The elevation of Master Baron Master Master Etienne

Master Etienne Fevre de Dion is one of those amazing people; talented, effortlessly eloquent, debonair, inventive and Machiavellian of persona enough to keep you on your toes.  I met him at my first event and was struck in two ways – 1) I want to be like him when I grow up,  and 2) horrible levels…

Inks for sharing..

I recently attended Court of Love, this year without any specific job to do which I enjoyed.  I got to see what it was like to attend an event without worrying about anything at all, just enjoying the activities and talking to people.  I had a spectacular multi-day migraine in the run up to the…

Lots of things, including ID Coronet and University

I know, I know, I suck at this regular blogging thing, so I thought I better have a sit down and think about what have I been up to.  I have an event to write up, one piece of news that definitely gets its own post and this post will be a general round up. My…

A little paradise at Champions of Lough Devnaree…

And besides all this (proceeded Socrates), nowhere among the various countries which he inhabits or visits does he fail to make it his first care that there shall be orchards and gardens, parks and “paradises,” as they are called, full of all fair and noble products which the earth brings forth; and within these chiefly…

Scriptorium and Fencing camp, April 2014 and a follow up

I went along as a day tripper to the Scriptorium and Fencing Camp hosted by Dun In Mara in April to attend the illumination and calligraphy classes given by Mistress Melisende Fitzwalter. It reminded me what an absorbing and peaceful thing working on illuminated pieces actually is, and on the day I ended up concentrating…

Some preliminary notes on running a first event..

1) It’s exhausting.   I have several postloads of information to write about, but I have only just gotten my brain wound up enough to say these next few bits.  I know that a lot of it has to do with the sheer amount of nervous energy burned off in the run up to and…

Champions of Lough Devnaree (and some other bits and pieces)

I know, I know, I have a lot of catching up to do.  I will have posts on cuttlefish metal casting and dyeing with weld, madder, logwood, almond skins and elderberries shortly, but I need to organise a few mundane life things first.  Oh, and go to Autumn Crown Tourney in Caerphilly Castle, Wales this weekend…

Flaming Arrow VI – 26th-28th April 2013

Archery is by far my favourite of the martial skills, one I hope to sort equipment out to spend far more of my time trying to get anyway half decent at it.  Flaming Arrow is an all archery weekend organised by Glen Rathlin, and this year was my first time to attend.  It’s a small…

Festival of Fools

The Festival of Fools, a shiny new Dun in Mara event, was held the weekend of 22nd – 24th March 2013.  It was a huge investment of time and energy by the Dun In Mara crew which certainly paid off, it was a great weekend.     I discovered rice porridge and fruit soup from…

Champions of the Court of Love

The Shire of Eplaheimr put forth the call, that all might sojourn at the Court of Love in Clara to pay homage with impressive feats of arms and wondrous works.  I couldn’t make the Friday night, and was dithering Saturday morning when I realised the two boys weren’t going to be able to make it….