Summer is crazy. Watering problems with the garden. Great stuff happening on Project Day. Maria Stuarda cakes. Lots of links and pictures. An internet outage delayed the report by 12 hours….. This week is just more “stuph”. Not sure whether any House members are going to Crown, but Loren and Anja are not, so Project Day will happen as usual.

Herbs in the Garden, Sewing and Pro ject 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

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 – Anja’s recorded stories


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 – Dolce Amoroso foco by “Vento del Tempo” – esmolnyakova

Classes – 

The bone church of Sedlec Ossuary: A history – Hidden History – The macabre Sedlec Ossuary, in the Czech Republic, hosts the skeletal remains of tens of thousands of plague and war victims. This is its history.

How to Make Lucet Cords (three and a half ways!): A CosTutorial [CC] – Opus Elenae – IN WHICH our intrepid recreatirix walks through how to make lucet cords a few different ways. I’ll cover making the basic cord (both turning the lucet and keeping it stable), making a beaded cord, and two different ways to make two-color cords.
Tutorial Time-Stamps
Basic Cord (turned): 00:03:18
Basic Cord (wrapped): 00:05:19
Beaded Cord: 00:08:35
Two-Color Flat Cord: 00:17:00
Two Color Round Cord: 00:25:45

Early Week – Some garden work, some clean-up, made soup from the salsa.

Cookery – Eating up leftovers went on during the week. The salsa got turned into a soup, midweek, but there wasn’t much left by then. Saturday evening the rest of the leftovers went into soup and were frozen. Sunday saw a greens harvest and prep.

Sewing – Anja is hunting her stash of big pieces of embroidery fabrics.

What fabrics did the Merovingians use in the 5th and 6th centuries? – Suvia’s Letters – The Merovingian textiles available in the 5th and 6th centuries were rich and varied. Wools, silk, and linen were the main fibers. This discussion of historical clothing and textiles covers dyes, fibers, and weave structures.

00:00 Introduction
What is Merovingian?
Textiles in early medieval society
What did Merovingian women wear?
Fiber used in Merovingian textiles
Dyes used in Merovingian textiles
Weave structures

Copied from Barony of Adiantum – Pam Perryman – There was a lively discussion in a Viking garb FB group that had some useful advice for cleaning linen and wool garments with silk trim on them. He’s a condensed version of the various suggestions – ymmv – but some good things to consider.

Original post

I «blinged» up two old dresses with some beautiful silk brocade. One wool and one linen. After a hard but amazing Midgardsblot, Viking season is officially over for now, and I’m facing the question on how to wash this the best way. The woolen one I can wash on a wool program, but the linen is really dirty and need a harder wash. Should I buy “washing bags”? Should I deliver to a dry cleaner? Should I wash it by hand?


• If it’s possible to somehow easily take the silk off of the linen dress, I would do so. Then give it a good wash in the machine and sew the silk back on. If it’s not possible to take it off I’d wash it by hand or at least on a wool program. You could also scrub the most dirty spots by hand with Biotex (the handwash powder for travelers) and then put it in the machine.

I didn’t think about simply turning them inside out. Then a careful wool program should do it for both of them, with biotex on the worst stains. Good suggestion!

• Unless there is a lot of grease, washing doesn’t really need very warm temperature. It is the mechanical movement in water that does the trick. I would try hand washing in tepid water, but really giving the linen a good bashing. Should make for a good workout, too, and softer linen.

• Your washing machine will be the most gentle with these garments – as opposed to hand washing, moving the fabric around a lot and wringing. Unless stained with organic liquids, dirt can just be brushed from wool and the dress hung up outside over night. The dew will refresh the fibers, no washing needed. Just don’t expose the dress to direct sun. As for the linen dress: I don’t really see the point of embellishing a simple linen dress with something as as exquisite as silk brocade. Linen is a lot more suitable for simple undergarments that must be easily washable (!) due to direct skin contact. But, since you’ve done that now, I recommend to turn the garment inside out and wash it with a mild detergent, your washing machine set on silk and delicates..

• When I wash delicate items that are extra soiled, after spot cleaning I add detergent to the water in the washing machine and soak the items for a half hour, then run the ‘delicate’ cycle.

