Cooking and Herbs seems to be the most of what Anja and Loren are accomplishing. Other folks are doing scribal, sewing and other things. Sewing Workshop didn’t have anyone this week. Herbs in the Garden was just two of us.

Herbs in the Garden on Wednesday. Sewing Workshop on Saturday. Project Day on Sunday. Masks required. We’re keeping right on with the virtual meetings side-by-side with the actual. 

Audrey! Oh no!
  • Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Thursdays, 7am-9pm, on hold
  • Herb Workshop, In the Garden – Almost weekly over the summer. Please ask to join the facebook chat!
  • Sewing Time – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 3-5pm
  • Project Day – At Ancient Light, Sundays, 1 to 4pm
  • Cheese and Wine happens irregularly, usually announced with little notice on our Facebook group.

Next Potluck – Next Potluck – 7/17, 8/21, 9/18, 10/16, 11/20, 12/18


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:

Misc – Friends build real castle from scratch with simple tools only – Reality can beat the building frenzy in Minecraft, as seen in Guédelon Castle: in 1997, in a forest two hours south of Paris, a team of master-builders and enthusiasts began building a medieval castle using only the technology and materials of the Middle Ages.
25 years later, the great tower stands at 15 meters (49 feet), and the chapel with its cross-ribbed vault, are finished and plenty of amenities have been added like water cisterns, bread ovens, stone hand mills, and an onsite water mill.
The project began when two brothers who had just spent 20 years restoring an abandoned chateau they had bought for about $1000 (a few thousand francs) decided to buy a piece of land nearby to build a castle from scratch. They chose a former sandstone quarry because of the abundance of local natural resources onsite: stone, water, wood, sand (for mortar), clay (for roof tiles), and ochre (for pigment).
A team of quarrymen, stonemasons, carpenter-joiners, woodcutters, blacksmiths, tilers, rope makers, and carters began work on Guédelon Castle in July of 1997, eager to work together to revive heritage craft skills and shed light on the world of medieval construction.
Without electricity nor modern tools like mechanical cranes, the team relies on cart horses for all on-site transport of materials and giant wooden treadmill winches – basically, huge human hamster wheels powered by humans-, to do the heavy lifting of stones or beams. – Kirsten Dirksen


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:

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 – La Campanella – Canarios (Gaspar Sanz)

Classes – 

885 AD: The Year The Vikings Invaded Paris | Last Journey Of The Vikings | Chronicle – Throughout the 9th century, Viking raids on the region of Francia increased in numbers, sending shockwaves around Northern Europe. Following the death of Charles the Bald in 877 CE, the Vikings set their eyes on Paris, and a two month battle ensued. Join us as we explore the remarkable Siege Of Paris and the Vikings’ legacy on Early Medieval Europe. – Chronicle – Medieval History Documentaries

Early Week – As usual, the early part of the week was decicated to cleaning up after the potluck(s), eating leftovers and getting the feast gear put away. We finished cooking up the rest of the mortar chicken on Monday for lunch and the beets & onions later in the week.

Adiantum’s A&S Night was on Kites! Lots of fun!

Bellifortis of Konrad Kyeser-105r-Man with Dragon of War, Photo by RedReplicant on flickr (and found on Pinterest!)
This seems to be a kite-weapon assembled using silk, leather and canvas, possibly for dispensing foul smoke over an enemy camp. Götz Quarg notes that according to Johannes Dlugosz’ History of Poland, the Battle of Liegnitz was won by the Mongols using similar weaponry, brightly painted smoke dispensers full of chemicals that produced noxious gasses when shaken. This is what the Latin says, roughly: The flying dragon’s head may be made of leather, it’s center of canvas, but the tail of silk, colored differently. The head is located at the end of a three-part rotating body, assembled from wood, with a blower (zona – a drive unit?) in the middle. The head should be judged against the wind, and if it is so, let two lift his head, and a third party will bear the blower. Follow him [the dragon] on horseback, while the motion of its line of flight is directed upward, downward, rightward and leftward. The head was painted with red paint and the middle in a moon-silver color, with different [colors] at the end. Staatsbibliothek Gottigen: Cod. Ms. philos. 63 (In the Public Domain). Although manuscripts are not copyrighted, this image is provided for reference purposes only; if you intend to reproduce this item please courteously contact the holding library.

