Some weeks are busy, but with lots of mundane stuff. Potluck was a little different than usual, mostly happening in the morning, with projects in the afternoon and then food being packed up for care packages, later. Garden stuff was mostly watering and harvest this week. This week should be pretty much the same.

Pork Roast with mushrooms and onions and caraway.

Herbs in the Garden, Sewing and Project Day are ongoing. 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! Usually at 3pm on Wednesdays.
  • 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 – 9/18, 10/16, 11/20, 12/18

Vegetable stew (cabbage/carrot mix, onion, dehydrated leek, dried tomato, dried mushroom, dried squash

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:




Ongoing meeting/event! Adiantum Arts & Sciences Update
With the arrival of summer, we will once again begin meeting in hybrid meetings, outdoors, beginning on Tuesday July 19th.
On that date we will begin an 8 week series of classes and activities leading up to a mini Medieval Pilgrimage across our small town.
(already held) July 19th This will be a short history of Pilgrimages in the middle ages. August 2(already held): A brief history and hands on construction of Pilgrims Bags preparatory to our mini pilgrimage on September 24th..
August 30: historic background of and hands on construction of walking sticks for pilgrimages
September 13: history of and hands on construction of bag shoes presented By HL Hrodr-Navar Hakonsson Steve Alter OP

September 2 , 2022 until September, 5 2022 – SEPTEMBER CROWN 2022 – Kitsap County Fairgrounds and Event Center – 1200 Fairgrounds Rd NW Bremerton, WA 98311 – Please join your friends and family from around the Kingdom (and those traveling from far distant lands) as we witness the fierce competition amongst those who would vie for the Sable Lion Throne of An Tir. The warriors who would claim such title must be fierce in deeds and chivalrous in nature. The finest representatives of these traits will be present at this most worthy of occasions. September Crown is also the occasion of the Kingdom of An Tir Protector Championship (archery and related), as well as the An Tir Kingdom Equestrian Championship. Both competitions will be glorious to watch. The location is within the beautiful lands of The Barony of Dragon’s Laire, where Their Excellencies Kloe of Thira and Arion the Wanderer await your arrival. We will do our best to ensure your stay with us is something to bring memories lasting a lifetime.

September 16 , 2022 – September, 18 2022 – SUMMITS CORONET – Briaroak – Come bear witness to the grand tournament that will select the heirs to the Alpine Thrones.


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 – 

We usually see this in the SCA as a processional pavane. This is a bit more elaborate – Belle qui tiens ma vie, de Thoinot Arbeau (ca. 1519-1595). – El Canto de las VihuelasBelle qui tiens ma vie, de Thoinot Arbeau (ca. 1519-1595). Orchésographie (1589).

Brussels ms. 9085 dance Adéla Jelínková


Classes – 

Abduction, Marriage and Consent in the Middle Ages – Medievalists – What did it mean to abduct your fiancé? Lucie Laumonier talks with Chanelle Delameillieure about marriage and consent in the late medieval Low Countries. Chanelle is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Leuven, in Belgium, currently a visiting scholar at Columbia University in the United States. We learn that consented abductions were a thing, but that they could lead to contentious outcomes!

The Toxic Life Of A Medieval Lead Miner | Tudor Monastery Farm | Chronicle – Chronicle – Medieval History Documentaries – Lead was an important building material and Tom and Peter mine their own using Tudor techniques, while Ruth makes a stained glass window. On the rivers owned by the monastery, tenant farmers could rent fishing rights. Ruth makes baskets to catch eels in and sets about trying to find some.

Early Week – Other than garden work, which included helping to trellis the Good King Henry rose, mostly there was a little sewing work and prep for sewing going on.

Cookery – More harvested/prepped greens during the week, plus pondering over what to make for the vegetarian coming on Sunday…. potage de crecy (starting from a veg broth) and a veg stew, plus the german eggs and bread sounded good to her. Pork roast and lentil pottage for the rest of us.

Hippocras – Monk’s Modern Medieval Cuisine – Hippocras was the spiced, sweet wine served with wafers and other sweetmeats in the final course of an elite medieval dinner.
John Russell, who was an expert on how things should be done in a medieval lord’s household, wrote about hippocras in his fifteenth-century poem.
Beware! He does waffle on a bit at times, but in the end we can just about work out his rather complex method of turning wine into hippocras. Enjoy!

Sewing – A little bit on the seekrit project at home this week, but that’s about all, although Anja is working out ways to contain her rolls of cord and elastics and such.

The Contessa’s morning dressing ritual // Getting dressed at Pennsic! – The Creative Contessa

Did Medieval Women Wear Underpants? – The Creative Contessa – Part One – An exploration of the visual record depicting women in the nude and in underpants and why it may or may not be an accurate reflection of female undergarment practices in the Middle Ages.

12th C with a Twist: Making a Miniskirt Bliaut – Opus Elenae – IN WHICH our intrepid recreatrix finally finishes her 12th century bliaut, with a modern twist! Have you ever wondered what would happen in you crossed the fashion of the 1160s with the 1960s? It may seem like that’s what I am doing here but I promise this is alllll medieval.

Sundials, etc. – 

from Engineering X – Leonardo self supporting bridge

Leonardo self supporting bridge was designed while he was under the patronage of Cesare Borgia. Borgia employed Leonardo as his military engineer, in turn, Leonardo would design and build magnificent machines of war. One such machine was this bridge. Its simplicity and genius cannot be underestimated.

Why was the self supporting bridge needed – it requires no specific skills to manufacture the parts, apart from a few men that are handy with an axe ,It can also be carried by a handful of men into any battlefield. It requires no nails or ropes to hold it together – the bridge is self-supporting and would be capable of holding a substantial amount of weight.