• Because it has silk on, it will generally need to be washed on a wool cycle with a non bio silk & wool liquid. Unfortunately, those products are not very effective at any biological marks (and pretty much every mucky mark is biological in nature). Assuming the mucky bits are not near the silk trim, I’d try hand washing the mucky bits in normal washing liquid while keeping the silk dry out of the sink. Rinse the washed area, then put it on a wool cycle in the machine with the silk & wool liquid.

• For the most part, I do “worst first”– machine wash/dry materials before cutting sewing. Trying to avoid trimming that can’t be washed.

• For dirt/mud muck, wait until dry, brush off, avoid rubbing. Soak before washing to allow time for the rest to loosen from fibres.

• For food/grease stains, treat according to source of stains. (Also ideally done asap it happens before it has time to grab hold.)

• If you have scraps of the silks and garment fabrics. Make up a test swatch or two, and test according to the cleaning technique you plan to try–including one for drycleaner if you decide to go that route. I’ve had mixed results with different drycleaners. Some have no clue how to handle certain kinds of things. And unfortunately, the one closest to me, doesn’t seem to deal with spot cleaning even when I point out problem areas… just throws them in the drum with everything else… so you really want to know their knowledge/experience.

• A dry cleaner will charge over the odds because they will classify it as an evening gown. And they will almost certainly fail to get it clean. Plus have you sign a waiver releasing them from responsibility for screwing up your garment. Not every corner dry cleaning can handle costuming. For best results, see if there is one in your area

• I would snip off your silk trim (I normally only tack my trims on for this exact reason) and wash as usual in the washing machine. Once everything g is out and pressed and dry – stitch back on. If your silk trim is dirty – spot clean gently before airing/pressing etc and then reattach.

• Historically Silks, Tablet weaving etc. were very lightly attached, so that before each wash they could be removed, then added again (remeber that in those days only hand wash was possible and they handled fabrics rather roughly) otherwise, choose wash setting suitable for silk or have it dry-cleaned. Turning inside-out may also help.

••Oh, is that so (“lightly attached”)? Do you have any period sources to corroborate that? It’s the first time I hear about this, so it’s highly interesting.

•••I heard this on a podcast by Igor Górewicz, who had a guest speaker, a bespoke reenacting dress maker (her page is Miklagard Silk). To be clear, they did say this in regards to cuffs and collars, not other types of silk decoration. Due to Górewicz being such a respected researcher, I trust pretty much anything he says. They did base their statements heavily on ethnographic research, especially by K. Moszyński and preserved traditions for folk costumes. Additional evidence comes from grave analysis painting to Silk brocade being turned around and re-attached multiple times, but it was unclear if it was due to colour fading or other factors (this was Birka and Oseberg finds if I remember correctly, where on some fragments it was found that they were taken off, turned around and attached again). Podcast series is called “Igor o Słowianach i nie tylko”, hugely informative

Sundials, etc. – 

Why the mysterious Scottish broch is making a return –

Herb Bunch – Getting the garden watered was a big deal this week. The park was having trouble with the water system. We managed to get the porch plants watered, but not the main garden. Finally, from Thursday on we brought water out from town and watered each night.

Monday & Tuesday, small amounts of weeding happened, and on Tuesday a batch of vegetable ends were planted for tops.

Wednesday’s Herbs workshop was mostly marking and re-arranging plants.

On Saturday a batch of veg ends were planted in what had been an onion bucket, a set of beans with into the porch planters and then in the evening we got a few pictures, and better ones on Sunday.


Garden pix

Shop plants – harvest on Sunday

Project Day – 

Arlys posted early, “a gaggle of geese to be turned into pincushions when there are a dozen of them. Design is based on an Assisi motif.”

Peggy Vlach, “Working on award scrolls today.” …and later, “Finished one scroll.”

Anja – Processing the plants that I harvested on the way in, today. (Those were rosemary, calendula, white sage, sweetgrass, sorrel and onion tops.)

Isabeau, ” We’re on a little road trip to PC to pick up a parts car.” “Here’s our project….. lol”

Helen Louise, “My big project is turning these two dressers into my work bench. Then I will be done with organizing the room and can get back to work.”

Feast Planning – Tried some different sauces for hard-boiled eggs. Still can’t find a good mustard.

