Activities through 8-14-16 Potluck

House Capuchin Shield2s letter motifSummer is in full swing for us Coasties! It really limits the amount of time we have for projects, but we’re getting stuff done, anyway.

This past week’s projects were mostly lucet and footstool. Marcus and Anja are prepping for classes at Autumn War and Lebus and Anja is also putting together a class for Amergin’s on Papyns and Pottages.

Footstool cover

Footstool cover

All meetings are at the regular times this week, but we’re not sure who’s doing what on Tuesday. Is it fight practice? Adiantum A&S? Casting? Marcus and Anja are likely to be very late for Project Day.

  • Metal Night – has been put on hold for the time being in favor of….
  • Couer de Val fight practice (in Corvallis, Tuesday evenings) or maybe …
  • Adiantum’s A&S Night (at Yseult’s)
  • Sewing Time – Aat Ancient Light 6-8pm
  • Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 11am-1pm
  • Project Day – At Ancient Light, Sundays, Noon to 6pm
  • Next Potluck – 7/24

Here is the direct Portfolio link which has all the past Project Day reports and various projects, original here:  and new one here:

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Detail Giotto_-_Scrovegni_-_-36-_-_Lamentation_(The_Mourning_of_Christ)We had some very sad news this week. Jamie O’Gordon, Mistress Arlys o Gordon’s husband, succumbed to liver failure on Wednesday. Our condolences go out to this sweet lady and to their family.

There will be a memorial at some point.

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Sewing Time – …. was Loren, Kaleb, Will and Anja. Loren spent part of the time mending a sewing box that Arlys had painted for Anja. Will worked on spindle pouches, then a doll outfit, then start in on re-fitting Kaleb’s tunic since Anja had the thread for it. Anja mostly worked on the footstool cover, but also did a little on the Mamluk era embroidery patterns.

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Herb Bunch – Was just Anja prepping herbs, but she and Loren talked to folks during the day about the uses of sage, both the culinary and white varieties. On Sunday Anja harvested some borage flowers that went into the dehydrator. Each bloom has to be popped off its calyx and as you can see in one of the pictures, sometimes they refuse to be popped and self-destruct, instead.

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Project Day

Since the potted cheese needs to sit overnight to get to its tastiest, Anja and Loren did that Saturday night.

Potlucks need ingredients, so that’s where Sunday started with Anja working on borage and Loren at the grocery store, getting ground pork for sausage, chicken and vegetables for a soup to be made from the leftover poaching broth, and ice for drinks and keeping stuff in the cooler. They got really busy with customers so Anja didn’t get back to the sauce until 2:30 and past. She had been working on the footstool cover early on, but put it down to cook.

The Papyn Sauce

081416 AnjaLucetWhen Amy got there they talked lucets for a bit and Anja showed Amy a cord that she had tried to do. Didn’t quite work, but that’s why Loren is working on a smaller lucet. Anja also tried some spool knitting, but the loom wasn’t working so she just pulled the whole thing out. Loren started in on cutting a board in two to make it thinner.

Lucet board

081416 Spindle PouchLoren and Amy worked on setting up some of the spindle sets. We have a lot of the spindles, but the bags (being wool) had been waiting. Antonia (from Adiantum) had gifted us with a bag of carded stuff. Luciana cut the pouches. Will had been sewing them. During the late afternoon Loren pulled down the spindles, Amy strung the pouches and they made sure they had the right amount of wool. Tags this coming week….


Late in the afternoon we made the ground pork into sausage with garlic, caraway and some of the fennel that had been frozen. Jay got there just as we were in the last stages and Loren was kneading it, but he was in on  prepping the fennel awhile back!

Jay got some of the papyns when Anja did up a 2nd set of eggs, then put away the leftovers and set up a soup of the broth (with all the eggy bits!) frozen veg and boneless, skinless chicken thighs.

Other foods – Some darned how we missed getting pix of Amy and Jay’s contributions to the potluck, but here are the rest of what we were noshing on.

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Snack Potluck Menu

  • Smoked gouda and sharp cheddar cheese chunks – Amy
  • Potted Cheese – Loren and Anja
  • Rolls – Loren
  • Papyns – Anja
  • Assorted meats and cheeses – Jay
  • Sausage (not eaten, just prepped) – Jay, Anja and Loren
  • Pickled Herring – Anja

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Miscellaneous pix

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Renaissance Dance: Early Music Consort of London, DAVID MUNROWEARLY MUSIC CONSORT OF LONDON, Audio CD (January 13, 2008), Label: Virgin France, ASIN: B000CEBOQ8

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cyprus-mosaics-1.jpg.size.custom.crop.850x566Chariot Racing Mosaics! –


Eulalia hath a Churn! – She has really good, step-by-step instructions on making your own butter including how to culture it to make it happen faster.




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Sources for info on Daily Life in the Middle Ages – Excerpts from a Facebook discussion during the past week

Cynthia du Pont –  … I just wanted to mention this one…..he makes you feel like you are roaming the countryside and what you are seeing….I wish he would do one on 1500’s France!!…(my persona):
“The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England, A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century” by Ian Mortimer

Laura C. Minnick – … hit up your reference librarian to get Inter-Library Loans, and look for books by Margaret Scott. She has some fabulous stuff from the period. As to everyday life- look for sources by Barbara Hanawalt. She writes a lot about families, women and children, etc. Really good stuff.

Emilie Amt wrote _Women’s Lives in Medieval Europe_ is excellent, and is a book of excerpts from medieval writers, chronicles, etc. David Herlihy wrote _Women, Family, and Society in Medieval Europe_, and it is an excellent source. If you want more about women or marriage issues, Georges Duby really can’t be beat. And if you’re looking at mid- to late 14th c, Derek Brewer wrote _Chaucer and His World_ which is an excellent view of life in Chaucer’s time.

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Anja, Will, Loren, Kaleb, Amy, Jay

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Largesse Item Count – (includes gifts, auction items, etc.)

    • ASXLVII = 24
    • ASXLVIII = 88
    • ASXLIX = 794
    • ASL = 2138
    • ASLI = 90 plus 3 necklace sets, 4 sewing kit (in process), 4 wooden animals, 3 flowerpot pincushion, 29 pouches, 3 balls, 6 dolls, 5 spindle sets
    • Total as a Household = 2971 handed off

moving writing pen motifIn ministerio autem Somnium! Anja, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin
Page Created 8/8/16 & published 8/15/16 (C)M. Bartlett
Last updated 8/15/16

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