What we did at Winterfest

After a frantic week of shoe making, cloak hemming and costume tweaking we were more or less ready for our first whole family participation in a Huscarls camp. This was a paid gig for the group and our job was to come along, look authentic, talk to the public and have fun. I think we managed to meet all those criteria fairly well. We arrived at about 8:00am after stopping off to pick up firewood at the servo. Helped with the last bits of setting up camp, fortified ourselves with bacon and egg rolls, mini Dutch pancakes, hot chocolates and … Continue reading What we did at Winterfest


This weekend we will be getting dressed up as vikings and hanging out at Winterfest with the Huscarls. I’m looking forward to having a play with my longbow and watching the very gorgeous falconry displays. Jousting, fighting displays and a working trebuchet also promise to be lots of fun. So, if you’re in Sydney and at a loose end this weekend come along, it’ll be awesome, I promise! Winterfest 2008 5th and 6th July, 2008Marsfield ParkCulloden Road, North Ryde(opp. Golf Range adjoined to Macquarie University)10.00am- 5.00pm Saturday & Sunday The draft timetable (which will in all probability have changed by … Continue reading Winterfest

Replica bead making

One of my justifications for the acquisition of my own glass bead making gear is that I will be able to make replica Anglo-Saxon/Viking beads to go with our, and other group members’, Huscarls costumes. This weekend I finally got around to making a couple of sets of replica-ish beads. The purple ones are for Caitlin and I do wonder if the encased flowers are historically accurate but the green and brown ones are, I think, pretty close to being HA. I’m still short a few tools that I want for shaping beads so I had to improvise a bit … Continue reading Replica bead making

Adam and I had been trying to think of things to do with the kids…

…and then I followed a link on Blue milk’s blog to Gever Tulley giving a brief talk on the topic of 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do. Now we’re positively full of ideas! http://static.videoegg.com/ted/flash/loader.swf I emailed the link to the video to Adam and he replied thusly: Perhaps we could do all at the same time, I have an old laptop. We couldgive them a pocket knife they could use it to disassemble the laptop whileit is on fire and ripping music, in the passenger seat of the MPV….. See? Fun for all the family 🙂 Seriously … Continue reading Adam and I had been trying to think of things to do with the kids…

Pottery and politics

Today we voted then drove for 40 minutes to the leather supplies place where we spent more money than planned because there’s no point going that far if you’re not going to make it worth your while. Then it was back home grabbing lunch on the way, we picked up some stuff and headed up to Gosford to the Huscarls meet. Today was a craft day rather than training, we had 12kg of clay to play with. People were making oil burning lamps, bowls, jugs and cups. Adam and I managed a very nice ewer (him) and 5 cups (2 … Continue reading Pottery and politics

Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest.

Adam got back from Amsterdam this morning so the day started early with the distribution of loot among the kids. The boys got mini remote control helicopters, no I don’t know what that has to do with Holland either, and Caitlin scored a very pretty Swarovski crystal pendant. I got tea from the British Museum and there was also a haul of books on various things medieval – anglo saxon crafts, celtic and norse designs, and saxon and viking artefacts – and a set of dvds titled Masterpieces of the British Museum. Breakfast followed, eventually. Tom had been promised maccas … Continue reading Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest.

Funny feet!

Adam finished sewing the shoes mentioned in my previous post. This photo doesn’t do them justice, they look much funnier in real life especially paired with his suit pants. He’s reading over my shoulder saying “They’re not supposed to be funny, they’re supposed to be intimidating! They’re for pillaging in!” Somehow I don’t think it was their footware that made Vikings so feared way back when… They still need to be stained, sealed and have lacing put in to keep them on at the ankle so not quite properly finished but the sewing and turning right side out is the … Continue reading Funny feet!

Cool stuff

I promised photos of weaponry and other cool stuff a while back, so here I give you the collection so far. Adam made the shield, Caitlin’s shoes and David’s boots. There’s a spear and a pair of boots (for himself) in production. The bow, dagger and drinking horn were bought at Abbey. The dagger is purely for decorative purposes on account of that pointy bit you see on the end there 😉 Front of the shield already showing signs of having had the crap beaten out of it with spears and swords. Back of the shield showing hand hole behind … Continue reading Cool stuff

The walking is paying off!

I lost 0.6kg this week and I finally feel like I’m really starting to get somewhere again, it feels good 🙂 I had my first go at training with the Huscarls on the weekend, using a shield to defend against a spear attack, it’s hard work! Fun though. I didn’t think I’d be very much interested in the combat side of things but I can see how it could draw you in. Adam has finished making a pair of shoes for Caitlin and is working on a pair of boots for David, when they’re done I’ll post a pic. Conversation … Continue reading The walking is paying off!

Does marathon reading count?

Because I spent a good part of the weekend reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and the new Bujold fantasy (Sharing Knife: Legacy), of the 2 the Bujold was by far the more satisfying. Rowlings just doesn’t seem to make me care about her characters *shrug*. Saturday morning was taken up with our first training session with the Huscarls, they were very welcoming and much fun was had, especially by the kids who ran around like mad things beating each other up with rubber swords. We joined up officially and plan on getting involved in all the stuff they … Continue reading Does marathon reading count?