Potluck week is always a bit nuts. Since we didn’t have anyone coming in-person, Anja and Loren did their stuff over 2 weeks. They’ve got a lot in the freezer still, when folks decide to start showing up.
Ancient Light’s Herbs Workshop is going to re-start on Thursday, 7/8, from 7-9pm. We’ll be beginning with stuff about beeswax and candles and how to make infused waxes. This is a free workshop, held once a week. No sign-up. No registration, just come to Ancient Light 145 NW Highway 101. If you want to take product home there might be a small fee for materials.
Project Day is now open for in-person meet-ups as well as in the Virtual Realm! Potluck this month will be Virtual and Real-World! Herbs Workshop will re-start, in person, around the beginning of July. All other meetings are on hold for the moment.
When will the rest of these open up in person? We’ll probably keep right on with the virtual ones side-by-side with the actual.
- Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Thurdays, 6am-9pm
- 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 Virtual Potluck – 6/20, 7/18, 8/15, 9/19, 10/17
- 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: 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 – Novestiture and Summer Coronet was on Saturday. Anja went to the Court, the financial committee meeting and the Moot.
Short court. Adiantum is holding the in-person Coronet in September, barring weirdness with mundane stuff. (Was supposed to be Mountain’s Edge.) More info coming as soon as details sort out.
There’s going to be a Largesse competition. 6 items each for individuals. The group (Shires and Baronies) the brings the most will have a banner to display.
Not much to report on financial or anything else other than Glyn Dwyn is working on polling for Baronial Status, officers are asking for successors and more about Coronet, (since we don’t have any fighters).
Membership numbers have dropped, drastically, during the pandemic. Please re-up!
Greetings An Tir! Athenaeum is only 1 week away! On the weekend of Saturday, June 26th and Sunday, June 27th you can chat with the artisans whose work is now viewable on the Athenaeum site here:(https://athenaeum.baronyofmadrone.net/exhibits/. ) and you can leave comments for the artisans at the bottom of their exhibit. We are pleased to announce that the appointment booking tool is live as of today and you can request a one-on-one chat with any of the artisans whose work catches your interest! Please sign up to be a “participant” in order to schedule a time to chat with the artisan on either the 26th or 27th. You can register as a participant here:(https://athenaeum.baronyofmadrone.net/participant…/). If you signed up to participate in one-on-one chats in 2020, you won’t need to sign up again, your 2020 login info is still valid to participate in Athenaeum 2021.There are 53 amazing portfolios of work you can peruse that cover a while range of topics, we definitely have something for everyone! But that’s not all! There are also salons covering a broad spectrum of interests where you’ll be able to hang out and chat with other similarly curious enthusiasts throughout both days of the event. So mark your calendars, we’d love to see everyone back who made last virtual Athenaeum such a success, and we are excited to be able to offer more of all the things you enjoyed! And we are equally excited to see new faces and introduce even more of the populace to Athenaeum!~Athenaeum Event Team 2021~ https://athenaeum.baronyofmadrone.net/participant-registration/?fbclid=IwAR2FxQy_J_R8lCET0zSVrAp5iwrwJWmQ1HkFrdVuBRf_7jdL43B4X51pZ4E
- All of the Exhibits – https://athenaeum.baronyofmadrone.net/exhibits/
- Beyond the Mediterranean Triad: Reimagining a Middle-Class Roman Meal – https://athenaeum.baronyofmadrone.net/exhibit/beyond-the-mediterranean-triad-reimagining-a-middle-class-roman-meal/
- A Study of My 12th Night Houppelande – https://athenaeum.baronyofmadrone.net/exhibit/a-study-of-my-12th-night-houppeland/
- Fruit of the Womb: Prenatal Food in Renaissance Italy – https://athenaeum.baronyofmadrone.net/exhibit/fruit-of-the-womb-prenatal-food-in-renaissance-italy/
- No Bees in My Business – Undergarments for an unusual northern Italian beekeeper’s outfit, ca. 1460 – https://athenaeum.baronyofmadrone.net/exhibit/no-bees-in-my-business/
- The Many Mi-Parti Variations in 14th Century Medieval Manuscripts – https://athenaeum.baronyofmadrone.net/exhibit/the-many-mi-parti-variations-in-14th-century-medieval-manuscripts/
- Adventures in Indigo – https://athenaeum.baronyofmadrone.net/exhibit/adventures-in-indigo/
- Bottle Gourds: seed to supper per 16th Cent. English techniques – https://athenaeum.baronyofmadrone.net/exhibit/bottle-gourds-seed-to-supper-per-16th-cent-english-techniques/
- ….and many, many more!