With mouse-turd sauce? 🙂


From What remains of the Leopards – Let’s go back to talking about ancient monastery sweets.
Do you know the Maria Stuarda cakes? They are shortcrust tartlets stuffed with pumpkin, which is an unusual green zucchini jam typical of our pastry shop. The recipe for pumpkin, indeed very old, was slightly different from convent to convent, and always contained a very secret ingredient. However, the Maria Stuarda tartlets are more recent, most likely from the nineteenth century, and are inspired by the traditional Queen Mary’s tart that was consumed in English homes at tea time. However, the traditional orange marmalade was replaced with green pumpkin, which in addition to the taste of a lost time, gives the dessert a more lively color, much more in line with the baroque soul of the city.
But how did the cloistered nuns get to know a dessert from across the Channel?
Palermo in the nineteenth century had close cultural and commercial relations with England and not a few British resided in Palermo. Many English fashions spread among the patrician houses and this also influenced the monastic kitchens, always careful to satisfy the taste of the noble customers. Among these English who resided in Palermo there was one very illustrious, Admiral Horatio Nelson, the glorious victor of Napoleon. The romantic love between Nelson and Lady Hamilton, which caused so much ink to spill the pink magazines of the time, was born in Palermo, and precisely in the superb rooms of Palazzo de Gregorio. It is likely that Maria Stuarda cakes were also propitiated by this legendary love. Who knows?

Photo: Courtesy of I Segreti del Chiostro, whose tartlets we highly recommend
M. Olivieri, The secrets of the cloister, Il Genio ed., 2017

Quel che resta dei GattopardiRitorniamo a parlare di antichi dolci dei monasteri.
Conoscete le tortine Maria Stuarda? Sono crostatine di pasta frolla farcite di zuccata, ossia un’insolita confettura di zucchine verdi tipica della nostra pasticceria. La ricetta della zuccata, invero antichissima, era leggermente diversa da convento a convento, e conteneva sempre un ingrediente segretissimo. Le tortine Maria Stuarda sono però più recenti, molto probabilmente ottocentesche, e si ispirano alla tradizionale Queen Mary’s tart che veniva consumata nelle case inglesi all’ora del thè. Tuttavia la tradizionale marmellata di arance venne sostituita con la verde zuccata, che oltre al gusto di un tempo perduto, dona al dolce un più vivace cromatismo, molto più in linea con l’anima barocca della città.
Ma come facevano le monache di clausura a conoscere un dolce d’oltre Manica?
Palermo nel XIX secolo aveva stretti rapporti culturali e commerciale con l’Inghilterra e non pochi britannici risiedevano a Palermo. Molte mode inglesi si diffusero tra le case patrizie e questo influì anche sulle cucine monastiche, sempre attente a soddisfare il gusto dei nobili clienti. Tra questi inglesi che risiedevano a Palermo ce ne fu uno illustrissimo, l’ammiraglio Horatio Nelson, il glorioso vincitore di Napoleone. Il romantico amore tra Nelson e Lady Hamilton, che tanto inchiostro fece versare ai rotocalchi rosa del tempo, nacque proprio a Palermo, e precisamente tra le superbe stanze di Palazzo de Gregorio. È probabile che a propiziare questo leggendario amore ci siano state anche le tortine Maria Stuarda. Chi può saperlo?

Foto: Per gentilie concessione de I Segreti del Chiostro, le cui tortine consigliamo vivamente
M. Olivieri, I segreti del chiostro, Il Genio ed., 2017

Miscellaneous pix


𝔉𝔯𝔞𝔫𝔠𝔢𝔰𝔠𝔬 𝔏𝔞𝔫𝔡𝔦𝔫𝔦 – Studio Der Frühen Musik, Thomas Binkley – 𝔐𝔲𝔰𝔦𝔠𝔞 𝔐𝔢𝔡𝔦𝔢𝔳𝔞𝔩𝔢 – Ensemble: Studio Der Frühen Musik, Thomas Binkley, Album: Francesco Landini, Video: Francesco Landini, ms. Codice Squarcialupi (XV cent.)

