House Capuchin Shield2Oh, was *this* a full week! From the fig rennet cheese, the usual herbs and sewing during the week through the big effort for the Shrewsbury Ren Faire demo there are a lot of pix below and the write-up.

Special thanks go to Rae Sidisklaus and Isabeau for the linden log, Alan the Bowyer for splitting it and for

Spool and plug

Anja’s Mary Rose style spool and needlecase, Alys and Louisa for putting Anja up over Friday night and Eileen for Saturday night! (…and your scribe *always* values her Lord Loren’s packing toting and driving, along with putting up with occasional panics….) …and my goodness Alys, you’ve been coordinating this demo for *how* many years?

We’re not sure what the schedule is going to be this coming weekend, with Coronet and the Potluck. Herb Bunch and Sewing may get dumped if Anja gets to Coronet, but the Potluck will happen as scheduled.

The 4 pieces of linden, for size, those are Loren’s knees and fingers at the top of the pic.
  • Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 11am-1pm (Possibly not this week)
  • Sewing Time – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 3-5pm (Possibly 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:

Moar Crown Tourney

Artisan’s Village

Early Week – This week kinda started on Tuesday….. and most of it was packing for Shrewsbury, except that during the week Anja worked on a cheese, among other foods.

Gudrun’s mundane issue is sorting itself out, which is a big relief.

Cheese-making from the Tacuinam Sanitatis

Cookery – We thought the fig sap rennet didn’t work. Nothing was visibly separating along the sides of the pot, but when Anja lifted the lid, there was a *huge* bubble up of curd! The curd was stirred, rather than cut, then heated to 120F and left at that temp for about 10 minutes while Anja got the cheese vessels set up and together. There wasn’t a lot of room, since other projects (including a non-period carrot soup) had been happening there but she scooped out the curds with the big ladle into the cloth, salting/spicing as she went. That got set aside because more curd, (although little pieces) was floating in the whey. A cloth over the strainer was to catch them as the whey went through the cloth. Best laid plans…. The whey built up, rather than going through the muslin and then the screen tipped into the pot. Ok, try again, screen went into the cookpot and the whey was repoured and again a flood cascaded onto the floor, then again when Anja went to pick up the muslin, it shot out every crevice and fold… Well, she didn’t smell like sour milk, just odd from the rennet.

So after hanging for 18 hours I used these instructions for brining. She said, 5 Tbsp for 4 cups of water. Our cup was way wider, so we used 8 cups and a heaping 1/2 cup of salt. Instructions said to bring to a rolling boil and then simmer for an hour. There wasn’t quite enough water, but it worked well enough.

Served over the weekend – More on that, below.

Herb Bunch – We got a fern that was rescued from a trash bin re-potted and it’s doing fine. Much like the tiny begonias, ditto, and a number of broken pieces set by to callus. A couple from last week have put out roots and an ice plant got potted of those. We’ve got a couple more cacti to work with, but those need rather special treatment. No workshop on Saturday.

Sewing – Anja got a little time in on a towel that she’s embroidering on Tuesday. Tuesday evening she set up the cuffs and collar band project for Seamus Laurel shirt and started the collar band on Wednesday. No pix until the weekend, though.

Shrewsbury – Food – Anja – I spent Thursday evening making up more foodly things for the weekend, plus Loren cooked a couple of bread loaves. The last pix, of the bacon/blue butter, finished, and the two versions of deviled ham didn’t turn out for some reason, so I tried for pix at the event.

Shrewsbury – Packing – Anja

Early in the day Isabeau finally got in touch with me about the crash space. Isabeau’s been sick all week and is only just now starting to feel better.

During the early afternoon while I packed boxes, Loren started making it possible to put everything in the car. By 5 mostly everything but largesse, food and clothing was ready. The hats display was a bit of an effort. It’s heavy, so were some of the totes and boxes and the suitcase.

The tables had to go in first, two large and one small, along with my walker and then 7 boxes of display demo stuff. The blackwork backing display turned out to be missing the pieces to finish it. No clue where they vanished to.

By 6:30 everything was packed, but not in the car, but we decided to sit down to eat supper. By 7, I was champing at the bit, as usual, but the car was filling up.

Shrewsbury – Friday – Anja – We headed out at around 7:30, stopping for ice and then to pick up our pizza slices from home. The drive was nice. We munched pizza and talked the whole way. The starts were really bright at the site and Mars was amazing.

Loren/Tempus offloaded and we really had a car-full. 7 boxes, two tables, a totes, my regular basket and two more, a cooler, water-bottles, the drink cooler, plus all the little odd pieces that never fit anywhere…. and then a re-think and he also dropped off the tote of blankets and my heavy denim coat…. and it was a good thing he did! We said our farewells for the weekend, then I talked awhile with various folks who were onsite, waiting for the person who was supposed to come find me for my crash space. Who didn’t.