Other Educational Events
- A Master List for finding classes, webinars and other things – https://moas.eastkingdom.org/list-of-online-webinars/?fbclid=IwAR20OE8b6vvYKvmwrqwpule27szarZ7EPV-8R72F1eV2CxcdmOXQhZf9ayk
- Known World Science Symposium – JUN 25, 2021 AT 8 AM PDT – JUN 27, 2021 AT 11 AM PDT – Barony of Gryphon’s Lair – https://www.facebook.com/events/456485881710498/
- JUN 26 AT 9 AM PDT – JUN 29 AT 5 PM PDT – Cut Sleeve Pride – The Main Event! – Join Ealdormere, Ramshaven, and The Known World for a week of presentations and activities centred on learning of our Queer ancestors, featuring bardic performances, educational talks, round tables, and social evenings. Mark your calendars for June 26- June 29th! https://www.facebook.com/events/3904819859644955/
Other Good Stuff
Knowne Worlde Entertainment Guide – KWEG – Entertainment List – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xEZAwCca4IQham3TpxfWnonQscG668mmYgIMA18YZ-E/edit?fbclid=IwAR3UAXblIOd9u-N5IKtJNLzLFS52KPibZEAuwoDHjWzFoCtN_gDHETI9iCo&fbclid=IwAR3zne1DsdAtuMBtK0qmaRI5jf1HVc-rOFaokhJTLkYYGY49iRnFZBJbzjo#gid=0
SCA Iberia put out a whole bunch of videos from their most recent event, and keeps adding more! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2RmLGx_KiNzoFiM6GAu5Hg/videos
Sisters Interview with HL Tessina, Summits, An Tir!
Dance Vids – Danse de cleves, part I – Rachel Lorenz – My reconstruction of the extremely elegant, flirtatious Danse de Cleves, from the collection of bassedanses attributed to Marguerite d’Autriche.
5 Must-Have Medieval/Renaissance Dance Resources – Rachel Lorenz – Want to delve into the world of medieval and Renaissance dance? Then here are five essential resources for understanding the form and the context in which dance was performed in the late Middle Ages/early Renaissance.
The various songs heard are Cancon Di Pifari, Phoebus, Damnes, and Principessa by Gaita; they can be found on their various music releases and are available via Spotify, their website at http://www.gaita.co.uk, or by email at email@example.com
Heraldry for the non Herald with Cormac Mor
What Real VIKING Brooches are Like! Viking Jewellery Part One – The Welsh Viking – The Vikings loved jewelry! And one of the most popular forms of jewelry in the Viking Age was brooches. They were made specially, cast, hammered, recycled from sword fittings, book bindings and coins, and they came in a bewildering range of shapes and sizes. We have literally thousands of early medieval brooches and pins to choose from and take inspiration from, and because it’s 2021 lots of them are online! But it’s a difficult game finding good, authentic looking Viking (or Anglo-Saxon, or Briton, or Frankish, or Irish) jewelry for your reenactment outfit. Luckily, this is a walkthrough! So join me as we look at some of the most popular types of Viking age brooches, and discuss what to buy, what to avoid, and what will make you the fanciest Viking in town whether it’s in iron, bronze, silver or gold! Also I filmed this in self-isolation as I was recovering from actual COVID-19, so apologies for being a sweaty mess of a Welsh Viking. And for the coughing.
Court as Theater
Early Week – Anja and Loren were busier at the shop than they expected in the early week and it put off stuff that they had been trying to work on.
Cookery – We tried Sunday night (no ingredients) and then on Monday (no energy) to do the stuffed game hen. Finally, it was Tuesday (not enough sleep!) and really necessary if we weren’t to “lose” the hen. Quenelles came first, because I could cook the filling and bakes the quenelles at the same time. …and we started at 6pm….
It took 20-25 minutes per batch for 8 batches. …and then the hen was yet to go. It went in just before 11pm. …and came out just before midnight… 10 til, actually… almost Wednesday….
Anja didn’t get back to cookery until Sunday due to her fall. That’s all under potluck, below.
Toad in the Hole & the Cows of Scotland – Tasting History with Max Miller
MMMK Sops with mushrooms – My Modern Medieval Kitchen – My Modern Medieval Kitchen making a modern version of ‘Sops with mushrooms’ Source The Opera of Bartolomeo Scappi (1570) Recipie: Book III v. 262 (page 371 in my edition of the book)
- Mushrooms: 453 grams
- Spinach: 14 grams
- Safron (I left that out)
- Fresh Herbs
Preserving Lime (Linden) Leaves to use in Dolmade Style Wraps – Sally Pointer – Lime (tilia x europa, Linden) leaves are delicious when young in sandwiches and salads, but they are also easy to preserve in brine to use as a substitute for vine leaves in parcels inspired by dolmades. Easy suburban foraging, this is a delicious way to extend the lime leaf season a little.
Sewing – Anja did a little designing in the early part of the week and then took a tumble into gravel, which meant hands weren’t working for the rest….
Icelandic Double Weave Tablet Weaving – Elewys of Finchingefeld – Experimenting with a pattern called Icelandic Double Weave, 2Z, found in Claudia Wollny’s book, Tablets at Work. Failing to understand the directions, I came up with a method of getting the right result, even if it isn’t following the directions exactly.
