Cookery and Garden chores notwithstanding, teaching a class and a lot of updating/writing was Anja’s main thing this week. Loren has a new clock book. Potluck is this coming Sunday, but we have some people coming early because of schedules.

Herbs in the Garden on Wednesday. Masks required. We’re keeping right on with the virtual meetings side-by-side with the actual. Project Day goes on as usual, but this Potluck is going to be in several pieces again. 🙂

One flat and a bunch of sticks, later….
  • 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

This is a low-tech backyard grill! The lighter is that almost o-shaped piece of metal. The raised parts to the right are for cooking skewers over coals!

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:


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:

BASH/ANCESTRAL REMEMBRANCE CELEBRATION – (Event Steward): Brynhildr Smiđsdottir/ Dawnhela Heartsblood – 3:00 PM on August 5th 2022 – 3:00 PM on August 7th 2022
Flying B Bar Ranch, 1100 McMullen Creek Rd. Selma, OR 97538
This is a Level 2: Branch Event where no Kingdom or Principality business is expected to be conducted event.
Join Myrtle Holt and Briaroak in our combined event. There will be heavy tournaments, a cut and thrust tournament, a rapier tournament, classes, merchants and more!

AUG 12 AT 3 PM – AUG 14 AT 12 PM – The Long & Short of It – Event by Barony of Terra Pomaria and Stephen A Trickel – 9755 Willamette St, Aumsville, OR 97325-9625, United States
The Long and Short of it is a summer gathering for Terra Pomeranians and friends. Championships will be held for Heavy Fighters, Archery both young and old, and thrown weapons. Prize Tournaments for Rapier, Cut and Thrust, a Youth A&S challenge, and Equestrian Challenges in memory of Mistress Lady Macha the Determined. A potluck will be held Saturday, with a roast provided by the Thegn Clovis and Baronesa Ximena. All attendees are encourage to bring a tasty dish to share

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
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:

Dance Vids – Passeggio – Saltarello Anonim — Saltarello II (around 1320)
Music: The Renaissance Ensemble (Belgrade)
Fragment din spectacolul: A fost odata… este! Spectacol de dans renascentist pentru contemporani.
Passeggio incearca aici o abordare moderna a dansului renascentist, spre a-l aduce mai aproape de publicul de azi. Presarat cu momente surprinzatoare, de multe ori comice, spectacolul se organizeaza in jurul contrastului dintre cele 2 lumi, dintre trecut si prezent…

Cluj-Napoca 2010

Walk – Saltarello – Anonymous – Saltarello II (around 1320)
Music: The Renaissance Ensemble (Belgrade)
Excerpt from the show: Once upon a time … it is! Renaissance dance show for contemporaries.
Passeggio tries here a modern approach to Renaissance dance, to bring it closer to today’s audience. Sprinkled with surprising moments, often comic, the show is organized around the contrast between the 2 worlds, between past and present …
Cluj-Napoca 2010

Classes – 

Anja’s Dolls class is finally recorded and up.

A Brief History of Dolls – Anna Javornica (Snihova’) OJL, OGS, MI, Jewel of the Summits – Dolls are a common toy in every culture. They’re not easy to research for various reasons, but they appear in the records from 25millenia ago to the present. We’ll look at the basic types of dolls and some pictures of both extant dolls and portrait and manuscript evidence and look at a few made for SCA use.

Not a video, but a great article! – The 50 Most Important People of the Middle Ages

The Lions Den: Demystifying Kingdom A&S Championship – Please join the Barony of Lions Gate as they host this exciting Lions Den Event! This virtual panel discussion will include the current and several former Arts & Science Champions as they share with us their perspectives and experiences on winning Kingdom Arts & Science Champion events. Learn what it’s like to compete, how they felt the day they became champion and discovery if participating in this annual tradition might just be right for you.

