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Herbs and other plants took up most of Anja and Loren’s week. Various other projects are going and a pair of bodies got finished, among other things.

…and this week is more of the same, although we have a potluck coming up on 6/20!

Project Day is now open for in-person meet-ups as well as in the Virtual Realm! All other meetings are on hold for the moment, although the Monthly Potluck is being held in the Virtual Realm.

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, 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 – 6/20, 7/18, 8/22, 9/19
  • Next In-Person 7/18 (maybe), 8/22, 9/19
  • Winter Feast. 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 – Branch of Laurels with Viscount Seamus (Summits, An Tir)

Educational Events

 Other Good Stuff

Knowne Worlde Entertainment Guide – KWEG – Entertainment List –

SCA Iberia put out a whole bunch of videos from their most recent event

Classes – 

Plague Doctors — Down the Rabbit Hole – Fredrik Knudsen – CONTENT WARNING: from 5:56 to 6:06 there is an image of a person’s hand affected by the Black Death.  –

Introduction to the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA): Families with Children – Lynne Fairchild – New to the Society for Creative Anachronism, also known as the SCA? What if you have young children who want to participate? Check out all of the fun medieval-inspired activities that they can participate in, such as heavy combat fighting, fencing, archery, thrown weapons, and more! For anyone curious about what exactly the ‘SCA’ is — The Society for Creative Anachronism is an international, non-profit educational organization that studies and recreates the medieval and Renaissance years of 600-1600AD. For more information and to locate your local branch, please check out Introduction to the Society for Creative Anachronism video, by Meisterinne Genoveva von Lübeck:…

Early Week – There was some potluck planning going on, plus a lot of plant tending. Tuesday was a shopping trip for potting soil and for a few plants, including a blueberry to replace the one that didn’t make it …and potluck ingredients.

The beef roast. It was so tender that at the “done” temp it fell apart. Yeah, getting started. Thinking about the Transylvanian cherry dish and a stuffed cornish game hen with quenelles….

Cookery – We picked up a game hen on Tuesday and some leeks and dates, plus 3 sorts of apples for that apple dish. Carrots got cooked and we were chowing on the stew/soup that got made last week. On Thursday we got some more leg bones that we’re going to try roasting again for the marrow, plus some ground lamb, ground pork, and ground beef for making pasties and a lovely big chuck roast that was set going in the big crockpot Thursday night.

MMMK Sops with peas My Modern Medieval Kitchen – My Modern Medieval Kitchen making sops with peas Source The Opera of Bartolomeo Scappi (1570) Recipie III 261 (page 371 in my edition of the book) which refer to Recipie V224 (page 528 in my edition of the book) Ingredients (scalled down since Scappis dish is quite large)

  • Peas: 111 grams
  • Almonds: 28 grams
  • Spring onions: 28 grams
  • Fresh herbs
  • Currants: 28 grams
  • Pepper: 7 grams
  • Cinnamon: 3,5 grams
  • Sugar: 42 grams
  • Safron
  • Bread and butter

Scotch Eggs – Nick Saint-Erne – Scotch eggs are actually British – not Scottish – but are delicious and easy to make. They are hard boiled eggs wrapped in sausage and then coated with a crispy outer layer and baked. The perfect snack for tea time or picnics.

500 Year-Old Pizza VS Today – Tasting History with Max Miller

Three Hot n Spicy Medieval SaucesMonk’s Modern Medieval Cuisine – Who needs chillies? Dr Monk shows you how to make three hot n spicy sauces from three different medieval manuscripts. Travel with him to Denmark/Germany/Iceland, France and England and see how you can still get you hot stuff even as a medievalist.

Sewing – The pouch got drawstrings and then tassels. A couple of partially made pouches got finished and strung. One got coopted by Anja and the other by Loren since they have pears on them. 🙂


SCA Iberia has put out a whole whacking lot of new videos over the last few weeks. A lot of them are on garb and accessories. You can find more here:

A survey of late 16th Century Spanish Women’s Headwear of the Nobility – Isabel Maria del Aguila – SCA Iberia

When Men’s Clothing Had Class: The 1470s Giornea – Rachel Lorenz – A turbo presentation on the test construction and actual wearing of a quintessential man’s overgarment of the 1470s in Italy: the giornea! How it is tailored and sewn, material choices and various methods of wearing! p.s. watch to the very end – you will be pleased you did! :

The Creative Contessa offers a host of workshops and classes on a wide variety of historic and modern dance, arts and crafts and can be found on Facebook at The Creative Contessa:

The music, biaulte di schatiglia, is composed by Chris Elmes and played by Gaita Medieval Music and can be found on their music releases Queen of Measures. It can be purchased via Spotify, their website at, or by email at

Sundials, etc. – Bones came in, but we have to get them roasted. Probably on Tuesday.

Rhubarb Mead –

The Ancient Magic of Malt: Making Malt Sugars and Ale from Grain Using Traditional Techniques –

Herb Bunch – Everything needed watering this week, early on. Tuesday ended up being quite hot, so that was Wednesday’s task, first thing. Pots were found for the plants that we bought on Tuesday, but only the marjoram and the tomatoes ended up really planted, because we didn’t get enough potting soil. The begonias are sitting in their pots, still in their original pots, and the blueberry is waiting. The seeds got soggy, too. Loren didn’t see them sitting under one of the pots… so those are going to need planted, asap.