Sundials, etc. –
Alquerque | How to Play this Medieval Game – Lynne Fairchild – Alquerque is a historic two player war board game, played through the Middle Ages and Renaissance, that was documented in Libro de los Juegos in 1283. This book was commissioned by Alfonso X of Castile in Spain. Prior to that, this game was mentioned as Quirkat in the Arabic ‘Book of Songs’ in the 10th century. The object of the game is to capture all of your opponent’s pieces. One of the most famous descendants of Alquerque is Draughts.
Herb Bunch – Watering wasn’t necessary in the early week and the big porch planter got filled, a fennel planted and then filled some more.
More pictures from the shop on Saturday.
Project Day – Started slowly. It was just Anja for quite some time. Loren had other things he was working on, so she worked on figuring out what we have for largesse.
Helen Louise posted a picture and this, “Wow, the day has gotten away from me… just finished the shift and now going to start bread dough for dinner. Dinner is cheese ravioli with pesto (made from carrot tops, favas leaves, garlic, olive oil, green olives and walnuts) and hummus from favas beans… maybe a spice cake too… all washed down with homemade cherry wine from last year.
Arlys posted – “Spent the morning doing mail, a Pel meeting, and writing out some notes for a NIWA talk I’m giving Tues night. Spent the afternoon mostly napping. Have a nasty headache that started last night, is unresponsive, and still ongoing. Not so much an inside the head thing; acting like it’s arthritis related. Yay.”
Potluck – The nibbles had been out all day. We just noshed as we worked. Around 5pm, Anja started cooking with Loren’s help and by 6pm we were eating. The Sunday dish was swimming sausage, reduced to crumbs in the cooking for Anja (and the rest will be filling for handpies) and Italian Sausage patties with mushroom gravy for Loren. We made up some things to bake in the oven at home and headed that way, not too long after.
- Beef roast with leeks and mushrooms
- Stuffed game hen with quenelles
- Carrots in butter sauce
- Swimming sausage
- Italian sausage patties with mushroom sauce.
Swimming Sausage Filling
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1/2 Tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp blade mace, run through the food processor with the pine nuts.
- 2 Tbsp chopped fennel fronds
- 1/2 cup of ground pine nuts
- 1 fifth Burgundy
- Start the liquid cooking in a sauce pan.
- Add spices, fennel and pine nuts, after running them through the food processor.
- Add meat and keep stirring, so it doesn’t clump.
This can be eaten as is on a trencher or wrapped in dough and baked, or even made into handpies with the addition of a mild cheese (mozzarella? cream cheese?) 1/4 cup of chopped dates and 1/2 cup of Craisins.
From War in the Trees, several years ago – Photos by Celeste Thorn
Cantigas De Santa Maria – Musica Medievale – Ensemble: Ensemble Unicorn Album: Cantigas De Santa Maria Video: Alfonso el Sabio, Virgin Mary and musicians (XIII cent.) http://www.facebook.com/musicamedievale
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 fifth video about it, you can find the others easily on the channel.
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.
- Prologo (CSM 60)
- Por Nos De Dulta Tirar (CSM 18)
- Instrumental (CSM 259)
- Quen Serve Santa Maria (CSM 213)
- Rosa Das Rosas (CSM 10)
- Que Por Al Non Devess (CSM 295)
- Entre Av’e Eva (CSM 60)
- Instrumental (CSM 361)
- Virgen, Madre Gloriosa (CSM 340)
- Instrumental (CSM 206)
- A Virgen, Que De Deus Madre (CSM 322)
- Aquel Que De Volontade (CSM 249)
- \ Epilogo (CSM 60)
Composed By – Alfonso X “El Sabio”
- Bass Drum, Idiophone (Lithophone), Goblet Drum (Darbuka) – Wolfgang Reithofer
- Bass-Baritone Vocals – Colin Mason
- Countertenor Vocals – Bernhard Landauer
- Fiddle (Keyed Fiddle), Baglama (Saz), Daf, Shawm, Bagpipes, Recitation – Marco Ambrosini
- Harp (Gothic Harp), Hurdy Gurdy, Bagpipes, Liner Notes, Recitation – Riccardo Delfino
- Oud, Fiddle, Vihuela, Rebec, Gittern – Thomas Wimmer
- Recorder, Gemshorn, Flute (Reed Flute, Bamboo Flutes) – Michael Posch
Song of Ximena and Clovis – Barony of Terra Pomaria – Song of Ximena and Clovis by Clovis de Walton (Contrafactum: Song of Exile Joseph Riverwind / Laralyn Riverwind)
What Made the Viking Longship So Terrifyingly Effective – https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-made-the-viking-longship-so-terrifyingl/
Of Silk Gordian Knots: A Humorous Creative Contessa Tale – Rachel Lorenz – A witty Creative Contessa parable of silk thread to amuse and educate! If you enjoyed this content and wish to benefit from exclusive perks, you can support the Creative Contessa via Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thecreativeco… Music is Le Haut et le Bas by Gaita Medieval Music and be purchases on Spotify, from their website http://www.gaita.co.uk, or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Story time with the Contessa – Fox in Socks! – Rachel Lorenz – The Creative Contessa reads Fox in Socks for her newly born nephew and her sister who need a little fun!