Four years later and a lot has happened! It's been a while since I last published a blog article; I would not have guessed in 2017 (the last time I published a post here) that four years later we'd be dealing with a global pandemic.
I'm a bit late to this, but I've been meaning to type up something of a "year in review" for 2020. Despite the pandemic, a lot's happened and I've branched out to even more time periods (as if I needed that). I've also decided to pick up this blog and write some more posts: how-tos on historical crafting as well as some educational advice for living history. If you're tired of other folks' years in review, just scroll to the bottom and check out what I'm planning to write about next. This article is just for fun inasmuch as it is something for me to look back on in years to come.
While still blissfully enjoying life before lockdown, we conducted our annual civilian weekend at Historic London Town, MD. To further develop my persona, I made a new kit based on a painting of a publican from the Continent. The frock coat and matching breeches are Kochan & Phillips wool, and the coat is lined with linen, interlined with linen buckram. The waistcoat is some other wool broadcloth, lined in linen and interlined with linen buckram. The buttons on everything are Najecki repro casts of an original civilian set from the same period.
April & May
By this month, the realities of COVID hit us all like a brick. I switched from preparing for the year's events to going on socially-distanced hikes with friends and foraging the spring veggies. Notably, I was introduced to garlic mustard with which I made some delicious not-horseradish sauce, dolmas (but with garlic mustard leaves), and garlic-mustard pesto. We also discovered the deliciousness of chicken-of-the-woods mushrooms, especially when braised for a couple hours in a beef stock/wine/tomato sauce.
- How to make rush lights
- Making 15th century turn shoes
- Making my 15th century brigandine
- Making Westminster Abbey arrows
- Historical waffles