfume industry and are cultivated and distilled for their scents. Although scented pelargoniums exist which have smells of citrus, mint, pine, spices or various fruits, the varieties with rose scents are most commercially important. …Pelargonium distillates and absolutes, commonly known as “scented geranium oil” are sometimes used to supplement or adulterate expensive rose oils. …The edible leaves and flowers are also used as a flavouring in desserts, cakes, jellies and teas. Scented-leafed pelargoniums can be used to flavor jellies, cakes, butters, ice cream, iced tea and other dishes, The rose-, lemon- and peppermint-scents are most commonly used. Also used are those with hints of peach, cinnamon and orange.”

“In herbal medicine, Pelargonium has been used for intestinal problems, wounds and respiratory ailments, but Pelargonium species have also been used for fevers, kidney complaints and other conditions. Geranium (Pelargonium) oil is considered a relaxant in aromatherapy, and in recent years, respiratory/cold remedies made from P. sidoides and P. reniforme have been sold in Europe and the United States.[80] P. sidoides along with Echinacea is used for bronchitis.[81] P. odoratissimum is used for its astringent, tonic and antiseptic effects.[citation needed] It is used internally for debility, gastroenteritis, and hemorrhage and externally for skin complaints, injuries, and neuralgia and throat infections. The essential oil is used in aromatherapy.”

Project Day – Several people had dropped Egil’s pix onto Facebook on Fri/Sat. Anja spent the early part of the day finding video links and sorting various things into this report. Late in the afternoon she asked on the group whether folks are seeing the Project Day event page. Apparently not. <sigh>

After the stated time was up, she went in back to make the sesame chicken that’d been “cooking” (marinating) overnight. It took about an hour to get everything together, marinate the chicken and then do the sauce and fry the chicken. It’s not a period recipe, but it’s something possible, althoguh some of the ingredients were very modern.

Feast Planning – A little happened on the cookbook. Anja’s having some trouble tracking down previous recipes. A little more happened on the online pages, too.


Spiced/Pickled Cheese – This is more of a general method than an actual recipe. (Most pictures in “Cookery”


Done and sitting.
  • Cheese (see note)
  • Oil – Peanut or olive, a little less than 1 quart.
  • Quart canning jar with airtight lid. Storage jars are sometimes not airtight!
  • Spices/Herbs – Multiple possibilities, but garlic and rosemary are a good start. (see note)


  1. Slice your cheese to no more than 1/2 inch thick. You can just use slices or make fingers or cubes, whatever will fit your jar.
  2. Pour the jar 1/4 full of the oil.
  3. Add cheese.
  4. Add spices.
  5. Cap tightly and refrigerate.
  6. Shake the jar at least once a day for about a week.
  7. Use a long skewer to get pieces of cheese out. No fingers! Don’t pour it out and pour it back, either, unless you’re going to eat it all up, right away.
  8. Keeps for up to a month, unless contaminated.

Note – You need a cheese that won’t dissolve in oil. Mozzarella is very good for this, but other cheeses are possible.

Note2 – Any spices/herbs that you like work for this: garlic, rosemary, thyme, lovage, sage, oregano, marjoram, horseradish, mustard peppers, ginger, wasabi, italian seasoning. Cut your pieces small (minced garlic size…..) and don’t use combinations that overwhelm each other. My rule of thumb is only 3 herbs at a time, or use a seasoning mix where they’re already balanced. Salt, only if necessary.

Miscellaneous pix


Wulf ond Eadwacer – Anglosaxon poem of Wulf and Eadwacer, set to new music by Hanna Marti. – Performed and recorded by Hanna Marti in tempore pestilentiae 2020. – This song is part of Ensemble Sequentia’s new concert program “WORDS OF POWER : Charms, Riddles and Elegies of the Medieval Northlands”, directed by Benjamin Bagby. – Hanna Marti

Sumer Is Icumen In – An arrangement of the smash 13th-century hit by the Medieval Division of the Upper Peavine Institute for Music Technology. Sing along! – Crusty Acres

Sumer is icumen in,
Loude sing cuckou!
Groweth seed and bloweth meed,
And springth the wode now.
Sing cuckou!

Ewe bleteth after lamb,
Loweth after calve cow,
Bulloc sterteth, bucke verteth,
Merye sing cuckou!
Cuckou, cuckou,
Wel singest thou cuckou:
Ne swik thou never now!

Sumer Is Icumen/Mirie It Is While Sumer Ilast,” performed by the First Light Ensemble – Sharyn Byer (flute), Claire Smith (flute) and Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda (harp) of the First Light Ensemble with guest artist Barry Byer (symphonie) perform “Sumer Is Icumen/Mirie It Is While Sumer Ilast,” a 13th Century Medieval English rota, arranged by Ms. Molnar-Suhajda, at the Midsummer Magic concert held June 18, 2016, in the Hoge Chapel at the Columbia Baptist Church, Falls Church Virginia. – KEDVideos

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Scientists Recreate Cleopatra’s Favorite Perfume – Reconstructing the scentscapes of bygone civilizations is anything but simple – https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-recreated-cleopatra-favorite-perfume-180980126/

Researchers to examine the origins of the Maritime Silk Route https://www.medievalists.net/2022/05/researchers-to-examine-the-origins-of-the-maritime-silk-route/

The ‘classical’ author imagined by medieval readers https://www.medievalists.net/2022/05/classical-author-medieval-readers/

The Rise and Fall of the ‘Dark Ages’ – https://www.medievalists.net/2022/05/dark-ages/

“Be like the River-Crab” and Other Life Lessons from the Twelfth Century https://www.medievalists.net/2022/05/life-lessons-from-the-twelfth-century/

25 Things from Everyday Life in the Middle Ages https://www.medievalists.net/2022/05/things-everyday-life-middle-ages/

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Video & Podcast Links

Medieval Beauty Tips – Just like us, medieval people wanted to step out looking (and smelling) their best. This week on The Medieval Podcast, Danièle shares some hygiene and beauty advice from the Middle Ages. – Medievalists

Arundel Castle: Why the Noble Dukes of Norfolk Actually Live in Sussex? – Today, we travel to Arundel Castle in Sussex to see some of the highlights of this extraordinary and historic building, home to the Dukes of Norfolk since the sixteenth century. I’ll also answer the question of how come the Dukes of Norfolk now live in Sussex! – Have you visited Arundel Castle? What is your favourite bit or your tips for other visitors? Let me know in the comments below! – The Tudor Travel Guide (more info in YouTube page)


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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 & ASLVII = 177 plus bookmarks, 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, 23lucet 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, 4 dishcloths
Total as a Household = 4238 handed off

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