Productive week for all, it sounds like! New sewing machines and cutting table, garden harvest, sewing, process pix for making white sage mini-smudges. Mostly ongoing stuff…. very few links this week, mostly pictures. …and Anja recorded another story.

Our Mama Yseult is in Paris at the moment. She’s taking lots of pictures and writing it all up. You can find her Facebook here:

Event page stuff…. The ongoing Project Day event page ran out as of 8/31. The new one is just for one day. Your scribe is trying to figure out how to do this the same way again…. and can’t. <sigh> So I’m duplicating events, instead.

One fig and Audrey, regrowing from the bulb

Herbs in the Garden, Sewing and Project 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

Lemon grass – lots of new growth!

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 – Master Ioseph set out on his last journey around this date in 2014. He is sorely missed.

STRANGEST DREAM – copyright 1984 W. J. Bethancourt III

Last night I had the strangest dream in this bleak century
I dreamed that people the world around believed in Chivalry
I dreamed I saw a Kingly Crown enshrined in laurel leaves
with Grace and Joy and Purity attendant at his feet
I dreamed I saw the perfect Knight receive his accolade
and minstrels sang and children laughed in some soft forest glade
I dreamed I saw the finest thing that ever man could make
grow great and strong and undefiled: Pray God I never wake!
Last night I had the strangest dream in this bleak century
I dreamed that people the world around believed in Chivalry.

Black Book of Locksley –

The Tale of the Headless Gingerbread (told by Anja) – SCA Aila’ntha


September Crown Opening Court & Early Tournament – Kingdom of AnTir, SCA

September Crown Saturday Evening Court – Kingdom of AnTir, SCA

September Crown Equestrian Championship – Kingdom of AnTir, SCA – This stream will include the Equestrian Championship at An Tir September Crown in Bremerton, WA, hosted by the Kingdom of An Tir and the Barony of Dragon’s Laire.


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 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 – Wank of the Washerwomen-Pois-Horses – The Baladins of Ceret – Les Baladins de Céret: Medieval and Renaissance Dances More info on our website –

Classes – 

How Did Normal Medieval People Survive Winter? | Tudor Monastery Farm | Chronicle – Medieval History Documentaries – Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Peter Ginn and Tom Pinfold prepare for the dark winter ahead. But, not before they celebrate their bountiful harvest with a feast, put on a play, and reflect on how the landscape of Britain and the lives of its people were forever changed by the Dissolution.

Magnificent Hampton Court Palace: Drawing Back The Veil Of Time – The Tudor Travel Guide – Let’s go on an imaginary journey to explore the jewel in Henry VIII’s architectural crown: Hampton Court Palace. The site of births, deaths and betrayal during the Tudor period, Hampton Court witnessed public dramas and private lives. Time to go back and walk the ghostly halls, chambers and corridors once more…

Early Week – …was mostly harvesting and prepping small stuff. (more in Herbs) On Wednesday Anja did another recording with Ailantha’s help.

Cookery – Greens prep and a barley pottage. Later in the week, radish spread and pirate marzipan. Loren did up two batches of white bread and one of rye during the week.

Domus Lombardia – The last weekend I had the opportunity to attend Küchenmeisterey at the Geschichtspark Bärnau-Tachov, an event all about historical cooking, organized by my friend Leah-Morgana Stadler. Different groups prepare food according to recipes from the 8th to the 16th century, which can be then enjoyed by everyone in one big meal.

It’s so fascinating and fun to taste all these different dishes accross the centuries!

Since the actual cooking is left to the pros here, I had the idea to form a team of helping hands that collects used cookware and dishes for cleaning, prepare firewood, fetch water, and all these tasks that would interfere with the actual cooking. My 13th century depiction of a simple servant was of course the optimal choice for that. The work was definitely worth it, since the result really was two buffets of master-class historical cuisine!

During some moments with less to do, I filmed a bit and made a video clip to give a bit of an impression of the event. Feel free to share! 🙂

September 2 was once lemon day in France. The miniature is extracted from a Tacuum sanitatis, manual of health written around 1050 by Ibn Butlân ( de 1066), a Christian doctor and theologian from Baghdad, copied in Northern Italy, perhaps in Verona, between 1380 and 1399. Each leaf of the manuscript has a title – here, Citra – and an illustration: a teenager offers two young women a lemon he’d just picked in conversation under a lemon tree full of fruit. At the bottom of the page, the Latin text teaches us that lemon is a scented fruit (odorifera) that relieves colerico flow (fluxui colerico) and that a ray of honey (favo melis) takes away all its disadvantages.
Vienna, Austrian National Library, Codex Vindobonensis, series nova 2644, f° 19r, 33.5 × 23 cm

Eggs in Moonshine | 16th Century Tudor Recipe: Eggs in Rosewater – Lynne Fairchild – This 16th century Tudor receipt (recipe) is from books published in 1545, 1550, and 1575 including The Proper Newe Booke of Cokerye by William How. The recipe is called To Make Egges in Mone Shine. This is not moonshine as we know it today, but refers to eggs in the moonlight.

Growing an Ancient Roman Garden – Tasting History with Max Miller


Sewing – Anja is working on an embroidery piece, but later in the week started some more of the gnome pincushion/pattern weights.

How to put on a Medieval Wimple – Sally Pointer – A wimple was a head-covering popular in the medieval period, and can be simple or really fancy. Here’s how I put mine on ready for a day working in medieval costume in the year 1412 at the Middelaldercenter in Denmark.

Bathhouse Babe: Making a 14th Century Supportive Chemise [CC] – IN WHICH our intrepid recreatrix rushes through making a 14th Century supportive chemise based on medieval Bohemian manuscripts commissioned by King Wenceslaus (yes THAT King Wenceslaus). Join me as I contemplate whether or not “bathhouse keeper’s guild” is a euphamism and think too much about the location of my chest.

