House Capuchin Shield2Yet another crazy week for those of us in this tourist town. Mostly we’re all keeping in touch by Facebook and e-mail, even if we’re less that 3 blocks away! It was nice to see everyone last weekend, too!

Cookery, tool work, projects and embroidery are continuing as usual, and occasional research happens, as well, like the weird Shrovetide outfits below.

Pickles in process (waiting for broth) with sauerkraut behind.

We’re not planning a cheese and wine this week, but all other meetings will happen on time.

  • 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 Potluck – 9/15, 10/20, 11/17, 12/15
  • Winter Feast Date is 2/16/20, Theme German Renaissance

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:

The reverberations about Dublin’s death continue….

From a young man who was a good friend of my kids when they were all small.

Ivan Cauldwell – posted on Facebook on 8/20/19

AT Dublin’s memorial photo by Anni Ajootian

Dublin was the one who married my parents. And he was the one I asked to marry Liz and I.
He was a great man, one of my teachers, and my friend.
He passed the rainbow bridge at 11:30 today.
I planned to visit him last week, but he had faded too far for guests the day before my planned visit…. Russ died the day before I had planned to visit him in the hospital.
I lit a candle for his memory, and swore with blood that never again would I let time stop me from saying goodbye to the ones I love.
Say I love you to your family every time you see them…. because you never know when it might be too late.
Dublin was the one who cast the first “beer” in my coming of age ceremony for me to spear.
I’m lighting a fire, playing spear the beer, sharing mead and stories tonight. Share a story of Dublin.
Let his wordfame never die…

A link to a bunch of stories About Dublin –

Early Week – That’s a lot of dishes! Tempus spent 4 days getting things sorted back out and then Anja had to re-sort a bunch of things like serving utensils that he didn’t recognize.

Pickles in process (waiting for broth) with sauerkraut behind.

Cookery – We did another trial run of the weiner schnitzel on Wednesday and it worked. Apparently the trick is to make sure that the meat is completely floured with a dry surface, even down into the hammer pocks. We also started an 1/2 gallon batch of sauerkraut, this time with a little onion added, and some allspice.

On Friday we set up some bean pickles and the sauerkraut is bubbling along.

On Sunday the last of the treats from last weekend were consumed. We’re still working on the tvarog. 🙂

Very fine scale blackwork

Sewing – Finishing a mundane project during the week, but started a pouch on Saturday and finished it on Sunday. Embroidery had been done several years ago as had the fine scale piece of blackwork. (Pouch pix on Sunday)

Sundials, etc. – The meat hammer put a splinter into Anja’s palm during the schnitzel-pounding, so Loren decided it was going to be cleaned up. He sanded and wood-buttered it and it won’t be shedding splinters for a long while, now. She asked him after that to take on the potato masher. The antler rune blanks were finished on Saturday.

Herb Bunch – We had three of us, this week, and worked on incense and resins, talking a lot about kyphi. We also worked on powdering frankincense using the trial run (not worth it) chinese frankincense. …and it did the usual, gumming on the end of the pestle (yeah, Anja planned that….), so that got pounded into some sandalwood.

Herbs were being tended, watered and harvested all week, and on Saturday Loren added some seeds and dirt to the rather tired nasturtium planters.

Project Day – Anja got the pouch done, then took pix of various projects. Loren worked on the masher… it’s not really a potato masher, since it works *very* well on cabbage for kraut and not so well on potatoes… 🙂 (pix above) Anja had planned to start on the rune set, but got sidetracked into another project.

Miscellaneous pix

…and you find some really weird things on Facebook… A discussion went off of a funny picture from a Late German Renn Book in the Elizabethan Costuming group. If you pop it open to full

Late German Renn, small dolls on a Shrovetide carnival outfit.

size, those “tassels” are flat dolls >>> hanging from buttons! The “artichoke” is a firecracker holder…..

The phrase “quality outlandish batshit” was used about this german outfit. No, that’s a woman under there…. There’s a lot of speculation as to what the “tassels” are, but most are figuring that the bobble at the top is a button, and the rest is a tiny doll That’s quite an outfit! There are a whole batch in a Schembartbuch at this site. – Nürnberger Schembart-Buch – UB Kiel digital

  • Can you picture me, in all my fatitude, wearing this while autocratting the feast? 🙂 – Anja Bartlett
  • I can see you dolled up like this ….. – Sam Bartlett
  • Noel Gielgeheim is mod for the Elizabethan Costuming group, which is where this stuff is being discussed!
  • …and I just got this note from Charlotte Merton – “”Schembartlauf” costumes, aka Nuremberg Shrovetide Carnival.”



Funnies – From Facebook – Marielle DeRivage – “You can always tell our folk when arriving at the hotel for 12th Night: nobody else checks in with baskets, ice chests and portable sewing machines.”

Parodies…. – A Group Of Czech Students Recreate Weird And Strange Scenes From Medieval Books –

Loren, Anja, Sasha (v), James (v), Louisa (v), Emma (v), Gudrun (V), Gogor (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 – 146
  • ASLIV – 142+1 plus 2 puppets, 20 powder fort packets, 3 snip sheathes, 8 tiny bobs, 25 pouches for block-printing, 1 medium pouch, 8 bookmarkers, 2 in-process kisslock pouches, 18 unfinished pincushions, 1 sewing kit (except for bone needle), varnished stuff (124)

Total as a Household = 3972 handed off

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