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…

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…

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…

Hello on the other (hopefully) side

I had to take some time out – for lots of reasons, some not good, some pretty great – and while  I have been still a bit involved in a pared back version of things SCA, I haven’t been truly with it for just about a year now.    I taught some classes, (glass bead…

Coronet Tourney – post the second

So it’s been a while and the reason is probably also behind why I felt Coronet Tourney came in 2 parts, a great bit and a not so great bit.  Part 2, the not so great bit, was feast prep and feast itself.   I had a very hard time letting myself off the hook…

Coronet Tourney- post the first.

My thoughts about the recent Coronet come in two distinct flavours, so they will be split into two posts.  The first post, this one, is about the Coronet Tourney itself, since it was a bit special – the awesome Lady Gytha Ui Bhanain and Lord Aodh O’Siadhail were fighting in a Coronet Tourney for the first…

Parti-coloured gown plans, the prologue.. 

I have been planning to make a particolour gown for some time, I thought I might have had a chance to get it done before Coronet (more in that later) but my mundane working life has been a bit all consuming of late. I found this and I wanted to make sure I didn’t lose…

So where was I..

There have been real life work projects.  They have been consuming ALL the time and head-space – stupidly so – to the point where my SCA life was pretty much shelved and reluctantly ignored for the past several months.  Things are starting to free up again so here I am (not completely out of the…

Ink Making for all!

Some time ago there was a plot where I would go to Yule Ball and Kingdom University and there Mistress Genevieve Rouge Maunche and I would teach a class on making ink.  In the mean time various things conspired against my attendance (mostly very good things, mind) but we plotted some more, class notes were written and…

Verily, I doth suck at this blogging lark..

So I am typing in this box to will myself to remember what it is I need to backfill.. Let me see, what have I done.. more cooking, more ink making, Scriptoriums with Mistress Melisende,  a very tiny amount of sewing,  more not-properly-successful attempts at casting a pewter seal matrix for the fun of it,…

Other reasons to say thank you…

House Green got together for New Year’s Eve and a lovely evening was had.  As part of the evening there was the exchange of Kris kindle gifts and I got this fantastic stash of dyeing stuff – there is some alkanet, some lac extract, seeds for madder, woad, weld, dyer’s greenweed, dyer’s chamomile and flax…