Same 16th Century Embroidery Patterns, but Different Authors from Different Countries? – Lynne Fairchild – Identical embroidery patterns by 2 different authors in 2 different countries, who published books in the same year: 1529. Johann Schӧnsperger the Younger published “Ein new getruckt model Büchli” in Augsburg, Germany. Nicolò Zoppino published “Esemplario di lavori” in Venice, Italy. Did one copy the other’s work?

Sundials, etc. – 

Sailing the Backroads (18th century)

Scientists Amazed to Find 1,400-Year-Old Folding Chair in Woman’s Grave

Campeche Chair, folding (not the same thing at all!)

Great Hall – An amazing project that shows up at Pennsic each year. 

Elizabeth Silverloc Corbet – If you think making things seem period is too hard, here is information about some of the things in the photos. The chairs are regular metal folding chairs with thrift store bought dining room chair covers. The hanging lights are black chandeliers, also thrifted. The basket on the floor in one photo is a standard flat lidded picnic basket: we used to put the random things that gather on a table away before supper each night, and also to store extra candles and a lighter. The plates that look like wood in the supper photo are actual disposable plates made of banana leaf. After use they are great on the fire. The table is made of planks screwed together on stringer boards, but sits on absolutely modern saw horses. And drapes you see are regular curtains bought at a thrift store, as are the ‘tapestries’ which are both rugs picked up thrifting.

The wooden parts are stored in a trailer on site: we bring the canvas roof home each year to save it from field mice. There are no blue prints. The walls are individual panels of plywood, 4×7 (8 was just too tall) that have 2x2s all around the edges. When we arrive we use deck screws and battery powered drills to screw the panels together through the 2x2s. After they are up we screw down long 2x4s across the tops as a sill to add stability. The gables are similarly constructed: wood with 2x2s and maybe some 2x4s. They are screwed to the sill and then the 16 foot ridge pole is is placed across them and secured with screws and metal angle brackets as well, and as you can see a center pole is place to help hold the ridge. The rafters are held together with rope that goes across the ridge, then they also are screwed to the sills, and the canvas is stretched taught and screwed to the rafters. A similar method could be used for a different, smaller structure, but we feel this method cannot safely go larger. We plan, next year, to drill holes and hold some of the pieces together with bolts.

It takes up a large portion of a storage trailer, so is impractical to travel with. The building takes a crew of 4 or so about 4 hours and decorating inside abut another hour. For other events, such as War of the Wings, I use a tall tent for a sort of similar effect.

Herb Bunch – More harvesting this week. Berries are almost done. Watering is still an issue. Food and Herb plants are ok, but flowers are not. …and weeding. I have a new weeding stick. >>> I told Loren that I was going to use it to wreak havoc on the weeds and now he’s calling it my “wreakly weeder”!

Garden pix

Shop plant pix

Rolling White Sage Smudges for drying – This is a quick and easy process. You need paper, tape and never-cut clumps of leaves from the end of white sage branches.

Trotula’s Hair Powder – Making a medieval hair powder using the recipe
attributed to Trotula in On Cosmetics. –

Project Day – Anja started with garden photos and the garlic harvest. …and none of the garlic pictures took! So pictures starting going up online. . eventually she got out to harvest calendula, white sage and bit of oregano, plus clipping down some thistles that were getting out of hand. Don’t want those in the garden pots!

Peggy commented, “For a future project: About a month or two ago I found this great dress at one of my favorite second hand stores, 100% linen and breathes well in the heat here in AZ. So, a couple of days ago, I realized that this dress will also make an excellent pattern/template for sideless surcoats and kirtles with a just a few minor changes to the basic dress after I draw it out. I bought a bunch of linen on sale a couple of years back, now I can move forward with making garb from it…. Planning to put in gores on the sides and cut down from the armholes.”

Isabeau chimed in, “Rejoicing in a new to me industrial walking foot sewing machine and an industrial serger and a 7′ cutting table. YAHOO!”

Helen Louise – “Researching antique Moroccan costumes today… It’s very interesting.”

Feast Planning – More greens got prepped. There was a batch of sorrel and onion, another of fennel blossom, and another of fennel fronds.

Miscellaneous pix


Bartholomew Fair or The Whim – a ‘country dance’ from The Dancing Master, 1721. – Bartholomew Fair was held at Smithfield in London on the days around St Bartholomew’s Day (24 August) from the 12th to the 19th Centuries. – From Passamezzo’s CD In Peascod Time

  • Eleanor Cramer: bass viol
  • Christopher Goodwin: lute
  • Alison Kinder: tenor viol
  • Tamsin Lewis: violin

IstanpittaLet the Dance Begin – Sanctuary of Thoughts – Прибежище мыслей – Early Music Selection from Istanpitta – Let the Dance Begin album.

The composers: Anonymous
Performers: New York’s Ensemble for Early Music

Frederick Renz
Christa Patton
Rosamund Morley
Paul Shipper
Patricia Neely
Wayne Hankin
Karen Hansen
Glen Velez
Thomas Zajac

Track list:
00:00 Salterello II and Trotto
05:00 Parlamento
12:59 Salterello IV
18:31 Chominciamento di gioia
25:57 La Manfredina et la Rota
30:04 Tre fontane
39:57 Salterello I
45:21 Isabella
53:02 Lamento di Tristano et la Rotta
56:17 In pro
1:03:30 Salterello III


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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 = 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 = 4253 handed off

moving writing pen motif
In ministerio autem Somnium! Anja, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin
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