House Capuchin Shield2Having Anja down sick does slow things down. She did a lot of sewing this week, but that’s most of it, other than Loren helping out with cookery and plant tending.

Tamra Pryor (Claire o’Tarran….although I’m not certain on the spelling….) asked to join the House this week. We did have a virtual project day. So far’s I can tell, Anja and Loren were it.

Doll skirt in place (from the back)

This coming week is another project day, but also our monthly Virtual Potluck. Anything you do during the week is fair game. Dress up with some food. Plate something. Make a period dish. Whatever you feel like! …but get a picture and post it!

All meetings are on hold for the moment, although Project Day and the Monthly Potluck are being held in the Virtual Realm. We’re also doing mini-potlucks, just Anja & Loren and one other “pod” at a time. Let us know if you’re interested!

  • North garden

    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 Virtual Potluck – 8/16, 9/20
  • Next Winter Feast tentative Date is 2/15/21, Probably not being held….

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 – By Ravyn Schmidt

The Dream
By THL Christel Leake
(Inspired by conversations online during COVID-19 on 8/7/2020)

Some say the Dream is over
Because we cannot play
I say the Dream is growing
Just not in the same way

In tourneys of the yesteryear
The fighters took the field
Due to the plague in homes are we
So we repaint our shield

We practice daily at our pell
Make polished armor shine
Don masks instead of helmets
And maybe drink some wine

Our art is ever blooming
As new skills we acquire
We’re wading through a virtual age
Rising above quagmire

Our brushes flit, put paint on page
Our pens write letters grand
Our leather workers punch and cut
Our weavers swift of hand

Our cooks exchange their recipes
Our brewers make their mead
Our Peers, they are still mentoring
While Equestrians train their steed

Our needles lead the silken threads
Our woodsfolk cut and sand
Our bardic folks collect and tell
Stories from all the land

The officers keep working
Maintain the things they may
And Kings and Queens keep serving
Each and every day

We reach across a vast expanse
To meet our friends anew
From Kingdoms in the farthest lands
Send greetings warm and true

We may not join in warm embrace
For safety now is key
One day we’ll join all in one place
There will be revelry

Until that day we do our best
To welcome and to share
The Dream is far from over
When so many people care

Long Live The Dream

Educational Events

Past and Recordings

Classes – Not as many this week, since Pennsic was taking up a lot of folks time….but those are all going away, so I didn’t post any here.

Online Class: Woodworking 101 with HL Alasdair Part 3 – Gokstad Bed

Online Class: Cartography in the SCA with Sir Seumas mac Brehon

Early Week – A bunch of mundane sewing happened and a lot of feast gear got found and put where it belongs.

Cookery – Potato, garlic and mushroom soup (OoP, but just barely, first mention 1607) got done Tuesday evening and a tvarog started. Thursday evening the tvarog got cooked and put by. Dehydrating watermelon happened from Saturday into Sunday. Girdle cakes were supper with added bacon and onion.

Dent-de-lion- The Dandelion – Buttered Wortes (Buttered Greens) & Joutes (Braised Spring Greens with Bacon) –

Sewing – A couple of mundane baby books and a romper were first up this week on the machine and the doll petticoat. A few stitches got done on various samplers and such.

Herb Bunch – We managed to harvest the fennel blossoms for sausage, but they were awfully buggy, so we washed them in vinegar, first, and then set them aside. Herbs that were dried were sorted and stored and a few more hung for drying on Tuesday and Thursday. Plant tending went on on Friday and Saturday.

Project Day – Anja started working on plants outside, but got driven in by the wind. Loren worked in back on dishes and cleaning the table, then she went in back and messed it up again, making girdle cakes for supper. These were barley and chickpea flour. Pictures are all up above.


Potato Garlic and Mushroom soup – I found a reference in a letter from 1607 to this soup. This is my version, but with the same ingredients.

  • 2 cups beef broth (original said “broth”)
  • ¼ cup of frozen minced garlic (original was “garlic”)
  • ½ Tsp ground caraway (“spice”)
  • 1 tsp mustard seed (“spice”)
  • ¼ cup dried, ground mushroom (“mushrooms”)
  • 3 cups frozen, diced potatoes (spanish “tuber”)
  • 1 medium onion
  • Salt, if needed (not listed, but in everything)
  • Black pepper (not listed in the original, but common), but I used 1 tsp dried horseradish instead.
  • Cream (optional, not in the original, add 2 TBSP to each serving of warmed soup, if used)


  1. Start the broth warming and add garlic, caraway, mustard and mushroom.
  2. Dice onion and add.
  3. Once it’s boiling start adding potatoes, ½ cup at a time. Wait until it re-boils to add the next.
  4. When the potatoes are all in, turn the heat down to simmer and let cook for 30 minutes to an hour.
  5. Serve hot, adding cream if you wish to each serving.

Miscellaneous pix

Darby la Clair got her gift exchange stuff and took a picture! This is the stuff we send out in June.

Music – The Baltimore Consort – Food of Love


Trust the Russians!

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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 – 222 plus 4 puppets, 3 hippocras mix, 4 powder fort, 8 cheese spice and 9 powder douce packets, 9 tiny bobs, 7 pincushions, 3 pins, 4 snip case w/snips, lucet cords, 25 pouches for block-printing, 1 medium pouch, 4 small pouches, 12 bookmarkers, 14 unfinished pincushions, 1 sewing kit (except for bone needle), varnished stuff (124), 2 emery strawberries.

Total as a Household = 4053 handed off

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