Cookery – 

We were gifted a bundle of garden greens early on Wednesday including bok choy, oregano, thyme, sage, fennel and some bits of other things. The herbs went into the dryer, except for some of the oregano that went into the pickled cheese.

Farmer’s Market – “I have onions, two colors of beets, a head of lettuce, and a couple of bundles of carrots, some of which at the all-tangled up ones, again! I also got a couple of squash and the fellow was nice enough to throw in a bundle of baby spinach and another squash!”

Wed/Thurs eves were all veg prep and Thursday night a soup got started of various greens, onion, a leftover salad that was “going”, some chicken broth and water from a can of corn. Carrots were ready to go in, but the good peeler was still home, so those were done separately and added on Saturday. Thursday were also two batches of bread. Another batch of greens went into the freezer and Saturday was also the day that a “greens box” got done and the freezer re-arranged so it could be in there. The greens were beet, carrots, radish, onion, dandelion, oregano and some bits of herbs.

Herbolata – Medieval Frittata with Herbs – Today we prepare medieval herbolata, a frittata with aromatic herbs, from the Registrum Coquine, written in the 15th century by the German cook Johannes Bockenheim who recommends this recipe for notaries and copyists. – Historical Italian Cooking

aged cheese
fresh cheese
fresh herbs (marjoram, mint, sage, fennel)

The Day the Viking Age Began – Tasting History with Max Miller –

An Early Meal by Daniel Serra & Hanna Tunberg:
Anglo Saxon Chronicle:
The Oxford History of the Vikings by Peter Sawyer:
1 pound (½ kg) pork meat
Salt for seasoning
2 tablespoons (25g) Lard or another oil for cooking
1 ½ cups (125g) chopped spring onion, or leek
2 teaspoons brown mustard seeds, roughly crushed
1 teaspoon chopped mint
1 pound (½ kg) fresh berries
½ cup (120ml) water
½ cup (120ml) mead

  1. Season the meat, then heat the lard/oil in a pot on the stove. Sear the meat for 5-7 minutes until well browned. Then remove it and set aside.
  2. Add the onion to the pot and cook for 2-3 minutes, then add the water and mead and bring to a simmer. Add the mustard seed and mint and return the pork to the pot. Return to a simmer then cover the pot and place it in an oven at 325°F/160°C for 15-25 minutes or until the pork reaches 145°F. Then remove the pot from the oven and remove the pork to let it rest.
  3. Add the berries into the pot with the braising liquid and cook on the stove for 7-10 minutes or until very soft. Mash the berries, then pour everything through a strainer. Return the liquid to the pot and simmer for several minutes or until the sauce reduces down. The sauce will not become too thick without the addition of starch (optional).
  4. Slice the pork and serve with the sauce, extra berries, and mint.

Sewing – 

Collingwood online! – The techniques of sprang : plaiting on stretched threads –

Herb Bunch – 

I started on the garden, right away at 3pm on Wed., and Tempus got the water going for a couple of hours. I taped up the worst of the squirting spots. Nobody else showed. After that it was weeding and pictures and the sad discovery that the slugs/snails have gotten almost everything that I’ve seed-planted this year. It’s really frustrating. They even got to Audrey! I flipped the two new onions around into the pot, but dang… I managed to harvest some greens for soup and some herbs for iced tea, since it’s going to be hot over this weekend, and some strawberries. ….and then I had to stop working. Someone had a burn pile directly upwind, and despite a good mask with a brand-new filter I had trouble breathing. (Just changed the filter and it’s very brown….)

We went out to the spring for water and I got some pix of local plants.

Project Day – We had one (and then a 2nd) of the new people. We sat and sanded spoons and talked about history. Loren showed them one of his shepherd’s dials and I talked about the Orloi (the Prague Astronomical Clock) We gave each of them a “Key to the Dream”, necklace. They headed out before 2:30, since they had some other things to accomplish. Loren was cooking and I spent time at the computer, talking to Michelle, then tracking down links for the week.

Michelle – I found this box at a yard sale. I’d like to decorate it and use it for my awards and SCA accessories. I can use some ideas

Helen Louise – Getting ready for An Tir West war, finishing embroidery on Hobbit John tunic and finished Dame Johanna Trewpeny tunic and stola, all in yummy linen…

Peggy Vlach – Did some scribal work today. My hands got tired after a couple of hours but I have one ready for calligraphy and a second one almost ready.

