Inside the Bardic Circle with Drake Oranwood

I’m actually really excited to share this week’s update with you. Having been in the society for only a few years and performing for even fewer, it is still no surprise that I quickly heard of Drake Oranwood. His enthusiasm for all things musical performance is as infectious as his original melodies and if you…

Busy Season in the Swamp

It’s here… the baronial busy season in Settmour Swamp. Last week we played host to Mudthaw, today we hosted a demo, in a few weeks we will have our tavern event– Black Gryphon Inn, followed quickly by our weekend camping event– Quest, and then Pennsic… and then Ducal Challenge… and then we wake up in…

Thoughts on Mudthaw

Mudthaw! Holy (baronial) cow! What a day! Mudthaw is an amazingly full, all day event, that is always packed with friendship, fighting, music, food, court, arts and sciences, and many wonderful memories– but this year truly outshone. Yesterday was a day of surprises and many wonderful moments that I will cherish for years to some….

Always a Bridesmaid…but so happy to be a Finalist!

Yesterday was an incredible day at King and Queen’s Bardic Championship. Dragonship Haven hosted a busy event in a beautiful and resonant space; if you ever get the chance to perform in that room, do it. The was my second year performing in this competition. I felt much more prepared this year and I was…

Feathers and Strings

This post is all about feathers (making quills and plectrums) and strings (recent embroidery projects)… I’ll begin with feathers– as Emeline does a lot of calligraphy and illumination, she has been curious to attempt to make her own feather quills. As luck would have it, while at Birka, we came across some feathers for her…

Capital Improvements to the Encampment

Scroll to the bottom for photos! I wanted to take a moment and share some of the wonderful antiques that I have been fortunate enough to come upon lately and share these beautiful pieces that will be making their way into our encampment at Pennsic this year. I will also share a few photos of last years encampment for reference….

A Market Day at Birka

Today is Sunday; one week ago today Emeline and I made our way back from Birka. We had such a great time seeing everyone, and of course, who doesn’t love all the shopping? I also fought in the bear pit fencing tournament this year and was pleased with my 16th place result. Sticking it out…

A Note of Introduction

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our blog. This blog focuses on our adventures as members of the Society for Creative Anachronisms. Though we play 14th Century French personas (Emeline la Chauciere and Phelippe le Vigneron) our interests are many and varied and may include: calligraphy, illumination, embroidery, carpentry, fencing, brewing,…