Summer snippets part 2 – all about Joan

This is Joan. (With thanks to Mike and Allison for the picture. ) I’ve been Joan twice this summer. It’s peculiar – in the run up to Kentwell I do a lot of faffing and panicking, then there’s the actually getting there and putting up tents and then I just am. Life is both simpler […]

Saturday snippets 21 August 2015

{putting} a tent up Kentwell Hall, ready for this week’s hands on living history reenactment. Forecast was for a very hot day, so I went as early as I could to get sorted before the heat set in. Still hot work, particularly putting it up on my own, but I have now cracked how to […]

Mistress Joan and family

We finish at Kentwell hall midsummer tomorrow. Last chance to meet Mistress Joan until August.

Perfect moments

When the rain starts 5 minutes after you get back to your tent after a long warm day. When your 3 year old picks up a diabolo lying on the sward and can almost work it. When you speak to your other half and say a friend went on a supermarket run so you asked […]

The Petie Schole by Francis Clement

Published in 1587, The Petie Schole by Francis Clement claims to contain “a method to enable both a childe yup reade perfectly within one moneth, & also the unperfect to write English aright” Having read most of this last night, I’m not sure I’d say it was a truly complete method, but I’ll be giving […]

Keeping God’s hours.

Well nearly 😉 We tell visitors that we rise with the sun. I was awake at 4, but I didn’t crawl out of my lovely warm sleeping bag until 6, to do a bit of remedial work on the page’s jerkin. Morning’s are worth it here. Today we’ll be welcoming school parties from neighbouring counties. […]

Breakfast in a tent: #summerdaysout with Petits Filous pouches

Starting day two of our Tudor adventure at Kentwell Hall this morning with a healthy breakfast of Petits Filous pouches. The only real difficulty during the day reenacting with children is they don’t tend to like pottage (personally I love it, what’s not to like about a healthy stew made of roots and wurts?) so […]

De stuffocation and a digital detox.

It’s Kentwell time. I’m not ready. I’m never ready. I trudge through my days frittering time away and then suddenly panic that the deadline is upon me. I don’t know why I do that. I think I’m getting worse at it, or maybe it’s just that there are more of us to get ready. (Where […]

Time traveling mode – 1920s

I’m really quite pleased with how this dress turned out. Looks well at the Hall, doesn’t it?

The last camping trip of the year – win with Equip+

Will take place next weekend, and sadly, I won’t be on it. It’s Tudor Michaelmas at Kentwell Hall. Tim is going to chop wood. Big will be in the Still room, and Small will revise his role as a page. I decided that it was too late in the season to risk with the very […]

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