My log (I was expecting a chunk, rather than a log!) had come down from Gate, where it had been dropped off and then taken down to the SCA area by the next SCAdians who came through the gate, “Get this thing off our table!” 🙂 It is a beautiful piece. (pix, farther down)

After awhile it was well past 10pm and obvious I was on-site for the night. Louisa and Alys consulted and the extra cot got put up in their tent for the night. Louisa set it up with my blankets from the car box and an extra-cushy one of hers. I crawled in, fully dressed and she tucked me in. I went immediately to sleep, being really, really tired.

I half-woke several times as car headlights lighted up the tent walls and more times as the fighter-types camped across from us and really loud with their war stories and combat demonstrations. There were no weapons just wildly waving arms, but they were loud, and more than a bit drunk. 🙂 Louisa and Alys didn’t wake me coming in. They were vewy, vewy quiet….

…though a leg cramp dumped me onto the tent floor late in the night after the whole place was silent. Amazingly, I didn’t wake *them*! I crawled out of the tent, since I couldn’t stand, yet, dragging my jacket and walker and shoes. I finally managed to stand up and then walked it off, back and forth along with pathway, bumping and rattling over the hard ground. I managed to find the biffies, too, which was direly necessary by then.

Omgs, the stars! It was worth it to see them! It’s been awhile since I’ve been out at night with an unobstructed view, a clear sky and time to look. I got a bit chilled, so I found my heavy coat and went back out to sit and stare. We have beautiful views of the stars on the coast, too, but at this time of the year it’s usually overcast before dawn. I got a snack (the last of the pizza) and some water and finally got tired enough to go back into the tent and back to bed.

Shrewsbury – Saturday – Anja

The others woke before I did, but I nabbed some bread and cheese and a nectarine and started setting up. Alys was the lovely person who made sure I had coffee, so I wouldn’t disgrace us all. 🙂 There was a tent with potluck foodstuff, so that’s where The cheese was placed. I cut it and grabbed a bit for myself and I *liked* it. It’s a good eating cheese, not too salty, not too crumbly, and dry enough to not be sticky in the mouth. It was all gone, but for scraps and one chunk that I snagged out for Loren, by the time we were done on Sunday!

All of us worked steadily and got our displays up and ready and then most sat for a couple of minutes before the 10am horns started blowing and the parade came through.


…and then the mundanes started through. Whew! We were *busy*! I ended up working with people on blackwork during the day and at least a dozen more took cards to go look at the blogs. Someone at the gate started telling parents with kids about the toys display and we had a *lot* of people who came through with that in mind.

Alan stopped by and gifted me with a Mary Rose style thread spool with the center case for needles! How wonderful! I’ve been lusting after one since the first time I saw one!

The son of the person who is doing largesse for their highnesses picked up the box during the afternoon after I spent awhile getting labels on things.

By the end of the day, and it was hot, everyone was drooping, either from heat or not enough sleep and we were glad to hear the last jousting bouts start (since the crowds thinned) and then the cannons going off at 6.

I got some more to eat of the bread, fruits, pickles, butters and devilled ham and sat still for awhile, myself, swilling water. I had talked to my crash space person, (Eileen) finally, earlier in the day and her son came by to tell me that they were thinking of leaving more around 8pm, than 10, which was fine with me. So after chatting with various around the A&S camp, I headed out with them.

I went to sleep pretty early, but it turned out they had cats, which was fun while the one was in a frenzy over the ties on my gown and smock, but not so fun when my lungs went off in the middle of the night. I had to sit up for several hours, because I would start coughing when I lay down.

When I did, though, I had to convince one of the cats, that my hip was not an appropriate sleeping spot, but then she curled up right in front of my feet and purred until the soreness from hard ground and more standing than my bones like was soothed and I drifted off again, sleeping hard. Apparently, I didn’t even wake when Eileen spoke to me after she first got up.

Shrewsbury – Sunday – Anja

Spool and plug

I had a leisurely morning while folks went off on errands and to church, getting to spend some time chatting with Eileen’s son who is quite an intelligent young man. I read a bit, bathed, got myself put together and then we headed for the site. It was as crazy busy as Saturday and stayed pretty steady right until the cannons went off.

I had fun talking with people and seeing how others interacted with the displays. Antonia was right next to me display her painting and scribal work. It was great to actually see a collection of her work, too, since it’s usually one piece at a time, and the demo of how she preps the inks/paints was *great*. I had fun watching when I had a free 30 seconds. 🙂

Antonia made a comment later about things that appeal to folks who are “homozygous for the nerd gene”. <giggling> I gotta remember that phrase!