Who Was The Real William The Conqueror? | William The Conqueror | Chronicle – Guillaume “Le Bâtard”, or William the Conqueror, transformed the Middle Ages and laid the foundations of a new Europe. We trace his journey from 1027 when he succeeded his father as Duke of Normandy at the age of eight, right up until his death in 1087. – Despite being impetuous, he was a shrewd strategist who turned Normandy into a powerful duchy, feared by the king of France. After the death of Edward the Confessor, William seized the crown in England thanks to his victory in the battle of Hastings in 1066. This conquest made him one of the most powerful monarchs in western Europe and led to some profound changes in English society, as the Anglo-Saxon elite was replaced by Norman lords.

Old Barrels and Networks of Trade – How urban and marine archaeology allows us to dive into international commerce. In this episode of the Medieval Grad Podcast, Lucie Laumonier interviews Jeroen Oosterbaan, who is doing a PhD in Archaeology at the University of Leiden. Jeroen studies casks and barrels found in shipwrecks and in urban settings to investigate the networks of trade in the premodern Low Countries. More specifically, Jeroen looks at the residues inside of the barrels to identify their content and at the barrels themselves to know where they came from. Our guest walks us through the science behind his research and tells us about his preliminary findings. Who would have known that old casks had so many secrets?!

How do you use a medieval peasant handcart? – Jason Kingsley, the modern Knight, puts on peasant clothing and tries out an authentially built medieval handcart. How hard is it to use? How much can it carry and how fast does it go? Plus some interesting observations and thoughts.

Did medieval peasants travel? – Jason Kingsley, the modern Knight, discusses how and why peasants might have travelled in medieval times and why.

Early Week – Not a lot going, except cookbook and planning. Anja taught the Dolls class, and setting that up and then fixing pages on her Quest blog took through into Friday.

Moar rose sugar

Cookery – Early week we were eating leftovers, and then hit the farmer’s market again for vegetables. We got some more carrots for another Potage de Crecy, more of those lovely spring onions and a nice bunch of cilantro. At home we harvested lettuce and then some “lawn herbs” like plantain and dandelion. …and since the red rosebush is fully in bloom….

…an unhappy thing, though. We tried doing one of the pressed skyr cheeses. I think it will actually work ok, the texture was good, but it sat a little too long in the cloth and molded. <sigh>

Volker Bach – Roast peas again (Inntalkochbuch) – Another iteration of a familiar (and challenging) commonplace dish. – <<50>> Gepraten arbaiss – Roasted peas

Prepare a lye (chaltguss) and boil the peas in that, remove the skins and then boil them until they are done. Pound them in a mortar, add honey, and add grated bread with 6 egg yolks and fat. Take a wooden skewer and shape (the mass into) a roast. Lay it by (the fire) and roast it until its is done. Baste it with hot fat.

This recipe is not conceptually difficult: Peas are shelled using lye (a commonly mentioned method), then boiled in fresh water (the recipe omits this commonplace instruction, but it should probably be mentioned), mashed, worked into a dough, and spit-roasted. Actually getting it to work is not that easy, though, and while I do not doubt medieval cooks were able to turn this into a worthwhile dish, I have yet to figure out how.

I suggested that kneading and spicing might help. then we came up with an idea for a meal of: “…sawsers of mustarde…Or… ya know… that cherry sauce that used trysenet? I bet that’d be tasty with this…. it’d make an interesting meal with fennel-spiced sausages, sausages “swimming” in wine, these roasted peas, sauces and some plain-cooked barley.”

Sundials, etc. – 

The Viking and the Sea

Crusader-era hand grenades? New research examines uses of medieval ceramics –

Herb Bunch – Herbs on Wednesday was a field trip out to the Thyme Garden for plants.

