House Capuchin Shield2Pea flour in the bread may have been the most exciting part of our week! Green bread…. We did have things going on all week and Isabeau stopped by for a visit. Two new people in  the Herbs Workshop means stuff got done there, too. Sewing and sanding happened. Moar cheese happened late on Project Day.

We’re hoping for a cheese or two this week and we have people agitating to do some wine things, so maybe…. And potluck on Sunday!

  • Sewing Night – At Ancient Light, Thursdays, 6-8pm
  • 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 & Wine – Watch the schedule or the Facebook group! This is going to be irregularly scheduled for when tasks need to occur.
  • Next Potluck – 7/16

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:

A few War pix – All by Stacey Kelley

Early Week

The get-together at the shop on Monday included House Capuchin people who talked to some new folks about what all we do. Loren talked armor with the one guy who seems to be pretty

serious. They all want to get involved and we’re hoping that we can get a fight practice out here at some point. Sasha actually managed to be here and is hoping to be able to come down more often. A package of fabric from Lady Emma showed up with some really lovely pieces (in the Sewing Time section). Two pincushions got stitched. Loren grabbed a spatula whose handle was really rough and went to town on it, so Anja will quit ripping up her hands when she’s cooking with it.

Amor is working on knapping and making knives. Here’s a set of pix of some of what he’s been doing. …plus a pic of Puka being cute….

Sewing Time – …ended up happening on Wednesday, not Thursday, since on Wednesday Isabeau was here and no one showed on Thursday. Anja steadily stitched on a variety of cushions, mostly previously cut, some just needing dimples, some sewn up, but needing fill and dimples and then went on to stitching up more. Anja had cut 4 of the calico biscornu and stitched up one. Isabeau was interested and after pulling out a set of the blocks stitched one, start-to-finish, in the afternoon! Anja turned, filled and blind-stitched it, but Isabeau had one to take home along with the fish one that Anja had filled early on.

…and Saturday sewing was just Anja so she worked on some very mundane projects.

Herb Bunch – …has two new people who got a lot done during the couple of hours that we had. Anja had harvested spearmint, lemon balm, bergamot, and basil that morning so they learned how to tie those to hang dry. After that we processed some stevia, lemon and regular thyme and packed away some dried oregano, plantain and a few other things. We added petals to the rose sugar and talked about that and how it’s used in cookery. We started a batch of pea flour that Loren and Anja finished during the afternoon, since it was horribly loud and we couldn’t stay in the room with it as it was grinding! Finally we got dirt into the leek buckets and got a set of seeds planted. Quite a lot of progress! They’re planning to be back next week.

Pea flour bread – We’d been reading about adding pea or bean flour in period to bread to stretch it, and how it was made, so we decided to try it with a relatively modern recipe to see what the effect was. First we had to make the flour. We had green split peas and ran them in a food processor. Next we had to sift to get the flour. Then we added some to the regular bread recipe. Anja had seen that replacing 1 cup of the bread flour with pea flour was about right. Loren decided to get it wet to start, rather than leaving it dry on the off chance that some of the bigger pieces (divots in the sifted stuff) might stay crunchy if he didn’t.

So Sunday morning, he got the yeast and liquid proofing, then the pea flour went in, then the regular flour and the bacon grease that he uses instead of oil. It sat for a little and then he started the bread maker. He said it seemed “soupy” so he added 3 TBSP of flour.

After the dough ball was “riz'”, Loren laughed as he started the cycle to knead it a little longer. “It hissed! I heard it hiss!” After that it was set in a pan and greased before going into the oven to rise again.

Green bread…. 🙂

Project Day – Otherwise Loren was sitting and sanding on a cup. He got the plate done earlier in the week, but this cup is taking awhile. Anja was sewing. Amy showed up and we talked about cheese and bread and then got to try some of the pea flour bread. Green????

…and then late in the day….Amy had already headed home…. we made schiz…. this time the experiment was with using powdered spices (thyme (1 tsp) and garlic powder (2 Tbsp). …and it ended up with just Anja working on it since Loren crashed out on the couch for most of the time! We didn’t get the equipment set up right for the mold and it was top-heavy enough to bail out a couple of times, but we finally got it. Anja was going to try making ricotta with the whey, but she was too tired, finally, so it landed in the freezer. The cheese went into the fridge and will be pulled in the morning.

Links – Tudor Monastery Farm 

Music –  


Flower of Chivalry: Tranquil Medieval Music, 2006, Martin Souter and The Hilliard Ensemble, Conductor: Various, Composer: Henry VIIIGuillaume DufayMartin Codax, Label: The Gift Of Music, ASIN: B000FIMHOY –

A YouTube playlist of the music.



An exchange on Facebook

Joe Cook-Giles (7/9/17) – I’m really happy that Seamus O’Caellaigh studies poisons within our period of history. Why?
Because it’s a dying art.


Joyce Jocetta Thrushleigh Baldwin – Ow.
Laurel Grasmick-Black – BOOOOOOOOO
Joe Cook-Giles – Don’t be jealous o’ my boogie.
Seamus O’Caellaigh – Ohh Joe you Kill me
Crystal Lin Smithwick – He’d make a killing in modern times.
Marsha Mc – Of corpse it is!
Susan Mayer – As opposed to cochineal, which is a dyeing art.

Anja, Loren, Sasha, Amy, Isabeau, Herb Bunch(2)

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

  • ASXLVII = 24
  • ASXLVIII = 88
  • ASXLIX = 794
  • ASL = 2138
  • ASLI = 731
  • ASLII = 138  plus 4 pouch, 1 embroidered pouch, 25 pouches for block-printing, 24 pincushions, 1 embroidered pincushion, 1 lucet cord, 1 hat, 1 bone needle & case, 4 sewing box (in process), varnished stuff (124)
  • Total as a Household = 3498 handed off

moving writing pen motifIn ministerio autem Somnium! Anja, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin
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