House Capuchin Shield2Our week was productive and planning is proceeding for Winter Feast. We got a shock on Sunday though and it messed with how much got done overall. There’s sewing, embroidery, cookery and woodworking below and more!

Meetings are on time this week.

  • 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
  • Next Potluck – 7/15, 8/19, 9/16
  • Winter Feast Tentative date is 2/17/19

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:

We lost a Friend of the House this week. Jeanne was in a car crash on 101 Saturday evening and died instantly.

This photo is Jeanne with Loren at our Winter Feast this past February.

We’re really going to miss her a lot. She didn’t participate much, but helped Anja sort out a bunch of projects and was always willing to listen to Loren and Anja talking about the SCA and told us a lot about her projects with calligraphy.

…and Anja was looking forward to her teasing us about the strawberry pickles. 😦

Early Week – Sanding continues of the Hedeby bag frame. (pix below) With Anja home most of the week (with a cold), a bunch of sewing happened. (pix below)

Cookery – Strawberries – On Saturday, as part of herbs, we prepped most of a 2 pound box of strawberries. The best got eaten. The least ripe went into a strawberry pickle and the most ripe and bits went into a sugar preserve and the 5 left over got frozen for breakfast. Now, we don’t have a clue how period these methods are… at least for strawberries. All the strawberries were cleaned, sliced and packed at the same time, then the pickling brine got done and added.

So, first the sugar preserve… the method is from Townsends. –

  1. Take your container (1 pt canning jar) and put a layer of sugar on the bottom.
  2. Make a layer of strawberry slices and pieces.
  3. Cover with sugar.
  4. Tap down by tapping the jar on the table and add more only if necessary.
  5. Alternate until the jar is full, ending with a layer of sugar.
  6. Keep in the fridge until the sugar has turned into syrup and the strawberries are partially dehydrated, then eat. About a month for them to “finish”.

Then the pickle… Quick Pickled Strawberries – Recipe by Coppa, Boston, MA, adapted by Anja – Makes 1 quart – After you finish pickling the strawberries, hang on to the brine, which can be used in place of mild vinegars. Strawberries can be pickled 5 days ahead. Keep chilled.


  • 1 pint of washed, sliced strawberries
  • 3/4 cups *white* balsamic vinegar (do not use dark….ugly)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • Nutmeg to taste (none to 1 tablespoon, ground) or cinnamon or cardamom….


  1. Place strawberries in a 1-qt. heatproof jar. Bang on table to settle.
  2. Bring vinegar, sugar, salt, and ⅔ cup water to a boil in the nuker, stirring to dissolve sugar and salt, 1 minute at a time, for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Pour over strawberries. Bang on the table to get the bubbles out, then top up.
  4. Add nutmeg, if desired.
  5. Let cool; cover and chill.

So Anja went hunting for period recipes and found this from Treasurie of Comodious Conceits 1573, by John Partridge (But this sounds like strawberry jam…..)

“To make conserue of Strawberies, With the vertue of the same. chapter. xxx.
Take Strawberies .i. quart clene picked and washed, set them on the fyre til they be soft, strain them put thereto two times as much suger in powder, as waight of the strawberies, let them seeth tyll the suger be incorporated wtye straberis put it in a Glasse or earthen Pot well glased.
The vertue of the same – The conserue of Strawberies is good against a bot liuer, or burning of the stomack, and specially in the seruent heate of an ague.

From A QUEENS Delight, 1671 – A Cordial Water of Sir_ Walter Raleigh. – Take a gallon of Strawberries, and put them into a pint of  Aqua vitæ, let them stand for four or five days, strain them gently out, and sweeten the water as you please with fine Sugar; or else with perfume.

From Hannah Wolley’s Queen-Like Closet (1670) – “To preserve Barberries without Fire. – Take your fairest bunches and lay a Lay of fine Sugar into the bottom of the pot, and then a Lay of Barberries, and then Sugar again, till all be in, and be sure to cover them deep with Sugar last of all, and cover your pot with a bladder wet and tyed on, that no Air get in, and they will keep and be good, and much better to garnish dishes with than pickled Barberries, and are very pleasant to eat.” (This is similar to the sugar preserve above.)

From Hannah Wolley’s Queen-Like Closet (1670) – “215. To make Rasberry Sugar. Take the Juice of Rasberries and wet your Sugar with it, and dry it in a Stove in little Cakes; this will keep all the year, a little of it being put into a Glass of Wine, will give it as good a taste, as you can desire, and as good a colour; in this manner you may make Sugar of any Fruit, Flower, or Herb. (We gotta try this one…. Mint, here we come!)

Sewing – With Anja home through Thursday, she spent a fair amount of time on the current projects, finsihed two and started the sleeve bands.

Sewing Time – Saturday – Ended up being just doing the ironing necessary for several projects and setting some things up to mail.

Herb Bunch – Lincoln County is under a burn ban and watering is becoming very, very necessary even thought it’s not July yet. Some time this week went into making sure herbs were getting watered and various plates and bowls were added as water catchers.

Project Day – Things were pretty disrupted.

Anja made bean pickles from canned beans and the long-since-made pickle broth with added garlic. The “swishings” from the can and the strainings from pouring the beans into a colander and then pouring water over them to get off the “slime” went into a box with some large cloves of garlic as a soup starter. This was made with the standard pickle broth recipe.

Loren was still working on the Hedeby bag frame and is almost done sanding 1/2. He went on to do a wet sand of that part.  Anja went “uh-oh” since she realized that there wasn’t any bag, yet…. but couldn’t reach the fabric that she was planning to use.

The side that will be facing the bag. You can see the saw mis-cut…..
The right side. No thread groove, yet.

Watermelon pickle happened (not period) while doing some strawberry recipe research. Anja hasn’t found any period recipes for the kinds of preserves, above, although there are a lot of assertions about it.

More Investiture pix

Miscellaneous pix


Medieval Rue Des Jugleors Instrumental And Vocal Music 12th to the 14th
EGMusic Classic – Rue Des Jugleors: Instrumental And Vocal Music From The 12th To The 14th Century
Artista: Ensemble Anonymous & Claude Bernatchez
Compositor: Anon.

01. Danse 0:00
02. Istanpitta Choniciamento Di Gioa 2:44
03. On Parole : A Paris : Frese Nouvele 8:52
04. La Uitime Estampie Real 12:01
05. Sire Cuens, J’ai Vielé : Istanpitta Isabella 13:47
06. La Seconde Estampie Roial 21:32
07. Retrove 26:12
08. Souvent Souspire 29:50
09. Stantipes : Retrove Petrone 37:58
10. Homo Quo Vigeas Vide : Et Gaudebit 44:41
11. Improvisation 47:20
12. Curritur As Vocem 50:50
13. Procurans Odium : Div Christi Veritas : Bulla Fulminante 52:52
14. Tempus Est Iocundum 59:03

Origem Musica Medieval – Tradução Português.


Updated Pages – Anja’s shirt project page was updated in her embroidery blog. –


Loren, Anja, Isabeau (v), Amy (v)

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Largesse Item Count – (includes gifts, prizes, auction items, etc.)

  • ASXLVII = 24
  • ASXLVIII = 88
  • ASXLIX = 794
  • ASL = 2138
  • ASLI = 731
  • ASLII = 304
  • ASLIII – 7 (6 embroidered pouches went into the mail) plus 25 pouches for block-printing, 15 (plus 25 unfinished) pincushion, 2 sewing kits (except for bone needles), varnished stuff (124) 7 snap pouch, one double drawstring pouch, 4 brocade pouch

Total as a Household = 3671 handed off

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