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…

Buckthorn for inks and pigments

I have been trying for quite some time to find Buckthorn berries in the wild. It’s surprisingly difficult. When I started in the SCA first, or rather, when I decided ink making was for me having found the SCA, I found the Special Collections Conservation Unit of the Preservation Department of Yale University Library’ pamphlet…

Extracts from somewhere else

I feel like I’m been busy forever. It is difficult to get time to assign to the things I really love. I did manage to get some thoughts on paper on another subject recently and it occurred to me some of the findings could reasonably be housed here, so I can come back to them…

An inkmaker’s kit

Some time ago I signed up to help out at an Eplaheimr demo in Loughrea, at the Medieval festival ( ‘Echoes of our Past’ – in partnership with Irish Walled Towns Network, Galway County Council and The Heritage Council.) there. The brief was to bring something as a sample of what I do that I…

Essential tools for early pyromaniacs.

Long, long ago.. okay it was April-ish … I heard many excellent tales about an event called Serve it Forth, held in Polderslot.  It appears to have been an event I would have enjoyed very much, featuring cooking and food related classes, and I was sorry to miss it.  The bit that really made me…

When things go wrong

I had to call a halt to SCA, mundane work just got too busy and too fraught, my health took a little interesting detour and I’d end up an awful lot of evenings utterly unable to remember my name yet alone how to SCA or anything like it. There was an occasional wave through a…

A rose by any other name would ..taste? as sweet

I’ve spent quite a lot of hours on making flowers for a wedding cake, and the practice of making real world items in sugar is most definitely a medieval one so I get to cheat and include them here. This is another not exactly SCA post, more interest adjacent.  I am due to return to…

Tentative pokings

I haven’t been around much.  Some might say at all.  SCA stuff was a bit hard to keep up with with other stuff going on life and mundane work wise.  I’ve found myself going “I should look into that” and “I should try that!” again, so maybe that’s a sign that things are coming back…

Small acorns from mighty oaks

I was working on a project to present something I made to my very awesome laurel for my anniversary event Champions of Lough Devnaree (an excellent event, as always, ably run by Lord Jasper Rose and his staff with a truly magnificent lunch and feast cooked by Mistress Caitriona of the Ravens and her excellent…