1 Che Pensa È Quest’ Al Cor
2 l’Priego Amor
3 Donna, S’i T’o Fallito
4 Adiu, Adiu, Dous Dame
5 Ma’ Non S’andra
6 Una Colonba Candida
7 O Fanciula Giulía
8 Chosi Pensoso
9 De! Dinmi Tu
10 Questa Fanciull’ Amor (Vokal)
11 Questa Fanciull’ Amor (Instrumental)
12 Non Avrà Ma’ Pietà (Vokal)
13 Non Avrà Ma’ Pietà (Instrumental)
14 Gram Piant’agli Ochi

Richard III ballads – Passamezzo – Two anonymous ballads describing the purported evil deeds of Richard III, the murder of the Princes in the Tower, and the Battle of Bosworth Field. Printed in the early 17th Century, they are a good example of Tudor propaganda. – A song of the Life and Death of King Richard the Third (to the tune of Who list to lead a soldier’s life) and The most cruel murther of Edward the fifth, and his brother Duke of York, in the Tower; by their Uncle Richard Duke of Gloucester (to the tune of Fortune my foe) – From Richard Johnson’s ballad miscellany, The Golden Garland of Princely Delights, 1620

Eleanor Cramer: soprano
Richard de Winter: baritone
Robin Jeffrey: lute
Alison KInder: bass viol
In England once there reign’d a King, a Tyrant fierce and fell:
Who for to gain himself a Crown, gave sure his soul to hell:
Third Richard was this Tyrants name, the worst of all the three:
That wrought such deeds of deadly dole that worser could not be.
With those right noble Princes twain, King Edwards children dear:
Because to England’s royal Crown, he thought them both too near.
Edward the fifth, the Prince was called by name
Who by succession did that title gain.
A prudent Prince whose wisdom did excel,
Which made his uncle’s heart with hatred swell.
With sugared words which had a poison’d sting,
He did entice the Duke and the young King:
For safeties sake to lodge them in the Tower,
A strong defence and London’s chiefest Flower.
The Duke of Gloucester the two Princes led.
Into a sumptuous chamber to their bed.
Sweet slumb’ring sleep then closing up their eyes,
Each folded in each others arm then lies.
At midnight then when all things they were husht,
These bloody slaves into the chamber crusht:
And presently did wrap them in the clothes,
And stopt their harmless breath with the pillows
When as the murderers saw that they were dead,
They took their bodies forth the cursed bed,
And then they buried these same little ones
At the stair foot under a heap of stones.
But mark how God did scourge them for this deed,
As in the Chronicles you there may read
Blood deserveth blood, for so the Lord hath said,
So at the length their blood was truly paid.
They stript him then, and dragg’d him up and down,
And on stout Richmond’s head they put the Crown.
Thus ended England’s woeful War, usurping Richard dead:
King Henry faire Elizabeth, in princely sort did wed.
For he was then made England’s King, and she his crowned Queen:
So twixt these houses long at strife a unity was seen.

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Video Links

The treaty still enforced after six centuries

Medieval glamping – Pennsic 2022!!! The Creative Contessa – A tour of the medieval pavilion in which I live for two weeks of every year, in true fifteenth century luxury! Tapestries, furniture, bedding, chests, persian rugs, jars, lighting, dining, storage, bathing – all the necessities of daily life, satisfied in a reasonably authentic fashion.

All Portraits of Jane Seymour Based on 1 Sketch? – Lynne Fairchild – Jane Seymour was the 3rd wife of King Henry VIII of Tudor England and the only wife who bore him a legitimate male heir who survived infancy, who later became King Edward VI.

How Did Normal Medieval People Decorate Their Homes? | Tudor Monastery Farm | Chronicle – Chronicle – Medieval History Documentaries – The team explores the hospitality and housing of Tudor England. With no provision for the poor from the state, the monasteries played a key role in providing charity and housing for those in need.

How Medieval Reenactment Saved My Life: Surviving the 2021 Winter Storm in Texas [CC] – Opus Elenae – IN WHICH our intrepid recreatrix outlines what happened during the storms over February 10-21, why it hit Texas harder than most of the rest of the US, and how the skills and things I have because of my medieval reenactment helped get me (and Tornado!) through it all. – Buckle up friends, there’s a LOT of information, some ranting, and a whole lot of gratitude. Thank you to everyone who was so patient with the lateness of this video. Closed Captions now up! Thanks for your forbearance.
Elen Soup Recipe:

Mystery of newly-discovered Bronze Age or Iron Age ‘water goddess’ – Hidden History – Archaeologists in Germany have unearthed a mysterious idol that they believe was a water goddess, but they’re unable to accurately date the ritual object.


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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+6 puppets = 187 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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In ministerio autem Somnium! Anja, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin
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