Finds from the Latrine: A Silvered Salve Box from Oslo

Finds from the Latrine: A Silvered Salve Box from Oslo

Anyone who has camped (or gone to Pennsic) knows the horrors of dropping things into the latrine.  Once it falls in, that’s it.  Say “goodbye”!

I am so delighted about this wooden box of salve from Medieval Oslo; It is one little treasure that has been returned to us thanks to the archaeologists working on the Follo Train Line excavations.

(Salve box with silver foil decoration from Follo Train Line Excivations, Oslo, Norway
Drawing by author, detail of Photograph by Sara Langvik Berge, NIKU, in Alle Tiders 2016, page 6)

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Drachenwald University 2018, and presenting my Golden Egg

Drachenwald University 2018, and presenting my Golden Egg

This year’s Drachenwald University was held last weekend at the beautiful Ingestre Hall, a 17th c. Jacobean mansion in Stafford, England.  These beautiful surroundings framed a busy but rewarding weekend.  Two personal highlights were presenting my finished Golden Egg project and receiving the Order of the Panache, a kingdom-level Arts and Sciences award.

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Clearing the boards, and clearing the mind

Clearing the boards, and clearing the mind

I’ve gotten into a rut.  I have ideas of projects I’d like to be working on, but they keep stranding in the planning stages.  Think, think, think, but never DO has lead to some serious craftipation and frustration.  Life has been forcing me to take a step back and is forcing radical simplification on a more global scale.  While on reflecting on how to reduce stress, it finally dawned on me: Skill building for reenactment doesn’t only happen when working on ‘period’ projects.

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Tea and memories

Tea and memories

Once upon a time, in a life far, far away…. I spent a month travelling around Germany, just me and my bicycle.  Tucked under the German border to Denmark is the tiny island of Sylt.  In between cycling along the beaches, I stopped by a small outdoor market, where I fell in love with a hank of glorious fluffy red-purple variegated handspun yarn.  And now this yarn has finally become a lovely tea cozy to use every morning, a practical memento from a wonderful adventure.

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A first visit to Visby

Just rounding off a lovely visit with friends in Visby. It was my first visit, but certainly won't be my last!

I now feel like I understand the lay of the town and with excellent guiding from both my hosts, I now better see more of the medieval details hiding in plain view. There has been wool and there's been exploration and church visits up in the Bro area.

This morning I made one last visit to the St Olof (Olav) church ruins. A special reminder of the influence of Norway's foremost saint.

Now squeezing in one last fika in the garden with supplies from the Själsö bakery van parked by the Eastern Gate.

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S:t Olof ruins in Visby

Food for War: Lunch for a Norse Persona at Double Wars XXX

Food for War: Lunch for a Norse Persona at Double Wars XXX

This is the other “low-threshold” project I brought to Double Wars.  I pulled together a group of food items that would be appropriate for my medieval Norwegian (Norse) persona based on foodway information I have gleaned through the years.  The theme is general ‘Norwegian’, and the sources below reflect a range of time-periods and regions.  My persona would have been familiar with these foods, and likely reveled in the abundance and variety available to her for lunching at DW. 

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A Coin Purse from Bergen (or twenty)

A Coin Purse from Bergen (or twenty)

As I presented in my post about becoming Admiral of the High North, I have a goal of paying an annual ‘tax’ to the Crown in the form of largesse, practical items that the Crown can use or regift as they see fit.  This year I held true to my theme of Norwegian artifact-based projects, and created a score of leather coin purses, based on a find from Medieval Bryggen in Bergen, Norway.

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