Arms and Armour in the 14th century – Medievalists – A demonstration of arms, armour and fighting techniques that would have been used in early 14th century England. The team from 3 Swords show how various types of soldiers were equipped and demonstrate the use of swords, axes and other types of weapons. This was held at the Leeds International Medieval Congress 2022.

Herb Bunch – Watering got disrupted this week, since the park’s water supply went down several times. A set of vegetable ends of planted. No clue if they’ll be allowed to take, since the slugs are still eating things.

Project Day – Started at 10:30am! Loren hadn’t gotten a bit of sleep, nor did he until after Arthur, Raven and Sioned headed out at about 1:30 or so. We sat, talked, played with Sioned, caught up a bit on who’s doing what and what Cougar Resevroir looks like after the fires 😦 … that’s where they camped), ate, Sioned and I stamped each other with pink startfish, talked food a bit, then started loading things in a leisurely fashion, got hugs, got a few more hugs, played with Sioned a bit more (she does hi-fives and fist bumps!) and giggled a lot over “baby lifts” (oh, my back is going to complain!) and then they rolled on out, with a fresh batch of warm rolls… and Sioned grabbed one immediately. 🙂

Estella got to stop by after Mass since we had the doors open. Arthur, Raven and Sioned were here from 10:30 to 1:30 and they sampled everything.

Isabeau posted, “Daniel has a nasty headache and my arm is bothering me today. Chillin at home today.”

Helen Louise says, “Busy day reorganizing my work room with Dame Johanna Trewpeny so sewing can commence for 12th night…”

Feast Planning – More greens harvest/prep. Starting to dry some apples/vegetables.


Potluck Menu


  • Pickles
  • Cheese
  • Butter
  • Bread
  • Eggs with Mustard sauce (there’s another sauce, too?) not just the pine nut one….
  • Fresh tomato salsa (totally out of period, but tasty!)


  • Lentil Pottage
  • Potage de Crecy
  • Veg Stew
  • Pork roast with onion/mushroom sauce


  • Apple Muse with berries
  • Comfits
  • marzipan

Miscellaneous pix

In Prague’s Venice on the Certovka Stream, note the “water doors”.


Belle qui tiens ma vie” – 16th Century Hapsburg Court Music – Historical Recordings
This is a recording of “Belle qui tiens ma vie” (Beautiful who holds my life). It was a very popular dance song at the court of Emperor Charles V in Toledo. It is said that the Holy Roman Emperor Charles greatly enjoyed this type of slow court dance, know as “pavane”.
“Belle qui tiens ma vie” was composed by Thoinot Arbeau, and was first published in Arbeau’s “Orchéographie”. The “Orchéographie” was a collection of dance music, and was widely used in the courts of Europe during the 16th century. The full title provided by Arbeau for his treatise was “Orchéographie and Dialogue in which all persons can easily learn and practice the honest exercise of dances”.
The song revolves around the courtly love of a man and woman.

Lyrics (English):

Beautiful who hold my life
Captive in your eyes,
Who delighted me
With a gracious smile,
Come early to help
me Or I’ll have to die.

Why do you faint?
If I am near you,
When your eyes look
I lose myself in me,
For your perfections
change my actions.

Your beauties and your grace
And your divine words
Have warmed up the ice
That froze my bones,
And filled my heart with
an amorous ardor.

My soul wanted to be
Free of passions,
But Love became master
of My affections,
And put under His law
And my heart and my faith.

Come closer to my beautiful One
, come my way,
do not be rebellious to
me Since my heart is yours.
For my soothing calm,
Give me a kiss.

I die my angel,
I die by fucking you.
Your mouth so sweet
Goes my delightful.
At this blow my minds
are all loving love. (Bis)

Rather we shall see the wave
Against the back,
And rather the eye of the world
Will cease to burn,
Let the love that strips me
Decrease by a single point.

Lyrics (French):

Belle qui tiens ma vie
Captive dans tes yeux,
Qui m’as l’âme ravie
D’un sourire gracieux,
Viens tôt me secourir
Ou me faudra mourir.(bis)

Pourquoi fuis-tu mignarde
Si je suis près de toi,
Quand tes yeux je regarde
Je me perds dedans moi,
Car tes perfections
Changent mes actions.(bis)

Tes beautés et ta grâce
Et tes divins propos
Ont échauffé la glace
Qui me gelait les os,
Et ont rempli mon cœur
D’une amoureuse ardeur.(bis)

Mon âme voulait être
Libre de passions,
Mais Amour s’est fait maître
De mes affections,
Et a mis sous sa loi
Et mon cœur et ma foi.(bis)

Approche donc ma belle
Approche, toi mon bien,
Ne me sois plus rebelle
Puisque mon cœur est tien.
Pour mon mal apaiser,
Donne-moi un baiser.(bis)

Je meurs mon angelette,
Je meurs en te baisant.
Ta bouche tant doucette
Va mon bien ravissant.
À ce coup mes esprits
Sont tous d’amour épris.(bis)

Plutôt on verra l’onde
Contre mont reculer,
Et plutôt l’œil du monde
Cessera de brûler,
Que l’amour qui m’époint
Décroisse d’un seul point.(bis)

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The beginnings of the Reformation

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Video Links

Medieval Manuscript Fragments with Lisa Fagin Davis – Medievalists – Manuscript fragments, the lone survivors of medieval books which have been dismembered or destroyed, can be found in collections all over the world, and it takes some serious detective work to bring them back together. This week, Danièle speaks with Dr. Lisa Fagin Davis about how fragments are tracked down and reassembled, and what we can learn from these forgotten treasures of the Middle Ages.


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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 = 181 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 = 4240 handed off

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