Pix from 6/3

Pix from 6/4 to 6/6 – Everything got planted some more roses bloomed.

Duchess Eleanor’s Peas – 2nd of the set of vids found here: Hey, Capuchin peas?!!!

Project Day – 

Anja started posting on Saturday, but those pictures are in the Cookery and Garden sections. She was waiting on Sunday to finish the marzipan project, but Loren went yard-sale-ing, so she had to wait! (He got a generator and a new office chair….)

Arlys says, “Hi everyone. I’m working on a redo of one of the Oxburgh Hangings (the cockatrice) but no pics yet because I have like five rows of background color, which is kind of boring, lol! But if you’d like to see the original, google ‘Oxburgh Hangings cockatrice’ “.


Helen Louise – “Finished pair of bodies and now working on Elizabethan cap. Looks like I’ll have enough scrap from this old table cloth to make pockets too!” and “Elizabethan cap almost finished, just a wee bit of finish stitching to do…”

Isabeau posted – “Hemmed up a formal dress and created a little lined clutch purse to go with”


Beef chuck roast

  • 1 leek
  • 1 onion
  • salt
  • caraway seed
  • 1 5 pound chuck roast
  • Dried mushrooms
  • water
  • Large slow-cooker


  1. Cut up leeks and onion and put into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Add a double handful of dried mushrooms.
  3. Put the chuck roast on top.
  4. Salt liberally.
  5. Cover thickly with caraway.
  6. Add enough water to cover the mushrooms, but at least 1 inch.
  7. Put on low.
  8. Check temp at 6 hours and flip roast.
  9. Salt and caraway again.
  10. It should reach temperature at between 8 and 10 hours.
  11. Remove to a plate and let stand to firm up. (That didn’t work on this roast!)
  12. Carve and serve hot or cold with the vegetables and mushrooms. Refrigerate leftovers.
  13. The broth and vegetables can be used to make a delicious gravy. Use browned flour, or for a more period gravy, thicken with bread crumbs.

Miscellaneous pix


Musica di festa alla corte dei Visconti – Musica Medievale – Ensemble: Pierre Hamon, Alla Francesca, Carlo Rizzo Album: Istanpitta (Musiques De Fête À La Cour Des Visconti) Video: Offiziolo Visconti by Giovannino De Grassi (XV cent.)

Pierre Hamon imagines these famous Italian melodies from the XIV cent. played at the court of the Visconti, an important Lombard family of the same period. In the video I used images taken from the Offiziolo Visconti of Giangaleazzo Visconti illustrated by Giovannino De Grassi, painter and illuminator present at his court.

  1. Salterello
  2. Isabella
  3. Salterello (Prélude)
  4. Salterello
  5. Tre Fontane
  6. Non Formo Christi
  7. Principio Di Virtù (Prélude)
  8. Principio Di Virtù (Istanpitta
  9. In Pro
  10. Saltarello (Tradizionale)
  11. Saltarello
  12. Lamento Di Tristano (Prélude)
  13. Lamento Di Tristano
  14. Rotta
  15. Direction, Bagpipes, Recorder, Tambura – Pierre Hamon
  16. Tambourine, Vocals – Carlo Rizzo
  17. Cittern – Michaël Grébil
  18. Gothic Harp – Angélique Mauillon
  19. Psaltery – Begoña Olavide
  20. Recorder – Benoït Toïgo
  21. Vielle – Birgit Goris, Lucas Guimaraes-Peres

Greensleeves – The King’s Singers – Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises Greensleeves · The King’s Singers · Trad. The King’s Singers Live at the BBC Proms ℗ 2008 Signum Records Released on: 2008-11-24 Auto-generated by YouTube.

Sing along with The King’s Singers: Ave Verum (William Byrd) – The King’s Singers – This is a motet by one of the finest composers of the English Renaissance, William Byrd. It is one which all of us have known since childhood and which we have decided to return to, for this ‘Sing with The King’s Singers’ video (the first in a little series of these). You can enjoy singing along with your part; if you use a piano to help, be aware that we sing it down 1 tone from the printed edition! –

  • Patrick Dunachie – countertenor
  • Edward Button – countertenor
  • Julian Gregory – tenor
  • Christopher Bruerton – baritone
  • Nick Ashby – baritone
  • Jonathan Howard – bass
  • Sound engineering & mixing: Nicholas Girard


Blood, Stones and Holy Bones –

Call the (medieval) Cheesemonger (Genizeh Framents series) –

Video Links

Castell Caerffili / Caerphilly Castlecadwwales – Gosod llwybrau newydd / Laying new paths


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  • ASXLVII = 24
  • ASXLVIII = 88
  • ASXLIX = 794
  • ASL = 2138
  • ASLI = 731
  • ASLII = 304
  • ASLIII = 146
  • ASLIV & ASLV = 230
  • ASLVI = 0 plus 176 marzipan, 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, 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

Total as a Household = 4061 handed off

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Last updated 6/7/21