House Capuchin Shield2*Really* late…. wow…. but it took a lot of writing and pictures below to get the Shrewsbury info in.

For what’s left of the week…. meetings will be on time and Sunday is potluck! Projects will go on until 5pm and we usually eat around 6pm.

  • 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 – 9/22, 10/20, 11/17, 12/15
  • Winter Feast Date is 2/16/20, Date may change! 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:

Early Week – More embroidery and bone carving, but we were starting to pull out pieces for the demo. Anja’s been cooking, too. Sasha’s been collecting 4–6 leaf clovers… Gudrun is still having problems with getting into school, thinking to just go online.

Cookery – Bean pickle, pickled eggs and veg pickle all happened Monday evening. On Tuesday a tvarog got started.On Wednesday pickled eggs were separated into smaller jars and all the pickled things were separated. On Thursday, more food packing happened and the next batch of tvarog got finished and put in jars. Nothing was left after that, but to pack it up and then serve it out at the event!

Sewing – The tape measure pouch was finished Tuesday Night.

Sundials, etc. – The tumbler was pulled and emptied on Monday, then re-started. It turns out that a month *is* enough to round the edges on the beads, but not enough for the rough joints. A bone, needle was finished on Thursday.

Herb Bunch – Watering, harvesting, tending…..

Shrewsbury, Friday – Anja’s take

Friday was the usual frazzle of having the shop open while packing the car. It went pretty smoothly this time except for the things that I hadn’t been able to get sewn, or that Loren couldn’t find in storage.

He went to get gas and we closed as soon as he got back, then stopped at Ray’s for the last things and were on the road at 5:30. It was a nice drive through the last of the day, the sunset and into the quiet dark. When we got onsite (King’s Valley) the Moon was just rising, marvelously full, into a golden haze.

It took most of an hour to get from the gate to the SCA spot. No one seemed to know where we were and the map was absolutely horrible as far as usefulness. We couldn’t even read the names on it under bright light, they were so tiny! First they tried to tell Loren how to find the spot and kept contradicting themselves, then we were supposed to wait for someone who was going to take us over there, who never showed. I curled up in my seat and dozed and finally someone gave Loren directions that made sense, but turned out not to have any connection with reality other than getting us into spitting distance. Loren had to run around asking people where the SCA was, even after I spotted the eric flags. Well, we got there.

Alys met us and helped him unload and Loren headed home. I got some things sorted around and then crawled into my cot in Alys’ tent. I was up several times during the night, watching Cassiopeia and the Moon moving across the sky. I was wakeful around 3am and stayed up for an hour, reading, before falling back asleep.

Alan Robert’s pictures of the site. 

Shrewsbury, Saturday – Anja’s take

We were up later than planned, but were busily setting up even while wiping sleep out of our eyes.

During Set-up

Alys got going on getting walls up and Antonia was setting up her painting fairly quickly.

I had gotten my tables arranged, earlier, then got clothes on them and started with the displays. I was pretty well done by the time the “travelers” were coming in, and Crystal helped me get the last pieces hung up.

The Queen’s Procession coming aound the corner of our eric

We were not quite on the path. The eric was on the corner, but our displays were kitty corner to where people were making that turn, since the A&S pavilion faced the eric and the other end of the row was a dayshade that was mostly unoccupied. It meant that the foot traffic was low, since there weren’t a lot of fighters and they were too hot to do a whole lot.

Claire as Sir Henry Herbert. The Queen on the other side and the ladies of the court.

It was the sun that did it. …and not enough breeze. I was pretty overheated most of the day. It wore me out enough that I had to take a nap in the late afternoon, and when I went to get out of my garb in the evening I had to wring out my smock, since it was that wet!

More of the fighters

I talked to a lot of people about my displays, particularly to some folks who are probably going to get involved with the SCA and to a bunch of students from the Strive Academy who were also performing scenes from Shakespeare.

Eventually it was evening. The travelers went home and the bottles came out. 🙂 Thanks to Alan I had my liqueurs. The pear was the one more people liked, although the herb one was my fave, since it resembles becherovka.

A couple of fighters in our eric

…and I was just enough of an old bat that I turned in around 10, I think. I was up and down during the night. The wolf howls made me smile, but I put my good ear in the pillow and faded back out quickly. I was up again around dawn, reading for awhile and cooling off, watching the Moon setting into haze.

Shrewsbury, Sunday – Anja’s take

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Amy CarpenterWe few… We SOGGY few… We band of mud-hoppers…

<grin> Amy (that’s Alys) had it really right! We woke to steady rain, and it went heavy, then light, then heavy all day. The eric got muddy enough to be dangerous, so it limited the fighting. In the middle of the afternoon it got warm enough to make things a little uncomfortable with the humidity, but mostly it was chilly.

Antonia had fetched my books from Alys’ house on her way back to the site. That’s stock for my mundane shop.

There weren’t as many travelers as on Saturday, there usually aren’t, but the rain really thinned ’em out. We did have some folks talking seriously with us about various crafts, including the fighting.

Balls, Toys, Spoons and Blackwork

It was muddy enough that the fighters only spent about 1/2 an hour at it and a couple of them went down, thankfully with no injuries. The horse jousting even got switched out for mud-wrestling, since it was too dangerous for the horses!

…and then we all started sorting things out around 5pm and seriously packing around 6. I think I was pretty well done by 7pm and Loren showed up just as I had dozed off, sitting. He and

Paints and painting display. How did my walker get over there

one of the fighters who had been helping me out during the day off and on, got our stuff packed, while another of the fighters was helping Alys, after they got Antonia packed and headed home. Alys was staying for another night.

It was dark by the time we were heading out and we had a heck of a time finding a way out, since people were parked all over, blocking pathways, but we finally managed. I was tired enough that I

Just chillin’.

don’t really remember all that much of the drive, although it rained hard a couple of times and the clouds coming over the Coast Range were troublesome, especially with idiots hanging on the back bumper with their high-beams on…. but we got home in one piece and unpacked what was necessary and turned in.

Project Day – No pix, was just Loren working on another needle.

Miscellaneous pix

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Anja, Loren, Amor (V), Sasha (v), Gudrun (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 – 145 plus set of sewing tools for kit, 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 = 3974 handed off

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