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Oh, what a strange time! This whole week has been disrupted by the fires! So far as we can tell, the only House member actually in danger was Sadb and her family who posted this toward the end of the week, “Shawn Holstrum Davis is with Taran Daestingr and 7 others – I’m thrilled to report that Andy was able to go into the house and everything is exactly as we left it. Not looking forward opening the fridge! But very grateful we have one.”

The rest of us are just dealing with smoke. Sash was off work for several days, since he does some time in Lincoln City. Anja and Loren’s shop was closed all week. No one else has reported anything.

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!

  • 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 -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 – Counsel With the Consules

Branches of Laurel Interview with Vicaria Vesta, OL

Dance Vids – Someone had to….. Nordberg

Classes – 


How to make a medieval Sword Scabbard (DIY)

How to make a Viking Hedeby Leather Archery Quiver (DIY)

Storm in the Labrador Sea

Leather Armour – will it stop arrows?

Early Week – Dealing with fires and smoke was a big part of the early week.

Cookery – Nothing period this week on our part.

Candied fruit peel –

Medieval Roast Chicken – Salsa Camellina

FARTS OF PORTINGALE | A Shakespearean Treat

Boiled and Fried Beans Recipe from 1390!

Sewing – Progress on the sampler and some cutting out of small projects. Isabeau has a project listed under Project Day, below.

Sundials, etc. – Loren says, “In the spirit of the day, I do have a virtual project, i.e. one that so far exists only in my head. I have been contemplating on how a medieval sling shot might have been constructed in the absence of true elastics. I do not refer to the sling obviously, but to the Tom Sawyer pull it back and release type of vandalism tool that did not appear until the early 1800’s after vulcanized rubber was developed. I think I have seen a way, though I have never seen mention of it anywhere. Twisted rope springs were well known and used in many applications, from catapults to wagon springs and mouse traps. It seems to me that a couple pulley wheels with a rope spring attached to them and a separate cord running around them in the same manner as a lawnmower starter could make an admirable device, possibly even better than what we are familiar with, and would have been well within the construction capabilities of the time, much the same as the recently developed repeating long bow.”

Herb Bunch – Watering/Tending all week. Outdoor plants are drooping because of the alkaline air.

Project Day – We started the day with Anja being late getting the event page started. <sigh> She spent time with her sampler, talking with people on our group and medieval percussion instruments with a guy on another list.

Amy DeWilde had posted earlier in the week, “Working making a cord with my braiding tool. Wine colored wool yarn. This is my virtual project. I have Thursday and Friday off this week. Happy Virtual project day.”

Peggy Vlach posted, “Took apart a 100% wool skirt to recycle into a project and working on scrolls again. Here is a picture of the latest finished scroll, this one for Kingdom. And yesterday I attended 4 classes at University of Atlantia, and picked up some ideas for future projects.”

Isabeau posted, “It’s 318 AQI here in the valley. I’m bound to the house and working on embroidering a neckline on a tunic. Then in to the assembly of the little pin cushions I had started. They have been found! Lol”

Arlys posted, “Dropping in on Project Day late, because I was working on a cross stitch project! One side is finished save for the background; the other side is being worked in palette reversal. I’m also oddly tickled that my cross stitch backs are much tidier than those of the medallions Mary, Queen of Scots did in cross stitch for the Oxburgh Hangings.”

…and Loren posted at about 3pm, “AND I HAVE ARRIVED. THE BATON HAS BEEN PASSED as I have put the poor coughing Herself back to bed with a bowl of soup.”


A new post from Volker Bach on one of the cookery groups. From Meister Hans 1460 cookbook. This would be a fun/funny subtlety!
Today: A giant egg – the recipe is rather repetitive, and I am convinced it leaves out a first stage where the yolk is boiled alone. But the intent is clear. Play with your food!
Recipe #260 Von ainem abenteuerign aye des vgiss nit – Of an adventurous egg, do not forget it
Item, take two pig bladders, and one shall be bigger than the other, and make them pretty (clean) with water. Take eggs and separate them nicely from each other, the white separate and the yolk separate, and take the little bladder so that it becomes full, and put the yolks into that. And then take the other bladder and put the small one into that. Then take the white and also put it into the bladder. And cut a hole into the bladder and peel the bladder away from the yolk so that it may also go into the (big) bladder. And sew up the bladder again and beat the whites together and take a funnel and pour the whites in on top of the yolk so that the bladder be full. Then tie it shut and put it into a pot and let it boil again. That way it becomes one egg, and serve that for food.

Miscellaneous pix

Music – Music In the Time of Shakespeare – Dirk Freymuth


Between the cracks – Underfloor archaeology at Oxburgh Hall –

Video Links

Rendering Beeswax

The Tower of London: Millennia of History


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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, 10 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

moving writing pen motifIn ministerio autem Somnium! Anja, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin
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Last updated 9/14/20