Says Anja, “I am so very happy with my plants! I have 3 scented geraniums to replace the ones that froze at the shop (they were inside, but right on the window and wilted overnight, then never recovered!) There’s a rose and a pineapple. I love the way they lightly scent the air when the sun shines in the window! I have a couple of parsleys, plus a new lemon grass and another lovage in case the angelica seeds don’t take. I got another a “spring thyme” pot. All of that but the geraniums went into good pots and we used up the whole thing of potting soil. I planted some more of the nasturtiums (I’m doing ’em maybe 5 each pot) and a whole pot of angelica. I spent a good while weeding and harvested both lettuce and some of the lawn greens (dandelion and plantain).”

…and she harvested some roses for the rose sugar.

…and we had a couple of visitors.


Project Day – We started off talking to Ellen/Aelwynn, then Loren went off to tend plants and Anja worked on a lighthouse model and posted a bunch of pictures when working on the report. Eventually she got around to doing cheese fritters, which turned out to be quite tasty, although not as strong-flavored as they could have been since she got an extra egg in the dough, which meant adding flour. (Pix in recipes)

Feast Planning – Just a little cookbook puttering.


Another cheese fritter – Volker Bach – Zu ainem pachen in ainer schüssel

One flat and a bunch of sticks, later….
  • 1 cup grated cheese (used a Mexican blend of cheddar, mozz and jack, needs something stronger)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (used regular)
  • 2 TBSP Cheese salt (see note1)
  • 2-5 eggs (takes 3 mediums)
  • Frying butter


  1. Mix flour and cheese together in a kneading bowl.
  2. Add cheese salt and mix.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly until you have a stiff dough. How many you need depends on the size of your eggs.
  4. Turn onto a board and knead smooth.
  5. Roll it out to about ½ inch thick.
  6. Cut into strips about the same size. (A pizza cutter helps!)
  7. Fry in about 1 inch fat (we used frying butter, see note2.)

Serve hot.

Note 1 – Cheese salt is a mix that I make of horseradish, caraway, mustard and salt.
Note 2 – Frying butter is saved after frying things like viener schnitzel or girdle cakes. It’s just strained into a jar. It might have bacon fat in it, onion, or other things.

Source – Volker Bach (trans) – Zu ainem pachen in ainer schüssel – Inntalkochbuch

For a fritter (served) in a bowl
Take grated cheese and flour in equal amounts, break eggs into it and season it well, knead it together and roll it out on a board. Make the dough into strips (struczel), fry them in a pan in fat and then cut them in(to?) a bowl.
This is just another of the many recipes for cheese fritters, in this case intended as a side or main dish. Not much needs be said about it. If you slice it into thin strips, it can look like a bowl of fries.
The Inntalkochbuch is from a monastic library in Bavaria’s Inntal region (the Inn is a tributary of the Danube), dating to the late 15th/early 16th century. It is written in Upper German and strongly reflects local culinary traditions, though some of its recipes are commonplaces found elsewhere.

I screwed up and put in 4 eggs. That meant I used at least 1 1/2 cups flour, not counting what went onto the cutting board….. and they were tasty, but not cheesy enough.

Miscellaneous pix

This is from a display in CZ doing living history in a 5000BCE settlement. Skanzen, Brezno near Loun. (Open-air museum in Brezno (Birch-town), Slovakia near Loun)

Various fun stuff…. 

Music – ℑ𝔫𝔰𝔱𝔯𝔲𝔪𝔢𝔫𝔱𝔞𝔩 𝔪𝔲𝔰𝔦𝔠 𝔣𝔯𝔬𝔪 𝔉𝔯𝔞𝔫𝔠𝔢, 𝔈𝔫𝔤𝔩𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔞𝔫𝔡 ℑ𝔱𝔞𝔩𝔶 – Modo Antiquo & Bettina Hoffmann – Ensemble: Modo Antiquo & Bettina Hoffman
Album: Secular Songs & Dances From The Middle Age – French And English Instrumental Dances In The Middle Ages & Dança Amorosa, Italian Dances From The Middle-Ages (cd5 & cd6)
Video: La Quête du Saint Graal, XIII/XIV secolo

