Anja and Loren had a crazy week. People going to War had a crazy week. Too bad they didn’t match up! Garden stuff this week, Herbs in the Garden workshop, cookery with an interesting cucumber (squash) recipe, some great links and a couple of really funny ones, too.

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

  • 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

Farmer’s Market weird carrots

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 – A Medieval Martial Ballet // Changing of the Guards at Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul – Witness a reenactment of a changing of the guards ceremony that dates back to the 1460s, at Seoul’s Gyeongbok Palace! – The Creative Contessa


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:

JUL 29 AT 3 PM – JUL 31 AT 6 PM – Mooselmas – Laverne County Park – Event by Shire of Tymberhavene and Maat Pittman
Please join the Shire of Tymberhavene as they take advantage of the gift of a fifth weekend in July, cool coastal temperatures, and the birth of the one and only Viscount Moose… err Viscount Seamus O’Cailleigh! (His 40th, but that’s a secret, shhhh). To celebrate the holiday of the Moose, activities to be determined exactly, will include, Art, Art, Art and Science, Science and some more Science. If some dear friends of the Moose decide to marshal some kind of sweaty activity and the Moose agrees, it shall also be allowed. Site is Tymberhavene’s favorite! You know the one!! Hot showers and flushing toilets!

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 – Renaissance Dances “Tourdion” by Alentrada – Vidio from ELFIA Festival 2016 (The Netherlands) – Historical Dance Theatre “Alentrada”

Les Bouffons – Arbeau – Alegorický boj čtyř ročních období. Takový malý Rondí Vivaldi. – The allegorical battle of the Four seasons. It’s such a small Rondo byVivaldi. – tanec Rond (cz) – hudba – Housebroken Consort (cz) – Adéla Jelínková

Classes – 

Why Did The Vikings Disappear? | Last Journey Of The Vikings | Chronicle – The Vikings didn’t just spread fear and horror in Europe, but also they helped shape history modern history. The Viking Age is widely believed to have started in 793 AD but how did their violent domination come to an end? In this fourth and final episode, we take a look at the closing act of the Viking story. – Chronicle – Medieval History Documentaries

The Rise Of Islam: The Bloody History Of The Crusades | Holy Wars | Chronicle – The Middle Ages saw two hundred years of crusades where Christianity aimed to recover Jerusalem from Islamic rule. After the violent military campaign in the 13th century, Islam became the religion of people from Spain to Indonesia. – Chronicle – Medieval History Documentaries

Not exactly a class, but a history lesson. Hard to forget! 🙂 (Estella found this!) Horrible Histories – Divorced Beheaded & Died | Terrible Tudors | Music Video – (C) 2022 CBBC – – HHVEVO

Henry VIII (“Money, Money, Money” by ABBA) – Need to learn about the six wives of Henry VIII? Watch this, and you’ll be able to sing about them. In your sleep. ***HD Version: – historyteachers

Early Week – Not a lot once the report was out, mostly Loren and Anja were getting ready to move home. No, they don’t have the part, but they have a work-around that will function for awhile. …and some garden stuff, both at the shop and in the actual garden.

Cookery – 

Farmer’s Market this week was: new potatoes, funky carrots, squash, onions, leeks and cherries.

Anja tried to make a leek and potato soup during the week. It’s pretty simple: leeks, potatoes, salt, caraway…. but the leeks were from last fall and very tough. Anja didn’t realize that they needed extra peeling and when the soup was done it was full of …. splinters… for lack of a better term, and they had to toss it. <sigh> So, more leeks this coming week and we’ll try again!

The weekend was nuts because of the holiday. Anja made some swimming sausages for a couple of meals, but nothing other than that.

…Of course, we’re harvesting berries each day and lettuce from the porch planters….

Sugary comfort: making medieval comfits – Posted by Christopher Monk –

Ticia Verveer – Archaeologist – A fragment of a Scythian decorated leather cheese bag, and remarkably well-preserved lumps of cheese, that are around 2,300 years old. They were found in burial mounds in the high Altai mountains of southern Siberia, where the frozen ground prevented them from deteriorating. –

How To Prepare A Traditional Medieval Feast | Let’s Cook History | Chronicle – Many think of The Middle Ages as a gloomy period for cuisine, as famine ravaged many parts of the world. However, throughout Europe, medieval kitchens were often filled with innovative and healthy dishes. Let’s take a deep dive into world of the medieval feast: from the preparation of bread, meat, wine and herbs consumed in castles to the banquets in the monasteries and the growing cities. – Chronicle – Medieval History Documentaries

Sewing – No on in for Sewing Workshop because of the holiday. One phone call, though…. Lady had a problem tying off the threads for her pouch!

Fun with Medieval Headgear // Why medieval people covered their heads! – Medieval hats, caps, bonnets, coifs, autours, hoods, cornes – explore the reasons people in the Middle Ages generally covered their heads in some fashion along with a picture gallery of extant hats and caps that have survived the centuries. – Rabbit holes of research are all too tempting to me. I find myself wandering through entire warrens of knowledge when I should really be focusing on one specific topic. Well, it happened again…While refreshing my research for a medieval coif-making workshop, I ended up amassing such a trove of fascinating information, from tailoring, to gender studies, to medieval biblical scripture, that I decided to turn it into what I hope is a fascinating mini-documentary on headgear in the Middle Ages, peppered liberally with photos of some of the amazing extant medieval hat I discovered along the way and plenty of imagery from mediveal sources to add spice! I hope you enjoy! 🙂 – The Creative Contessa

Sundials, etc. – 

3000-year-old sword discovered in Denmark is ‘still sharp’ –

Rare silver coins minted by Viking king Harald Bluetooth discovered in Finland

Herb Bunch – Watering happened 3 times this week, because of the heat over the previous weekend.