Anja’s displays

Alan the Bowyer got my linden log quartered during the day, bless him! …and he also gifted me with one of the beautiful Mary Rose thread winder/needlecases that he does. I’ve been drooling

Looking into the needlecase part of the spool

over these for a couple of years, already. They’re *great*!

I did get one short break where I drooled over some pottery. I really want a couple of the blue Make Mine Pottery mugs, and she has a lovely spouted bowl in the same color. <sigh>

At one point I was talking about my crazy hobbies and mentioned the fig sap rennet cheese to a ‘dane. He was fascinated and left with some instructions on where to find more info and how to do a scalded milk cheese. 🙂 Before we were done talking a couple more people joined the conversation and I went through a lot of the same information, and then a few more…. for an hour I talked cheese. Wow! …and not a darned piece in the display. I have to figure out how to do this one, now. 🙂

During the quieter interludes I was watching what folks looked at. Everything we had drew attention, but when Antonia was there, a lot more was on the ink/paint prep, so that’s a fantastic active demonstration. There was one little guy who fell in love with Antonia’s painting of the guy carrying a castle. He told the parental unit with him, with his eyes very wide and in awed tones. “He’s is pretty-es!” Couldn’t have been more than 3 1/2 years old, and a scribe in the making? 🙂

The displays

As soon as it turned 6pm most of us dumped the heavier Renn garb and got back into t’s and jeans or light skirts. That was a *huge* relief! 4 layers of non-light fabric heavily gathered? It was too hot for that.

The 4 pieces of linden, for size, those are Loren’s knees and fingers at the top of the pic. You can see where Alan had to wrassle the one piece because of a knot.

…and displays were being pulled down pretty quickly. I think I was packed down within 3/4 of an hour and consolidating for another 1/4 in between rest breaks. I got myself some more food (and I actually got breakfast and lunch and an afternoon snack this day), sat down and ate and re-hydrated while others were pulling tablecloths and tapestries, then went back and packed down the food, found suitcase and comp bag and pulled them out and so on. Right after that, they were getting ready to drop the A&S pavilion and the others herced the stuff that I had in the display to the path, dropped the tables and ditto and within another 5 minutes Loren was pulling up in the car!

So I sat and kept track and found things while he packed the car and everyone else was dropping the pavilions, pulling stakes and the like. We were ready to go not too long after sunset, said our farewells and hit the road.

We got to rt 20 before full dark and talked over our weekends all the way home. We stopped to grab a late snack, then hit the shop and unpacked, going home yawningly at nearly midnight.

Project Day – …kinda sorta happened. No pix, no real progress on Loren’s projects, but Alexander from Tymberhavene stopped by and they had fun talking.

Miscellaneous pix

Houpellandes and music

Music – Ancient FM again this week!


New Page on the fig rennet cheese –


…and found on one of Anja and Loren’s son’s Facebook wall…

Tantum in Gallia

Two Roman commanders were tasked with conquering the Gauls.

One of them, Marcus Maximus, has vigorously trained his fighting men to within an inch of their lives. He thinks he is ready for any eventuality.

The other, more senior commander, goes by Brutus Quintus. He also has highly trained men under his command but he never goes anywhere without a unit of half-naked northern men painted blue. They are, in fact, a group of Pictish barbarians.

On the morning of the battle Marcus Maximus charges forward and destroys the Gauls almost immediately. It is total supremacy on the battlefield and Brutus Quintus just watches it all happen silently without committing a single soldier to the battle.

The following morning the army awakes and there, through some sorcery, is the Gaul army untouched and waiting again for battle. Again Marcus Maximus leads his troops into the fight and wipes out the Gauls only to awaken the next morning to find them magically waiting again.

Five days running Marcus defeats the Gauls and yet each morning his victory is undone by the magics of the Gauls.

Finally on the sixth day Brutus Quintus lines up his troops with his Pictish barbarians in the vanguard. They charge into the Gauls wiping them out. The next morning Marcus Maximus awakens ready to taunt Brutus for his failure but there on the field of battle is all the evidence of the defeated Gauls. Somehow, Brutus Quintus has defeated the Gauls and their magic.

Marcus Maximus looks to Brutus Quintus and asks him, “How did you undo these magics?”

Brutus Quintus calmly replies, “Simple Marcus, you must understand that you need Picts or it didn’t happen.”

Anja, Loren, Gudrun (V), Isabeau (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+37 = 56 plus 25 pouches for block-printing, 25 unfinished pincushions, 1 sewing kit (except for bone needle), varnished stuff (124)
  • Total as a Household = 3739 handed off

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