English Dances
1 Ductia Manuscript London, British Library, Harley 978, F. 8v-9r
2 Patrone Manuscripts London, British Library, Add. 28550 (Robertsbridge Codes), F. 43v
3 Nota Manuscript, Oxford, Bodleian Library, Douce 139
4 Ductia Manuscript London, British Library, Harley 978, F. 9r/I
5 Ductia Manuscript London, British Library, Harley 978, F. 9r/II
6 Fragment Manuscript London, British Library, Add. 28550 (Robertsbridge Codex), F. 43r
7 Ductia Manuscript London, British Library, Add. 28550 (Robertsbridge Codex), F. 43r
French Dances (Manuscript Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, F. F. 844)
8 La Prime Estampie Royal
9 La Seconde Estampie Royal
10 La Tierche Estampie Royal
11 La Quarte Estampie Royal
12 La Quinte Estampie Royal
13 La Seste Estampie Royal
14 La Septime Estampie Royal
15 La Uitime Estampie Royal
16 Dansse Real
17 [Without Title]
18 Danse
Dança Amorosa, Italian Dances From The Middle-Ages
1 Ghaetta
2 Saltarello (2)
3 La Manfredina, Rotta Della Manfredina
4 Chançoneta Tedescha (2)
5 Isabella
6 Saltarello (4)
7 Saltarello (3)
8 Chançoneta Tedescha (1)
9 Chançoneta Tedescha (4)
10 Principio Di Virtù
11 Dança Amorosa, Suo Troto
12 Chominiciamento Di Gioia
13 Chançoneta Tedescha (3)
14 Trotto
15 Bel Fiora Dança
16 Lamento Di Tristano, Sua Rotta
French And English Instrumental Dances In The Middle Ages: Federico Maria Sardelli (recorders, cromorns, bombarda, flute, flauto di corno, rauschpfeiffe), Ugo Galasso (recorders, bombarda, chalumeau, pipe and tabor, ciaramelle), Paolo Fanciullacci (cornet, bagpipe, olifant), Maro Morini (tromba di tirarsi), Bettina Hoffmann (ribeca, viella, tromba marina), Gian Luca Lastraioli (citola, luth), Daniele Poli (luth, harp, zither, simphonia), Luca Brunelli Felicetti (drums, naccari, cembali, bells, scacciapensieri), Massimo Risaliti (drums, harness-bells, triangle, hand bells), Bettina Hoffmann, dir.
Dança Amorosa, Italian Dances From The Middle-Ages: Federico Maria Sardelli (recorders, gemshorn, shawm, crumhorn), Ugo Galasso (recorders, shawm, crumhorn, reed-pipe), Bettina Hoffmann (fiddle, rebec, tromba marina), Gian Luca Lastraioli (cittern, ud), Annaberta Conti (portative organ), Paolo Fanciullacci (cornamuse (mute cornet), bagpipes), Susanna Giannò (harp), Luca Brunelli Felicetti (drums, darbukka, nakers, bells, tambourin, Jew’s harp), Massimo Risaliti (drum, crotales, jingles)
Bettina Hoffmann, dir.

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Video Links

What Was Normal Life Like As An Early Viking? | Last Journey Of The Vikings | Chronicle – Most people regard the Vikings as violent robbers, but they were much more than their reputation suggests. In the first episode of this series, we take a look at the origins of the Viking people, the major events that shaped the civilisation and what daily life was like as a Viking in this early period. – This landmark, high-end drama-doc tells the story of why Vikings chose to leave Denmark. With the help of dramatic re-creations and CGI, leading academics examine the life and legacy of the Viking Age, and find out why they were forced to leave Scandinavia.

New and Updated Pages

Anja has updated a whole series of pages on her “Anja’s Quest” blog. Mostly it’s the ones on dolls. There are a few new pages. Please check the side menu for sub-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 & 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

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In ministerio autem Somnium! Anja, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin
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