Inside the Bardic Circle with Laila al-Sanna’ al-Andalusiyya

As a follow-up to last week’s Inside the Bardic Circle, I felt it was only fitting to showcase our current Queen’s Bard, Laila al-Sanna’ al-Andalusiyya. I am very honored to share her interview with you. After moving from Caid a few years ago, Laila has been active in our kingdom developing some exciting ideas like…

Inside the Bardic Circle with Mästarinna Margreþa la Fauvelle

Black Gryphon Inn XX is right around the corner and in an attempt to inspire people to try their hands at the bardic arts, I am very excited to share this interview our current King’s Bard, Mästarinna Margreþa la Fauvelle. She is not only a magnetic performer and a skilled musician, but she took me…

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….

Inside the Bardic Circle with Úlfarr Gyldir

As we draw closer to our bardic competition at Black Gryphon Inn, I was excited to hear that one of my favorite local bards was coming to compete this year. I have had the pleasure to hear several of his pieces and am excited to see what he brings next month. Úlfarr Gyldir is a…

Inside the Bardic Circle with Rowan Auley

On today’s installment of Inside the Bardic Circle, we spoke with 2016 Bardic Champion of Settmour Swamp, Rowan Auley. I had the pleasure of watching them perform at the Black Gryphon Inn last year with a Shakespearean Sonnet that had me in tears because I was laughing so hard. Hopefully we will be able to…

Inside the Bardic Circle with Lily MacRuarie

Time has gone by so quickly this year! After coming home from King’s and Queen’s Bardic Championship last weekend, I realized how little time I have left as the Baronial Bardic Champion for Settmour Swamp. As I prepare to pass on the mantle, I reflect on the time that I have served as champion. One…

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…

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…