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This is the cheerful post...

   ...And I am feeling slightly smug.

I have been bust Acquiring Stuff(TM) for Empire.  It is fun!

Little Brown Bottles for Potions!  The brewing shop will probably be able to sell me some corks to fit.

16 of these.  I can fill them with dozes of things that are really consumable, like Patent Cold Cure, Cough Remedy, Relaxing Sleep Potion, and so forth, all made out of lemon, honey, ginger, cinnamon, and what have you.  Herbal and spice mixtures, anyway.  There are loads of recipes about that I can use.  I shall need labels.

I also have a load of stoneware bottles in the shed that I can scald out and treat with brewing sterilizer before filling with other perfectly potable potions and cunning cures.  It'll be fun to be able to give some child arnica for a bumped knee (with parental permission, natch), or some hefty blerk something warming for his head cold or soothing for his hung over stomach!  Being an apothecary will be fun.

I have also acquired my comestibles nomming things:


The bowl is about 5" across: perfect porridge size.  The tankard is one I have had for many years, but the goblet is new.  It's nearly 5" tall, and holds just about a small wineglass full.  Half full is a good measure of mead.

This lovely horn spoon arrived today.  It's a perfect desert spoon size: just the ticket for porridge, soup, stew, and mess of pottage...  I may buy the metal cutlery later, but for now this will do most of what I need and the spoon won't scratch the bowl.

I don't care HOW anachronistic some folk may think it, I cannot manage a whole weekend without properly brewed tea and coffee.  And anyway, this is fantasy LARP, not reenactment.  Get over it.  So I have a teapot and a coffee pot on the way.  Both suitably well used looking...


OK, slightly battered!  But of a nice plain style that won't look glaringly out of place.  Or too shiny!

I have yet to solve the problem of a suitable cup for drinking the tea and coffee.  I'm thinking a handleless pottery beaker of rustic mien, but I haven't found one I like yet.  The nicest ones I've seen were horribly expensive but perfectly beautiful repro Simian ware jobs, which are possibly a tad too refined and up-market for my character and her nation.  There is time.  I shall keep looking.  And I am pondering the possibilities of using a tealight holder/trivet to keep the drinks hot, as a tea cosy just doesn't seem right.  Not even a heraldic one!

I have also commissioned a lovely medieval style leather girdle with a ring rather than a buckle, and a pouch to go with it.  They were not cheap, but they will be lovely and last many years.  Pics when it gets here.



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Jan. 22nd, 2013 09:47 pm (UTC)
"I don't care HOW anachronistic some folk may think it, I cannot manage a whole weekend without properly brewed tea and coffee. And anyway, this is fantasy LARP, not reenactment. Get over it."

And unlax. Since it is fantasy LARP, does it matter at all what some folk may think about anachronisms? (Those wouldn't be the same folk trying to conceal---or not conceal---their all too modern steel or aluminum cans of their beverage of choice, would they?)

"I have also commissioned a lovely medieval style leather girdle with a ring rather than a buckle, and a pouch to go with it. They were not cheap, but they will be lovely and last many years. Pics when it gets here."
Curious to know about the belt with the ring. Keen to see pics, too.
For the longest time, we've been cheerfully admitting we have no documentation for that particular SCA "convention." Belts with rings instead of buckles have been used in the Society for Creative Anachronism virtually since the very first tournament held back in 1966. No one gets on anyone's case for using a ring cinch on a leather belt or girdle (at least, they ought not be getting on anyone's case!) instead of a buckle.

So, the question I want to ask is one of curiosity and interest: have you discovered documentation for a leather strap cinched with a ring instead of a buckle worn by a human being instead of a pack animal (which latter use we can document)? And if you have, would you share, pretty pretty please?
Jan. 22nd, 2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
No documentation for the belt from me! I just rather like the look of it, and it fits with my character. The ring is patterned, but with nothing that looks cultural, tribal, or anything like that. I'm fighting my instinctive grab for all things Celtic and Viking, and going for something more generic and abstract.

The thing with this game is that we are going for the high medieval fantasy look: nothing later than 1500, nothing earlier than 800. No Dark Ages or Romans or Ancient Greeks. Narnia, Lord of the Rings, The Once and Future King, mixed with Henry V, The Wars of The Roses, and the Court of Eleanor of Aquitain! In fact, everything the Pre-Rafaelites thought England OUGHT to have been, with added orcs and magic! The Italian Renaissance just gets a look in with The League nation, but my Marchers are more like King John, the Magna Carta, and the Robber Barons!

Tea and coffee will be consumed. I just don't want their vessels to look out of place in what is generally going to look like the camp of a widow who owns her own commercial herb garden and who also works as an apothicary and fairly low key magic user (as magic is used in healing), in a camp that wouldn't look too out of place in a historically accurately set production of Henry V.
Jan. 23rd, 2013 01:01 am (UTC)
Hey; my leather "ring belt" [SCA glossary, although unofficial; if you speak of a "ring belt" we all know what is meant within SCA context] was my first "official" piece of garb, and I still have it and love it and for earlier period encampments I definitely still use it. I had already made several tunicas before that belt, but that belt (made from my purchased belt blank, a heavy ring, and one rivet supplied by the friend who did the riveting) somehow made everything good, even the belt pouch made of fabric cut aways from other projects.
To this day I couldn't tell you exactly why: it just felt good, having it and wearing it.
Jan. 22nd, 2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
How about going Russian/Eastern on the hot beverages and using a metal tea-glass-holder -- a podstakannik ('little thing that goes under a glass'!)

(I would post links, but that seems to get comments hidden as spam...)
Jan. 23rd, 2013 12:07 am (UTC)
I think they might look too modern: not medieval enough. And I'm trying to avoid too much by way of breakables, especially things with only one use. A pottery beaker that can be used for hot things plus wine or beer would be perfect. I'm thinking something along these lines: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v325/Mercy_Asakura/pottery/german-flat-beaker-1.jpg (German from the 1200's in design) rather than these: http://www.therussianstore.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/365x/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/g/h/gh00002b02.jpg (beautiful though some of the tea glasses are).
Jan. 23rd, 2013 12:10 am (UTC)
Cool stuff! Hope you find the right vessel for your coffee!

Jan. 23rd, 2013 12:31 am (UTC)
Me too! ;) I keep looking, but all the best ones are in museums!
Jan. 23rd, 2013 10:18 pm (UTC)
Well there's always breaking and entering, a spot of petty or even grand larceny...and creative anachronism rocks!
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