I lives in a splendidly cool shire!
Our local revel this weekend brought out a total of 12 folks to spend the afternoon. We sat over a pot of tea, chatting about heraldry and Good Heraldry Design According to Genevieve, then switched gears to drag out pieces of scrap fabric and prompt some ideas about how to use it. Peregrine
(can't find his blog, sorry) and Emayn, our two new arrivals from the Crescent Isles, were pressed into service to suggest how to make a 14th c. hood, and advised thorngrove
about how to cut her fabric to get a short cloak out of it. I came away with a small piece of beeeeoooooooooooouuuutiful brocade from thorngrove
, to make a small pouch from. Glorious!
When I looked around, everyone seemed happily engaged -sewing, embroidering, measuring and sketching, browsing heraldry books and making plans.
With the changing seasons, we now need our candles in the evening! All of them! Have to remember candlesticks and more candles in future.
We had a splendid small meal, and then cracked open the copies of Henry V to do some reading.
My sweetie was (unsurprisingly) asked to lead, variously as Chorus, Canterbury, or Captain Ffluellen (with a passable comic Welsh accent) and also Harry himself. nz_bookwyrm
and Julia WINOLJ all took parts, and we read...
the prologue, the intro by the priests, the bit about the tennis balls, the tussle between Nym and Pistol, the argument between Ffluellen and the other soldiers about the disciplines of war, the English lesson between Katharine and her maid, the siege of Harfleur, the Englishmen the night before the battle, 'Today is called St. Crispin's', and a comic ransom scene between a Frenchman and Pistol (I think) - it's a fun scene left out of Branaugh's Henry V, and Robert thinks it's a great loss.
Reading this list over, we actually hit quite a bit of it!
Before I knew it, it was 9.30 and time to pack up.
This was one of the most pleasant recent revels I can remember: good company, getting fun things done, breaking bread, and drinking wine.
The shire seems to be settling in around a dozen people - as in, we had 12(!) people turn out to go shopping last week, we had 12 people turn out to the past couple of shire meetings, we had 12 people show up to the revel.
It's not always the same 12 people (though there are some regulars), but it's becoming a sort of norm.
I have to adjust my head: I brag about us now being the biggest shire in ID, but honestly, part of me still thinks of Thamesreach as being about 5 people, wondering how on earth we can bootstrap this group into activity.
My head ached only a little
bit on Sunday, though I was more sluggish than I liked, and didn't get any of my planned calligraphy done.
I did, however, cut out and piece a new bonnet for Robert (motivated by using up scraps, and this is a lovely piece of linen), and a new napkin with the last of the linen, and pressed and pinned my partlet.
Robert took home two roast chicken carcasses from the revel, and made a wonderful rich Turish soup with lentils, which filled the house with roasty-chickeny-savoury smells all afternoon and evening. thorngrove
is coming round this evening to discuss chemises and possible tunic-making in time for the coming University.