Feast Planning – Trying to collect up ingredients for more trial dishes.

Miscellaneous pix

Music – 𝔗𝔲 𝔱𝔲 𝔭𝔞𝔫 𝔭𝔞𝔫 – a piper journey through medieval Europe, Poul Høxbro (Ensemble Alba) – Ensemble: Poul Høxbro (Ensemble Alba)- Album: Tu Tu Pan Pan, a piper journey through medieval Europe (or “Music From The Middle Ages” cd1) – Video: Flute and Tabor players from many manuscripts from the XIIth to the XIVth century. – Those who follow this channel already know how much I adore minimal arrangements, and shy away from pompous orchestrations in medieval music. This record, entirely played, produced and made by the phenomenal Danish musician Poul Høxbro, is one of my favorites of my collection. – It was released in 1999, but I have a wonderful version included in a 4-disc box set made with singer Agnethe Christensen, who together with Poul Høxbro give life to the “Ensemble Alba”. This is the first disc of the collection: entirely instrumental, it contains some of the most famous melodies of the European Middle Ages. Soon I will share the others cds with you too, where the voice of Agnethe Christensen will also be present. Have a good listening. – Mirko Volpe – Musica Medievale

1 Got In Vier Elementen – Meister Rumelant
2 Salterello – Anon., Italy, ca 1400
3 La Tierche Estampie Royal – Anon., France, ca 1300
4 Christo E Nato E Humanato – Anon., Laudario di Cortona, ca 1300
5 Sabor A Santa Maria – Alfonso el Sabio (attr.): Cantigas de Santa Maria
6 Santa Maria Loei – Alfonso el Sabio (attr.): Cantigas de Santa Maria
7 De’ Pom Amor A Me – Gherardellus
8 I Vo Bene A Chi Vol Bene A Me – Gherardellus
9 Danse – Anon., France, ca 1300
10 From “Danger Me Hath Unskylpuly” – Anon., England, 13th c.
11 Douce 139 – Anon., England (Coventry ?), 13th c., Ms Douce 139
12 Unde Quocumque – Hildegard von Bingen
13 O Euchari – Hildegard von Bingen
14 Got In Vil Hohen Vreuden Saz – Meister Rumelant
15 Den Talende Strengeleg – Trad., Denmark
16 Folktunes – Trad., Denmark
Poul Høxbro – pipe and tabor, pipe and stringdrum, double pipes

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Czech archaeology’s greatest discoveries – Where did the most famous Celtic head come from? Who was the Viking buried at Prague Castle? What treasures from the Bronze Age have been unearthed on Czech territory? Find out in Radio Prague International‘s new series. Together with experts from the Institute of Archaeology, we map the major discoveries of Czech archaeologists over the past century.

  1. Czech Republic has Neolithic structures older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian Pyramids –
  2. The Bohemian Druid whose bust became face of Celtic art –
  3. Trade, beer and cannibalism: A tour of Bronze Age Bohemia –
  4. Archeologists focus on burial rites to understand early Bronze Age Bohemia –
  5. The Přemyslid dynasty and the forming of the Czech state –
  6. Prague Castle: From spiritual site to royal residence –
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Video & Podcast Links

Oceania 800-1800 with James Flexner – This week on The Medieval Podcast, Danièle speaks with James Flexner about how, why, and just how far Oceanic peoples explored in the Middle Ages, as well as the ways in which we can learn about the rich history of this region. – Medievalists

Ring Around the Rosie | History of a 17th Century Nursery Rhyme – A brief history and performance of the children’s nursery rhyme, Ring Around the Rosie. – Lynne Fairchild

The Mystery Of The Shetland Viking Ship Burial | Time Team | Chronicle – The Time Team crew trek to one of the outermost Shetland Islands, Fetlar, in an attempt to reveal the truth behind an ancient local myth. A cliff-top mound has long been known as the Giant’s Grave. But what does it conceal? And could it be connected with some Viking pottery found in a nearby garden? What the team discovers could be one of their most legendary finds. – Chronicle – Medieval History Documentaries


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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+4 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, box of thread waxers.
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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