Herbs in the Garden – Mostly was weeding, but one set of beans got planted, ….keeping my fingers crossed that the slug population is going to die down in the drier weather…. lots of strawberries and raspberries got picked, a handful each morning, some pictures got taken. Geranium starts from another of the leggy ones at the shop got done. A few thimbleberries got picked out at the spring. …and watering. It’s summer and dry….

Project Day – Was just Anja, no Loren even, since the shop was open late because of the fireworks and he had to nap during the day, so that he’d survive the paper route. Anja talked to folks online. Gudrun is doing well, but mostly doing cosplay. She also managed to get one of the sanded spoons buttered and it’s now in the largesse pile…. which none of the three people who said they’d stop by on the way to War, remembered to get!

Feast Planning – Nothing this week. No time!

Miscellaneous pix

When the Rivet wheat won’t wait, but you don’t have the spoons or time to do the full garb&frame pics…
It’s translated as Durum wheat from the T.S., but Rivet wheat has the same multi-branched seed head and height, so I’m calling it close enough.

Music – A Seasonal Set! –

In Peascod Time – Gathering Peascods – In Summertime/Under the Greenwood Tree – Upon a Summer’s Day – Passamezzo – In Peascod Time – Gathering Peascods – In Summertime/Under the Greenwood Tree – Upon a Summer’s Day
A selection of popular dances and ballad tunes with a Summer theme, from 16th and 17th Century Britain. [“Peascod time” is the time when peas are growing in their pods]

Eleanor Cramer: bass viol
Christopher Goodwin: renaissance guitar
Alison Kinder: recorder
Peter Luke Kenny: drum
Tamsin Lewis: renaissance violin

A Summer Playlist –

Bjarki, Sven and I – Parody of the folk song Crawdad Holevikinghomecompanion

Recipes – Another Volker Bach,

Stuffed Cucumbers from de Rontzier

Of stuffed cucumbers

You shall peel the cucumbers if they are old, but not if they are young.

Item you chop veal with eggs, white bread, pounded ginger and a little salt, fill the cucumbers with this, cook them, and dress them with capers and butter so that they have a short broth (kurtz von brueh sein) etc.

You chop veal with sheep fat (Schaffsunschligt), eggs, parmesan cheese, pepper and salt and fill the cucumbers with this, cook them, and strew them with parmesan cheese when you wish to serve them.

Item you chop veal with bacon, mace, eggs and gooseberries, fill the cucumbers with this, cook them, and dress them with butter and grated white bread and strew them with salt when you wish to serve them.

Item you fry spinach in olive oil, dress it with white bread, eggs, and small raisins, fill the cucumber with that, and dress them with olive oil, small raisins, vinegar and pepper.

Item you fry chervil and grated white bread in butter, stir it with eggs and chop it together with a little veal, fill the cucumbers with it, cook them and dress them with cut chervil etc.

(p. 251)

Schmorgurken – thick-skinned, hard-fleshed cucumbers meant for cooking – are still common in Germany and sometimes prepared in much the same way described here. The cucmbers are peeled, the seeds scooped out, and a savoury filling placed in the cavity. They are then either slowly cooked in a pot in a small quantity of water, or baked. We do not know how de Rontzier wants his prepared, but either method looks plausible.

Franz de Rontzier, head cook to the bishop of Halberstadt and duke of Braunschweig, published his encyclopaedic Kunstbuch von mancherley Essen in 1598. He clearly looks to Marx Rumpolt’s New Kochbuch as the new gold standard, but fails to match it in engaging style or depth. He is thus overshadowed by the twin peaks of Marx Rumpolt and Anna Wecker. What makes his work interesting is the way in which he systematically lists versions of a class of dishes, illustrating the breadth or a court cook’s repertoire. He is also more modernly fashionable than Rumpolt. Looking to France rather than Italy and Spain for inspiration, and some of the dishes he first describes may be genuine innovations.

Anja says, “Hmm… we don’t have cucumbers like that in Oregon. …but all those stuffings would be good in (modern) cooking as fillings for squash, particularly the ones with bread, in the rather wet summer squashes that we get out here…. thinking zuchinni and relatives.”

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Landmark Prague Stories

  1. The Tumultuous History of Prague’s Shrine of the Infant Jesus –
  2. Vyšehrad: The mythical cradle of Prague –
  3. Daliborka: Prague Castle’s medieval prison whose first inmate inspired a national legend –
  4. Retracing the steps of Clementinum’s Jesuit astronomers –
  5. Prague’s Faust House: home of alchemists and other peculiar residents –
  6. Nový Svět: Quaint district associated with artists and once known as the Naples of Prague –
  7. Prague’s Jewish Quarter: small district with big history –
  8. Kampa Island: Prague’s ‘little Venice’ –


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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 = 179 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, 46 key bottle openers, 4 dishcloths, box of thread waxers.
Total as a Household = 4238 handed off

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