House Capuchin Shield2Here’s hoping that things start calming down at Anja and Loren’s shop pretty soon! This weekend was something else. We got 1 hour on Sunday to work on projects, so we shoved some things off onto Monday and put this newsletter out late.

The Saturday workshops are not going to happen this week, although there may be some pix of work done at other times. Anja’s going to be at

Pickled Cabbage with onion and shallot

Shrewsbury, but Loren will be at the shop for Project Day on Sunday until 6pm.

  • Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 11am-1pm (not this week)
  • Sewing Time – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 3-5pm (not this week)
  • Project Day – At Ancient Light, Sundays, Noon to 6pm
  • Next Potluck – 9/16, 10/21
  • Winter Feast Date is 2/17/19

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:

Your scribe nearly split a wivet over this one! Found on the Facebook group, “No shit there I was”. Used with permission from the writer. 

Gerald Loosehelm – September 6, 2013

No shit, there I was at an event in the mid-eighties in East Texas. The event or the group was called Border March I think, I’m not sure now. Well this was my first big event where I was going to fight in melee and I remember the fighters were broken up into 3 sides.

I was barely wearing legal armor but I was amazed at the armor of one fighter that showed up. Full Gothic plate armor with a pig faced bascinet, completely covered from the toes to the top of his head in stainless steel. He was like a beacon in the sun! Everyone had been joking that the other sides would try to hit him first just to put the first dent/blemish on his perfect armor.

Well I was about 12 feet to his left behind our shield wall when the first melee started. I swear I did not make this up!

As the marshals yelled ‘Lay On!’ I think there must have been as many as 10 fighters from my side that turned around and hit this guy at once. Hard!

All you could hear was “Lay On!”

Clang, Clang, Clang, Clang, Clang, Clang, Clang, Clang, Clang, Clang, Clang, Clang, Clang, Clang, Clang, Clang.

“Mother f%*ker!”

I was laughing so hard that I took a spear to the face and never threw a blow. And that is how I died in my first melee. J

Edit -Jan 25, 2016 – I was reading this and laughing at the memory. That made me think that I was so green of a fighter that I was surprised that I knew which end of the sword to hold. I remember thinking, like most 20 year old kids do, that I was going to be the next big hot-shot fighter.

In the real world…

I was standing there with people I had never met. In better armor than mine, and enough small talk happening around me to understand that I was probably going to be clubbed like a baby seal very soon. I was really so scared that I was afraid I would forget the little bit I knew and would piss my pants as soon as the lines closed. So at the lay-on that shiny guy was killed and I

laughed so hard that I couldn’t stop even after I took a spear to the face.

So because of him and his dying, I have never walked onto a tournament or melee field and was nervous about fighting.

Thank you sir shiny fighter for that service. J

Early Week – The first thing was getting some packages mailed. The collar and cuffs set went one direction and a box of baby things in another. The last of the maple candy went to another friend, although the box was handed off as a thank you for helping with the move.

Planning is going on what to take to Shrewsbury and how Anja is going to stay over. Also Louisa is going to be the feast-crat for Adiantum’s Winter Feast, so we’re coordinating not to mix up the menus for the their feast and ours.

Gudrun got hold of us late in the week. She’s got mundane troubles and needed a shoulder and some advice. Anja and Isabeau talked during the week. Isabeau is helping Anja with a place to stay during Shrewsbury.

Cookery – Black and Salal berries got picked and processed, will go into jam, later. Thursday evening two crocks of cabbage pickle got started, and one crock of just plain chopped cabbage to go into soup and maybe some cole slaw if we get to it soon enough. There was about 1’2 of the pickle broth left, so there will be more to come. 🙂

Also, Anja got her sugar molds for some sweeties for the feast!

An Tir Crown Tourney

All Hail the new Heirs to the Throne of An Tir, Duke Kjarten and his lady, ………….!

Seamus, Friend of the House, has been put on vigil for Laurel! Photos by the kind courtesy of Maestra Giata Magdalena Albierti

Sewing Time – Saturday – …got partly eaten by the Finals of Crown Tourney, but Anja got some stitching time in later. The others there were all ‘Danes.

Amor’s Bracer Project – Saturday – Amor sent some photos through of his bracers. He’s not happy with the result. He had rivets that were too long and kept bending and the leather is too supple for what he’s planning. These might come apart and turn into lining for another, since the leather is light.

Herb Bunch – Various root ends are starting to come up. More garlics got planted and some onion ends, too. On Sunday a number of herbs got harvested, mostly bits and pieces of succulents to replant, but also a bunch of sage and another of eucalyptus were cut and separated to dry …and then the fig sap rennet….

Project Day – We had a bunch of things planned. Things went sideways. We didn’t even have the milk for the cheese until early evening. It was just Loren and Anja again, so we spent the time in the evening working on the various projects….and didn’t finish, so things went over into Monday.

Project Day – Monday – …and best-laid plans…. Things started slowly on Monday, since we had a lot of mundane cleaning up to do after the crazy weekend. …and then things went crazy *again* so Loren went out to get milk for the cheese at 5:30 pm, while Anja worked on the carrots, and then we were able to get started, finally, at 6:40pm.

We tried for the “flow of milky sap” that the books talk about…. ’nuffin’s… so the branch got peeled and chucked into the milk while it was warming to room temp and a bit over to sit overnight. So this is a “to be continued” for next week’s report!

…what *is* that scent on my hands from the branch? ….

This is the link to the article….

Miscellaneous pix


Other than that, ancientfm was our music this week.


Period candy, “comfits” –


Loren, Anja, Gudrun (v), Isabeau (v), Amor (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 – 19 plus 25 pouches for block-printing, 15 (plus 25 unfinished) pincushion, 1 sewing kit (except for bone needle), varnished stuff (124) 7 snap pouch, one double drawstring pouch, 4 brocade pouch
  • Total as a Household = 3683 handed off

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