Oh the heralds of the Barony at the Court at Crown Tourney..

..were just passing by. (A mangled song from dusty caverns in the very back of my mind, which will now likely earworm me for days. I will spare you all the link to the original) So thing one about me: I don’t like being in the way and I’m not fond of being obvious in…

Méadar an Mháistir (the Master’s Mether)

I had a sekrit project, it’s one of the reasons I went quiet here again despite being back in SCA circles, the other being that I’ve moved out of my old house and am currently in weird limbo waiting to be able to start work on my new home. That’s a story for another day…

Three recipes for Buckthorn Ink and one attempt

The recipe I have attempted is from the Paduan Manuscript via Mary P. Merrifield’s Medieval and Renaissance Treatises on the Arts of Painting. (1999). I haven’t managed to get a workable-for-me version of the original manuscript source, but the Manuscript Miscellanea 992 contains recipes for all kind of colours, fine inks, and varnishes, gum arabic,…

Getting ready for more ink making

There has been much much embarrassed clearing of throat after uncontrollable maniacal laughing in my house…. No, not really, but I am hugely enjoying finding myself back into pigment and ink making mode. I did find that the oak galls were harder to smash up than I remembered, maybe I’m more chill this time. (Pro…

Hawthorn Ink

I was all excited when I discovered hawthorn Ink was made in period thinking it was possibly the berries I’d need to use. When I looked it up I actually remembered that I had seen it before and had registered too late, then as now, that the ink is made from the wood just before…

Fennel in Bartolomeo Scappi

I was doing the staring out the kitchen window, not really thinking about anything, waiting for the kettle to finish boiling and vaguely admiring my mini herb bed. The fennel went a bit more mad than I was expecting – which is good to know for my next garden – and I was admiring the…

Adventures in castle camping and camp cooking

Art and I recently (June bank holiday weekend) went along to Strawberry Raid at Sigginstown Castle, Tacumshane Co. Wexford, hosted by Liz and Gordon – who are doing the incredible work at the castle itself (and Dun in Mara generally) – and Agnes Boncuer and her event team. To say it was fantastic is an…

Green Oak

I really, really want to get refocused and ready to rejoin SCA life. I should start by reattaching my brain to Órlaith’s and do some research, right? Órlaith’s brain is full of interesting (to her at least) projects and A&S ambitions, Cee’s is wall to wall work, C#, CSS, SQL late nights and quite probably…

More Scappi and foraged things..

It is hot, far too hot, but I managed anyway to go outside and see some things to research and take photographs of to go along with a very short post about a few recipes in the Opera of Bartolomeo Scappi that feature ingredients we don’t readily find in shops in our modern age but…

Tracking down a source for Bluebells used as glue

There have been a few bluebell filled days recently, and yesterday was perhaps the most Bluebells I have ever seen in my life. Oceans of them flowed over the curious landscape of an until yesterday undiscovered-by-me part of Charleville forest, luxuriating in the May sunshine in their hundred of thousands, mellowing under slow wandering clouds…

Mushrooms in The Opera of Bartolomeo Scappi

There are times when my job in IT gets …busy.. and I contemplate other things I could be doing. It has become an especially strong feature of pandemic life now that I spend so much of my time in the one place in front of the same screens I worry I am taking root. The…

On fungi

I’ve gotten really interested in identifying fungi over the last couple of years in my mundane life and am starting to feel like I’m getting somewhere. I thought it might be fun to start finding out something, anything really, about fungi in Medieval life and thinking. Gathering fungi as a food source is not for…